• Children who are allowed to drink alcohol more likely to binge drink later in life
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    Children who are allowed to drink alcohol more likely to binge drink later in life

    Experts have dispelled the myth that introducing children to alcohol at an early age will take away the novelty of it and prevent them from becoming heavy drinkers as adults. In fact, the opposite may be true, claim health campaigners, citing evidence which shows that children who start drinking earlier are more likely to binge drink later on in their lives. In a campaign called What’s the Harm, medical officials are urging parents to delay introducing their children to alcohol as much as possible, insisting that no child should drink at all before the age of 15.

  • CBeebies Makaton episode: Boy with heart defect has incredible reaction to Rob Delaney's bedtime story
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    CBeebies Makaton episode: Boy with heart defect has incredible reaction to Rob Delaney's bedtime story

    A mother has shared a video of her son who has a heart defect responding in an amazing way to Rob Delaney’s episode of CBeebies Bedtime Stories, during which the actor told a bedtime story using Makaton sign language. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Delaney was to become the first person to tell a story on the TV show using Makaton, a form of sign language that involves signs, symbols and speech. Delaney and his family used Makaton to communicate with his late son Henry, who underwent a tracheotomy after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016.

  • Tracey Thorn reveals anxiety in early stages of career helped Everything but the Girl achieve success
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    Tracey Thorn reveals anxiety in early stages of career helped Everything but the Girl achieve success

    Tracey Thorn has opened up about struggling with stage fright for years while performing as half of musical duo Everything but the Girl, revealing that her anxiety may have helped the band achieve success in the 1980s and 1990s. Thorn was speaking with Lauren Laverne in the latest episode of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs when the pair began discussing the mental health issues that she’s faced throughout her life. When asked how she coped with the attention that came with the band’s success, Thorn explains that she often had conflicting feelings about it.

  • Five things to cut out of your diet if you want a better night’s sleep
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    Five things to cut out of your diet if you want a better night’s sleep

    Nothing beats waking up from a good night’s sleep yet, for many of us, the idea of that happening seems like a dream. Sleep deprivation can affect your memory, productivity and overall happiness, so it is essential that you are well-rested. Eating earlier in the day, preparing light meals for dinner and altering your diet are just a few simple changes that could revolutionise your sleeping pattern.

  • National HIV Testing Week: How is Prince Harry involved and how can you get tested?
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    National HIV Testing Week: How is Prince Harry involved and how can you get tested?

    Saturday November 17 marks the beginning of National HIV Testing Week, a campaign promoted by organisations including HIV Prevention England to encourage people across the nation to have regular tests for the condition. Prince Harry has given the initiative his full support, discussing the stigma that still surrounds HIV in a video shared by Kensington Palace. While rates of HIV diagnoses have declined in the UK in recent years, undergoing the simple procedure that tests for the condition is still essential.

  • Nick Jonas opens up about having type 1 diabetes in candid Instagram post
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    Nick Jonas opens up about having type 1 diabetes in candid Instagram post

    Nick Jonas has opened about being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, revealing that the disease caused him to lose an excessive amount of weight. World Diabetes Day, on 14 November, aims to raise awareness for the condition that affects millions of people around the world. One of those individuals is Jonas, who was informed that he had a severe form of the disease at the age of 13.

  • Sucking your child's dummy to clean it could help boost their immune system
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    Sucking your child's dummy to clean it could help boost their immune system

    The idea of sucking your child’s dummy might sound a little off-putting, but new research claims that it could benefit your baby’s immune system and help prevent them from developing allergies. According to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's annual scientific meeting in Seattle, Washington, parents who suck on their child’s pacifier as a way of cleaning it as opposed to using other methods, such as hand-washing, could be significantly boosting their infant's health for their first year of life. Conducted by medical services provider Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, the study involved 128 mothers of infants, who were interviewed over a period of 18 months and asked how they chose to clean their child’s pacifier.

  • How to spot hypothermia symptoms and the best way to deal with it
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    How to spot hypothermia symptoms and the best way to deal with it

    The cold brings with it seasonal dangers: ‘excess winter mortality’ as it is known, accounts for around a 20 per cent rise in fatalities between December and March. A lot of these aren’t from cold-related maladies, but even in highly developed countries with well-heated homes and public services, many die of hypothermia every winter. Put simply, hypothermia occurs when people get too cold.

  • Hyperemesis gravidarum: What’s the severe morning sickness that Amy Schumer and Kate Middleton have suffered from and what are the symptoms?
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    Hyperemesis gravidarum: What’s the severe morning sickness that Amy Schumer and Kate Middleton have suffered from and what are the symptoms?

    Amy Schumer has revealed that she had to be hospitalised due to severe nausea during the second trimester of her pregnancy, a condition that has also affected the Duchess of Cambridge in the past. The medical term for the condition that the comedian and duchess have both experienced is hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and while it’s very rare, in some cases it can be dangerous to both mother and child.

  • Amy Schumer hospitalised with severe nausea during second trimester of pregnancy
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    Amy Schumer hospitalised with severe nausea during second trimester of pregnancy

    Amy Schumer has revealed on Instagram that she had to receive medical treatment in hospital after suffering from severe sickness during her second trimester of pregnancy. Hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition that Schumer is experiencing, also affected the Duchess of Cambridge during all three of her pregnancies. While nausea and sickness is common during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum affects around one in 100 pregnant women and involves acute cases of nausea and vomiting, the NHS explains.

  • Batkid: Boy who became global sensation by saving city five years ago is cancer-free
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    Batkid: Boy who became global sensation by saving city five years ago is cancer-free

    In 2013, five-year-old Miles Scott's dream came true when he was transformed into superhero 'Batkid' for the day, putting his struggles with leukaemia to one side so that he could fight crime on the streets of San Francisco. The adventure was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who liaised with the late San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco police and fire departments and baseball team the San Francisco Giants in order to make Miles' wish a reality. With thousands of people around the world inspired by Miles' story and his spirit, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has revealed that the 10-year-old is cancer-free.

  • Makaton: What is the sign language being used by Rob Delaney on CBeebies?
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    Makaton: What is the sign language being used by Rob Delaney on CBeebies?

    Actor Rob Delaney, star of hit comedy Catastrophe, has announced that he's going to be delivering a story on CBeebies Bedtime Stories using Makaton, a version of sign language that he used to communicate with his son Henry. Prior to his son's death, Delaney and the rest of his family used Makaton to converse with Henry, who was unable to speak after undergoing a tracheotomy. “Our family learned Makaton to be able to communicate with our son Henry.

  • What is transcendental meditation?
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    What is transcendental meditation?

    Transcendental meditation is a specific form of silent meditation that originates from India. Unlike other types of meditation, which may require movement or chanting, transcendental meditation is effortless and simply calls on practitioners to think of a mantra and focus on nothing else. The idea is that regularly practising this kind of meditation will allow someone to enter a psychophysiological state of restful alertness, which experts claim can help treat a number of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

  • Adults want children to play with ‘traditional’ toys such as board games and science kits, study finds
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    Adults want children to play with ‘traditional’ toys such as board games and science kits, study finds

    Microscopes, modelling clay and magic kits were among the top toys adults believe children should experience while growing up, according to a study. A poll of 2,000 parents also found many yearn for their kids to ditch their high-tech gadgets and try traditional toys such as chemistry sets, yo-yos and skipping ropes.

  • Celine Dion unveils gender-neutral clothing line for children
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    Celine Dion unveils gender-neutral clothing line for children

    Celine Dion has launched a gender-neutral clothing line for children. In the short film, we see Dion stealthily break into a maternity ward, with male infants on one side and female infants on the other, clad in blue and pink sleepwear, respectively. Dion has partnered with unisex children’s brand NUNUNU for the collection, which features more than 70 items of clothing for children of all ages, with sizes running from infancy up to the age of 14.

  • World Diabetes Day: What causes diabetes, what are the different types and how can it be treated?
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    World Diabetes Day: What causes diabetes, what are the different types and how can it be treated?

    With the number of people with diabetes in the UK doubling over the past two decades, it’s important that people are educated on the symptoms, causes and effects of the chronic condition. There are currently around 3.7 million diagnosed cases of diabetes across the country, with many at risk of developing some forms of the disease due to factors such as childhood obesity. What is diabetes and how is it caused?

  • Bake Off’s Kim-Joy discusses experiencing severe social anxiety as a child
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    Bake Off’s Kim-Joy discusses experiencing severe social anxiety as a child

    Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy Hewlett was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s series, delighting viewers with her creative designs and cheerful demeanour. Having got almost 50,000 followers on Twitter and more than 90,000 on Instagram, the baker is now using her large online platform to open up about a topic with which she has personal experience: mental health issues. As a child, Kim-Joy experienced what she describes as severe social anxiety, refusing to speak to people outside of her home for fear of being rejected by them.

  • How a flesh-eating drug containing paint thinner and phosphorous is causing a global crisis
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    How a flesh-eating drug containing paint thinner and phosphorous is causing a global crisis

    Desomorphine has been in the news a lot lately. There are two reasons for its horrific reputation, one related to desomorphine itself, and the second, to the way the street drug is produced. Desomorphine was actually first synthesised in 1932.

  • Michelle Keegan appeals to women to have smear tests following her own: 'It is so important and so easy'
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    Michelle Keegan appeals to women to have smear tests following her own: 'It is so important and so easy'

    Michelle Keegan has spoken about her experience of having a smear test, assuring women that they shouldn’t fear having the cervical cancer screening done. Many young women avoid having cervical examinations due to body insecurities, according to recent research conducted by the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. With approximately 3,200 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in the UK every year, raising awareness about the importance and ease of having a smear test is essential.

  • How a sausage and bacon tax could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year
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    How a sausage and bacon tax could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year

    Not only is it associated with increased rates of coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, but there is also convincing evidence that red and processed meat can cause cancer . The cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies the consumption of red meat, which includes beef, lamb, and pork, as carcinogenic – or having the potential to cause cancer if eaten in processed form. The WHO also classifies red meat as probably carcinogenic – even if eaten unprocessed.

  • Four home remedies that can soothe a winter sore throat
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    Four home remedies that can soothe a winter sore throat

    No, the most irritating symptom of all is a painful sore throat that makes it difficult to swallow, eat or drift off to sleep. Waking up with a prickly throat can be an indicator that a cold virus has penetrated the immune system. The reason you begin to feel like you’ve eaten an extra-hot portion of Vindaloo is because viruses cause inflammation in the body, particularly in the tonsils or lining of the throat.

  • How WWI played a key role shaping plastic surgery and modern anaesthesia
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    How WWI played a key role shaping plastic surgery and modern anaesthesia

    In response, during the four years of the war, military surgeons developed new techniques on the battlefield and in supporting hospitals, which, in the war’s final two years, resulted in more survivors of injuries that would have proved mortal in the first two. On the western front, 1.6 million British soldiers were successfully treated and returned to the trenches. Historically, this was an area where very little had been attempted, and survivors with major facial injuries were left with major deformities that made it difficult to see, breathe easily, or eat and drink.

  • Experts give their top tips for running during winter, from wearing the right clothes to regulating your breathing
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    Experts give their top tips for running during winter, from wearing the right clothes to regulating your breathing

    Warming up before exercise is always important, but even more so when your muscles are at risk of becoming especially tight in low temperatures. Furthermore, you may need to invest in reflective clothing if running during the early or late hours so that drivers on the road are aware of your whereabouts. The Independent spoke to several experts for their top tips on running during winter.