• Mother bans children from eating birthday cake because 'sugar has same effect on brain as cocaine'
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    Mother bans children from eating birthday cake because 'sugar has same effect on brain as cocaine'

    A mother who revealed that she’s banned her children from eating any foods that contain harmful sugar - including birthday cake - has incensed parents online. Tonia Buxton, a food author, cook and mother of four, appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the anti-sugar policies that she maintains in her household. Comparing sugar addiction to cocaine, she explained that she won’t let her children have sweet treats as they would be left wanting another “hit”.

  • 10 early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, according to experts
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    10 early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, according to experts

    Many people may claim they know how to spot the tell-tale signs of pregnancy. Pregnancy tests may not always display the correct results right away, which is why it’s important to be clued up on the other signs that a woman is in her first trimester. Here are 10 early signs of pregnancy that everyone should take note of.

  • Four cups of coffee a day linked to improved heart health, study finds
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    Four cups of coffee a day linked to improved heart health, study finds

    The health benefits of coffee may be regularly disputed, but a new study has linked caffeine consumption with improved heart health. In fact, consuming four cups of coffee a day could help protect cardiovascular cells from damage and also help them to repair. In a study published in PLOS Biology, researchers from Heinrich-Heine-University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf, Germany, found that caffeine may improve the health of the cells which line the arteries and veins, thus strengthening their ability to recover from damage.

  • Childhood cancer survivor reunites with ‘life-changing’ nurse 30 years later
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    Childhood cancer survivor reunites with ‘life-changing’ nurse 30 years later

    Liz Brown, a 43-year-old mother of three from East Riding, Yorkshire, was diagnosed with aggressive osteoblastoma, a rare form of bone tumour, when she was 14 years old. Ms Brown received the diagnosis having woken up paralysed on her 14th birthday. Ms Brown was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1989, where she was told that she shouldn’t expect to survive into adulthood.

  • Gaslighting: What is it and how can it change a victim's perception of reality?
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    Gaslighting: What is it and how can it change a victim's perception of reality?

    You are constantly second-guessing yourself, your confidence is shot, and you are questioning your perception of reality. Google searches of the word have gradually crept up in recent months, and the tactic is incredibly common according to Penny East, a spokeswoman for the charity SafeLives told The Independent. Indeed, to an outsider, the perpetrator may appear to be the perfect, caring partner,” Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge told The Independent.

  • Love Island fans express increasing concern over Alex’s sunburn
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    Love Island fans express increasing concern over Alex’s sunburn

    Dr Alex George has become a firm favourite among Love Island viewers for his endearing attempts to find love in the villa. Many have expressed increasing uneasiness over Alex’s sunburn, which appears to be worsening as the show progresses. If a person sustains sunburn, there are a number of measures that they can take to ensure that their skin doesn’t become any more damaged than it already is.

  • Elle Macpherson under fire for 'beach body' summer weight loss advice
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    Elle Macpherson under fire for 'beach body' summer weight loss advice

    The supermodel, 54, who became known as “The Body”, made the comments in a segment titled “Elle Macpherson’s Beach Body Secrets” on This Morning on Wednesday. “Summer’s coming up and I too am getting ready for summer body,” the supermodel said. “Coming up to summer, I will limit the bread intake, rice, you know, cream… Anything white,” Macpherson said, going on to explain how she sometimes skips dinner in favour of a shake.

  • How giving up sugar can help cure anxiety, according to woman who tried it
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    How giving up sugar can help cure anxiety, according to woman who tried it

    In 2017, researchers in Ireland decided to explore whether the gut microbiome could be linked with anxiety disorders, coming to the conclusion that there may in fact be an association between the two. When New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson decided to try eliminating sugar from her diet, she hoped that it would help alleviate the inflammation in her thyroid caused by Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition that left Wilson severely unwell on a daily basis. “We now know that inflammation causes all of the contemporary metabolic diseases.

  • Are you a functioning alcoholic? Know the signs
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    Are you a functioning alcoholic? Know the signs

    We all know that as a society, we drink too much. There’s always a reason to drink and there are always people encouraging you to do so.

  • New parents get less than five hours sleep per night, study claims
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    New parents get less than five hours sleep per night, study claims

    New parents will get just four hours and 44 minutes of sleep in an average night during the first year of their baby's life, it has emerged. The study also found sleep deprivation can take an emotional toll on relationships, with the average new-born waking three times a night when they first arrive home. More than two thirds of British parents believe they have got into arguments with their partner purely as a result of their baby’s poor sleep habits.

  • Living in a fast-paced city is key to happiness, research claims
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    Living in a fast-paced city is key to happiness, research claims

    While urban environments are sometimes associated with greater levels of stress and anxiety, keeping yourself occupied on a daily basis has also been linked to greater levels of life satisfaction, as chartered mediator Dr Jeanette Bicknell explained. “Among individuals in a society, busyness - or the feeling of busyness - seems to be an important factor in wellbeing,” she wrote in a blog post on Nautil. Dr Bicknell cited a study undertaken by Robert Levine from California State University Fresno and a team of researchers that investigated the pace of large cities from 31 different countries.

  • Children could face social media curfew enforced by government
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    Children could face social media curfew enforced by government

    Children growing up in today’s digital age have grown accustomed to being surrounded by all sorts of digital devices on a daily basis. With one in four children under the age of six owning a smartphone, it’s easier said than done for parents to monitor the amount of time their children spend glued to a screen. Elizabeth Denham, information commissioner, is going to be overseeing the introduction of a new code that could force social media platforms to alter their settings for their younger users.

  • Fitness influencer criticised for promoting 'extremely dangerous' weight loss pills
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    Fitness influencer criticised for promoting 'extremely dangerous' weight loss pills

    A fitness influencer with 13 million followers has been criticised for promoting “extremely dangerous” weight loss pills that claim to “allow you to cheat on your diet.”

  • Pollen count set to reach 12-year high: Here's how to deal with hay fever
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    Pollen count set to reach 12-year high: Here's how to deal with hay fever

    Pollen levels are set to reach a 12-year high this week, according to the Met Office. The unusually high pollen count has not reached this level since 2006. One in five people in the UK suffers from hay fever, 95 per cent of whom are affected by grass pollen.

  • Expectant mother reveals dismay as no-one turns up to gender reveal party
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    Expectant mother reveals dismay as no-one turns up to gender reveal party

    An expectant mother has revealed her devastation after preparing a gender reveal party, only for none of her guests to turn up. The popularity of “gender reveal parties” to announce the sex of a baby is an American trend that’s been gaining traction in the UK in recent years. While some people view the notion of a gender reveal party as a strange phenomenon, others enjoy taking the opportunity to celebrate their pregnancies in a slightly eccentric way.

  • Woman told she’s pregnant while having surgery to find out why she’s ‘infertile’
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    Woman told she’s pregnant while having surgery to find out why she’s ‘infertile’

    Doctors were shocked after discovering that a woman was five-weeks pregnant - just after they'd put her under general anaesthetic and were preparing to perform keyhole surgery to discover why she couldn't conceive. Tia Reed, a 19-year-old from Birmingham, was diagnosed with endometriosis in August 2017 having suffered from painful periods throughout her adolescence and thought she was infertile. When someone has endometriosis, cells similar to the ones found in the lining of the uterus also appear in other places around the body, breaking down and bleeding on a monthly basis.

  • How living in violent communities can affect children’s behaviour
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    How living in violent communities can affect children’s behaviour

    How does seeing violence and destruction on that scale affect children’s mental health – and the risk of them becoming violent themselves? Although riots are an extreme form of public disorder, exposure to community violence is a common experience for many children. In the most high-risk areas – urban areas with high levels of poverty – up to 90 per cent of children have been exposed to some level of community violence.

  • Hay fever: How to combat the symptoms
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    Hay fever: How to combat the symptoms

    With pollen levels set to reach a 12-year high this week, hay fever sufferers may struggle to spend time outdoors without their symptoms flaring up. As lovely as the weather may seem as spring comes to an end, the approach of summer means one thing and one thing only - hay fever season has officially arrived.

  • Mother reveals struggle of having 15-year-old son diagnosed with ‘gaming disorder’
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    Mother reveals struggle of having 15-year-old son diagnosed with ‘gaming disorder’

    A mother has spoken out about her teenage son’s debilitating addiction to video games, after spending three years trying to have his condition officially recognised by the NHS. Kendal Parmar, a mother of five from North London, revealed that watching her 15-year-old son gradually become more reliant on gaming during his adolescence has been a huge struggle. “Every moment he’s awake, he wants to be on a game,” Ms Parmar told The Telegraph.

  • Women who wake up early less likely to develop depression, study claims
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    Women who wake up early less likely to develop depression, study claims

    Women who describe themselves as “early risers” are less likely to develop depression, new research claims. A study of more than 32,000 women published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that those who are naturally inclined to wake up early are at a lower risk of the mental illness due to greater daylight exposure. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston examined the links between mood disorders and chronotype i.e.

  • All babies should be given Hepatitis B vaccination at birth, expert says
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    All babies should be given Hepatitis B vaccination at birth, expert says

    Currently the UK vaccinates all babies at 8 weeks.

  • Pollen levels to reach extreme highs on Father's Day, Met Office warns
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    Pollen levels to reach extreme highs on Father's Day, Met Office warns

    Anyone who’s planning on spending this year’s Father’s Day outside in the sunshine might want to reconsider if they or a family member has hay fever. Pollen levels are expected to reach extreme highs over the coming days in some parts of the UK, which will likely affect some people’s plans to make the most of the great outdoors. The Met Office has released a forecast of the pollen count over the coming days, which warns that people living in the east and south-east will be most affected.

  • Too much or too little sleep can damage your health, study finds
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    Too much or too little sleep can damage your health, study finds

    When a person is suffering from sleep deprivation, indulging in a lengthy lie in at the weekend may seem like a logical course of action to catch up on some zzzs. A recent study published in the journal BMC Public Health has found that having both too much or too little sleep could lead to a variety of health conditions, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels. The team who conducted the research, from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, analysed the data of 133,608 Korean men and women aged between 40 and 69 years old.

  • Spin classes can cause injuries similar to car crashes
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    Spin classes can cause injuries similar to car crashes

    Stationary cycling classes may offer an effective workout - but they could also be increasing the risk of kidney damage, according to medical reports. The popularity of spin classes has grown exponentially in recent years, as the classes are relatively fun, have a high-calorie burn, and work out your lower body. Rhabdomyolysis occurs when severe muscle trauma, due to a lack of oxygen, causes muscles to break down and release their contents into the bloodstream - which can lead to serious complications such as kidney failure.