There is no evidence the 5:2 diet prevents heart disease despite misleading headlines based on a recent study, according to the NHS. The 5:2 diet involves eating “normally” five days a week and restricting your calories to 500-600 per day for the other two. It’s based on the principles of intermittent fasting and originally gained popularity about five years ago.
A mum has written a heartfelt plea to her husband requesting his help taking care of their two young children - rather than starting a fight and yelling instead. Celeste Erlach is the primary caretaker of the couple’s infant and toddler - and although she wishes “she could do it all and make it look effortless,” she penned a letter to her husband where she explains why she cannot. Help,” and posted to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk’s Facebook, Erlach describes what she needs from her husband during this busy time of no sleep and crying babies.
Now the Navy has embarked on a $1m (£720,000) research project to determine whether surfing has therapeutic value, especially for military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or sleep problems. “Lots of times it becomes therapy under the guise of recreation,” says Helen Metzger, head of the health and wellness department at Naval Medical Centre San Diego. “For many of our patients, exercise is the best medicine, and exercise in the natural environment is even better,” says James LaMar II, a physician at the Naval Medical Centre San Diego and a volunteer in the hospital's surfing program.
From spreading fake news, to fostering narcissism and online bullying, social media is under increasing fire. This is ironic, as advertising pays for social media. Advertising to children is widely regarded as ethically problematic.
People who suffer from depression may have difficulty distinguishing between similar memories, a study has found. Living with depression can lead to a number of issues, including sleep deprivation and increased levels of stress. Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah, United States decided to explore whether there is a correlation between depression and memory interference.
About one in 20 children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some point during their school life. Interestingly, for every girl diagnosed, there are between three and seven boys who receive an ADHD diagnosis. Children and adolescents who are affected by ADHD have difficulty with things like sitting still, organisation and concentrating on work.
A selection of mothers have come together to create a moving ‘Carpool Karaoke’ style video with their children who have Down Syndrome. This is the most beautiful Carpool Karaoke. The video has since gone viral, with TV presenter James Corden - well-known for his Carpool Karaoke with celebrities - revealing it moved him to tears.
Maintaining an active lifestyle during pregnancy can reduce the amount of time spent in labour during childbirth, a study has concluded. There are many proven benefits to exercising while pregnant, such as easing back pain, elevating your energy levels and aiding with post-delivery recovery, as covered by What To Expect. The team of researchers, led by Professor Ruben Barakat, carried out a study with 508 healthy women by randomly assigning them into two groups.
Using a simple breathing technique to soothe your mind is not only effective, but also very easy to learn. The “coherent breathing” method was invented by Stephen Elliott, life scientist and author of The New Science of Breath.
It’s commonly believed that when you lose weight, the fat that you burn is then converted into energy. The truth is that fat is converted into carbon dioxide and water, as stated by Ruben Meerman and Professor Andrew Brown. The problem with the idea that fat is converted into energy is that “it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions obey,” they wrote in The Conversation.
The US survey of 2,000 mothers of children aged five to 12 reveals that the average mother will “clock-in” at 6.23am and continue to conduct motherly duties until 8.31pm on a normal day. “The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mom can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of,” said Casey Lewis, health and nutrition lead at Welch's.
Sophrology was first coined in the 1960s by Alfonso Caycedo, a Colombian professor who specialised in psychiatry and neurology. “It allows you to enjoy the present and move forward in a positive way,” Dominique Antiglio, Sophrologist and founder of BeSophro explained to The Independent. Sophrology is a practice that encourages you to become more aware of your body and mind in that very moment.
Plastic waste is the devil. It's one of the biggest environmental scourges of the 21st century, as a recent underwater viral video laid bare, and thankfully moves are being made to reduce human consumption. Plastic-free supermarket aisles and zero-waste shops are springing up with increased frequency, bans on common single-use plastic items like bags, straws and microbeads are being implemented, and campaigners are lobbying to discourage coffee chains from using disposable cups.
A new study has found that when someone is trying to lose fat, slim down or generally get in shape, there’s a higher chance their partner will too. “The concept is called the ripple effect and it means that weight loss interventions delivered to one spouse have unintended, but positive benefits on the other spouse,” said study co-author Amy Gorin, Associate Professor in Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. In research published in the journal Obesity, Gorin and colleagues note that when your partner is trying to eat more healthily and exercise more, this is likely to boost your own motivation to do so.
When midwife Emily Dial found out she was expecting, she knew she wanted two things - to enlist photographer and friend Sarah Hill to capture the moment, and to deliver her own baby via Caesarean section. As a midwife herself, Dial, from Kentucky, was able to orchestrate the birth of her newborn baby perfectly so that she was able to join in as an active participant.