• Babies born at 22 weeks now have chance of survival, scientists say
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    Babies born at 22 weeks now have chance of survival, scientists say

    As a result of advances in medicine, it is now possible to save the lives of babies born at 22 weeks, new guidelines say.Previous guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine advised doctors to only administer life-saving treatment to babies born at 23 weeks or later.

  • Michelle Obama praised for gym photo as she admits exercising 'doesn’t always feel good in the moment'
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    Michelle Obama praised for gym photo as she admits exercising 'doesn’t always feel good in the moment'

    Michelle Obama has been praised for her honesty about hard work and self care after posting a new Instagram photo of herself mid-workout.“It doesn’t always feel good in the moment,” Obama captioned a picture uploaded to the social media site on 20 October.

  • Alexis Ohanian shares sweet pictures of his and Serena Williams’ daughter comparing her growth to a tree
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    Alexis Ohanian shares sweet pictures of his and Serena Williams’ daughter comparing her growth to a tree

    Alexis Ohanian has shared a series of pictures of his and Serena Williams‘ daughter, comparing her growth to a tree over the past couple of years.On Sunday evening, the Reddit co-founder posted three pictures of his two-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, on Instagram.

  • Banning access to work emails outside office hours ‘could impact employees’ wellbeing’
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    Banning access to work emails outside office hours ‘could impact employees’ wellbeing’

    For many of us, the ability to ignore our work emails out of hours would come as a welcome relief, but new research concludes that blocking employees from doing so could actually be detrimental to their wellbeing.According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Sussex and published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, banning employees from checking their work email outside the workplace can be “particularly difficult” for those who have “high levels of anxiety and neuroticism”.

  • World Menopause Day: What are the symptoms of menopause and how can they be relieved?
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    World Menopause Day: What are the symptoms of menopause and how can they be relieved?

    The menopause is a condition that the majority of women experience as part of the natural ageing process.On Friday 18 October, World Menopause Day is observed around the globe to raise awareness of the impact menopause can have on women’s everyday lives.

  • What is Wear It Pink day and how does it raise breast cancer awareness?
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    What is Wear It Pink day and how does it raise breast cancer awareness?

    Wear It Pink is an annual event which sees fundraisers wear bright pink ensembles as they raise money for breast cancer care and research.It is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK, raising millions of pounds over the course of its 17-year history.

  • Billy Connolly opens up about living with Parkinson’s: 'I walk unsteady. My hearing is going'
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    Billy Connolly opens up about living with Parkinson’s: 'I walk unsteady. My hearing is going'

    Billy Connolly has spoken about the reality of living with Parkinson’s disease, revealing that he has “started to drool”.Speaking to Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio show, the Glaswegian comedian explained that he’s “getting by” and while he has no plans to perform any time soon that “life is good”.

  • E-cigarettes may help 70,000 smokers in England quit each year, study finds
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    E-cigarettes may help 70,000 smokers in England quit each year, study finds

    Use of e-cigarettes may help between 50,000 and 70,000 smokers in England quit every year, new research has shown.Researchers from University College London (UCL) assessed the correlation between the use of e-cigarettes and success rate of quitting smoking.

  • Restart a Heart Day: How to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing
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    Restart a Heart Day: How to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing

    If you come across someone who is unresponsive and they don’t seem to be breathing, being able to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before the emergency services arrive could save their life.According to a study commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in 2018, nearly a third of UK adults wouldn’t feel confident enough to perform CPR if they saw someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

  • Women must be offered smear tests and mammograms on lunch breaks, NHS report states
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    Women must be offered smear tests and mammograms on lunch breaks, NHS report states

    Women should be offered mammograms and smear tests in their lunch breaks to help boost cancer survival rates, according to a new report.On Wednesday, Professor Sir Mike Richards, the former national clinical director for cancer, published a review of the current NHS cancer screening system.

  • Air pollution can increase risk of miscarriage by 50 per cent, research claims
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    Air pollution can increase risk of miscarriage by 50 per cent, research claims

    The detrimental impact of air pollution can increase a pregnant woman’s likelihood of experiencing a miscarriage by 50 per cent, a new study has claimed.Researchers from Beijing, China carried out an investigation to explore whether a link could be found between air pollution and miscarriage.

  • Women who suffer heart attacks ‘half as likely as men to receive treatment’
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    Women who suffer heart attacks ‘half as likely as men to receive treatment’

    Women who suffer from heart attacks are half as likely as men to receive the recommended medical treatment, a new study has claimed.Researchers from the University of Edinburgh investigated how 48,000 people responded to the use of high sensitivity troponin blood tests, which were calibrated differently for women and men.

  • Alcohol industry may be putting pregnant women at risk, study claims
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    Alcohol industry may be putting pregnant women at risk, study claims

    The alcohol industry may be putting pregnant women at risk by presenting inaccurate information about the effect drinking alcohol can have during pregnancy, researchers have claimed.In a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London investigated the way in which alcohol-funded bodies present information about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

  • Severe obesity among children aged 10 to 11 hits record high
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    Severe obesity among children aged 10 to 11 hits record high

    A record number of children are severely obese by their final year of primary school, new figures show.Annual data from Public Health England (PHE) has revealed that the proportion of pupils aged 10 to 11 who are seriously overweight has risen to 4.4 per cent in 2019, up from 3.2 per cent in 2006/7.

  • Jameela Jamil says she tried to take her own life six years ago: ‘I’m so lucky that I survived’
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    Jameela Jamil says she tried to take her own life six years ago: ‘I’m so lucky that I survived’

    Jameela Jamil has said she tried to take her own life six years ago, urging those who are struggling with mental health issues to seek support.On Thursday, to mark World Mental Health Day, the actor and activist published a tweet detailing how she previously suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Sophie Turner posts video mocking influencers who promote diet products
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    Sophie Turner posts video mocking influencers who promote diet products

    Actor Sophie Turner has criticised influencers who promote diet products via social media.In the video, uploaded as an Instagram story, the 23-year-old Game of Thrones star filmed herself overlaid with a filter that made her lips larger and added extra rouge to her cheeks.

  • World Mental Health Day 2019: Nearly one in five young people say they are not happy, study finds
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    World Mental Health Day 2019: Nearly one in five young people say they are not happy, study finds

    Nearly one in five young people say they are not happy with their lives, the government’s first “State of the Nation” report on children’s wellbeing has found.For the report, which has been published to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October, 7,000 young people aged between 10 and 24 were questioned about their mental wellbeing.

  • World Mental Health Day 2019: Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health
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    World Mental Health Day 2019: Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health

    The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time.However, our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average Brit checking their phone as much 28 times a day.

  • Eating tomatoes could improve sperm quality by up to 50 per cent, scientists claim
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    Eating tomatoes could improve sperm quality by up to 50 per cent, scientists claim

    A compound found in tomatoes could help tackle fertility problems in men, scientists claim.A new study of a small cohort of men has found that the pigment which gives the fruit its red colour, known as lycopene, could boost sperm quality, specifically around size and swimming capabilities.

  • Priyanka Chopra reveals why she used to 'wake up in the middle of the night' to check on Nick Jonas
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    Priyanka Chopra reveals why she used to 'wake up in the middle of the night' to check on Nick Jonas

    Priyanka Chopra has opened up about what it is like for Nick Jonas to live with Type 1 diabetes – a condition that causes the level of glucose in your blood to become too high.On Tuesday, the actor, who married Jonas in December 2018, described how much she admires her husband’s dedication to his health during an interview with The View.

  • Coming from a close family can guard against depression, study suggests
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    Coming from a close family can guard against depression, study suggests

    Having a good relationship with your family in adolescence may help lower the risk of developing depression as an adult, new research suggests.According to a study of more than 18,000 people published in the journal Jama Pediatrics, this is something that may benefit men and women equally all the way into midlife.

  • Vaping for long periods of time could increase the risk of cancer, study suggests
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    Vaping for long periods of time could increase the risk of cancer, study suggests

    New research on a small cohort of mice has suggested that long-term exposure to vaping liquids that contain nicotine could increase the risk of cancer.In a bid to find out whether or not vaping really is a safer alternative to smoking, scientists from New York University (NYU) conducted a study on 40 mice in which the animals were exposed to e-cigarette vapour for a year.

  • Jameela Jamil speaks out about surviving cancer twice
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    Jameela Jamil speaks out about surviving cancer twice

    Jameela Jamil has spoken out about suffering from cancer twice.On Monday, the actor and activist tweeted a response to a man who made a derogatory comment about the way she dresses at her age.

  • Alanis Morissette speaks about suffering postpartum depression for a third time
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    Alanis Morissette speaks about suffering postpartum depression for a third time

    Alanis Morissette has opened up about suffering postpartum depression (PPD) for a third time.Morissette gave birth to her third child, a son called Winter, in August this year.

  • Children with gaming addiction to be offered treatment by NHS
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    Children with gaming addiction to be offered treatment by NHS

    Children who have a gaming addiction are to be offered treatment on the NHS, it has been announced.As part of the new service, dedicated healthcare professionals will be able to accept referrals for young people aged between 13 and 25 who are seriously addicted to video games.