Trigger warnings do little to prevent people from experiencing emotional distress, researchers have claimed. When a trigger warning appears on a piece of online content, it indicates that the subject matter may cause upset to some who view it. In October 2016, it was announced that universities in the UK would issue trigger warnings on lecture material in order to warn students of potentially “disturbing” topics.
A record number of children are living with a parent suffering from emotional distress, data has shown. According to new research conducted by Public Health England (PHE), 29 per cent of children in the UK are living with a parent who has exhibited symptoms of emotional distress. The data showed that mothers are more likely than fathers to report emotional distress, with more than a fifth of children in the UK living in a household with a mother struggling with the mental health issue.
Superdrug has partnered with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! to launch no touch consultations in its health clinics across the UK. As of Tuesday 19 March, patients who have a pre-booked nurses’ appointment in any one of the high street retailer's 56 in-store clinics will be able sit down with a trained nurse who will guide them through the process of checking their breasts for cancer symptoms. The launch comes after a survey of 2,000 people carried out on behalf of Superdrug revealed that 82 per cent of women feel uncomfortable discussing changes in their breasts.
"With four kids I’m way too exhausted to even think about having a life after dark and way too busy to go to bed at a decent hour."
Sam Smith has opened up about being non-binary, saying that he doesn’t identify with either male or female as he “floats between the two”.
Frequent drinking of sugary drinks may lead to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Circulation, found that those who consumed two or more servings per day of SSBs (equivalent to a standard glass, bottle or can) had a 31 per cent higher risk of early death from heart disease. Each additional serving of SSB was also associated with a ten per cent greater risk of the disease.
The cervical screening service has been left in a "meltdown" following a recent campaign to increase awareness of smear tests, a health official has claimed. The coinciding of planned laboratory closures with a recent smear test initiative run by Public Health England (PHE) means women may have to wait months before receiving their cervical cancer screening results. Dozens of hospital screening laboratories in the UK are due to close this summer as part of a restructuring process.
Love Island stars have urged the show to provide better mental health support for its contestants following the news of Mike Thalassitis's death. On Saturday, it was reported Thalassitis had been found dead at the age of 26. The reality television personality, who starred on Love Island in 2017 and Celebs Go Dating in 2018, had recently been caring full-time for his grandmother before her death at the age of 94.
A woman in Houston, Texas has given birth to sextuplets, beating the odds to make her one in 4.7 billion. Thelma Chiaka welcomed two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls on Friday morning at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. According to the hospital, each of the babies is in a stable condition and will continue to be supervised in the advanced neonatal intensive care unit.
Demi Lovato has posted an impactful message about her relapse on Instagram, urging others to seek help if they’re suffering from substance addiction. In July 2018, it was reported Lovato had been hospitalised following a suspected drug overdose. On Friday, Lovato shared a series of posts on her Instagram story, revealing the date would have marked seven years of sobriety for her.
Alcohol endorsements from celebrities including David Beckham, Mila Kunis and Ryan Reynolds may increase risk of alcohol abuse among teenagers, new research has claimed. Published in the British medical journal BMJ, the study investigated how awareness of alcohol marketing impacts the quantity of alcohol adolescents and young adults in the UK consume. For the study, which was carried out by researchers from the Institute of Social Marketing at the University of Stirling and from Cancer Research UK, the team assessed data garnered from 3,399 Brits aged between 11 to 19 who'd taken part in the 2017 Youth Alcohol Policy Survey.
Lena Dunham has spoken about the importance of feeling cosy amid suffering from chronic pain. In 2018, Dunham revealed that she had undergone a total hysterectomy – a procedure that surgically removes the cervix and uterus - following years of suffering from chronic pain as a result of endometriosis. While her friends and family previously attributed her love of cosyness to her penchant for organisation and even her star sign, Dunham explains: “I am cosy because I have to be.
Lena Dunham has penned an essay for The New York Times detailing how she manages her symptoms of fibromyalgia. The Girls creator revealed she suffers from the chronic pain condition in October 2018. Dunham's revelation came two months after former Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young announced she was suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.
On Monday evening, Robbie Coltrane attended the launch of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike ride in Universal Studios, Orlando. The event, which took place at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel in London, marked the first time the actor has been seen in a wheelchair, which he currently uses due to pain caused by his osteoarthritis. Coltrane, best known for his portrayal of half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, first spoke about his osteoarthritis diagnosis in 2016, explaining that it leaves him in "constant pain all day".
The campaign, called #Pads4Dads, has been launched by sanitary product company Hey Girls in an effort to combat period poverty in the UK. The actor and activist adds the aim of the campaign is to end the stigma that surrounds fathers speaking about periods. "And let's not leave dads out of the bloody conversation!" he says.
It's poignant reviewing a book after it’s been debunked, but that’s the case, I fear, with Gina Rippon’s The Gendered Brain. The institutions with a vested interest in pink for girls and blue for boys are the companies that produce, say, toy pianos in those colours (they exist, alas) — it suits them if parents can’t let the boy inherit his sister’s but have to buy the blue one… ditto gendered babygros.
Almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs in future, new research has shown. The data, which has been released by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), demonstrates the concern that many young women feel about their fertility. Professor Lesley Regan, president of the RCOG, emphasises the importance of ensuring women feel they are receiving accurate and reliable guidance when considering having a baby.