• Baby becomes viral sensation by 'walking' minutes after being born
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    Baby becomes viral sensation by 'walking' minutes after being born

    A baby has become an internet sensation after apparently walking just a few minutes after being born. The video clip of the surprising scene was uploaded to Facebook and has stunned people across the globe, amassing 72 million views, over 1.6 million shares and 339,000 reactions.

  • 'Part-time' vegetarianism can almost halve risk of obesity, says new study
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    'Part-time' vegetarianism can almost halve risk of obesity, says new study

    Cutting down on meat part-time can almost halve the risk of obesity, scientists have said. Previous studies have suggested strict vegetarians tend to be slimmer on the whole, but scientists have said this new “flexitarian” approach could be a more realistic way to get people to cut down on meat, rather than asking them to forego it altogether. Professor Maira Bes-Rastrollo from the University of Navarra in Spain, who led the study, said: “It’s not a radical shift to a vegetarian diet, it’s more a gentle approximation.

  • First-born children ‘more intelligent’ due to extra mental stimulation from parents
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    First-born children ‘more intelligent’ due to extra mental stimulation from parents

    First-born children are more intelligent than their siblings because they receive more mental stimulation in their early years, new research has shown. Confirming the suspicions of eldest brothers and sisters everywhere, University of Edinburgh economists found first-borns achieve higher IQ test scores from as young as one year old. The researchers, collaborating with a team from from Sydney University, examined data from 5,000 children who were given reading and picture vocabulary tests every two years.