• Hay fever symptoms: How to combat them throughout spring
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    Hay fever symptoms: How to combat them throughout spring

    With parts of the UK starting to experience higher temperatures in the lead up to spring, hay fever sufferers may struggle to spend time outdoors without their symptoms flaring up. Pollen count varies day by day depending on the weather. When you check the weather forecast, the information provided will include the daily pollen count.

  • Are you smarter than a seven-year-old? Primary school homework 'too difficult' for majority of parents
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    Are you smarter than a seven-year-old? Primary school homework 'too difficult' for majority of parents

    For the study, 1,000 parents were given three typical Year 3 homework questions, written in collaboration with primary school teacher Victoria Humphreys. More than one in 10 also stated that they use virtual assistants, such as Alexa or Siri, to provide them with homework answers. Could you help a primary school child with their homework?

  • Rachael Bland 'Big C': BBC presenter’s touching memoir for son published posthumously
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    Rachael Bland 'Big C': BBC presenter’s touching memoir for son published posthumously

    The memoir BBC presenter Rachael Bland wrote for her son has been published posthumously, following her death in September 2018. In November 2016, Bland was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a lumpectomy and a mastectomy, she was informed in 2018 that the cancer had become incurable.

  • Young female blood donors at higher risk of iron deficiency
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    Young female blood donors at higher risk of iron deficiency

    Adolescent female blood donors are more likely to develop an iron deficiency compared to older donors and non-donors, new research has found. This means they might be at a higher risk of fainting and feeling unwell after donating blood, but the researchers stress this shouldn't dissuade people from becoming donors, rather encourage them to take the necessary precautions, such as iron supplements. The study was carried out by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and also suggests that such deficiencies could have an adverse effect on brain development in these women.

  • Screen time for children under two more than doubles in 17 years
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    Screen time for children under two more than doubles in 17 years

    The amount of time that children under the age of two spend looking at screens on digital devices has more than doubled over a 17-year period, a study has found. There's been growing concern over the excessive amount of time some children spend on smartphones and tablets, with paediatric experts recently advising that parents implement a digital curfew for their children an hour before going to bed. In a new study published in journal JAMA Paediatrics, researchers investigated the extent to which the time children spend on screens has increased over the past couple of decades.

  • Karl Lagerfeld dead at 85 – celebrities pay tribute to Chanel's legendary designer
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    Karl Lagerfeld dead at 85 – celebrities pay tribute to Chanel's legendary designer

    Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace and Diane Kruger are among those who have paid tribute to the legendary designer.

  • Interval training more effective than jogging and cycling for weight loss, study finds
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    Interval training more effective than jogging and cycling for weight loss, study finds

    Doing short bursts of high intensity exercise can be more effective for weight loss than moderate workouts, a recent study has found. The health benefits of interval training have been investigated on multiple occasions in the past, with previous research concluding that it can help speed up your metabolism. Interval training consists of short bursts of intense exercise following by brief periods of rest.

  • Pickle, squishy and tadpole: The most common nicknames parents-to-be call mother’s baby bump
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    Pickle, squishy and tadpole: The most common nicknames parents-to-be call mother’s baby bump

    While some may deliberate over naming their baby after their favourite Game of Thrones character, others start the name-giving process months in advance by nicknaming the mother's baby bump. According to a recent study of 1,500 mothers and fathers conducted by online parenting community ChannelMum.com, during pregnancy nine out of 10 parents opt for an alternative moniker for the baby bump. Some of the most popular baby bump names among the parents included nicknames such as "Button", "Sprout", and "Pebble".

  • French schools could replace ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ under new anti-discrimination law
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    French schools could replace ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ under new anti-discrimination law

    France’s National Assembly has passed a law that will see the removal of the labels “mother” and “father” from forms used in the country’s schools. The amendment made to the nation’s School of Trust Bill would see the terms be replaced with “parent 1” and “parent 2” in a move designed to avoid discriminating against same-sex parents. The decision was widely supported by the majority La République en Marche Party, which was founded by French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • Lili Reinhart reveals she’s in therapy and insists it’s nothing ‘to feel ashamed of’
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    Lili Reinhart reveals she’s in therapy and insists it’s nothing ‘to feel ashamed of’

    Lili Reinhart has revealed she is seeing a therapist for her mental health and that it is nothing to “be ashamed of”. The Riverdale actor made the revelation in a candid note posted on her Instagram story on Saturday, describing it as a “friendly reminder for anyone who needs to hear it”.

  • Mediterranean diets reduce risk of heart disease – new research shows
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    Mediterranean diets reduce risk of heart disease – new research shows

    In 2015, more than 85 million people in Europe were living with cardiovascular diseases. Although the total number of people who suffer with cardiovascular disease is increasing, the number of those who die from heart and circulatory diseases is in steady decline. In the UK alone, healthcare costs relating to heart and circulatory diseases are estimated at £9bn each year – while overall, the cost to the EU economy is close to £200bn a year.

  • BBC to provide information about abortions after Call the Midwife controversy
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    BBC to provide information about abortions after Call the Midwife controversy

    On 3 February, an episode of the period drama Call The Midwife was aired on BBC One. At the end of the programme, a message appeared on screen instructing viewers to visit the BBC Action Line website if they wished for further information regarding the issues raised in the storyline. After concerns raised by organisations including the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) - the UK's largest abortoin provider - BBC Action Line said that it had chosen not to include a link to information about abortion because the topic is "contentious".

  • Jedward flooded with messages of support from fans following news of mother's death
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    Jedward flooded with messages of support from fans following news of mother's death

    Jedward have been inundated with messages of condolence from fans after announcing that their mother has passed away from cancer. The pop duo, which consists of twins John and Edward Grimes, paid tribute to their mother Susanna Condron by sharing a heartfelt message on Twitter and Instagram. You shaped the character of who we are," Jedward tweeted.

  • Myleene Klass reveals she’s pregnant with third child in Instagram post
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    Myleene Klass reveals she’s pregnant with third child in Instagram post

    Myleene Klass has revealed she's pregnant with her third child with a post on Twitter and Instagram. The singer, who found fame in the early Noughties as one fifth of pop group Hear'Say, made the announcement on Valentine's Day. Klass shared a photo of herself cradling her growing baby bump, captioning the picture with a simple heart emoji.

  • The average spend on UK weddings has fallen for the first time in years, says new report
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    The average spend on UK weddings has fallen for the first time in years, says new report

    Could getting hitched on a weekday have something to do with it?

  • ‘Cheat day’ lunchbox accused of promoting diet culture to children
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    ‘Cheat day’ lunchbox accused of promoting diet culture to children

    A lunchbox with the words “cheat day” written on it has been accused of marketing diet culture to children. Writer Sonni Abatta posted an image of the lunchbox on Facebook after she came across it in an unnamed department store. “Our world is telling our girls that it’s ‘cheating’ if they eat something that’s not 100 per cent fat-free and perfectly healthy,” she wrote.

  • Demonising smoking and drinking in pregnancy may lead to women to do it in private, says study
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    Demonising smoking and drinking in pregnancy may lead to women to do it in private, says study

    The stigma surrounding smoking and drinking alcohol in pregnancy could be causing mothers-to-be to conduct the behaviours in private, a study has found. Research from the University of Cardiff found that the negative reactions to smoking and drinking from health professionals “irritated and alienated” pregnant women. Over a fifth of women in Wales are recorded as smokers at the time of their first pregnancy assessment, according to recent figures.

  • Contraceptive pill may impact women’s ability to read emotion
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    Contraceptive pill may impact women’s ability to read emotion

    Taking the contraceptive pill could hinder women's ability to read the emotions of others from their facial expressions, a new study has suggested. Greater focus has been placed on the impact the contraceptive pill can have on the mental health of its users as of late, a topic that was recently explored in an illuminating BBC One documentary. While the connection between the pill and mental health issues has been questioned in recent years, less is known about how the oral form of contraception affects women's abilities to read complex facial expressions.

  • Vlogger Nikki Lilly discusses filming TV show about living with chronic illness
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    Vlogger Nikki Lilly discusses filming TV show about living with chronic illness

    YouTuber Nikki Lilly has opened up about filming her life with a chronic illness for a new TV show, explaining why it's important to show the "harder bits of life". 14-year-old Lilly was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM) when she was six years old, a rare condition that typically appears in the head, neck or spine. AVM is found when there's an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, and can cause swelling and life-threatening nosebleeds to occur.

  • Five celebrities who have addressed mental health in awards speeches, from Lady Gaga to Letitia Wright
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    Five celebrities who have addressed mental health in awards speeches, from Lady Gaga to Letitia Wright

    When accepting accolades at awards ceremonies, many celebrities use the opportunity to raise awareness of important subjects that are close to their hearts. On 10 February, Lady Gaga and Letitia Wright addressed the topic of mental health while on stage, at the Grammys and Baftas respectively. As she picked one of her three Grammys of the night, Lady Gaga expressed her appreciation for starring in a film - A Star Is Born - that makes a point of highlighting mental health issues.

  • Elle editor Nina Garcia opens up about undergoing preventive double mastectomy
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    Elle editor Nina Garcia opens up about undergoing preventive double mastectomy

    Nina Garcia has penned a powerful essay about her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy. On Thursday, the ELLE US editor-in-chief revealed she will be recovering from the elective surgery during New York Fashion Week this month, instead of attending the runway shows. A mastectomy (also known as a prophylactic mastectomy) is surgery to remove one or both breasts to lower the chances of getting breast cancer.

  • Sarah Silverman discusses 'uncomfortable' breast screening with 'arrogant' male doctor
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    Sarah Silverman discusses 'uncomfortable' breast screening with 'arrogant' male doctor

    Sarah Silverman has opened up about an “uncomfortable” experience she had during a recent mammogram appointment involving an "arrogant" doctor. On Wednesday, the comedian revealed she required an X-ray and ultrasound because she has “dense breasts”, which means she has relatively high amounts of glandular and fibrous tissue and low fatty tissue, making breast screenings more difficult. Describing the moment a radiologist helped prepare her for her ultrasound apppointment, Silverman said the medical professional used his bare hands instead of wearing gloves.

  • Charity displays hundreds of shoes to raise awareness of child suicide
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    Charity displays hundreds of shoes to raise awareness of child suicide

    A charity has displayed hundreds of children's shoes on the steps of an events hall to raise awareness of the prevalence of child suicide in the UK. Chasing the Stigma is a Liverpool-based charity with a primary aim of destigmatising mental illness. The organisation has collaborated with local radio station Radio City Talk to create a chilling installation highlighting the number of young lives lost to suicide very year.

  • Frankie Bridge reveals feeling ‘guilty’ about depression while part of The Saturdays
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    Frankie Bridge reveals feeling ‘guilty’ about depression while part of The Saturdays

    Frankie Bridge has opened up about experiencing depression while part of the band The Saturdays, revealing that she felt "guilty" about not feeling happy while succeeding in her career. In the seven years that Bridge spent as one of five members of the pop group, the band had 13 UK Top 10 singles and spent 129 weeks in the Official Charts Top 40. While Bridge may have seemed on top of the world as a result of her musical prowess, under the surface the singer was secretly struggling with mental health issues.