• Rachael Bland 'Big C': BBC presenter’s touching memoir for son published posthumously
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    Rachael Bland 'Big C': BBC presenter’s touching memoir for son published posthumously

    The memoir BBC presenter Rachael Bland wrote for her son has been published posthumously, following her death in September 2018. In November 2016, Bland was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a lumpectomy and a mastectomy, she was informed in 2018 that the cancer had become incurable.

  • Young female blood donors at higher risk of iron deficiency
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    Young female blood donors at higher risk of iron deficiency

    Adolescent female blood donors are more likely to develop an iron deficiency compared to older donors and non-donors, new research has found. This means they might be at a higher risk of fainting and feeling unwell after donating blood, but the researchers stress this shouldn't dissuade people from becoming donors, rather encourage them to take the necessary precautions, such as iron supplements. The study was carried out by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and also suggests that such deficiencies could have an adverse effect on brain development in these women.

  • Brit awards 2019: Most memorable outfits of all time, from Lady Gaga to Geri Halliwell
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    Brit awards 2019: Most memorable outfits of all time, from Lady Gaga to Geri Halliwell

    As one of the most significant events of the year in the music industry, scores of stars will be attending the 2019 Brit Awards when it takes place on Wednesday 20 February. While the performances and prizes awarded during the proceedings undoubtedly make the night one to remember, the Brit Awards are also notable for providing celebrities with the opportunity to showcase their sartorial prowess on the red carpet and the stage. Who could possibly forget Geri Halliwell's mini Union Dress from 1997, which she wore while performing alongside her fellow Spice Girls bandmates?

  • Karl Lagerfeld: Why the Chanel creative director was so outstanding
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    Karl Lagerfeld: Why the Chanel creative director was so outstanding

    “Genius” and “iconic” are my main bugbears – the former should be used sparingly, about folk such as Azzedine Alaïa (a genius craftsman) or maybe Tom Ford (a genius at marketing, let's not beat about the bush). The latter should only be used if you have, say, an unfolding triptych of a medieval saint pasted onto the front of a coat: Jean Paul Gaultier, incidentally, did that in 1997. The British Fashion Council awards a fashion individual each year for being outstanding: Anna Wintour, American Vogue's editor in chief, received it in 2014, and a year later it was announced that Karl Lagerfeld was next.

  • Screen time for children under two more than doubles in 17 years
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    Screen time for children under two more than doubles in 17 years

    The amount of time that children under the age of two spend looking at screens on digital devices has more than doubled over a 17-year period, a study has found. There's been growing concern over the excessive amount of time some children spend on smartphones and tablets, with paediatric experts recently advising that parents implement a digital curfew for their children an hour before going to bed. In a new study published in journal JAMA Paediatrics, researchers investigated the extent to which the time children spend on screens has increased over the past couple of decades.

  • Interval training more effective than jogging and cycling for weight loss, study finds
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    Interval training more effective than jogging and cycling for weight loss, study finds

    Doing short bursts of high intensity exercise can be more effective for weight loss than moderate workouts, a recent study has found. The health benefits of interval training have been investigated on multiple occasions in the past, with previous research concluding that it can help speed up your metabolism. Interval training consists of short bursts of intense exercise following by brief periods of rest.

  • Zara campaign featuring model with freckles sparks debate in China as some decry advert as 'ugly'
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    Zara campaign featuring model with freckles sparks debate in China as some decry advert as 'ugly'

    A Zara campaign featuring a model with freckles has sparked debate on social media in China, with some users describing the photos as "ugly". The Chinese model in the campaign is 25-year-old Li Jingwen, known professionally as Jing Wen. On 15 February, Spanish high street retailer Zara shared a series of photos of Jing Wen on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

  • Unisex toilets put schoolgirls at risk of sexual harassment, claims women’s rights group
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    Unisex toilets put schoolgirls at risk of sexual harassment, claims women’s rights group

    Unisex toilets in schools are putting girls at risk of sexual harassment and period shaming, claims one women’s rights group. Women’s Voices Wales conducted a review into how pupils felt about gender-inclusive facilities after initial concerns were raised about safety and possible intimidation by parents and pupils. “What we’ve heard so far ranges from girls not drinking water during the day so they can avoid using the toilets, to ‘period shaming’ from boys,” reads a statement posted to the organisation’s Facebook page on 14 February.

  • Celebrities who walked on the runway this fashion month, from Laverne Cox to Gwendoline Christie
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    Celebrities who walked on the runway this fashion month, from Laverne Cox to Gwendoline Christie

    In previous years, celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and Kylie Jenner have graced the catwalks of some of the industry’s biggest designers, and for autumn/winter 2019, even more stars were subbed in for models. At New York Fashion Week, we saw actors including Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones, Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, and Greta Lee from Netflix’s Russian Doll make an appearance on the runway. Elsewhere, supermodel Christy Turlington made a surprise appearance at Marc Jacobs, closing the show in a voluminous black taffeta gown.

  • Pickle, squishy and tadpole: The most common nicknames parents-to-be call mother’s baby bump
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    Pickle, squishy and tadpole: The most common nicknames parents-to-be call mother’s baby bump

    While some may deliberate over naming their baby after their favourite Game of Thrones character, others start the name-giving process months in advance by nicknaming the mother's baby bump. According to a recent study of 1,500 mothers and fathers conducted by online parenting community ChannelMum.com, during pregnancy nine out of 10 parents opt for an alternative moniker for the baby bump. Some of the most popular baby bump names among the parents included nicknames such as "Button", "Sprout", and "Pebble".

  • French schools could replace ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ under new anti-discrimination law
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    French schools could replace ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ under new anti-discrimination law

    France’s National Assembly has passed a law that will see the removal of the labels “mother” and “father” from forms used in the country’s schools. The amendment made to the nation’s School of Trust Bill would see the terms be replaced with “parent 1” and “parent 2” in a move designed to avoid discriminating against same-sex parents. The decision was widely supported by the majority La République en Marche Party, which was founded by French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • Lili Reinhart reveals she’s in therapy and insists it’s nothing ‘to feel ashamed of’
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    Lili Reinhart reveals she’s in therapy and insists it’s nothing ‘to feel ashamed of’

    Lili Reinhart has revealed she is seeing a therapist for her mental health and that it is nothing to “be ashamed of”. The Riverdale actor made the revelation in a candid note posted on her Instagram story on Saturday, describing it as a “friendly reminder for anyone who needs to hear it”.

  • BBC to provide information about abortions after Call the Midwife controversy
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    BBC to provide information about abortions after Call the Midwife controversy

    On 3 February, an episode of the period drama Call The Midwife was aired on BBC One. At the end of the programme, a message appeared on screen instructing viewers to visit the BBC Action Line website if they wished for further information regarding the issues raised in the storyline. After concerns raised by organisations including the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) - the UK's largest abortoin provider - BBC Action Line said that it had chosen not to include a link to information about abortion because the topic is "contentious".

  • London Fashion Week: From Simone Rocha’s princess gowns to Sex Education stars on the Frow, everything that happened on day two
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    London Fashion Week: From Simone Rocha’s princess gowns to Sex Education stars on the Frow, everything that happened on day two

    If day one was all about bringing activism and eccentricity to the catwalk, day two will be defined by its homage to wearable clothing. There has been a notable shift away from this, though, particularly among British designers. On day two of LFW, it was all about comfort and practicality.

  • Molly Goddard at LFW AW19: Killing Eve’s Villanelle eat your heart out
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    Molly Goddard at LFW AW19: Killing Eve’s Villanelle eat your heart out

    Since 2015, Molly Goddard has been the fashion world’s best kept secret. Unless you frequent the shows, devour the pages of style monthlies or scroll through Net-a-Porter on a daily basis (who, me?), you likely haven’t been familiar with the brand. Despite her roaring catwalk success, the London designer and her capacious fluoro tulle has remained largely an industry obsession.

  • Jedward flooded with messages of support from fans following news of mother's death
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    Jedward flooded with messages of support from fans following news of mother's death

    Jedward have been inundated with messages of condolence from fans after announcing that their mother has passed away from cancer. The pop duo, which consists of twins John and Edward Grimes, paid tribute to their mother Susanna Condron by sharing a heartfelt message on Twitter and Instagram. You shaped the character of who we are," Jedward tweeted.

  • Myleene Klass reveals she’s pregnant with third child in Instagram post
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    Myleene Klass reveals she’s pregnant with third child in Instagram post

    Myleene Klass has revealed she's pregnant with her third child with a post on Twitter and Instagram. The singer, who found fame in the early Noughties as one fifth of pop group Hear'Say, made the announcement on Valentine's Day. Klass shared a photo of herself cradling her growing baby bump, captioning the picture with a simple heart emoji.

  • 10 green-fingered gifts to give this Valentine's Day, from sensual salvias to er, carrots
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    10 green-fingered gifts to give this Valentine's Day, from sensual salvias to er, carrots

    Forget red roses and the obligatory chocolates, it’s all about making a horticultural statement this Valentine’s Day. Be it a succulent, a melon or even a carrot there are many creative ways to celebrate your love with a green-fingered gift. Here the RHS suggests ten top performing plants, all with its much coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM), that will survive long after the 14th February…

  • Every fashion brand that has banned fur: From Chanel to Burberry
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    Every fashion brand that has banned fur: From Chanel to Burberry

    In 2019 it looks like fur is finally on its way out of the fashion industry. Burberry, Gucci, Versace and Coach are just some of the major brands to take a stand against animal cruelty in recent years by banning the use of such items in their collections, opting for faux alternatives instead. Retailers are taking action too, with FarFetch having recently announced its pledge to be entirely fur-free as of December 2019.

  • ‘Cheat day’ lunchbox accused of promoting diet culture to children
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    ‘Cheat day’ lunchbox accused of promoting diet culture to children

    A lunchbox with the words “cheat day” written on it has been accused of marketing diet culture to children. Writer Sonni Abatta posted an image of the lunchbox on Facebook after she came across it in an unnamed department store. “Our world is telling our girls that it’s ‘cheating’ if they eat something that’s not 100 per cent fat-free and perfectly healthy,” she wrote.

  • Demonising smoking and drinking in pregnancy may lead to women to do it in private, says study
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    Demonising smoking and drinking in pregnancy may lead to women to do it in private, says study

    The stigma surrounding smoking and drinking alcohol in pregnancy could be causing mothers-to-be to conduct the behaviours in private, a study has found. Research from the University of Cardiff found that the negative reactions to smoking and drinking from health professionals “irritated and alienated” pregnant women. Over a fifth of women in Wales are recorded as smokers at the time of their first pregnancy assessment, according to recent figures.

  • Dairy industry to take legal action against vegan ‘cheesemonger’
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    Dairy industry to take legal action against vegan ‘cheesemonger’

    South London vegans will have been rejoicing this week, as the UK’s first vegan “cheese” monger opened its doors. La Fauxmangerie, run by sisters Rachel and Charlotte Stevens, opened its doors in Brixton on Friday. The dairy industry is planning legal action against the business, claiming that calling the products “cheese” is misleading to consumers.

  • New Barbie range includes dolls that use wheelchairs and have prosthetic limbs
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    New Barbie range includes dolls that use wheelchairs and have prosthetic limbs

    Ever since the first Barbie was created by Mattel in 1959, the doll has assumed a formulaic guise consisting of cascades of bleach blonde hair, high-heel ready feet and unrealistic body proportions. Now, the company is continuing to make strides towards inclusion by releasing two new disabled Barbie dolls: one that uses a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg. Mattel announced the new additions to its Fashionista line on 11 February, explaining it hopes the collection will help to broaden the definition of what’s considered beautiful.

  • Contraceptive pill may impact women’s ability to read emotion
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    Contraceptive pill may impact women’s ability to read emotion

    Taking the contraceptive pill could hinder women's ability to read the emotions of others from their facial expressions, a new study has suggested. Greater focus has been placed on the impact the contraceptive pill can have on the mental health of its users as of late, a topic that was recently explored in an illuminating BBC One documentary. While the connection between the pill and mental health issues has been questioned in recent years, less is known about how the oral form of contraception affects women's abilities to read complex facial expressions.

  • Vlogger Nikki Lilly discusses filming TV show about living with chronic illness
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    Vlogger Nikki Lilly discusses filming TV show about living with chronic illness

    YouTuber Nikki Lilly has opened up about filming her life with a chronic illness for a new TV show, explaining why it's important to show the "harder bits of life". 14-year-old Lilly was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM) when she was six years old, a rare condition that typically appears in the head, neck or spine. AVM is found when there's an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, and can cause swelling and life-threatening nosebleeds to occur.