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Exam stress and the pressures of social media have made girls and young women feel far less happy than they did 10 years ago, a new study has discovered. Over the past decade, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have boomed in popularity, with the average Brit becoming so dependent on their smartphone that they check it 28 times a day. This fixation on social media has taken its toll on the mental health of many girls and young women, as outlined by research conducted by charity Girlguiding.
Jamie Oliver has admitted to using an app which allows him to track his daughters’ whereabouts at all times. Speaking to Woman magazine, the British Chef said he uses a smartphone app called Life360 to monitor the location of 16-year-old Poppy and 15-year-old Daisy. “The older girls, Jools and I are all on an app called Life360, which means we can see exactly where everybody is and the route they’ve gone,” he said. “So if one of the girls says, ‘I’m going to Camden Town’ and I can see they’ve gone to Reading, then we have a problem. “They can check on me, too, and see how fast I’m driving. ...
"Instead of preparing children for challenges, they mow obstacles down so kids won’t experience them in the first place.”
While it’s easy to believe that pregnancy warrants an extra slice of cake at tea time, the old adage that women can “eat for two” when they’re expecting poses health risks to the child and mother-to-be, new research suggests. Published in the journal Diabetologia, the study shows that if a woman gains too much or too little weight during pregnancy, it can have adverse effects on their child. According to the analysis of 905 mother-child pairs, which was conducted in Hong Kong, gaining too much weight could put your offspring at an increased risk of insulin resistance and high blood pressure.
Stockpile for Brexit and patch the holes in Grandma’s Anderson shelter. Fortunately, Friday 21 September is World Gratitude Day. If you’re not already an optimist, World Gratitude Day is here to remind you that life’s not really that bad.
Researchers at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland carried out a study of around 70,000 men and women whose lifestyles were closely examined during a 16-year period. The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, compared the mortality of those who followed an anti-inflammatory diet and those who didn’t. The team concluded that those who followed an anti-inflammatory diet, regularly eating foods such as fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, nuts, chocolate and moderate amounts of red wine and beer, had an 18 per cent lower risk of death by any cause.
Many believe that consuming the placenta has real benefits for the mental health of mothers...
The Second World War marked the start of a wave which saw thousands of people from all over the world make their way to the UK in search of a fresh start. This movement of mass immigration transformed the country into the hub of multiculturalism that it is today. As a result, the prevalence of certain surnames in Britain has risen dramatically since 1939, as revealed by research conducted by Ancestry.co.uk.
City authorities are developing “smart” approaches to measuring happiness, mobilising an ever increasing array of mobile apps and behavioural data that aim to sense, map and explain our daily happiness. The Smart Dubai Office, a technology initiative led by the UAE government, launched its Smart Happiness Index earlier in 2018, which promises to assess the performance of its city’s managers based on happiness gain per funds spent. This emphasis comes off the back of the new academic field of “happiness studies”, which has emerged as a credible science – with its own research centres and academic journals – since the turn of the 21st century.
On a March morning in 1989, Robert Shoots was found dead in his garage in Weir, Kansas. The Hastings Centre, the ethics institute in Garrison, New York, devoted much of its latest Hastings Centre Report to a debate over “voluntary death” to forestall dementia.
Carrie Underwood has discussed the heartbreak she felt when she experienced three miscarriages in two years, believing at one point that she may never have any more children. The country singer, who rose to fame in 2005 as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, has a three-year-old son with her husband, former professional ice hockey player Mike Fisher. The singer revealed to Tracy Smith that she’d become pregnant twice in 2017 and at the beginning of 2018, with each pregnancy resulting in a miscarriage.
The test is typically used to detect abnormalities but can also reveal the sex of an unborn baby.
A study conducted by the University of Oxford explored the way in which people’s sleeping habits have changed between the 1970s and today. The study, which was published in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that Brits are sleeping approximately 43 minutes more than they were in the 1970s, with the majority of adults going to bed half an hour earlier and waking up around 15 minutes later. This is due to a decline in what the researchers described as “work-sleep conflict”, meaning that Brits are finding it easier to balance the demands of work with a good night’s sleep.
Chrissy Teigen has been very open about her two pregnancies, having spoken on multiple occasions about the postpartum depression that she experienced following the birth of her first child Luna in 2016. Three months ago, Teigen gave birth to her second child with husband John Legend, a son called Miles. Teigen hasn’t experienced postpartum depression a second time around, and she believes this could be down to a certain something that she ate following the birth of Miles.
Charlene Ford is returning to her role in the West End on a job share basis