• Father criticises primary school for serving children with allergies plain jacket potatoes every day
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    Father criticises primary school for serving children with allergies plain jacket potatoes every day

    A father has criticised his children’s school for not providing adequate meal options for his two young boys, who are allergic to gluten and egg whites.Jorg Braese says his two sons, Alvin, four, and Victor, five, are given the same plain jacket potatoes for lunch every day at St Peter’s Primary School in Aylesford, Kent.

  • Alexis Ohanian says period after Serena Williams gave birth was ‘traumatising’
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    Alexis Ohanian says period after Serena Williams gave birth was ‘traumatising’

    Alexis Ohanian has spoken about how the period after his wife Serena Williams gave birth was “traumatising”, emphasising the importance of paternity leave.In September 2017, it was announced that Williams had given birth a baby girl, later revealing that she had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section.

  • One in five new mothers ‘not told how to find mental health support after giving birth’
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    One in five new mothers ‘not told how to find mental health support after giving birth’

    A fifth of new mothers were not told how to seek out mental health support after giving birth, a new survey has found.More than 17,000 women were questioned about the state of maternity services in the NHS for a poll conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

  • Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can affect birth weight and cognitive function, study confirms
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    Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can affect birth weight and cognitive function, study confirms

    Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight and poor cognitive function, according to scientists.In a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from the University of Bristol investigated the impact alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have on a child.

  • Home smear tests being developed, department of health announces
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    Home smear tests being developed, department of health announces

    The Department of Health has announced that it is currently developing at-home smear test kits.On Tuesday, Jo Churchill, health minister, said the government is committed to improving access to cervical cancer screenings for all women and confirmed that the Department of Health is working on a kit which will allow women to complete the tests themselves.

  • Women warned against new ‘menopause delay’ procedure
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    Women warned against new ‘menopause delay’ procedure

    A medical expert has warned against a new procedure that can supposedly enable women to postpone their menopause for over a decade.The procedure has been developed by a Birmingham-based fertility company called ProFam.

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people less likely to be physically active due to ‘deep-rooted inequalities’
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    Black, Asian and minority ethnic people less likely to be physically active due to ‘deep-rooted inequalities’

    People who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are less likely to take part in physical activities, Sport England has said.In a new report titled “Sport for All”, the organisation emphasised that “ethnicity and culture matters in sports and physical activity”, sharing statistics outlining how people from Asian, black and Chinese backgrounds are less likely to exercise than individuals who are white.

  • 11 of the biggest misconceptions about HPV
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    11 of the biggest misconceptions about HPV

    Every year, around 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported in the UK. Despite approximately 99.8 per cent of cases being preventable, there are still many misconceptions surrounding cervical cancer.Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, an annual campaign led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, runs from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 January. Each day, The Independent will be publishing content to help raise awareness and dispel myths regarding cervical cancer. Although cervical cancer can affect anyone with a cervix the term ‘women‘ will be used here for brevity.

  • ‘I felt I had failed as a woman’: Five women share how being diagnosed with cervical cancer affected their fertility and sex lives
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    ‘I felt I had failed as a woman’: Five women share how being diagnosed with cervical cancer affected their fertility and sex lives

    Every year, around 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported in the UK. Despite approximately 99.8 per cent of cases being preventable, there are still many misconceptions surrounding cervical cancer.Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, an annual campaign led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, runs from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 January. Each day, The Independent will be publishing content to help raise awareness and dispel myths regarding cervical cancer. Although cervical cancer can affect anyone with a cervix the term ‘women‘ will be used here for brevity.

  • James Norton says he has to inject ‘up to 15 times a day’ because of type 1 diabetes
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    James Norton says he has to inject ‘up to 15 times a day’ because of type 1 diabetes

    James Norton has spoken about how having type 1 diabetes affects him on a daily basis, emphasising that “being diabetic does not hold you back”.The actor, who is currently starring as osteopath Stephen Ward in BBC1’s The Trial of Christine Keeler, was diagnosed with the condition more than a decade ago.

  • Love Island’s Jack Fincham announces birth of baby girl
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    Love Island’s Jack Fincham announces birth of baby girl

    Former Love Island winner Jack Fincham has revealed he has become a father to a baby girl.Fincham made his surprise announcement on Instagram, explaining that while he is usually open about his life on social media, he chose to keep “this blessing” a secret.

  • Tomato soup, eyebrow pencils and invasive surgery: This is what it’s like to have cervical cancer at 24
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    Tomato soup, eyebrow pencils and invasive surgery: This is what it’s like to have cervical cancer at 24

    Every year, around 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported in the UK. Despite approximately 99.8 per cent of cases being preventable, there are still many misconceptions surrounding cervical cancer.Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, an annual campaign led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, runs from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 January. Each day, The Independent will be publishing content to help raise awareness and dispel myths regarding cervical cancer.

  • Wetherspoons tells parents to stick to two alcoholic drinks when dining with children
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    Wetherspoons tells parents to stick to two alcoholic drinks when dining with children

    Wetherspoons pubs are advising parents to stick to two alcoholic drinks if they are with their children.The UK-wide pub chain has said the guidelines are intended to prevent “unruly behaviour” from children who are left unsupervised.

  • ‘I just ignored the pile of letters’: As cervical cancer rates rise why are women avoiding smear tests?
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    ‘I just ignored the pile of letters’: As cervical cancer rates rise why are women avoiding smear tests?

    Every year, around 3,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported in the UK. Despite approximately 99.8 per cent of cases being preventable, there are still many misconceptions surrounding cervical cancer.Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, an annual campaign led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, runs from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 January. Each day, The Independent will be publishing content to help raise awareness and dispel myths regarding cervical cancer. Although cervical cancer can affect anyone with a cervix the term 'women' will be used here for brevity.

  • How will new ‘age appropriate’ code protect children online?
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    How will new ‘age appropriate’ code protect children online?

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), an independent regulatory office that aims to “uphold information rights in the public interest”, has published a new Age Appropriate Design Code to protect children online.The code, the draft of which was first reported in April 2019, is scheduled to come into force by autumn 2021.

  • What are the laws for sperm donation in the UK?
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    What are the laws for sperm donation in the UK?

    A recent report published in the Journal of Medical Ethics has argued that doctors should be able to take sperm from men who have passed away if they have consented to becoming post-mortem donors.The authors state that doing so is “both feasible and morally permissible”, as it may help to ensure that “sufficient quantities of sperm“ are made available to individuals who wish to become parents through sperm donation.

  • Michelle Obama releases workout playlist to help give ‘extra boost’ for new year
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    Michelle Obama releases workout playlist to help give ‘extra boost’ for new year

    Michelle Obama has released a workout playlist to provide inspiration for those undertaking fitness-focused new year’s resolutions.On Sunday, the former first lady of the United States shared a tweet detailing the 27 tracks that help give her “that extra boost” during her “toughest workouts”.

  • Shinjiro Koizumi becomes first Japanese cabinet minister to take paternity leave
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    Shinjiro Koizumi becomes first Japanese cabinet minister to take paternity leave

    Japan’s environment minister has been praised for announcing his decision to take paternity leave, making him the first cabinet minister to do so in the country.Shinjiro Koizumi, who is expecting his first child with wife Christel Takigawa, revealed in a staff meeting earlier this week that he will take two weeks off following the birth later this month.

  • What is laughing gas, what are the risks of inhaling it and is it illegal?
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    What is laughing gas, what are the risks of inhaling it and is it illegal?

    As one of the most commonly used drugs among 16 to 24-year-olds, laughing gas has become an increasing cause of concern and debate in recent years.The drug was thrown into the spotlight again on Wednesday after Professor David Nutt, the former government drug tzar, who was forced to resign in 2009 after claiming ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol, made new comments about it.

  • HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men in England falls by 71 per cent
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    HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men in England falls by 71 per cent

    There has been a rapid decline in cases of HIV in the UK, according to new figures.Data published by Public Health England (PHE) shows HIV transmission is continuing to fall, with the number of people who are unaware they have the virus also decreasing.

  • Wealthy people live nearly a decade longer than poorer people, study finds
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    Wealthy people live nearly a decade longer than poorer people, study finds

    Being wealthy can add nearly a decade to a person’s lifespan, new research suggests.A study conducted by University College London (UCL) has found that those who are the richest tend to live far longer free from illness and disability than those who are the poorest.

  • Amy Schumer shares candid photo about undergoing IVF: ‘I’m feeling run down and emotional’
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    Amy Schumer shares candid photo about undergoing IVF: ‘I’m feeling run down and emotional’

    Amy Schumer has shared a candid post on Instagram about what it is like to undergo IVF (in vitro fertilisation), saying she feels “run down and emotional”.On Wednesday 8 January, the comedian, 38 – who gave birth to her son, Gene Attell Fischer, in May 2019 – shared a close-up picture on the social media platform of her stomach, showing her Caesarean section scar and bruising.

  • Why you should stop using Instagram for yoga: 'It has been reduced to a show'
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    Why you should stop using Instagram for yoga: 'It has been reduced to a show'

    Yoga is not supposed to be about how you look. In fact, the purpose of this 5,000-year-old Indian practice is the very opposite: to combat the superficial with the spiritual and encourage mental transformation through movement.But in recent years, it seems these intentions have fallen to the wayside.

  • Grimes hints she and Elon Musk are expecting first child together
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    Grimes hints she and Elon Musk are expecting first child together

    Musician Grimes has hinted that she and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are expecting their first child together.On Wednesday 8 January, the Canadian singer shared a picture on Instagram, which shows her posing nude with a digitally-superimposed image of a foetus visible through her translucent stomach.

  • What is Lyme disease, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?
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    What is Lyme disease, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?

    Singer Justin Bieber has revealed he is suffering from Lyme disease, stating on Instagram that he has had a “rough couple years” while receiving treatment.Lyme disease is a bacterial infection which can lead to severe physical and mental problems if not diagnosed at an early stage.