• Why Khloe kept her pregnancy secret for so long
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    Why Khloe kept her pregnancy secret for so long

    The reason is actually really cute.

  • Man takes intimate photos of his wife breastfeeding their baby
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    Man takes intimate photos of his wife breastfeeding their baby

    A man has taken intimate photos of his wife breastfeeding their baby to portray the beauty of such a natural act. Vincent Ferrané is a photographer from Paris. When his child was born, he begun a personal photography project called “Milky Way”.

  • Male contraceptive pill made from arrow poison shows promise, claim scientists
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    Male contraceptive pill made from arrow poison shows promise, claim scientists

    Despite the myriad of oral contraceptives available for women, no such form of birth control exists for men. After conducting a study on rats, a report published in the ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry shows the contraceptive benefits of ouabain, a compound traditionally used by African hunters as poison on their arrows. According to the report, ouabain disturbs the movement of sodium and calcium ions and binds to a protein that is critical in fertility.

  • Women are posting makeup-free selfies to spread acne positivity
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    Women are posting makeup-free selfies to spread acne positivity

    Women are posting makeup-free selfies on social media to send out an important message about accepting your skin problems. Acne is very common, affecting eight out of 10 people aged between 11 and 30 in the UK. An increased number of women have begun forgoing the security of their makeup, spurring a social media movement with the aim of spreading skin and acne positivity.

  • Veganuary tips: How to make vegan food exciting and manage social situations
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    Veganuary tips: How to make vegan food exciting and manage social situations

    If you're halfway through Veganuary, you may be struggling. If you think you’ll throw up if you see another chickpea, fear not - there are ways to make vegan cooking interesting, exciting and delicious, you just have to know how. Although restaurants are increasingly catering for vegans, it can be really hard when all your friends want to go out for pizza.

  • Mother shares reality of post-childbirth bodies in honest Instagram post
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    Mother shares reality of post-childbirth bodies in honest Instagram post

    A mother has revealed the reality of struggling with body insecurities after giving birth in an honest Instagram post. Mel Watts is a mother-of-four living on the Central Coast in New South Wales, Australia. Yesterday, Watts shared a post on Instagram showing the stretch marks that she has after undergoing a caesarean around seven months ago.

  • Why women crave chocolate on their periods, according to a dietician
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    Why women crave chocolate on their periods, according to a dietician

    Any woman who’s had a period knows that when your time of the month comes around, the cravings usually come out to play.

  • Teen with cystic acne shares powerful message about embracing yourself
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    Teen with cystic acne shares powerful message about embracing yourself

    A teen with cystic acne has shared a powerful message about overcoming your insecurities and embracing your beauty to inspire others struggling with similar issues.

  • Iskra Lawrence posts inspirational 10-year transformation photo to promote body positivity
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    Iskra Lawrence posts inspirational 10-year transformation photo to promote body positivity

    Iskra Lawrence is a 27-year-old model who believes very strongly in the beauty of all shapes and sizes. Lawrence struggled with body insecurities growing up, following restrictive diets when she was a young teenager in an effort to try to reduce her natural curves. Since struggling with eating disorders as a teenager, Lawrence has embarked on a journey of self-care and self-acceptance and is now helping others to do the same.

  • Contraceptive app blamed for unwanted pregnancies
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    Contraceptive app blamed for unwanted pregnancies

    Natural Cycles is the first app ever to have been approved as contraception - but some women claim it has let them down.

  • Non-smokers likely to start using conventional cigarettes within a year of using e-cigarettes, finds study
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    Non-smokers likely to start using conventional cigarettes within a year of using e-cigarettes, finds study

    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking real cigarettes within a year, new research has found. “We found that teens who experimented with tobacco in any form were at greater risk of future smoking," said lead author Benjamin W. Chaffee, a professor at the UCSF School of Dentistry.

  • Measles outbreak spreading across England, warn health officials
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    Measles outbreak spreading across England, warn health officials

    Public health experts are urging parents to immunise their children against measles as the potentially deadly bug has now spread to five regions in England. With more than 100 cases confirmed, Public Health England warns that the UK could be on the verge of an outbreak due to a rise in cases across Europe. People who have recently visited Romania, Italy and Germany and have not been fully immunised against measles via the MMR vaccine may be most at risk, they said.

  • Lottie Moss under fire for claiming she 'could never be skinny' because she 'loves garlic bread'
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    Lottie Moss under fire for claiming she 'could never be skinny' because she 'loves garlic bread'

    Model Lottie Moss has been criticised for tweeting that she could “never be skinny” because she “loves garlic bread so much.”

  • More than half of adults drink alcohol to cope with stress, finds study
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    More than half of adults drink alcohol to cope with stress, finds study

    Almost 60 per cent of adults are drinking alcohol in order to cope with the stresses of everyday life, a study has discovered.

  • Flu or cold? How to tell the difference
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    Flu or cold? How to tell the difference

    To safeguard yourself from the flu, Vicks advises that you boost your immune system by sticking to a regular bedtime and keeping yourself fit and healthy. Due to the unpredictable nature of the flu, having the flu jab is also a wise course of action if you’re particularly vulnerable. One of the biggest issues that people face around this time of year is telling the difference between cold or flu symptoms.

  • Mother reveals why she’s raising her child ‘gender neutral’
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    Mother reveals why she’s raising her child ‘gender neutral’

    A mother has revealed why she’s raising her child in a “gender neutral” environment in order to dispel any misconceptions about her parenting methods. When Jordyn Smith became a mother, the main priority for her was making sure her child grew up happy and healthy. Whether her son fancied wearing a tutu or enjoying playing football as his favourite pastime, Smith didn’t care as long as he was happy.

  • Healthy foods that are stopping you losing fat
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    Healthy foods that are stopping you losing fat

    Whilst embarking on fad diets or quick blitzes never ends well, there’s no harm in feeling inspired to improve your diet and health come January - or any time of the year.

  • Woman raises the bar with Taco Bell maternity photo shoot
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    Woman raises the bar with Taco Bell maternity photo shoot

    A woman has raised the bar when it comes to maternity photo shoots by having hers taken at a Taco Bell. Kristin Johnston is a 33-year-old mother of one from Atlanta. When Johnston was trying to think of ways to make her maternity photo shoot stand out from the crowd, she wanted to show off an important aspect of her personality.

  • Winter weight gain explained by lack of sunlight, suggests study
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    Winter weight gain explained by lack of sunlight, suggests study

    Whether it’s the endless string of cosy nights in or the myriad of sumptuous puds and pies on offer in the supermarkets, this time of year seems to be synonymous with indulgence. According to new research, the real reason why our clothes feel particularly snug these days extends beyond the bounds of sheer gluttony - it could actually be down to not having enough sun exposure. Scientists at the University of Alberta found the fat cells that sit beneath the skin can actually shrink when exposed to blue light emitted by the sun.

  • Man who weighed 30-stone loses half his body weight
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    Man who weighed 30-stone loses half his body weight

    A dad who weighed 30 stone has lost half his body weight by adopting a simple diet change. Tony Howland is a 43-year-old father of three from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Simple, everyday tasks proved too difficult for Howland to handle, with his 58-inch waist preventing him from living his life to the full.

  • Sleep deprivation video reveals its shocking effects
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    Sleep deprivation video reveals its shocking effects

    A viral video has revealed the shocking detrimental effects that sleep deprivation can have, both on your mental and physical state. With that in mind, a sleep expert has detailed the drastic consequences that sleep deprivation can have on your overall wellbeing in the short term and in the long term. Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, explained how sleep or lack thereof can seriously impact your health.

  • Women more likely to survive famine and disease epidemics because they are ‘hardier’, study finds
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    Women more likely to survive famine and disease epidemics because they are ‘hardier’, study finds

    Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark examined the survival rates of both sexes under extreme conditions in seven populations and found that women were more likely to survive than men in almost all circumstances. For example, during the 1933 famine in Ukraine, girls born during this time lived to the age of 10 whereas boys only made it to seven-years-old on average. The researchers concluded that this disparity was also apparent in infant mortality rates, as they found that baby girls had higher survival rates in harsh conditions than baby boys.

  • Mother shares devastating photo of dying child and father to show brutal reality of cancer
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    Mother shares devastating photo of dying child and father to show brutal reality of cancer

    A mother has shared a heartbreaking photo of her five-year-old daughter suffering from cancer in her hospital bed, with the girl’s terminally ill grandfather sitting alongside her. Ally Parker, from Pensacola, Florida is the mother of Braylynn Lawhon who was tragically diagnosed with a brain tumour on 6 December. Lawhon was diagnosed with the most deadly form of brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), for which there is sadly no cure.

  • Father shares video of bath toy squirting mould to spread important message
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    Father shares video of bath toy squirting mould to spread important message

    Bath toys have come a long way since rubber ducks. Today’s children can enjoy a myriad of floating friends at bath time, from woodland creatures to pocket-sized pirates complete with squirting fire cannons. Father Jack Toepfer posted a clip titled “Throw out your bath toys!” which showed a small pirate toy squirting out black pieces of mould into the sink after his child had already bathed with the toy.