• Children may be picky eaters due to genetics, claims study
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    Children may be picky eaters due to genetics, claims study

    Children who are picky eaters may have their genetics to blame, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Illinois in USA undertook a study to examine whether genetics could affect a child’s tendency to be a fussy eater. By assessing the physical attributes of a 153 preschoolers and comparing them with surveys answered by the children’s parents about their upbringing, they were able to assess whether a connection between nature and nurture could be forged.

  • Bodybuilder shares drastic before-and-after bloating photos
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    Bodybuilder shares drastic before-and-after bloating photos

    A bodybuilder has demonstrated how certain foods can trigger her to bloat in minutes by sharing drastic before-and-after photos on Instagram.

  • Why You Should Never Drink Coffee First Thing In The Morning
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    Elle

    Why You Should Never Drink Coffee First Thing In The Morning

    Especially if you suffer from IBS

  • 14 unexpected health benefits of mulled wine
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    Lauren Sharkey

    14 unexpected health benefits of mulled wine

    If you haven't had a cup of mulled wine this year, what are you doing?

  • A good night's sleep could be the secret to losing weight
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    Danielle Fowler

    A good night's sleep could be the secret to losing weight

    This might explain why your pre-Christmas diet isn't working.

  • Today is the most hungover day of the year, research finds
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    Today is the most hungover day of the year, research finds

    Feeling a little delicate today? Head pounding, stomach churning, not sure whether you need to throw up or eat? Pondering whether you might actually still be a bit drunk?

  • Wine glasses have slowly been increasing to size - as has our consumption of the alcohol
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    Danielle Fowler

    Wine glasses have slowly been increasing to size - as has our consumption of the alcohol

    It's official, we're a generation of wine lovers.

  • Don’t snort chocolate powder, FDA warns
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    Don’t snort chocolate powder, FDA warns

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against snorting chocolate powder. The FDA is cracking down on Orlando-based company Legal Lean who created a “snortable” chocolate powder called Coco Loko. Nick Anderson, the 29-year-old founder of Legal Lean, decided to invest $10,000 (£7,400) into creating his own raw cacao snuff after trying a sample from Europe.

  • Slimming World 'Syns' diet plan criticised for encouraging food guilt
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    Slimming World 'Syns' diet plan criticised for encouraging food guilt

    Slimming World has come under fire after making changes to its diet plan. Dieters following Slimming World’s regime are allowed certain ‘free’ foods, and everything else has to be counted in a tally of ‘Syns’. A Slimming World spokesperson says: “We frequently review the products we hold on our food databases.

  • Should we be praising the baby body 'snapback'?
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    Should we be praising the baby body 'snapback'?

    More and more women are quickly losing their baby weight. But how healthy is that? Sherry Ross, MD, ob-gyn and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., talks about women being praised for "snapping back" after giving birth.

  • Being stubborn and having a good work ethic could help you live longer, study claims
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    Being stubborn and having a good work ethic could help you live longer, study claims

    Positivity, stubbornness and a conscientious work ethic could be key to living a longer life, a new study has found. Researchers examined the mental and physical health levels of a group of Italians between the ages of 90 and 101 and found that there were many common psychological traits between them. The study, which was published in International Psychogeriatrics concluded that the elderly participants had better overall mental well-being than their younger family members - they attributed this to their longevity.

  • Why you shouldn't eat those silver balls on biscuits and cakes
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    Lauren Sharkey

    Why you shouldn't eat those silver balls on biscuits and cakes

    Those pesky silver balls should maybe stay in the cupboard.

  • Meet the man with almost perfect memory
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    Meet the man with almost perfect memory

    Meet Joey DeGrandis, the man with a memory that can be deemed as almost perfect. For DeGrandis, his whole life has been governed by a constant influx of memories and expansive knowledge. DeGrandis first discovered he was different as a child when his parents became aware of his enhanced memory, Time Health reports.

  • How not to have a blue Yule this Christmas time
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    How not to have a blue Yule this Christmas time

    What with wrangling with relatives over who’s hosting the Christmas dinner, over-indulging way, way too much and the prospect of being in debt for the next 10 years to pay for all the partying and presents that will likely be met with a luke warm response. It’s little wonder the minute we hear a Christmas song in the supermarket we feel stressed. Reasons people gave for struggling at Christmas included getting into debt (41 per cent), feeling lonely (83 per cent) and just generally finding Christmas stressful (81 per cent).

  • Man flu is real, claim scientists
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    Man flu is real, claim scientists

    Women have long moaned about the men in their lives coming down with “man flu” and turning into feeble, moaning boys. It all comes down to our cavemen ancestors – men have weaker immune systems than women which used to be in order to stop them going out hunting when ill. In what is thought to be the first study of its kind, Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, analysed relevant research and found evidence that adult men have a higher risk of hospital admission and higher rates of influenza-associated deaths compared with women, regardless of underlying disease.

  • Record high Google searches for skin cancer prevention boosted by viral selfie
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    Record high Google searches for skin cancer prevention boosted by viral selfie

    A viral selfie documenting one woman’s skin cancer treatment prompted record high Google searches for prevention of the condition, a new study has found. Tawny Willoughby was 27-years-old when she posted the graphic snap to Facebook, which showed her scarred and scab-laden face alongside the caption “this is what skin-cancer treatment can look like”. The 2015 post, which has since been shared more than 105,000 times, triggered a wave of media coverage akin to the attention that is typically garnered by celebrity health stories.

  • Stop accusing men of overreacting – 'man flu' really does exist, doctor claims
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    Stop accusing men of overreacting – 'man flu' really does exist, doctor claims

    Dr Sue argues that research points towards men having a weaker immune response to common viral respiratory infections and the flu. The fight against the ridicule of “man flu” has been taken up by a doctor who says, somewhat tongue-in cheek, that he delved into the issue after growing tired of being accused of overreacting. In a treatise based on previous studies – some scientific, some notably less so – the Dr Kyle Sue not only puts the case that men might indeed experience worse cold and flu symptoms than women, but also explores why such a difference might have evolved.

  • How to avoid a hangover this festive season
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    Danielle Fowler

    How to avoid a hangover this festive season

    Dig out your party dress and bring on the Christmas celebrations.

  • Why are most babies conceived around Christmas?
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    Why are most babies conceived around Christmas?

    According to experts, it should come as no surprise that the majority of babies are conceived around the Christmas period. A combination of improved sperm quality and ovum receptivity, in addition to a rise in sexual activity during the winter months can explain it all. A study exploring the correlation between seasonal changes and conception concluded that sperm quality is often deteriorated during the summer, with changes in daylight length also affecting the anterior pituitary-ovarian function, the variation in quality of the ovum or endometrial receptivity.

  • Window blinds pose deadly strangling risk to children, finds study
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    Window blinds pose deadly strangling risk to children, finds study

    Window blinds have been found to be a danger to small children, claim experts. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics that analysed data on injuries collated by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, window blinds can pose a severe risk to children in the home. The study, written by a team from the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, the Ohio State University and the research institute at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, analysed data based on figures from 100 accident and emergency departments from across America.

  • 32-year-old woman dies from bowel cancer after doctor told her she was 'too young' to have it
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    32-year-old woman dies from bowel cancer after doctor told her she was 'too young' to have it

    The mother of a 32-year-old woman who died of liver and bowel cancer has spoken out about the devastating effect the disease had on her. Nicole Yarran, from Western Australia, was diagnosed with terminal forms of both cancers after being given a routine scan while pregnant with her third child. The mother of three girls sadly died, but her last wish was to raise awareness amongst young people about liver and bowel cancers.

  • The five popular celebrity diets you should never do, according to the British Dietetic Association
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    The five popular celebrity diets you should never do, according to the British Dietetic Association

    If December is the month for eating chocolate before 9am, drinking one too many cups of mulled wine every night and scoffing a mince pie every hour, January is the time when many of us feel like we want to nourish our bodies with foods that have slightly higher nutritional value. Now, however, the British Dietetic Association has released a list of the diets they advise the public not to try in the new year - or ever, most likely. The four diets to avoid are: raw vegan, alkaline, Pioppi and ketogenic (AKA keto).

  • Why one woman took a solo holiday when her baby was three months old
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    Why one woman took a solo holiday when her baby was three months old

    A woman has explained why went on holiday by herself, leaving her newborn baby at home.