• Greta Thunberg says ‘gift' of Asperger syndrome helps her see through environment 'lies'
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    Greta Thunberg says ‘gift' of Asperger syndrome helps her see through environment 'lies'

    Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has explained how the “gift” of living with Asperger syndrome helps her “see things from outside the box” when it comes to climate change. In an interview with presenter Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday, the 16-year-old environmental activist said the disorder helps her see things in “black and white”. Asperger syndrome falls within the autism disorder spectrum, Autism NI explains.

  • Top 10 wellbeing trends of 2019 so far, from CBD to indoor rowing classes
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    Top 10 wellbeing trends of 2019 so far, from CBD to indoor rowing classes

    In 2018, a UK-wide stress survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation revealed that 74 per cent of adults felt so stressed they felt “overwhelmed” or “unable to cope”. “Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us,” said Isabella Goldie, director of the Mental Health Foundation. It makes sense then, that more of us are searching for new ways to improve our mental and physical wellbeing.

  • CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?
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    CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?

    The number of CBD consumers doubled in the last year and with Canada becoming the latest country to legalise marijuana for recreational use, cannabis-derived products are now in the news more than ever before. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the marijuana plant. This means that products containing CBD, such as oils and extracts (which contain concentrated amounts of the compound), won’t lead to changes in mood and perception like recreational use of marijuana in its complete form is known to do.

  • Stacey Solomon praised for opening up about pregnant stomach hair
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    Stacey Solomon praised for opening up about pregnant stomach hair

    Stacey Solomon has been praised for speaking openly about the excess hair she's noticed on her stomach since becoming pregnant with her third child. On Thursday, the Loose Women presenter shared a photo of her pregnant stomach on Instagram. In the picture, a few dark hairs are visible around her belly button.

  • Royal baby: What is a doula and will Meghan Markle have one as she gives birth?
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    Royal baby: What is a doula and will Meghan Markle have one as she gives birth?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to welcome the birth of their first child any day now. In October 2018, Kensington Palace announced Meghan Markle was pregnant and due to give birth in spring 2019. Among the rumours is the suggestion that the 37-year-old has hired a doula.

  • More than two hours of daily screen time linked to ‘behavioural and attention problems’ among children
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    More than two hours of daily screen time linked to ‘behavioural and attention problems’ among children

    Two or more hours of screen time a day could lead to behavioural and attention problems among children, scientists have warned. Earlier this year, it was reported that screen time for children under the age of two had more than doubled over a 17-year period, increasing from an average of 1.32 hours to 3.05 hours. While this indicates that many children may spend an excess of three hours a day in front of smartphones, tablets and television screens, doing so could be impacting their attention span.

  • Mother shares ‘heartbreaking’ photos of baby girl with measles ‘to educate about vaccinations’
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    Mother shares ‘heartbreaking’ photos of baby girl with measles ‘to educate about vaccinations’

    A mother has shared "heartbreaking" photographs of her baby girl suffering from measles, with the hope it will encourage more parents to vaccinate their children. Over the weekend, Jilly Moss, from London shared pictures of her daughter, Alba, on Facebook. The images show the baby lying on a bed attached to medical tubes, while being treated for measles.

  • Beyoncé opens up about emergency caesarean after one of her twins’ hearts 'paused'
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    Beyoncé opens up about emergency caesarean after one of her twins’ hearts 'paused'

    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has discussed her "difficult" second pregnancy, opening up about having to undergo an emergency caesarean. New Netflix documentary Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé chronicles the events leading to the singer's history-making Coachella set in 2018, which she performed 10 months after giving birth. Having originally been scheduled to perform at the music festival in 2017, Beyoncé postponed her appearance when she found out that she was, unexpectedly, pregnant with twins.

  • Sleep myths, such as feeling fine on five hours’ sleep, can pose ‘risk to health’
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    Sleep myths, such as feeling fine on five hours’ sleep, can pose ‘risk to health’

    The prevalence of sleep myths could pose a serious risk to one's health, scientists have warned. While they may be under the assumption that lack of sleep is no big deal, perpetuating this notion could lead to long-term health issues. Researchers from the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine have carried out an investigation to identify the top 20 most widespread beliefs regarding sleep.

  • 10 Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend
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    10 Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend

    Whether you’ve been together for years or you just got together a few months back, what you gift your significant other is absolutely crucial. And no, I don’t mean you have to get them something pricey, I just mean get them something substantial. So when it comes to gifting your guy something, I know it can seem like a task. It’s always tougher shopping for guys than for girls. Like for you, we got you covered with a list of gifts your man will absolutely love!

  • Bowel cancer: What are the symptoms and how many people does it affect?
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    Bowel cancer: What are the symptoms and how many people does it affect?

    On Monday 1 April, BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen revealed he was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year. Bowen, who is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment, has implored others to get tested, issuing his message on the first day of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with more than 42,000 people diagnosed with the condition in the UK every year.

  • Royal baby: 16 pictures of the Windsor family when they were children
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    Royal baby: 16 pictures of the Windsor family when they were children

    With the Duchess of Sussex due to give birth imminently, excitement is brewing over the arrival of the royal baby. Many aspects of the pregnancy are yet been confirmed, including whether or not Meghan Markle will give birth in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London and what the baby's name will be. As the nation prepares to welcome a new member of the royal family, some may be reminiscing over what the rest of the Windsors looked like when they were children.

  • More women getting pregnant after 30 than in their twenties for first time ever
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    More women getting pregnant after 30 than in their twenties for first time ever

    According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering England and Wales in 2017 – the most recent years for which figures are available – there were 395,856 pregnancies among women in their 20s and 398,284 among women aged over 30. For the second year running, women aged 40 and over were the only group to see an increase in their pregnancy rate, rising 2.6 per cent. The ONS credits this with factors including women's increased participation in higher education and employment, rising opportunity costs of childbearing, and housing.

  • McFly star Harry Judd opens up on struggles to bond with newborn son Kit
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    McFly star Harry Judd opens up on struggles to bond with newborn son Kit

    McFly drummer Harry Judd has discussed the struggles of being a father in a bid to open up honest conversations about parenting. The musician and his wife Izzy welcomed their son Kit in August 2017, but Judd admits that he struggled to bond with his son when he was born. Judd added that while he and his wife consider themselves as “incredibly lucky” to have two happy, healthy children, that doesn’t mean that they are immune to the common stresses that face parents.

  • 90% of people think they’re helping society by challenging people who don’t ‘look disabled’, says study
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    90% of people think they’re helping society by challenging people who don’t ‘look disabled’, says study

    Nine out of 10 people who challenge “healthy-looking” individuals for using accessible toilets in the UK think they’re helping society, according to a new study. A survey on behalf of Crohn’s & Colitis UK charity found that 93 per cent of people think that by challenging a “healthy-looking person” for using the toilet, they are “standing up for the rights of disabled people” or because they believe it is “not fair” on the rest of society. While the public’s intentions may be sincere, the charity claims it can lead to extreme “suffering and devastating consequences” for people with invisible disabilities.

  • Miss Bolivia Universe stripped of crown for 'breach of contract' days before confirming pregnancy
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    Miss Bolivia Universe stripped of crown for 'breach of contract' days before confirming pregnancy

    Model Joyce Prado has been stripped of her Miss Santa Cruz and Miss Bolivia crowns days before confirming that she's pregnant. Ms Prado represented her country at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2018, having been named Miss Bolivia six months prior. Despite her achievements, modelling agency Promociones Gloria, with whom the 22-year-old is signed, announced on Facebook on Friday that the model has had her most recent titles removed due to a "breach of contract".

  • Michelle Obama shares touching text she received from her brother about her memoir
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    Michelle Obama shares touching text she received from her brother about her memoir

    Michelle Obama has revealed a touching message she received from her brother after he ​finished listening to her best-selling memoir on audiobook for the third time. Last night, the former first lady appeared at London's O2 arena for the European leg of the Becoming book tour. As she made her way to the event, she received a text message from her older brother, basketball coach Craig Robinson.

  • Top 10 TV Shows to Watch in Your Twenties
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    Top 10 TV Shows to Watch in Your Twenties

    Everyone talks about how your teens can be a period of massive change but yet no one prepares you for your 20s! Yes, I mean it, when you’re in your twenties, be prepared for life (as you know it) to transform before your very own eyes. You’re done with the age of incessant partying but you’re not exactly at the stay home alone and drink wine stage! What do you do?? We have the answer! Prepare for your Weekend Binge, call your friends and have a pizza party! And for this, we have specially curated a list of shows to watch in your 20s!

  • Royal baby: What giving birth in the Lindo Wing is really like
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    Royal baby: What giving birth in the Lindo Wing is really like

    While Kensington Palace has not yet confirmed where her delivery will take place, if she is to follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge, it will be in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London. Speaking to Hello Magazine, Katherine Filkins said she received the full royal treatment as a guest in the Lindo Wing.

  • Royal baby: How are names chosen and does the Queen have to approve them?
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    Royal baby: How are names chosen and does the Queen have to approve them?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are soon going to become parents as they prepare to welcome their first child into the world any day. In October 2018, Kensington Palace announced that the duchess is due to give birth in spring. What names are being considered for the royal baby?

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

    As the blossoms start to bloom and temperatures start to rise during 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.

  • World Parkinson's Day: What are the symptoms of the disease and how can it be treated?
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    World Parkinson's Day: What are the symptoms of the disease and how can it be treated?

    Parkinson's disease is the world's second most common neurodegenerative disorder, behind Alzheimer's disease. While it's unknown exactly why people develop the condition, according to Parkinson's UK, experts believe its a combination of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the damage of nerve cells in the brain. On Thursday 11 April, World Parkinson's Day is being observed to raise awareness of the realities of living with the progressive disorder.

  • Former Claire’s employee says store’s ear piercing policy is a ‘cruel practice’ that pressures children
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    Former Claire’s employee says store’s ear piercing policy is a ‘cruel practice’ that pressures children

    A former Claire's employee has claimed that the store's ear piercing policy can make children who don't want their ears pierced feel "pressured" and "heavily distressed". Up until recently, Raylene Marks worked for the American retailer at one of its branches in Alberta, Canada. In an open letter shared on Facebook, Ms Marks explained that the girl had been brought in to the store by her mother to have a "double", which is when both ears are pierced at the same time in the case of nervous children.

  • National Siblings Day 2019: Youngest child tends to be parents' favourite
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    National Siblings Day 2019: Youngest child tends to be parents' favourite

    It’s long been debated whether parents can in fact show favouritism towards their children. It would seem that their suspicions have been confirmed, as a survey revealed that parents tend to favour their youngest child. Last year, Mumsnet conducted a survey of 1,185 of its users that are parents, while Gransnet carried out a survey of 1,111 of its users that had at least one grandchild.

  • Royal baby: Everything Meghan Markle has ever said about motherhood
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    Royal baby: Everything Meghan Markle has ever said about motherhood

    The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth to her first child in the coming weeks. Kensington Palace announced the news of the pregnancy in October 2018, revealing that the Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle would become parents in the spring. Ms Markle has spoken openly about her desire to become a mother on several occasions in the past, saying in a 2016 interview that having a family would be a "dream".