The act of giving birth is extraordinary and completely unique for every individual who experiences it. Birth Becomes Her, an online resource for birth photographers, carry out an annual contest to not only show the world how profound giving birth is, but also to shed a light on the power of photography. It depicts a child meeting their younger sibling for the very first time, peering through the glass as the newborn is submerged in water.
A mother’s poignant response to the gender stereotypes she witnessed as a child has gone viral on Facebook. Darla Halyk penned the powerful post to highlight how she felt an ingrained misogyny deeply affected her upbringing. It has since been shared more than 11,000 times, with men and women alike sharing their own experiences of gender-based stereotypes in response.
Experts have expressed growing concerns over the rising trend of DIY faecal transplants, as they could be putting people at risk of contracting diseases such as hepatitis. A faecal transplant is a procedure used to help restore a person’s gut bacteria who has suffered from repeated occurrences of Clostridium difficile infection. Clostridium difficile, otherwise known as C. difficile or C. diff, is a debilitating infection that causes diarrhoea and can consequently lead to serious bowel issues.
A British mother has prompted a furore online by declaring hyphenated children’s names “lower-class”. “I live in an area where half the children at school live in council houses. “So yes, I see them as lower class.
Ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, packaged bread and cake, cereal and processed meats could increase the risk of cancer, according to a new study.
Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black have revealed that they’re expecting their first child together.
A mother has claimed that her baby’s severe eczema was cured by applying a bargain moisturiser. Joanne Nevin is a 28-year-old mother of three from Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland. When her baby Kelisha was three months old, Nevin, who is currently pregnant with her fourth child, noticed patches of eczema developing on Kelisha’s elbows and legs.
A transgender woman has become the first in the world to breastfeed her baby after undergoing hormone treatment. The 30-year-old woman, who hasn’t been named, approached Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein from the Mount Sinai Centre for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York. Reisman and Goldstein, a nurse practitioner and a programme manager respectively, enabled the transgender woman to breastfeed her baby for the first six weeks of its life by inducing lactation.
With protein powders having successfully crossed over from niche bodybuilding product to the mainstream, the next supplement being pushed by the fitness industry to the average gym-goer are BCAAs. Usually consumed in the form of a powder which is added to water to create a translucent liquid, gym-goers can be seen downing BCAAs pre-, during and post-workouts, and also sipping throughout the day. What are BCAAS?
Instead of supporting a bill to provide female inmates with free and unlimited menstrual products, the Arizona Department of Corrections said it is revising its sanitary pad policy to try to put the issue to rest.
A father heroically saved his 19-month-old son’s life when he realised that the toddler was suffering from a stroke. Phil Kerman is a 39-year-old father of three from Hull, East Yorkshire. One day when Phil walked into his young son’s room, he was surprised to find Ronnie lying down rather than standing up in his cot like he usually does.
Kelsey Davis is a 29-year-old mother of three from Gilbert, Arizona. When Kelsey’s eldest daughter, Brooke, was three years old, she and her partner Stefan revealed to her that they were expecting another baby. Sadly, Kelsey lost the baby, leaving Brooke devastated.
Frequent use of self-deprecating humour has been linked to a better overall psychological wellbeing, a study has discovered. When you hear someone making fun of themselves, you would usually assume that they’re doing so to conceal their insecurities. University of Granada researchers from the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (CIMCYC) decided to explore different kinds of humour to determine whether a person’s comedic streak is connected to the way in which they cope with anger.
When young people are “looked after” by the state, they can live in a variety of care placements including children’s homes, foster parents or with friends or birth family relatives. Until now, many thought that the risks that go along with young people in care using social media – including unwelcome contact from their birth family – outweighed any potential benefits. This assumption overshadowed the evidence that using social media can promote “social capital” – a term used to describe the opportunities available from knowing and being connected to other people.
When you picture someone with an eating disorder, who do you picture? Despite accumulating evidence that eating disorders can impact anyone, eating disorders continue to be presented – in the media, in public discourse, in doctors’ surgeries and even in much of the research literature – in stereotypical ways. During Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada last week, the campaign used a theme of “One size does NOT fit all,” to emphasise the diversity of people who suffer from eating disorders.
From April, the government’s sugar tax will make 500ml bottles of high-sugar drinks cost an extra 14p, and two litre bottles an extra 58p. The sugar tax will apply to fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks with more than 5g or 8g of sugar per 100ml, adding 22p and 29p per litre respectively to the price, including VAT. Places that have already got a sugar tax, such as Mexico and Berkeley, California, have found that the higher price does make people drink less.
Now, for the first time, researchers have results from two independent clinical trials showing that two different drugs help these patients – giving them about two more years before their cancer metastasises. The studies, each involving more than 1,200 patients in countries around the world, were presented last week at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. The other study of a drug called enzalutamide, currently approved for treating prostate cancer that has already metastasised, has not yet been peer-reviewed for publication.
The predominant traits of psychopathy differ between cultures, experts have claimed. When the term “psychopath” is mentioned, a number of famous fictional figures spring to mind - Patrick Bateman, Freddy Krueger and Dexter Morgan to name a few. While many may assume that the main attributes of a psychopath’s personality would be universal, new research has discovered that they do seem to vary across different cultures.
Flu season is in full, miserable swing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning that this year's strain is especially dangerous. Due to the nature of this year's strain, the flu shot is less effective than usual - but the vaccine is still beneficial because it can potentially make your symptoms less severe if you do come down with the flu. The reason 2018 flu season is worse than usual is because the virus's dominant strain, H3N2, has been described by experts as one that causes severe symptoms and can be deadly - particularly for the youngest and oldest patients affected.