• Selfish people have fewer children and earn less money, new study finds
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    Selfish people have fewer children and earn less money, new study finds

    People who are selfish tend to have fewer children and lower salaries than those who are not, a new study reveals. Researchers from the University of Stockholm are suggesting the concept that selfish people accrue more money thanks to their thrifty ways is nonsense after it found that people who engage in selfless behaviour are in fact more likely to receive a higher income and have larger families. Published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the study “Generosity pays: Selfish people have fewer children and earn less money“ focuses on selfishness from an economical and evolutionary perspective.

  • 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. Now, parents are imposing bans on these classic Disney tales, with Keira Knightley and Kristen Bell among those criticising some of the key storylines, which depict women being rescued by men and kissed while they sleep. Donald Haase, author of Fairytales and Feminism, encourages parents to read these stories sceptically, so as to confront such archaisms rather than endorse them.

  • Lena Dunham shares hospital photo following surgery to remove left ovary
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    Lena Dunham shares hospital photo following surgery to remove left ovary

    Lena Dunham has posted a photo on Instagram of her lying on a hospital bed after having surgery to remove her left ovary. The Girls creator has spoken frankly in the past about suffering from various health issues, having undergone a hysterectomy in 2017 in an effort to treat her severe endometriosis. In her recent post, she explains how the ovary had been removed as it had become surrounded by thickened scar tissue and was causing her immense discomfort.

  • CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?
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    CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?

    CBD, short for cannabidiol, is having a moment. Used in everything from snacks to moisturisers, products containing CBD (including oils, extracts, etc) seem to be everywhere. The number of CBD consumers doubled in the last year and with Canada becoming the latest country to legalise marijuana for recreational use, cannabis-derived products are now in the news more than ever before. But what exactly is CBD, and how is it making waves in medical fields and beyond? Read on for everything you need to know about the herbal flavour-of-the-month. ...

  • Patients with eating disorders told they’re ‘not thin enough’ for treatment
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    Patients with eating disorders told they’re ‘not thin enough’ for treatment

    An MP has issued a warning over the danger of not treating patients for eating disorders unless they’re deemed “thin enough” by health professionals. Wera Hobhouse, a Liberal Democrat politician and MP for Bath, was speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on eating disorders, which took place this week. Hobhouse read out an email that she received from the woman, in which she detailed being refused treatment as she “didn’t meet the diagnostic criteria”.

  • Restart a Heart Day: How to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing
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    Restart a Heart Day: How to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing

    If you come across someone who is unresponsive and they don’t seem to be breathing, being able to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before the emergency services arrive could save their life. According to a recent study commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), nearly a third of UK adults wouldn’t feel confident enough to perform CPR if they saw someone suffering a cardiac arrest. October 16 marks World Restart a Heart Day, an event organised by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation with the aim of equipping as many people as possible with the skills for CPR.

  • Royal baby: What will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name their first child?
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    Royal baby: What will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry name their first child?

    Now that Kensington Palace has officially announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in spring next year, speculation is already rife regarding what the child will be named. It’s probable that Prince Harry and Meghan will follow in the footsteps of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by not revealing the sex of the baby until the day of its birth. Several gambling companies have stated that the duke and duchess are likely to name a baby girl after Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

  • Royal baby: Will Meghan Markle still visit Fiji and Tonga despite Zika virus risk?
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    Royal baby: Will Meghan Markle still visit Fiji and Tonga despite Zika virus risk?

    Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child, with a due date falling in spring 2019. While many people have been responding to the news with a mixture of excitement and humour, others have been expressing their concern over the prospect of Meghan visiting countries where cases of Zika virus have been found - given it can cause health complications in unborn babies. Zika virus is a disease that’s transmitted by mosquitoes.

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future daughter may be first to inherit royal title
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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future daughter may be first to inherit royal title

    An antiquated law that states that only sons can inherit hereditary peerages is being challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This could have significant implications for the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, should they have any daughters. Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring 2019.

  • Thousands of women in Glasgow set to take part in one of the biggest equal pay strikes in UK history
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    Thousands of women in Glasgow set to take part in one of the biggest equal pay strikes in UK history

    Thousands of female council workers in Glasgow are set to take part in a strike this month over pay discrimination. It’s believed that the strike will be the largest equal pay strike ever to take place in the UK, with more than 8,000 council workers expected to attend. The strike has been organised by two trade unions, GMB and Unison, who represent council workers across several fields of work.

  • Chrissy Teigen: How the model became a social media phenomenon
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    Chrissy Teigen: How the model became a social media phenomenon

    Chrissy Teigen has led a successful career, having been “discovered” as a model as a teenager and subsequently propelled into stardom. Teigen has been known to frequently use her platform to voice her opinions with regards to a number of topics, including breaking taboos surrounding fertility issues, poking fun at her husband’s singing career and expressing her staunch opposition to US President Donald Trump. Born in Delta, Utah in 1985, Teigen and her parents were frequently on the move throughout her childhood.

  • Kanye West reveals to Donald Trump that he was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder by doctor
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    Kanye West reveals to Donald Trump that he was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder by doctor

    Kanye West has revealed while speaking to the President of the United States that he was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. The aim of West's meeting with Donald Trump was to discuss a number of issues, including job opportunities for former convicts and increasing the number of manufacturing jobs in Chicago, according to the New York Times. During their interaction, they also spoke about topics such as the Northern Korean nuclear crisis, prison reform and mental health.

  • New mothers need three months to feel confident looking after a baby, study finds
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    New mothers need three months to feel confident looking after a baby, study finds

    Learning how to be a parent is no easy feat, and not one that can be thoroughly understood without firsthand experience.

  • 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. 

  • Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health
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    Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health

    The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep.

  • Mara Wilson discusses being diagnosed with mental illness aged 12
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    Mara Wilson discusses being diagnosed with mental illness aged 12

    “I was always a very anxious child,” Mara Wilson says, minutes after our first introduction. It becomes clear from the very beginning of our interview that Wilson is as candid as they come. While there is a clear distinction between 31-year-old Mara and the telekinetic Matilda who she played in 1996, she emanates a level of intelligence, charisma and charm that one can’t help but compare to Roald Dahl’s beloved character.

  • Met Gala theme announced for 2019 as ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’
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    Met Gala theme announced for 2019 as ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’

    The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion events in the calendar and calls on guests to follow a specific dress code which matches the theme of the spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Next year’s theme, which follows this year’s contentious choice of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination", is “Camp: Notes on Fashion” and the event will be co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

  • World Mental Health Day: How swimming regularly can reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression
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    World Mental Health Day: How swimming regularly can reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression

    Swimming regularly can help reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression, a new study has claimed. Mental health illnesses affect millions of people in the UK, with approximately a fifth of British adults showing symptoms of anxiety or depression, as stated by the Mental Health Foundation. According to a YouGov poll commissioned by Swim England, 1.4 million adults in the UK have found that swimming has had a positive effect on their anxiety or depression.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Holden discusses ‘horrific day’ of giving birth to stillborn son
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    Amanda Holden discusses ‘horrific day’ of giving birth to stillborn son

    Amanda Holden has opened up about having to give birth to her stillborn son Theo in 2011, describing the ordeal as a “horrific day”. Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, the Britain’s Got Talent judge reveals that she had first noticed that something was wrong while watching Myleene Klass on Loose Women, who was also pregnant at the time. After trying to encourage Theo to move in the womb by having a bath and drinking coffee, Holden drove to the hospital to check with medical professionals that everything was ok.

  • How phantom smells can ruin lives
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    How phantom smells can ruin lives

    Have you ever smelled odours other people can’t smell? If you have, you may have experienced phantosmia – the medical name for a smell hallucination. The first time they occur, the phantom smell can linger for a few minutes, and the episodes may repeat daily, weekly or monthly for up to a year.

  • Parents feel stressed six times a day because of their children, study claims
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    Parents feel stressed six times a day because of their children, study claims

    Getting kids to bed, doing the weekly food shop and meal times have been named on a list of parents' biggest stress triggers. Getting home from work in time to wish them goodnight, knowing the right foods to feed children and successfully getting out of the door on time also featured on the list. Just paying for petrol was a nightmare for a third of parents of young children.

  • Pret A Manger: What are the rules for allergy food labelling in the UK?
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    Pret A Manger: What are the rules for allergy food labelling in the UK?

    Pret A Manger has announced that it’s going to begin listing all ingredients on its products following the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered an allergic reaction in 2016 after eating sesame seeds on a baguette that were not listed as ingredients. On Sunday, it was revealed that a second customer died from an allergic reaction to a sandwich bough from the chain that was supposed to be dairy-free. Prior to the regulation change, the eatery wasn’t required to display all ingredients on its food products.

  • Fashion Nova sparks controversy with ‘racially insensitive’ geisha costume
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    Fashion Nova sparks controversy with ‘racially insensitive’ geisha costume

    Fashion Nova has received a barrage of criticism for selling a geisha costume, with some describing the outfit as “racially insensitive”. For many people, Halloween is a fantastic opportunity to go all out with fancy dress, donning eccentric costumes that they would never otherwise have the chance to wear. For others, it’s an important annual reminder not to wear outfits that may be examples of cultural appropriation, such as geisha costumes or traditional Native American attire.

  • Lena Dunham opens up about suffering from chronic pain condition fibromyalgia
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    Lena Dunham opens up about suffering from chronic pain condition fibromyalgia

    Lena Dunham has revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. The Girls creator detailed what it’s like to suffer from the condition in an Instagram post, in which she explained that chronic pain can sometimes be associated with trauma. “On the day after Dr Ford’s testimony I awoke with a start at 3am.