• Why snoozing your alarm could be damaging your health
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    Why snoozing your alarm could be damaging your health

    Is it time to start practising getting out of bed immediately?

  • Just one fizzy drink a day increases your risk of heart disease, study reveals
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    Just one fizzy drink a day increases your risk of heart disease, study reveals

    You might want to rethink your fizzy afternoon pick-me-up.

  • Drinking lots of sugary drinks linked with increased risk of premature death, study suggests
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    Drinking lots of sugary drinks linked with increased risk of premature death, study suggests

    Frequent drinking of sugary drinks may lead to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Circulation, found that those who consumed two or more servings per day of SSBs (equivalent to a standard glass, bottle or can) had a 31 per cent higher risk of early death from heart disease. Each additional serving of SSB was also associated with a ten per cent greater risk of the disease.

  • Cervical screening service in ‘meltdown’ after smear test campaign
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    Cervical screening service in ‘meltdown’ after smear test campaign

    The cervical screening service has been left in a "meltdown" following a recent campaign to increase awareness of smear tests, a health official has claimed. The coinciding of planned laboratory closures with a recent smear test initiative run by Public Health England (PHE) means women may have to wait months before receiving their cervical cancer screening results. Dozens of hospital screening laboratories in the UK are due to close this summer as part of a restructuring process.

  • Mike Thalassitis death: Love Island stars urge show to provide better mental health support
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    Mike Thalassitis death: Love Island stars urge show to provide better mental health support

    Love Island stars have urged the show to provide better mental health support for its contestants following the news of Mike Thalassitis's death. On Saturday, it was reported Thalassitis had been found dead at the age of 26. The reality television personality, who starred on Love Island in 2017 and Celebs Go Dating in 2018, had recently been caring full-time for his grandmother before her death at the age of 94.

  • Woman in Texas gives birth to sextuplets in under 10 minutes
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    Woman in Texas gives birth to sextuplets in under 10 minutes

    A woman in Houston, Texas has given birth to sextuplets, beating the odds to make her one in 4.7 billion. Thelma Chiaka welcomed two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls on Friday morning at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. According to the hospital, each of the babies is in a stable condition and will continue to be supervised in the advanced neonatal intensive care unit.

  • Demi Lovato shares powerful message about relapse on Instagram
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    Demi Lovato shares powerful message about relapse on Instagram

    Demi Lovato has posted an impactful message about her relapse on Instagram, urging others to seek help if they’re suffering from substance addiction. In July 2018, it was reported Lovato had been hospitalised following a suspected drug overdose. On Friday, Lovato shared a series of posts on her Instagram story, revealing the date would have marked seven years of sobriety for her.

  • Alcohol endorsements from celebrities may put teenagers at ‘higher risk’ of alcohol abuse
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    Alcohol endorsements from celebrities may put teenagers at ‘higher risk’ of alcohol abuse

    Alcohol endorsements from celebrities including David Beckham, Mila Kunis and Ryan Reynolds may increase risk of alcohol abuse among teenagers, new research has claimed. Published in the British medical journal BMJ, the study investigated how awareness of alcohol marketing impacts the quantity of alcohol adolescents and young adults in the UK consume. For the study, which was carried out by researchers from the Institute of Social Marketing at the University of Stirling and from Cancer Research UK, the team assessed data garnered from 3,399 Brits aged between 11 to 19 who'd taken part in the 2017 Youth Alcohol Policy Survey.

  • Lena Dunham says she needs to be ‘cosy to survive’ living with chronic pain
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    Lena Dunham says she needs to be ‘cosy to survive’ living with chronic pain

    Lena Dunham has spoken about the importance of feeling cosy amid suffering from chronic pain. In 2018, Dunham revealed that she had undergone a total hysterectomy – a procedure that surgically removes the cervix and uterus - following years of suffering from chronic pain as a result of endometriosis. While her friends and family previously attributed her love of cosyness to her penchant for organisation and even her star sign, Dunham explains: “I am cosy because I have to be.

  • This one simple tweak to my bedtime routine dramatically changed how I sleep
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    This one simple tweak to my bedtime routine dramatically changed how I sleep

    Many experts argue that getting sufficient sleep is as important to your overall health as diet and exercise. Sleep deprivation is linked to a number of physical and mental health problems, including depression and weight gain, so as it's Sleep Awareness Week, I'm sharing a simple, cheap and easy tweak I made to my bedtime routine which has significantly changed how I sleep. About a year ago my boyfriend started religiously drinking a cup of camomile tea before bed.

  • Fibromyalgia: What is the condition that Kirsty Young and Lena Dunham suffer from?
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    Fibromyalgia: What is the condition that Kirsty Young and Lena Dunham suffer from?

    Lena Dunham has penned an essay for The New York Times detailing how she manages her symptoms of fibromyalgia. The Girls creator revealed she suffers from the chronic pain condition in October 2018. Dunham's revelation came two months after former Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young announced she was suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.

  • Robbie Coltrane: What is osteoarthritis, what are the symptoms and can it be treated?
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    Robbie Coltrane: What is osteoarthritis, what are the symptoms and can it be treated?

    On Monday evening, Robbie Coltrane attended the launch of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike ride in Universal Studios, Orlando. The event, which took place at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel in London, marked the first time the actor has been seen in a wheelchair, which he currently uses due to pain caused by his osteoarthritis. Coltrane, best known for his portrayal of half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, first spoke about his osteoarthritis diagnosis in 2016, explaining that it leaves him in "constant pain all day".

  • #Pads4Dads: Campaign launches with Michael Sheen to urge dads to talk to daughters about periods
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    #Pads4Dads: Campaign launches with Michael Sheen to urge dads to talk to daughters about periods

    The campaign, called #Pads4Dads, has been launched by sanitary product company Hey Girls in an effort to combat period poverty in the UK. The actor and activist adds the aim of the campaign is to end the stigma that surrounds fathers speaking about periods. "And let's not leave dads out of the bloody conversation!" he says.

  • Egg freezing considered by almost half of young women, study finds
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    Egg freezing considered by almost half of young women, study finds

    Almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs in future, new research has shown. The data, which has been released by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), demonstrates the concern that many young women feel about their fertility. Professor Lesley Regan, president of the RCOG, emphasises the importance of ensuring women feel they are receiving accurate and reliable guidance when considering having a baby.

  • Doctors blamed this woman's back pain on 'depression' — but it was actually stage 4 cancer
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    Doctors blamed this woman's back pain on 'depression' — but it was actually stage 4 cancer

    "I almost felt like I was gaslighting myself. Was this all in my head?"

  • Alcoholic still water is here for those who want to drink without putting on weight
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    Danielle Fowler

    Alcoholic still water is here for those who want to drink without putting on weight

    The water weighs in at just 90 calories per bottle.

  • What is super-gonorrhoea, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?
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    What is super-gonorrhoea, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?

    According to a new study, published in medical journal Eurosurveillance, one of the women first showed symptoms of the condition when she visited a sexual health clinic in October 2018. Super-gonorrhoea is far more rare than gonorrhoea, which is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the country. Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease otherwise known as “the clap”.

  • Nine in 10 young people in the US are concerned about their mental health, finds survey
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    Nine in 10 young people in the US are concerned about their mental health, finds survey

    Nine in 10 young people in the US are concerned about their mental health, according to a national survey. Conducted by consulting firm Benenson Strategy Group on behalf Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, researchers undertook at 2,082 online interviews with 13-24 year olds from 28 January to 2 February 2019. Nearly all those surveyed (88 per cent) said that mental health is a priority concern for them, but one in three felt they lacked reliable access to mental health resources.

  • Use of mobile devices doesn’t reduce family time at home, study finds
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    Use of mobile devices doesn’t reduce family time at home, study finds

    With the number of mobile devices in the world increasing at a rapid rate, one may assume the use of gadgets such as tablets and smartphones would have a negative impact on quality time spent between children and parents. According to the study's findings, which were published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, children are spending more time at home with their parents than they were in 2000. According to the research, families spent an average of 30 more minutes together per day in the same location in 2015 than they did in 2000, with average overall family time increasing from 347 minutes to 379 minutes.

  • Almost half of British women can't label the vagina on a diagram
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    Almost half of British women can't label the vagina on a diagram

    Almost half of British women are unable to correctly label the vagina on a diagram, according to a new survey. The research, conducted by YouGov, involved showing 2,010 British adults an image of female genitalia and asking them to identify the various parts and functions.

  • What is gout and why are cases of the historical condition on the rise?
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    What is gout and why are cases of the historical condition on the rise?

    The condition has re-emerged from the history books.

  • Pancreatic cancer: What is the illness Jeopardy's Alex Trebek suffers from and what are the symptoms
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    Pancreatic cancer: What is the illness Jeopardy's Alex Trebek suffers from and what are the symptoms

    Alex Trebek, the host of American television quiz show Jeopardy, has announced he has cancer. On Wednesday, the show's Twitter account posted a video of the 78-year-old television personality in which he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

  • Lana Condor on past eating disorder and body dysmorphia: ‘You have to stop thinking a certain body shape is ideal’
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    Lana Condor on past eating disorder and body dysmorphia: ‘You have to stop thinking a certain body shape is ideal’

    Lana Condor has opened up about previously suffering from an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. "I know what it’s like to have an eating disorder and body dysmorphia — and also what it’s like to be a friend to someone who has that," the 21-year-old says. In Condor's opinion, it's important to encourage people to enjoy the food they're eating and to focus less on how it may affect their body shape.

  • Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown opens up about overcoming cocaine addiction
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    Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown opens up about overcoming cocaine addiction

    Karamo Brown has opened up about his past cocaine addiction, admitting that the drug became an "escape" for him. Brown, who stars as the resident culture and lifestyle expert on hit Netflix show Queer Eye, is famed for providing sage advice for those struggling with self-esteem and confidence issues. The television personality has spoken candidly about the effect recreational use of cocaine once had on his life, revealing that he would sometimes take it multiple times day.

  • Husband's six rules for a happy marriage go viral
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    Sarah Carty

    Husband's six rules for a happy marriage go viral

    "Don't keep score."