• Family planning clinic offers free pizza in exchange for STI tests
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    Family planning clinic offers free pizza in exchange for STI tests

    Food is the way to many people’s hearts, something that a family planning clinic took full advantage of in order to encourage screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. On Tuesday, the Semcac Clinic in Winona, Minnesota held an event called “Pee for Pizza”, in which they offered people a free piece of pizza from midday until eight o’clock in the evening in exchange for a free STI test. The clinic received funding from the Minnesota Department of Health in order to carry out the STI testing.

  • Low-carb and low-fat diets have same effect on weight loss, claims study
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    Low-carb and low-fat diets have same effect on weight loss, claims study

    For anyone embarking on the beginning of their weight loss journey, it can be a daunting prospect trying to figure out which diet is best for you. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine decided to investigate whether following a healthy low-carb diet would be more or less effective for someone trying to lose weight than following a healthy low-fat diet, with their research leading to fascinating results. Christopher Gardner, PhD, a professor of medicine and lead author of the study, understands that people’s bodies respond to healthy eating regimes in diverse ways.

  • Viral tweet shows how baby shower cakes can gender stereotype
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    Viral tweet shows how baby shower cakes can gender stereotype

    A Twitter user who goes by the name Onson Sweemey has shared a series of photos of eccentric gender reveal cakes that have been presented by expectant parents at their baby showers. One person’s baby shower has even been decorated with a strange sign that reads: “Pistols or pearls,” with accompanying images of a gun and a crown. Sweemey’s tweet has been retweeted 43,000 times and liked 137,000 times, with many people commenting with expressions of disbelief and their own examples of odd baby shower cakes.

  • Why you should never go on another diet
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    Why you should never go on another diet

    Most people - and women in particular - have been on a diet at some point in their lives. Past studies have concluded that two thirds of Brits are on a diet “most of the time,” women will spend 17 years of their lives on diets, and they also go on twice as many diets as they have lovers. Atkins, Dukan, Keto, cabbage soup, 5:2… we get lured in by weight loss promises that seem too good to be true - and they usually only work because they all come down to cutting calories.

  • Woman left paralysed from neck down after sit-up accident at gym
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    Woman left paralysed from neck down after sit-up accident at gym

    A young woman was left paralysed from the neck down when she fell from a piece of exercise equipment while doing sit-ups at the gym. Marcelle Mancuso is a 23-year-old law graduate from São José do Rio Preto in Brazil. In January 2016, Mancuso was performing a simple inverted sit-up at the gym when the accident occurred.

  • Natural remedy for Sleeplessness or Insomnia
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    Natural remedy for Sleeplessness or Insomnia

    High paced life style, increased time tables and the desire to earn quick bucks have added to this suffering. Over worked body and mind, haphazard diet scheduling and over dependence on Junk Food also leads to such life style disorders. Insomnia can affect a person for many reasons. This disorder takes a toll on a person’s physical and mental health, both. Study says in USA 30-40% adults are affected by Insomnia, where 10-15% adults state that they are facing this disorder as a chronic one; in India more than 10 million adults are facing this sleep disorder problem.

  • Should we worry about children's attachment to comfort items?
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    Should we worry about children's attachment to comfort items?

    The topic of comfort objects is hotly debated, with some arguing that the attachment to objects from babyhood is childish, unnecessary or even harmful. The truth is that even adults have attachment objects. Or hoard treasured objects from loved ones without second thought?

  • Drinking small amounts of alcohol may help you live to over 90, claims study
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    Drinking small amounts of alcohol may help you live to over 90, claims study

    Eating a healthier diet, regularly practising yoga in a peaceful park, visiting exotic hot springs to cleanse your body… people have tried all sorts of things to ensure longevity. Dr Claudia Kawas, a specialist in neurology from the University of California, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Austin, Texas about research that she has carried out for the past 15 years.

  • Birth photography contest unveils incredible images from around the world
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    Birth photography contest unveils incredible images from around the world

    The act of giving birth is extraordinary and completely unique for every individual who experiences it. Birth Becomes Her, an online resource for birth photographers, carry out an annual contest to not only show the world how profound giving birth is, but also to shed a light on the power of photography. It depicts a child meeting their younger sibling for the very first time, peering through the glass as the newborn is submerged in water.

  • Mother’s powerful response to gender-based stereotypes goes viral
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    Mother’s powerful response to gender-based stereotypes goes viral

    A mother’s poignant response to the gender stereotypes she witnessed as a child has gone viral on Facebook. Darla Halyk penned the powerful post to highlight how she felt an ingrained misogyny deeply affected her upbringing. It has since been shared more than 11,000 times, with men and women alike sharing their own experiences of gender-based stereotypes in response.

  • DIY faecal transplants can spread diseases such as hepatitis, experts warn
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    DIY faecal transplants can spread diseases such as hepatitis, experts warn

    Experts have expressed growing concerns over the rising trend of DIY faecal transplants, as they could be putting people at risk of contracting diseases such as hepatitis. A faecal transplant is a procedure used to help restore a person’s gut bacteria who has suffered from repeated occurrences of Clostridium difficile infection. Clostridium difficile, otherwise known as C. difficile or C. diff, is a debilitating infection that causes diarrhoea and can consequently lead to serious bowel issues.

  • Mother sparks outrage after labelling hyphenated names ‘lower-class’
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    Mother sparks outrage after labelling hyphenated names ‘lower-class’

    A British mother has prompted a furore online by declaring hyphenated children’s names “lower-class”. “I live in an area where half the children at school live in council houses. “So yes, I see them as lower class.

  • Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black are expecting their first child
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    Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black are expecting their first child

    Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black have revealed that they’re expecting their first child together.

  • Childs Farm: Mother claims baby’s severe eczema was cured by bargain moisturiser
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    Childs Farm: Mother claims baby’s severe eczema was cured by bargain moisturiser

    A mother has claimed that her baby’s severe eczema was cured by applying a bargain moisturiser. Joanne Nevin is a 28-year-old mother of three from Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland. When her baby Kelisha was three months old, Nevin, who is currently pregnant with her fourth child, noticed patches of eczema developing on Kelisha’s elbows and legs.

  • Transgender woman becomes first in the world to breastfeed
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    Transgender woman becomes first in the world to breastfeed

    A transgender woman has become the first in the world to breastfeed her baby after undergoing hormone treatment. The 30-year-old woman, who hasn’t been named, approached Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein from the Mount Sinai Centre for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York. Reisman and Goldstein, a nurse practitioner and a programme manager respectively, enabled the transgender woman to breastfeed her baby for the first six weeks of its life by inducing lactation.

  • What are BCAA supplements and will they help me train longer?
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    What are BCAA supplements and will they help me train longer?

    With protein powders having successfully crossed over from niche bodybuilding product to the mainstream, the next supplement being pushed by the fitness industry to the average gym-goer are BCAAs. Usually consumed in the form of a powder which is added to water to create a translucent liquid, gym-goers can be seen downing BCAAs pre-, during and post-workouts, and also sipping throughout the day. What are BCAAS?

  • Dad diagnoses 19-month-old son’s stroke thanks to TV advert
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    Dad diagnoses 19-month-old son’s stroke thanks to TV advert

    A father heroically saved his 19-month-old son’s life when he realised that the toddler was suffering from a stroke. Phil Kerman is a 39-year-old father of three from Hull, East Yorkshire. One day when Phil walked into his young son’s room, he was surprised to find Ronnie lying down rather than standing up in his cot like he usually does.

  • How to overcome emotional eating
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    How to overcome emotional eating

    For many of us, food is always the solution.

  • Eight-year-old helps deliver baby sister after mother suffers three miscarriages
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    Eight-year-old helps deliver baby sister after mother suffers three miscarriages

    Kelsey Davis is a 29-year-old mother of three from Gilbert, Arizona. When Kelsey’s eldest daughter, Brooke, was three years old, she and her partner Stefan revealed to her that they were expecting another baby. Sadly, Kelsey lost the baby, leaving Brooke devastated.

  • Self-deprecating humour linked to greater psychological wellbeing, study finds
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    Self-deprecating humour linked to greater psychological wellbeing, study finds

    Frequent use of self-deprecating humour has been linked to a better overall psychological wellbeing, a study has discovered. When you hear someone making fun of themselves, you would usually assume that they’re doing so to conceal their insecurities. University of Granada researchers from the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (CIMCYC) decided to explore different kinds of humour to determine whether a person’s comedic streak is connected to the way in which they cope with anger.

  • 10 super easy dishes you could make for your sweetheart this February 14th!
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    10 super easy dishes you could make for your sweetheart this February 14th!

    Pretty sure you already have your restaurant tables reserved. But for those who are still looking at options and ideas to make this Valentine’s Day memorable, we say, ditch the idea of going out in the crowd.

  • American woman suffering from headaches claims she woke up with a British accent
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    American woman suffering from headaches claims she woke up with a British accent

    In a shocking medical case, an American woman who suffered from severe migraines fell asleep and woke up with a British accent - and she still suffers from the condition two years on. Former beauty queen Michelle Myers, from Buckeye, Arizona now speaks with a London accent - despite having never left the United States. Rather than picking up the accent while studying abroad, the mum of seven suffers from a rare medical condition diagnosed as Foreign Accent Syndrome - a condition usually associated with neurological damage.

  • How social media can make life better for young people in care
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    How social media can make life better for young people in care

    When young people are “looked after” by the state, they can live in a variety of care placements including children’s homes, foster parents or with friends or birth family relatives. Until now, many thought that the risks that go along with young people in care using social media – including unwelcome contact from their birth family – outweighed any potential benefits. This assumption overshadowed the evidence that using social media can promote “social capital” – a term used to describe the opportunities available from knowing and being connected to other people.

  • How people document eating disorder recovery on Instagram
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    How people document eating disorder recovery on Instagram

    When you picture someone with an eating disorder, who do you picture? Despite accumulating evidence that eating disorders can impact anyone, eating disorders continue to be presented – in the media, in public discourse, in doctors’ surgeries and even in much of the research literature – in stereotypical ways. During Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada last week, the campaign used a theme of “One size does NOT fit all,” to emphasise the diversity of people who suffer from eating disorders.

  • How meal deals could undo the benefits of the sugar tax
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    How meal deals could undo the benefits of the sugar tax

    From April, the government’s sugar tax will make 500ml bottles of high-sugar drinks cost an extra 14p, and two litre bottles an extra 58p. The sugar tax will apply to fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks with more than 5g or 8g of sugar per 100ml, adding 22p and 29p per litre respectively to the price, including VAT. Places that have already got a sugar tax, such as Mexico and Berkeley, California, have found that the higher price does make people drink less.