• Blogger with cervical cancer shares candid photos of hair loss on Instagram
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    Blogger with cervical cancer shares candid photos of hair loss on Instagram

    A 23-year-old blogger with stage two cervical cancer has revealed the true extent of her hair loss in a series of candid photographs. Milly Smith was diagnosed one month ago but has been living with the disease for three years. In a side-by-side image, she shows the drastic rate at which chemotherapy has caused her hair to thin and fall out.

  • 8 reasons you're tired that have zero to do with sleep
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    Lauren Sharkey

    8 reasons you're tired that have zero to do with sleep

    Being tired isn't always to do with not having got eight hours' sleep.

  • How to cure a hangover
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    How to cure a hangover

    Waking up with a hangover is bad enough, but when it's a weekday and you've got a day of work ahead of you then it's even worse. There's no actual cure for a hangover - no magic bullet that'll cure your sore head and weak limbs - but there are foods and drinks which can alleviate some of the symptoms. Glugging a pint glass of the stuff before you hit the sack after a boozy night will generally work wonders.

  • Is charcoal the key to curing your hangover?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Is charcoal the key to curing your hangover?

    Is charcoal more than just a cool Instagram trend?

  • Parents should limit children's screentime to 90 mins a day to prevent obesity, says study
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    Parents should limit children's screentime to 90 mins a day to prevent obesity, says study

    Children who spend prolonged periods of time using technology are more prone to obesity, a new study suggests. A group of child health specialists have found “a strong link” between rising child obesity levels and frequent exposure to social media. In light of their findings, they are warning parents to take action by limiting their children’s screentime to 90 minutes a day.

  • Cinnamon could help you lose weight
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    Lauren Sharkey

    Cinnamon could help you lose weight

    Cinnamon (or the ultimate Christmas spice) may just help with burning fat.

  • 7 junk foods often disguised as health foods
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    Nisean Lorde

    7 junk foods often disguised as health foods

    We already know that fruits and veggies are good for us -- but what about food this is often touted as "healthy" but is really bad for us?  

  • Cinnamon helps burn fat cells, study finds
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    Cinnamon helps burn fat cells, study finds

    Scientists have found that an ingredient in cinnamon could help fat-burning in humans. Cinnamaldehyde is an essential oil that helps give the spice its distinctive flavour and has been proven to protect mice against obesity in previous studies. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have claimed that the oil also activates thermogenesis, a metabolic bodily process which burns calories to produce heat.

  • UK laws around smacking children are changing - everything you need to know
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    UK laws around smacking children are changing - everything you need to know

    Rules around smacking children across the UK are changing as a result of new laws coming into force. In England it’s already illegal to do so, as it is to hit anyone. Scotland announced changes last month that will remove the legal defence that protects parents, and Wales is now doing the same.

  • Sugar industry accused of hiding evidence of sucrose's negative health effects 50 years ago
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    Sugar industry accused of hiding evidence of sucrose's negative health effects 50 years ago

    The sugar industry buried research that linked sucrose to heart disease 50 years ago, scientists claim. In the journal PLOS Biology, researchers Cristin Kearns, Dorie Apollonio and Stanton Glantz from the University of California at San Francisco assessed internal sugar industry documents which found that the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF), an industry-funded US research organisation, funded animal research to evaluate sucrose’s effects on cardiovascular health.

  • Jujube is the new superfood about to take over social media
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    Lauren Sharkey

    Jujube is the new superfood about to take over social media

    Jujube, or the red date, has tons of health benefits.

  • Girl Scouts issue reminder that children don't 'owe anyone a hug'
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    Girl Scouts issue reminder that children don't 'owe anyone a hug'

    American girl scouts are being reminded that they never “owe” anyone a hug. With family get-togethers peaking around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, it’s not uncommon for young children to be urged to hug relatives or show some other sign of physical affection. Of course, if your child is happy to give his or her grandmother, aunt or other relative a hug, that’s fine.

  • 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. Donald Haase, author of Fairytales and Feminism, encourages parents to read these stories sceptically, so as to confront such archaisms rather than endorse them. “They can read or tell classical tales in ways that intentionally question or subvert the stereotypes,” the Wayne State University professor told The Independent.

  • Mother shamed for breastfeeding at Disneyland speaks out
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    Mother shamed for breastfeeding at Disneyland speaks out

    A mother from Ontario, California has hit back at the women who shamed her for breastfeeding her 10-month-old son in public. Brittni Medina was at Disneyland with her husband waiting in a long queue for a ride when her son started crying. As she began to feed her child, Medina overheard two women making “snarky comments” behind her, criticising her for breastfeeding in public.

  • Why you should stop focusing on fat loss when working out
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    Why you should stop focusing on fat loss when working out

    We all know that if you want to slim down, you need to eat better and move more. And often, the reason people hit the gym or start pounding the pavements is with the goal of fat loss in mind.

  • Toddler almost dies after getting herpes from a kiss
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    Bianca Soldani

    Toddler almost dies after getting herpes from a kiss

    16-month-old Parker became seriously ill with the herpes virus after an innocent kiss.

  • Instagram fitness star Hayley Madigan says eating carbohydrates is the secret to her body transformation
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    Instagram fitness star Hayley Madigan says eating carbohydrates is the secret to her body transformation

    A fitness blogger and Instagram star says that eating carbs is one of the secrets to her incredible physique.

  • Revealed: What would happen if everyone followed a vegan diet
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    Revealed: What would happen if everyone followed a vegan diet

    If the entire population switched to a vegan diet it would have a negative effect on public health, a new study claims. According to research published by the US National Academy of Sciences, everyone turning vegan would likely leave many people deficient in various nutrients. The researchers set out to examine the impact of the meat industry on greenhouse gas emissions and wanted to find out what would happen if every person in the US adopted a vegan diet.

  • Child destroys £1,000 of makeup in Sephora
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    Child destroys £1,000 of makeup in Sephora

    A child has caused $1,300 (£985) of damage in a branch of makeup store Sephora by running wild and playing with the products. Pictures of the destroyed makeup were shared by the Facebook page, Extraordinary Life Makeup Artistry, and many people have expressed outrage. “$1,300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child,” wrote the person on Facebook.

  • Easing the aches and pains caused by arthritis
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    Easing the aches and pains caused by arthritis

    If you’re a regular jogger like me, and have in the past sustained a knee injury, you’re more at risk of suffering from this painful, degenerative disease. Not perfect for designer trainers but, most definitely, better for my joints. Replacing a running habit with other, more joint-friendly, forms of exercise such as swimming (which almost completely removes the strains felt by the body) or cycling (which better supports the knee joint) is another way of avoiding a flare up.

  • Kelly Clarkson: 'It's when I'm fat that I'm happy'
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    Nisean Lorde

    Kelly Clarkson: 'It's when I'm fat that I'm happy'

    "No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics."

  • PMS is a ‘myth’, claims female psychologist
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    PMS is a ‘myth’, claims female psychologist

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is widely thought to affect most women at some point in their lives. Sufferers can experience a combination of mood swings, bloating, breast pain and a low sex drive, with the NHS claiming that one in 20 women will have symptoms severe enough to stop them from carrying out day-to-day tasks. Robyn Stein DeLuca believes that women have been fed lies by books, magazines and the medical community regarding the validity of PMS and its crippling symptoms.