• Gender stereotyped toys must be stopped, says women’s rights charity
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    Gender stereotyped toys must be stopped, says women’s rights charity

    Fawcett Society has announced the launch of a social media campaign to combat gender-stereotyped toys in the lead up to Christmas. The gender equality and women’s rights charity will be teaming up with Let Toys Be Toys, an initiative that advocates for companies in the toy and publishing industries to stop stereotyping products that are geared towards children. The aim of the “Smashing Stereotypes” campaign is to shine on a spotlight on products, including toys, clothes, stationery and books, that have been designed specifically with girls or boys in mind, as opposed to for all.

  • Why getting just two hours less sleep a night can make you an angrier person
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    Why getting just two hours less sleep a night can make you an angrier person

    A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General has found evidence to suggest that a lack of sleep really does make you an angrier person. Researchers from Iowa State University asked 142 participants to either maintain their normal sleep pattern or restrict it by between two and four hours over the course of two nights. "In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted," says study co-author Zlatan Krizan, professor of psychology at Iowa State.

  • Instagram is clamping down on hashtags referencing eating disorders
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    Instagram is clamping down on hashtags referencing eating disorders

    Instagram is making it harder to search for eating disorders on the site, in an effort to prevent the glamourisation of damaging mental health conditions. In 2012, Instagram began making certain terms “unsearchable” on the site, including those seen to be promoting eating disorders. While some hashtags on the unsearchable list would come up with no results when searched, others would give users the option to “learn more” when they clicked on them and provide them with the option of seeking out help if needs be.

  • LGBT+ youth four times more likely to self-harm than heterosexual peers
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    LGBT+ youth four times more likely to self-harm than heterosexual peers

    Approximately one in 25 people aged between 16 and 24 in the UK identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the Office for National Statistics. While it’s previously been discovered that young members of the LGBT+ community are more likely than those who identify as heterosexual to self-harm or experience depression, there hasn’t been a substantial amount of research pinpointing when these mental health issues appear or how they progress over the years. In a new study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, researchers compared the symptoms of depression exhibited by adolescents who are in a sexual minority with those who are heterosexual.

  • 'Fuming' mum shares picture of son on Facebook after school calls him 'overweight'
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    'Fuming' mum shares picture of son on Facebook after school calls him 'overweight'

    "Please tell me you think my Harley is overweight!"

  • I had postnatal depression as a new father. Mental health checks for dads should be expanded
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    I had postnatal depression as a new father. Mental health checks for dads should be expanded

    New and expectant fathers will be offered mental health assessments if their partner is suffering from depression or anxiety, NHS England recently announced. Postnatal depression is a non-psychotic depressive disorder that can occur after the birth of a child. Between 6-13 per cent of new mothers will suffer from postnatal depression, with symptoms including persistent sadness or low mood, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed, and thoughts of suicide.

  • You can now sleep like a baby at London's first womb-inspired hotel
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    You can now sleep like a baby at London's first womb-inspired hotel

    We challenge you to find a greater place to escape the run-up to Christmas.

  • Women warns how heart attack symptoms can be different for females in viral Twitter thread
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    Women warns how heart attack symptoms can be different for females in viral Twitter thread

    Heart attack symptoms can differ for women compared to men. A woman shared her heart attack symptoms on Twitter to spread awareness of how the symptoms can ‘feel different’ for women compared to men. Taking to the social media platform on Sunday evening, US user @geewheezie detailed her experience.

  • 7 'hangover cures' a doctor says aren't actually helpful at all
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    7 'hangover cures' a doctor says aren't actually helpful at all

    Looks like those trusted rituals are actually just a waste of your time.

  • Women could be offered DIY smear tests at home to boost number of cervical cancer screenings
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    Women could be offered DIY smear tests at home to boost number of cervical cancer screenings

    Women in England could be sent DIY smear tests in an effort to increase the number of cervical cancer screenings taking place across the country, under new plans being considered by the Department of Health. Professor Anne Mackie, director of screening at Public Health England said a consultation was currently being carried out to "to look at the benefits of self-testing at home for women". The announcement follows a recent study in the British Medical Journal which revealed that doing doing so could boost the number of people taking smear tests, therefore increasing the possibility of detecting potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix.

  • Number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety soars in decade
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    Number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety soars in decade

    The number of people in the UK being admitted to hospital for cases of stress and anxiety has soared in the past decade, new research has uncovered. According to digital healthcare company Forth, more than a third of the British public is likely to feel stressed for a least an entire day every week. The fast-paced and hectic nature of contemporary society has seemingly taken its toll on the mental health of many Brits, as outlined by new figures comparing the number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety this year to a decade ago.

  • The diet that may help treat joint stiffness and pain
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    Korin Miller

    The diet that may help treat joint stiffness and pain

    Experts say that an anti-inflammatory diet can help with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, but caution that it typically can't replace medications.

  • Crohn's and colitis: What are they and is there a cure?
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    Crohn's and colitis: What are they and is there a cure?

    After seeing the toll that Crohn’s disease has taken on Dynamo, forcing the magician to put his career temporarily on hold, and with Jeremy Corbyn recently seen sporting a Crohn's and Colitis UK badge in parliament, interest surrounding the two illnesses have surged, but what exactly are they? A form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the digestive system, leaving sufferers with myriad symptoms that can severely inhibit their daily lives if not treated with the right medications. Colitis is similar in terms of symptoms and treatment, but one key difference is that it only affects the large intestine, whereas Crohn's can affect any part of the digestive tract.

  • Demi Lovato vows to ‘never give up’, weeks after leaving rehab
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    Demi Lovato vows to ‘never give up’, weeks after leaving rehab

    Demi Lovato has shared a selfie on Instagram vowing that she’ll “never give up”, weeks after leaving a rehabilitation facility. Lovato has spoken openly about her history with drug and alcohol abuse in the past, revealing in a YouTube documentary released last year called Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated that she first start using cocaine at the age of 17. The Instagram photo is the second that Lovato has shared on the social media platform since leaving rehab, the first of which she posted a month ago to encourage US citizens to vote in the country's mid-term elections.

  • Jael Strauss death: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant dies two months after breast cancer diagnosis
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    Jael Strauss death: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant dies two months after breast cancer diagnosis

    Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has passed away at the age of 34, just two months after being diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. The model revealed that she was suffering from stage four breast cancer in a Facebook post on October 5, three days after receiving her diagnosis.

  • Woman with rare disorder 'allergic to winter'
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    Woman with rare disorder 'allergic to winter'

    Initially, she dismissed the reaction as a food allergy, but years of research finally lead to the answers she was looking for: Essential cold urticaria.

  • Is it actually possible to catch the same cold twice?
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    Is it actually possible to catch the same cold twice?

    It certainly feels like you can when you've been ill for about 7 weeks.

  • New fathers to be offered mental health treatment on NHS
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    New fathers to be offered mental health treatment on NHS

    NHS England has announced that new fathers will be offered mental health screenings and treatment if their partners are suffering from illnesses such as postnatal depression, anxiety and psychosis. Research shows that one in five women will encounter mental health issues during the first year of birth, but one in 10 men will also be affected. The new initiative, which has been described as “radical” by the NHS, aims to prevent men’s mental health problems from being overlooked and help both parents ease into family life.

  • Adopting a pet can help relieve symptoms of depression, study claims
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    Adopting a pet can help relieve symptoms of depression, study claims

    According to a study published in a Journal of Psychiatric Research, adopting a pet could offer respite to those with severe depression that has low rates of remission and cannot be easily treated with antidepressant medications or psychotherapy. Two Portuguese researchers recruited 80 participants with this kind of depression, known as “treatment-resistant major depressive disorder”, and found that adopting a pet “enhanced” the effects of antidepressant medication for a significant minority of their volunteers.

  • Binge eating disorders are common, but rarely discussed – here's what it's like to have one
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    Binge eating disorders are common, but rarely discussed – here's what it's like to have one

    Seven years ago I lost 60 pounds, but recently I’ve struggled with gaining it back.

  • How a woman's period changes throughout her life
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    How a woman's period changes throughout her life

    From when they start to when they end, your periods won't likely stay the same as you age.

  • How people suffering from loneliness are finding happiness again
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    How people suffering from loneliness are finding happiness again

    Well, the four walls and the cat.” Bob Sawyer, 76, has lived alone since the death of his wife and says that since her death he has often felt lonely. After spending a short time in hospital, a community support worker advised Sawyer to take part in a social activity hoping it could improve both his mental and physical health. Every Tuesday guests gather as the local community centre is transformed into a ballroom that plays host to a tongue in cheek 1940s style tea party for over-60s.

  • Rebekah Vardy inspires women to book smear tests with Instagram post
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    Rebekah Vardy inspires women to book smear tests with Instagram post

    A photo taken by Rebekah Vardy as she lay waiting to have a smear test has inspired other women to book their own screenings. Earlier this week, former I’m A Celebrity contestant Vardy shared a photo on Instagram of her legs as she lay on an examination table in a doctor’s office.

  • Measles cases rise around the world 'because parents shun vaccines', WHO says
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    Measles cases rise around the world 'because parents shun vaccines', WHO says

    Parents who shun vaccines are partially to blame for a 30 per cent rise in the number of measles cases reported across the globe in the space of year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Around 173,000 measles cases were officially reported in 2017, the organisation said in a report. An estimated 110,000 people died last year, mainly children, from the vaccine-preventable disease.

  • Woman edits her image to show how the 'perfect' body has changed
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    Francesca Specter

    Woman edits her image to show how the 'perfect' body has changed

    This is so interesting.