• How to wrap your Christmas presents, according to the experts
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    How to wrap your Christmas presents, according to the experts

    Shopping for Christmas presents is no mean feat, but once you’ve done that, another task arises: wrapping the things. When it comes to tasks, preparation is key, and gift-wrapping is no different. Before you begin the process, ensure you have everything you need, says gift wrapping expert Jane Means, whose clients include Harrods and Dior.

  • Gender stereotyped toys must be stopped, says women’s rights charity
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    Gender stereotyped toys must be stopped, says women’s rights charity

    Fawcett Society has announced the launch of a social media campaign to combat gender-stereotyped toys in the lead up to Christmas. The gender equality and women’s rights charity will be teaming up with Let Toys Be Toys, an initiative that advocates for companies in the toy and publishing industries to stop stereotyping products that are geared towards children. The aim of the “Smashing Stereotypes” campaign is to shine on a spotlight on products, including toys, clothes, stationery and books, that have been designed specifically with girls or boys in mind, as opposed to for all.

  • 7 Days: Watch new trailer of new Chanel documentary coming to Netflix
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    7 Days: Watch new trailer of new Chanel documentary coming to Netflix

    A documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of Chanel’s haute couture spring/summer 2018 show is coming to Netflix this month. Titled 7 Days Out, each episode of the documentary series will centre around one week in the life of a visionary and their team in the realms of fashion, food, space, sports and entertainment. The inaugural episode, which airs on 21 December, provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary French fashion house's spring/summer 2018 haute couture show, which took place in January.

  • Instagram is clamping down on hashtags referencing eating disorders
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    Instagram is clamping down on hashtags referencing eating disorders

    Instagram is making it harder to search for eating disorders on the site, in an effort to prevent the glamourisation of damaging mental health conditions. In 2012, Instagram began making certain terms “unsearchable” on the site, including those seen to be promoting eating disorders. While some hashtags on the unsearchable list would come up with no results when searched, others would give users the option to “learn more” when they clicked on them and provide them with the option of seeking out help if needs be.

  • LGBT+ youth four times more likely to self-harm than heterosexual peers
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    LGBT+ youth four times more likely to self-harm than heterosexual peers

    Approximately one in 25 people aged between 16 and 24 in the UK identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the Office for National Statistics. While it’s previously been discovered that young members of the LGBT+ community are more likely than those who identify as heterosexual to self-harm or experience depression, there hasn’t been a substantial amount of research pinpointing when these mental health issues appear or how they progress over the years. In a new study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, researchers compared the symptoms of depression exhibited by adolescents who are in a sexual minority with those who are heterosexual.

  • I had postnatal depression as a new father. Mental health checks for dads should be expanded
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    I had postnatal depression as a new father. Mental health checks for dads should be expanded

    New and expectant fathers will be offered mental health assessments if their partner is suffering from depression or anxiety, NHS England recently announced. Postnatal depression is a non-psychotic depressive disorder that can occur after the birth of a child. Between 6-13 per cent of new mothers will suffer from postnatal depression, with symptoms including persistent sadness or low mood, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed, and thoughts of suicide.

  • More than half of adults have ruined Christmas dinner, survey claims
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    More than half of adults have ruined Christmas dinner, survey claims

    Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found six in 10 have at some point messed up the main Christmas meal. Over-cooking the carrots, burning the treasured pigs in blankets and ending up with soggy roast potatoes also featured in the top 20 list. It was revealed the average person will cater for around five people at Christmas time and four in 10 admitted they are worse at cooking if there are additional people watching them.

  • Move over millennial pink: Coral is the colour of the year for 2019
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    Move over millennial pink: Coral is the colour of the year for 2019

    The bright hue of coral has been named the 2019 colour of the year, having appeared on the runway, in modern makeup looks and across the media as of late. Every year, design company Pantone decides upon its colour of the year by taking cultural trends into account. Millennial pink has been a particularly popular colour across fashion and beauty in recent years, with some saying that the trend may have begun with the release of the rose-gold iPhone in 2015.

  • Women could be offered DIY smear tests at home to boost number of cervical cancer screenings
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    Women could be offered DIY smear tests at home to boost number of cervical cancer screenings

    Women in England could be sent DIY smear tests in an effort to increase the number of cervical cancer screenings taking place across the country, under new plans being considered by the Department of Health. Professor Anne Mackie, director of screening at Public Health England said a consultation was currently being carried out to "to look at the benefits of self-testing at home for women". The announcement follows a recent study in the British Medical Journal which revealed that doing doing so could boost the number of people taking smear tests, therefore increasing the possibility of detecting potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix.

  • Plus-size fashion brand launches campaign against Victoria's Secret
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    Plus-size fashion brand launches campaign against Victoria's Secret

    The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show might’ve come and gone, but many are still reeling from the controversies that surrounded this year’s event, which saw one executive say he didn’t think they should cast plus-size or “transsexual” models, the CEO step down and an all-time low in TV ratings. Now, one plus-size fashion brand has launched its own more inclusive, version, poking fun at the annual show’s lack of diversity. Navabi, which pegs itself as “the global leader in plus-size fashion”, created its own mini fashion show, casting exclusively plus-size women to combat what it describes as Victoria’s Secret’s “ridiculously outdated attitude”.

  • Number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety soars in decade
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    Number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety soars in decade

    The number of people in the UK being admitted to hospital for cases of stress and anxiety has soared in the past decade, new research has uncovered. According to digital healthcare company Forth, more than a third of the British public is likely to feel stressed for a least an entire day every week. The fast-paced and hectic nature of contemporary society has seemingly taken its toll on the mental health of many Brits, as outlined by new figures comparing the number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety this year to a decade ago.

  • Crohn's and colitis: What are they and is there a cure?
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    Crohn's and colitis: What are they and is there a cure?

    After seeing the toll that Crohn’s disease has taken on Dynamo, forcing the magician to put his career temporarily on hold, and with Jeremy Corbyn recently seen sporting a Crohn's and Colitis UK badge in parliament, interest surrounding the two illnesses have surged, but what exactly are they? A form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the digestive system, leaving sufferers with myriad symptoms that can severely inhibit their daily lives if not treated with the right medications. Colitis is similar in terms of symptoms and treatment, but one key difference is that it only affects the large intestine, whereas Crohn's can affect any part of the digestive tract.

  • Demi Lovato vows to ‘never give up’, weeks after leaving rehab
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    Demi Lovato vows to ‘never give up’, weeks after leaving rehab

    Demi Lovato has shared a selfie on Instagram vowing that she’ll “never give up”, weeks after leaving a rehabilitation facility. Lovato has spoken openly about her history with drug and alcohol abuse in the past, revealing in a YouTube documentary released last year called Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated that she first start using cocaine at the age of 17. The Instagram photo is the second that Lovato has shared on the social media platform since leaving rehab, the first of which she posted a month ago to encourage US citizens to vote in the country's mid-term elections.

  • Jael Strauss death: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant dies two months after breast cancer diagnosis
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    Jael Strauss death: Former America’s Next Top Model contestant dies two months after breast cancer diagnosis

    Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has passed away at the age of 34, just two months after being diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. The model revealed that she was suffering from stage four breast cancer in a Facebook post on October 5, three days after receiving her diagnosis.

  • Chanel bans fur and exotic animal skins from all its collections
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    Chanel bans fur and exotic animal skins from all its collections

    Chanel has announced it will no longer use exotic animal skins or fur in its collections. This means the French fashion house will stop making products with crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray skins - its use of fur was already fairly minimal. Instead, it will work on developing new sustainable materials that have a low environmental impact, though Chanel has yet to clarify exactly what this will entail.

  • New fathers to be offered mental health treatment on NHS
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    New fathers to be offered mental health treatment on NHS

    NHS England has announced that new fathers will be offered mental health screenings and treatment if their partners are suffering from illnesses such as postnatal depression, anxiety and psychosis. Research shows that one in five women will encounter mental health issues during the first year of birth, but one in 10 men will also be affected. The new initiative, which has been described as “radical” by the NHS, aims to prevent men’s mental health problems from being overlooked and help both parents ease into family life.

  • Halsey calls out Victoria's Secret Show: 'I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity'
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    Halsey calls out Victoria's Secret Show: 'I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity'

    Pop singer Halsey has spoken out about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s lack of diversity saying that she has "no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity". Writing on Instagram, the 24-year-old loosely referenced comments made by chief marketing officer Ed Razek, who, in an interview that came out shortly before the event was filmed, said he didn’t think “transsexuals” should walk the runway “because the show is a fantasy”.

  • 9 of the best real Christmas trees and where to buy them
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    9 of the best real Christmas trees and where to buy them

    Non-drop needles or not, all cut Christmas trees die sooner or later. Come January they're either in a sorry, naked state at the bottom of the garden with most of the needles somewhere in your lounge. 

  • 'It's just disgusting': Ted Baker alleged forced hugs causes outrage
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    'It's just disgusting': Ted Baker alleged forced hugs causes outrage

    Staff at Ted Baker have called for an end to the “forced hugging” that they claim is endorsed by the company’s founder and chief executive, Ray Kelvin, 62, arguing that it fosters a workplace culture in which sexual harassment goes unchallenged. An online petition to “scrap” the unusual practice also accuses Kelvin of making “sexual innuendos at staff” and “stroking people’s necks” and has garnered more than 2,300 signatures. The fashion chain has denied allegations of such misconduct in a statement, which says that “hugs have become part of Ted Baker’s culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon”.

  • Adopting a pet can help relieve symptoms of depression, study claims
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    Adopting a pet can help relieve symptoms of depression, study claims

    According to a study published in a Journal of Psychiatric Research, adopting a pet could offer respite to those with severe depression that has low rates of remission and cannot be easily treated with antidepressant medications or psychotherapy. Two Portuguese researchers recruited 80 participants with this kind of depression, known as “treatment-resistant major depressive disorder”, and found that adopting a pet “enhanced” the effects of antidepressant medication for a significant minority of their volunteers.

  • The best children's books of 2018
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    The best children's books of 2018

    Emily Bearn offers a selection of the best children's books and young adult fiction of the year. From rollicking adventures to charming picture-books, these are sure to keep even the most restless kids entertained

  • Girls school urges parents and pupils to spend less time on phones at home
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    Girls school urges parents and pupils to spend less time on phones at home

    A private all-girls school in north-west London has called on its pupils and their parents to reduce their smartphone use at home, asking them to sign a contract to make their promise official. South Hampstead High School has issued the two-page document to parents in the hope that signing it will encourage families to spend more time talking to one another or reading instead of mindlessly scrolling on their phones. After she presented her findings to pupils in an assembly a few weeks ago, she was inspired to write to parents and encouraged by head teacher Victoria Bingham to draw up the pledge along with input from fellow sixth-form students.

  • Rebekah Vardy inspires women to book smear tests with Instagram post
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    Rebekah Vardy inspires women to book smear tests with Instagram post

    A photo taken by Rebekah Vardy as she lay waiting to have a smear test has inspired other women to book their own screenings. Earlier this week, former I’m A Celebrity contestant Vardy shared a photo on Instagram of her legs as she lay on an examination table in a doctor’s office.

  • World AIDS Day: How to get yourself checked for HIV
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    World AIDS Day: How to get yourself checked for HIV

    Right now there are more than 100 ,000 people in the UK living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the incurable illness that damages the cells in the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight everyday infections. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the name given to describe the potentially life-threatening infections that can happen as a result of an immune system that has been damaged by the HIV virus and early diagnosis is crucial to prevent these from developing. To mark World AIDS Day, which takes place on Saturday and aims to encourage people to get tested, here’s everything you need to know about how to get yourself checked for HIV, including how to do it at home.

  • Stella McCartney announces UN charter to combat dangers of fast fashion
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    Stella McCartney announces UN charter to combat dangers of fast fashion

    Stella McCartney is set to back a United Nations charter to promote sustainable fashion and target some of the environmental threats the industry currently poses. The British designer will work alongside high street fast fashion brands, who have yet to be announced, to help them set out plans to reduce their carbon footprint without compromising on business strategies. The charter will be officially launched on 10 December at the UN’s annual convention on climate change, which takes place in Katowice, Poland.