• Amy Schumer announces pregnancy with comedic Instagram post
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    Amy Schumer announces pregnancy with comedic Instagram post

    Amy Schumer has revealed that she’s expecting a baby with her husband Chris Fischer. The comedian hinted at the news with an Instagram post, humorously superimposing her and her husband’s faces on top of photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are also expecting their first child next year.

  • Meat-free burgers ‘concealing’ high levels of salt, health campaigners warn
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    Meat-free burgers ‘concealing’ high levels of salt, health campaigners warn

    Many meat-free burgers contain levels of salt that are far higher than the recommended guidelines, health campaigners have warned. According to Action on Salt, a group of health specialists based at Queen Mary University in London, meat-free burgers often contain more salt than burgers made with real meat, despite being widely regarded as “healthier” alternatives. After carrying out a nationwide survey, the expert group discovered that beef burgers have an average salt content per serving of 0.75g, 0.14g less than the average salt content of meat-free burgers.

  • How smoking adverts have evolved over the decades, from a gentleman’s pastime to a life-threatening activity
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    How smoking adverts have evolved over the decades, from a gentleman’s pastime to a life-threatening activity

    Society’s perception of smoking has altered drastically over the years. Advertised as a popular pastime of gentlemen and athletes during the early 20th century, cigarette packets now come with stark warnings over the harmful impact that smoking can have on your health. Philip Morris, one of the world’s largest cigarette and tobacco companies, has recently been accused of hypocrisy after launching a campaign with the supposed aim of helping smokers quit the habit.

  • Royal tour: Prince Harry reveals that he’s hoping for a baby girl
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    Royal tour: Prince Harry reveals that he’s hoping for a baby girl

    Prince Harry has admitted that he’s hoping for a baby girl when the Duchess of Sussex gives birth next spring. The Duke of Sussex was attending a cycling event as part of the recently launched Sydney Invictus Games when he revealed his wish for a daughter. After helping a competitor in a wheelchair mount a curb, a spectator called out to Prince Harry saying: “I hope it’s a girl”.

  • Why we need to talk about mental health in the workplace
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    Why we need to talk about mental health in the workplace

    For many people experiencing mental health difficulties, fear of the stigma associated with conditions can affect how they relate to others. At work, the potential reactions of both colleagues and employers may make those struggling with a mental health condition feel unable to be open about their experiences. Mental health discrimination initiative Time to Change has formulated an employer pledge, through which companies can demonstrate their “commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace, and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported”.

  • What is multiple sclerosis? Selma Blair reveals 'incurable' MS diagnosis
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    What is multiple sclerosis? Selma Blair reveals 'incurable' MS diagnosis

    The condition affects over 100,000 people in the UK.

  • Multiple sclerosis: What is it and what are the symptoms?
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    Multiple sclerosis: What is it and what are the symptoms?

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong autoimmune condition that affects the brain and the spinal cord, resulting in a wide range of symptoms that vary from person-to-person. Joan Didion, Jack Osbourne and Selma Blair, who was diagnosed in August, are among those in the public eye who live with MS. MS inhibits how well a person’s central nervous system functions, subsequently interrupting the process whereby the brain sends signals to the rest of the body to enable you to do simple things like move, eat and see.

  • Average lunch break lasts only 22 minutes, report finds
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    Average lunch break lasts only 22 minutes, report finds

    Long gone are the days when employees would sidle out of the office at 12 noon for a lunchtime meeting only to trundle back three hours later, two courses and a bottle of Chardonnay down. Today, high demands and an increasingly volatile economic landscape have rendered the concept of lunch hours obsolete in most offices, with the average Brit now taking just 22 minutes for their midday break, new research claims. The survey found that one in five employees didn’t leave their desks at all during lunchtime.

  • Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis: ‘I am disabled’
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    Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis: ‘I am disabled’

    Selma Blair has revealed she has multiple sclerosis (MS). Writing on Instagram, Blair said that despite only just being diagnosed, she has been experiencing symptoms for years, leading her to believe she might’ve had the disease for more than a decade. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.

  • Male breast cancer: What are the signs and how to check?
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    Male breast cancer: What are the signs and how to check?

    Breast cancer is more commonly associated with women than with men, affecting approximately one in eight women in their lifetimes. While boys do not develop breasts like girls do during puberty, they still have a small amount of breast tissue behind the nipples where breast cancer can develop, Macmillan Cancer Support explains. “Until puberty, breast tissue in boys and girls is the same.

  • Open letter: 'There is NO such thing as anxiety or depression. Why? My father said so.'
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    Open letter: 'There is NO such thing as anxiety or depression. Why? My father said so.'

    The struggle with anxiety has no name, age or race, but each of these factors plays a role in the way it is perceived in society. Abacus Canada conducted a study of 1,500 Canadians to weigh opinions on anxiety, and one of the standout findings revealed a pattern among those who practice particular religions. Individuals who identified as Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu faiths widely agreed – an average of 70 per cent of the time – that anxiety was curable. ...

  • Five reasons to stop reading your children fairytales now
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    Five reasons to stop reading your children fairytales now

    Stories like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast are so ingrained in popular culture that it can be all too easy to overlook the damaging ideologies that they perpetuate via misogynistic characters, degrading plot lines and racial uniformity. Now, parents are imposing bans on these classic Disney tales, with Keira Knightley and Kristen Bell among those criticising some of the key storylines, which depict women being rescued by men and kissed while they sleep. Donald Haase, author of Fairytales and Feminism, encourages parents to read these stories sceptically, so as to confront such archaisms rather than endorse them.

  • Lena Dunham shares hospital photo following surgery to remove left ovary
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    Lena Dunham shares hospital photo following surgery to remove left ovary

    Lena Dunham has posted a photo on Instagram of her lying on a hospital bed after having surgery to remove her left ovary. The Girls creator has spoken frankly in the past about suffering from various health issues, having undergone a hysterectomy in 2017 in an effort to treat her severe endometriosis. In her recent post, she explains how the ovary had been removed as it had become surrounded by thickened scar tissue and was causing her immense discomfort.

  • CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?
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    CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?

    CBD, short for cannabidiol, is having a moment. Used in everything from snacks to moisturisers, products containing CBD (including oils, extracts, etc) seem to be everywhere. The number of CBD consumers doubled in the last year and with Canada becoming the latest country to legalise marijuana for recreational use, cannabis-derived products are now in the news more than ever before. But what exactly is CBD, and how is it making waves in medical fields and beyond? Read on for everything you need to know about the herbal flavour-of-the-month. ...

  • Patients with eating disorders told they’re ‘not thin enough’ for treatment
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    Patients with eating disorders told they’re ‘not thin enough’ for treatment

    An MP has issued a warning over the danger of not treating patients for eating disorders unless they’re deemed “thin enough” by health professionals. Wera Hobhouse, a Liberal Democrat politician and MP for Bath, was speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on eating disorders, which took place this week. Hobhouse read out an email that she received from the woman, in which she detailed being refused treatment as she “didn’t meet the diagnostic criteria”.

  • Restart a Heart Day: How to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing
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    Restart a Heart Day: How to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing

    If you come across someone who is unresponsive and they don’t seem to be breathing, being able to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before the emergency services arrive could save their life. According to a recent study commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), nearly a third of UK adults wouldn’t feel confident enough to perform CPR if they saw someone suffering a cardiac arrest. October 16 marks World Restart a Heart Day, an event organised by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation with the aim of equipping as many people as possible with the skills for CPR.

  • Royal baby: What will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name their first child?
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    Royal baby: What will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name their first child?

    Now that Kensington Palace has officially announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in spring next year, speculation is already rife regarding what the child will be named. It’s probable that Prince Harry and Meghan will follow in the footsteps of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by not revealing the sex of the baby until the day of its birth. Several gambling companies have stated that the duke and duchess are likely to name a baby girl after Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

  • 23 Major Moments You Missed From Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding
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    23 Major Moments You Missed From Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding

    Princess Charlotte wins the award for cutest bridesmaid ever. From Redbook

  • Royal baby: Will Meghan Markle still visit Fiji and Tonga despite Zika virus risk?
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    Royal baby: Will Meghan Markle still visit Fiji and Tonga despite Zika virus risk?

    Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child, with a due date falling in spring 2019. While many people have been responding to the news with a mixture of excitement and humour, others have been expressing their concern over the prospect of Meghan visiting countries where cases of Zika virus have been found - given it can cause health complications in unborn babies. Zika virus is a disease that’s transmitted by mosquitoes.

  • Why you should think twice before eating grapefruit and taking medication
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    Why you should think twice before eating grapefruit and taking medication

    At least 53 medications can be made less effective by the citrus fruit

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future daughter may be first to inherit royal title
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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future daughter may be first to inherit royal title

    An antiquated law that states that only sons can inherit hereditary peerages is being challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This could have significant implications for the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, should they have any daughters. Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring 2019.

  • How hamsters are helping scientists tackle obesity
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    How hamsters are helping scientists tackle obesity

    Consuming fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity is a proven way to lose weight, but it’s clearly easier said than done. The problem with eating less and moving more is that people feel hungry after exercise and they have to fight the biologically programmed urge to eat. Hamsters and other seasonal animals change their body and behaviour according to the time of year, such as growing a thick coat in winter or only giving birth in spring.

  • Pregnant Meghan Markle will visit Fiji and Tonga on royal tour - despite zika risk
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    Pregnant Meghan Markle will visit Fiji and Tonga on royal tour - despite zika risk

    The Duke and Duchess announced their baby news hours after they touched down in Australia.

  • Winter vaginas and wacky skin: the truth about what happens to your body in the autumn/winter
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    Winter vaginas and wacky skin: the truth about what happens to your body in the autumn/winter

    Yep, winter vaginas are totally a thing!

  • He was everything I was searching for – in a sperm donor
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    He was everything I was searching for – in a sperm donor

    Two years ago, I bought a subscription to a sperm bank. Over this past year of trying to get pregnant, I’ve often revisited the letter that first inspired me to choose this donor and ultimately helped me build the courage to plunge into a new universe, alone.