• Parent’s explanation to child about non-binary gender goes viral
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    Parent’s explanation to child about non-binary gender goes viral

    A parent’s explanation to their child about what it means to identify as non-binary has gone viral on Twitter, with many people praising them for spreading a message of acceptance. A few days ago, an artist called Jay Jackson wrote on Twitter about how a child had visited their workplace and asked Jackson whether they were a boy or a girl.

  • Birth control app previously investigated for ‘misleading’ claims now FDA approved
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    Birth control app previously investigated for ‘misleading’ claims now FDA approved

    A birth control app that was previously investigated for its “misleading” claims over its accuracy has now been officially approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in the US. In July this year, the Advertising Standards Authority received three complaints from individuals using the Natural Cycles app, which was founded in Switzerland by couple Elina Berglund and Raoul Scherwitzl. The complaints came following reports earlier in the year that 37 women who’d been using the app as a form of contraception had become pregnant.

  • Lena Dunham marks anniversary of her hysterectomy with trio of nude selfies
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    Lena Dunham marks anniversary of her hysterectomy with trio of nude selfies

    Lena Dunham marks the nine-month anniversary of her hysterectomy by sharing nude selfies to Instagram.

  • Woman’s tweet on being asked about children after miscarriages goes viral
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    Woman’s tweet on being asked about children after miscarriages goes viral

    A few days ago, a woman tweeted a thread about a conversation that she'd had with an individual about whether or not she's going to have children in the near future. Marie then told the individual that she’d actually had seven miscarriages, which led to a moment of awkwardness between the pair. Marie elaborated on the situation in a number of further tweets, explaining that she's regularly asked whether she's going to have children by people who are ignorant of the insensitivity of the question.

  • Why pressing snooze button isn't good for body or brain, according to sleep experts
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    Why pressing snooze button isn't good for body or brain, according to sleep experts

    When you wake up in the morning to the sound of your alarm after a less than satisfactory night’s sleep, it can be all too tempting to press the snooze button and stay in bed for a few extra minutes. Experts from Sleep Clinic Services have explained why you should refrain from pushing the enticing snooze button, as it can lead to extended periods of sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is the feeling of grogginess that many people have when they get up in the morning, as explained by Silentnight.

  • Why eating breakfast before hitting the gym is so worthwhile
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    Why eating breakfast before hitting the gym is so worthwhile

    Breakfast fans unite: science thinks eating breakfast could make your workouts more effective.

  • Eating kale and broccoli can help prevent colon cancer, study claims
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    Eating kale and broccoli can help prevent colon cancer, study claims

    Eating vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli may help prevent the development of colon cancer later in life, a new study has claimed. Research conducted by the Francis Crick Institute in London has found that certain chemicals produced in these vegetables can reduce inflammation of the gut and the colon, thus decreasing the likelihood of colon cancer. The study, which was published in the medical journal Immunity, explored the health benefits of a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol (I3C).

  • Lack of sleep can ruin your social life, study claims
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    Lack of sleep can ruin your social life, study claims

    Everyone knows that sleep is key to our physical and mental wellbeing, however, a new study claims that getting sufficient shut-eye is also fundamental for maintaining a thriving social life. According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, sleep-deprived individuals can suffer from more than just under-eye bags and are more likely to feel lonelier and less inclined to interact with others than their well-rested pals. The findings, published in the journal Nature, revealed that those who have not slept enough may also appear more socially unattractive to others, exacerbating existing feelings of social isolation.

  • Adele expresses public support for friend with postpartum psychosis
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    Adele expresses public support for friend with postpartum psychosis

    Singer Adele has shown her support for her close friend who was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis after giving birth by sharing a heartfelt message on Instagram. Postpartum psychosis is a rare mental health condition that can lead to hallucinations, delusions and feelings of confusion. Author and illustrator Laura Dockrill, who’s been close friends with Adele for many years, experienced the throes of the condition after giving birth to her son six months ago.

  • Does going teetotal in later life actually cause dementia?
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    Does going teetotal in later life actually cause dementia?

    A recent article in the British Medical Journal has rekindled the scientific argument over the relationship between abstaining from alcohol and developing dementia. The participants’ medical records were analysed to identify diagnoses of dementia – more than 23 years on average after the study had finished. The results found that abstinence in midlife was associated with a 45 per cent higher risk of developing dementia, compared with people who consumed between one and 14 units of alcohol per week.

  • Women share diverse birth stories using #SoProud hashtag
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    Women share diverse birth stories using #SoProud hashtag

    Women are sharing their birth stories using the #SoProud hashtag after footballer Harry Kane praised his fiancée for giving birth to their second daughter without any pain relief. Tweeting about his fiancée Kate Goodland and their baby Vivienne Jane Kane, he wrote: "So proud of @KateGoodlandx for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all," he wrote. The tweet became the subject of debate when he posted it on August 8, due to the implication that women who give birth without pain relief should feel more proud of themselves than those who do.

  • How ditching fizzy drinks for good can affect your body
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    How ditching fizzy drinks for good can affect your body

    One man credits a 2014 health study headline as the inspiration to quit soda forever and claims the decision has been "life changing."

  • 'Carnivore diet': New social media trend criticised by nutritionists as 'very damaging'
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    'Carnivore diet': New social media trend criticised by nutritionists as 'very damaging'

    Despite rising numbers of vegans and vegetarians, the latest diet fad being promoted by several social media influencers is the so-called ‘carnivore diet’, which sees people promoting eating just meat. In recent months, increasing numbers of people have been trying the carnivore diet and spreading the word on social media - there are currently over 30,000 posts under the #carnivorediet tag on Instagram - with people claiming existing on meat alone has seen them lose weight, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and boost libido.

  • Do You Have More Than 448 Alcoholic Drinks Per Year?
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    Do You Have More Than 448 Alcoholic Drinks Per Year?

    If so, you might want to cut back.

  • Norway to give hundreds of drug addicts free heroin to 'improve quality of life'
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    Norway to give hundreds of drug addicts free heroin to 'improve quality of life'

    Norway will trial an experimental scheme to provide drug addicts with free heroin in a bid to combat the country’s overdose epidemic. The government announced that the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs was asked to propose a program that would improve the quality of life for those struggling with substance abuse. Health Minister Bente Hoie said in a statement posted to Facebook that they hoped the initiative would “provide a solution that will give... a better quality of life to some addicts who are today out of our reach and whom current programmes do not help enough”.

  • What is pre-eclampsia and how do you treat it?
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    What is pre-eclampsia and how do you treat it?

    In the September 2018 issue of US Vogue, Beyoncé revealed she suffered from toxemia during pregnancy, but what is it?

  • Falling asleep to the sweet sounds of Bob Ross - one forum shares their top sounds to lull them to sleep
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    Falling asleep to the sweet sounds of Bob Ross - one forum shares their top sounds to lull them to sleep

    According to the internet, BBC documentaries, Bob Ross TV reruns or an audiobook of the bible may help you sleep at night.

  • GQ's idea of 'stocky' riles up Twitter users
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    GQ's idea of 'stocky' riles up Twitter users

    A GQ photo accompanying an article recommending swim shorts to men of 'stocky' builds is receiving the brunt of Twitter ridicule.

  • It might not be okay to sleep on the job - but one study thinks a daily nap could be key to productivity
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    It might not be okay to sleep on the job - but one study thinks a daily nap could be key to productivity

    Start building your pitch to get more zzz's: this is how an afternoon nap can be valuable to yourself and your employer, alike.

  • Are you a gel nail regular? Dermatologists are warning about an 'allergy epidemic' connected to the popular trend
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    Are you a gel nail regular? Dermatologists are warning about an 'allergy epidemic' connected to the popular trend

    Proceed with caution: Dermatologists release warning about 'allergy epidemic' connected to gel and acrylic nails in the UK and Ireland.

  • Are you a gel nail regular? Dermatologists are warning about an "allergy epidemic" related to the trend
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    Are you a gel nail regular? Dermatologists are warning about an "allergy epidemic" related to the trend

    Proceed with caution: dermatologists warn of a gel and acrylic nail allergy epidemic taking over the UK and Ireland.

  • Suicidal woman sent home from A&E with 'Are you feeling the strain?' print-out
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    Suicidal woman sent home from A&E with 'Are you feeling the strain?' print-out

    Since tweeting about her experience, Emily Reynolds' comments have gone viral, with many people sharing their own similar experiences. “I was feeling suicidal and didn’t know what else to do,” the Londoner, who has previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, tells The Independent. “First I called a crisis line I’d been given previously, who after a brief assessment told me to go to A&E and ask for a psychiatric nurse,” she explains.

  • Dietitian uses 'spot the difference' game to highlight how subtle changes can impact weight loss
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    Dietitian uses 'spot the difference' game to highlight how subtle changes can impact weight loss

    Are you a fan of 'spot the difference' challenges? One dietitian is using the game to teach about the impact subtle meal differences have on weight loss.

  • Exercising too much could worsen mental health, study suggests
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    Exercising too much could worsen mental health, study suggests

    It’s a widely-held belief that exercise improves mental health, and a new study of 1.2 million Americans has added significant weight to the theory. The study, conducted by Yale University and the University of Oxford and published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal, concluded that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise at all. While all types of activity appeared to improve mental health, the most effective ones were found to be team sports, cycling, aerobics and going to the gym, according to the largest observational study of its kind.

  • The three most effective abdominal workouts, according to experts
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    The three most effective abdominal workouts, according to experts

    Six-pack abs are impressive to look at, and often conjure up images of hours spent in the gym - however, obtaining a strong core is surprisingly easy, if you know how. Visible abs are actually made in the kitchen - a diet leading to a low body fat percentage is the most important things - but there are various workouts that will successfully harden and transform your abdominals. According to a study done by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), there are three abdominal workouts that are most effective in achieving a strong core and washboard stomach muscles.