• ‘Eating for two’ during pregnancy is a dangerous myth, study suggests
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    ‘Eating for two’ during pregnancy is a dangerous myth, study suggests

    While it’s easy to believe that pregnancy warrants an extra slice of cake at tea time, the old adage that women can “eat for two” when they’re expecting poses health risks to the child and mother-to-be, new research suggests. Published in the journal Diabetologia, the study shows that if a woman gains too much or too little weight during pregnancy, it can have adverse effects on their child. According to the analysis of 905 mother-child pairs, which was conducted in Hong Kong, gaining too much weight could put your offspring at an increased risk of insulin resistance and high blood pressure.

  • You can’t ask me that: Do you see the cup as half empty or half full?
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    You can’t ask me that: Do you see the cup as half empty or half full?

    Stockpile for Brexit and patch the holes in Grandma’s Anderson shelter. Fortunately, Friday 21 September is World Gratitude Day. If you’re not already an optimist, World Gratitude Day is here to remind you that life’s not really that bad.

  • Anti-inflammatory diet including chocolate, red wine and beer can help you live longer, study claims
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    Anti-inflammatory diet including chocolate, red wine and beer can help you live longer, study claims

    Researchers at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland carried out a study of around 70,000 men and women whose lifestyles were closely examined during a 16-year period. The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, compared the mortality of those who followed an anti-inflammatory diet and those who didn’t. The team concluded that those who followed an anti-inflammatory diet, regularly eating foods such as fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, nuts, chocolate and moderate amounts of red wine and beer, had an 18 per cent lower risk of death by any cause.

  • What surnames have boomed in UK since the Second World War?
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    What surnames have boomed in UK since the Second World War?

    The Second World War marked the start of a wave which saw thousands of people from all over the world make their way to the UK in search of a fresh start. This movement of mass immigration transformed the country into the hub of multiculturalism that it is today. As a result, the prevalence of certain surnames in Britain has risen dramatically since 1939, as revealed by research conducted by Ancestry.co.uk.

  • Carrie Underwood discusses heartbreak of having three miscarriages in two years
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    Carrie Underwood discusses heartbreak of having three miscarriages in two years

    Carrie Underwood has discussed the heartbreak she felt when she experienced three miscarriages in two years, believing at one point that she may never have any more children. The country singer, who rose to fame in 2005 as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, has a three-year-old son with her husband, former professional ice hockey player Mike Fisher. The singer revealed to Tracy Smith that she’d become pregnant twice in 2017 and at the beginning of 2018, with each pregnancy resulting in a miscarriage.

  • The reason why Brits are sleeping more now than they did in the 1970s
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    The reason why Brits are sleeping more now than they did in the 1970s

    A study conducted by the University of Oxford explored the way in which people’s sleeping habits have changed between the 1970s and today. The study, which was published in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that Brits are sleeping approximately 43 minutes more than they were in the 1970s, with the majority of adults going to bed half an hour earlier and waking up around 15 minutes later. This is due to a decline in what the researchers described as “work-sleep conflict”, meaning that Brits are finding it easier to balance the demands of work with a good night’s sleep.

  • Chrissy Teigen claims eating placenta helped her avoid postpartum depression after second pregnancy
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    Chrissy Teigen claims eating placenta helped her avoid postpartum depression after second pregnancy

    Chrissy Teigen has been very open about her two pregnancies, having spoken on multiple occasions about the postpartum depression that she experienced following the birth of her first child Luna in 2016. Three months ago, Teigen gave birth to her second child with husband John Legend, a son called Miles. Teigen hasn’t experienced postpartum depression a second time around, and she believes this could be down to a certain something that she ate following the birth of Miles.

  • Mumsnet and Facebook putting women off natural birth with 'tsunami of horror stories'
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    Mumsnet and Facebook putting women off natural birth with 'tsunami of horror stories'

    In today’s social media age, oversharing has become the norm, but where does this leave us when it comes to childbirth? Once an experience shared only between parents and midwives, giving birth has become a trending topic online, as women divulge their stories across a range of platforms with a no holds barred approach to detail. While anecdotes of the labour process may provide feelings of comfort and camaraderie among new and expecting mothers, one midwifery lecturer has claimed that they may be traumatising pregnant women and putting some people off childbirth altogether.

  • Goosebumps could be a sign of a high-achieving and healthy life, study finds
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    Goosebumps could be a sign of a high-achieving and healthy life, study finds

    Have you ever been to a live music gig that was so moving that your skin became covered in tingling goosebumps? Over the summer, a study was conducted at Reading and Leeds music festivals to explore whether experiencing goosebumps can correlate with the state of a person’s health and their personality. The research team discovered that those who experienced goosebumps are more likely to foster stronger relationships with others, to achieve more higher-level academic feats throughout their lives and to be in better health than those who didn’t.

  • E coli: What is the bacteria and what are the symptoms of infection?
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    E coli: What is the bacteria and what are the symptoms of infection?

    A “high level” of E coli has reportedly been found at the Egyptian resort where British couple John and Susan Cooper passed away in August. E coli is commonly known for causing food poisoning and most strains of the bacteria often don't pose a great risk to a person’s health. Not only can people who eat food that’s been contaminated with E coli become infected, but also those who have merely come into contact with it.

  • Vets reveal heartbreaking reality of putting pets down
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    Vets reveal heartbreaking reality of putting pets down

    “When you are a pet owner it is inevitable, the majority of the time, that your pet will die before you do,” the post - which has now gone viral - reads. “Talk about what the procedure is and what to expect, and that if you are concerned you should talk it through with the vet team so they can make it as peaceful and stress-free as you can," he says.

  • Smacking children should be banned to protect mental health, psychologists say
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    Smacking children should be banned to protect mental health, psychologists say

    Psychologists are calling for the smacking of children in the family home to be outlawed due to the effect it can have on their mental health. Parents and carers are currently legally allowed to smack children lightly if it can be described as a “reasonable punishment”, as outlined in section 58 of the Children Act 2004. Corporal punishment became illegal in British state schools in 1986, but remained legal in private schools until 1998 in England and Wales, until 2000 in Scotland and until 2003 in Northern Ireland.

  • James Van Der Beek calls for a new name for miscarriage
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    James Van Der Beek calls for a new name for miscarriage

    James Van Der Beek has spoken out about the miscarriages his wife suffered and the effect they had on the couple. The actor, best known for his role in Dawson’s Creek, shared a picture on Instagram of himself, his wife Kimberly and their newborn baby. Van Der Beek revealed that Kimberly suffered her third miscarriage before she became pregnant with their fifth child.

  • Why whole-fat milk may be better for you than you think, according to experts
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    Why whole-fat milk may be better for you than you think, according to experts

    Many people believe that consuming milk that’s low-fat or dairy-free is better for your health than opting for whole-fat varieties.

  • When women are at their most fertile time of the month, they smell better to men
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    When women are at their most fertile time of the month, they smell better to men

    If the recent boom of dating apps has taught us anything, it's that choosing someone to spend our lives with can be as quick as the swipe of a finger, where snap decisions are made based solely on what a person looks like. Such a ratio is widely believed to infer peak fertility, suggesting that men may be subconsciously drawn to women who they think are more likely to bear them children.

  • So this is where Kareena, Virushka, Aishwarya and Sunny Leone go for a vacation!
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    So this is where Kareena, Virushka, Aishwarya and Sunny Leone go for a vacation!

    Soha Ali Khan had recently been on a holiday to the topical islands with Kunal, Saif and Kareena, complete with the two little cuties. The star on the block, Ishan Khattar, has entered the hearts of a legion of young girls already. The former beauty queen has recently started Instagraming and a quick look at her handle gives away that the profile in dedicated to the apple of Bachchan family’s eye, Aradhya Bachchan.

  • Why fertility clinics are throwing 'egg freezing' parties with champagne and canapés
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    Why fertility clinics are throwing 'egg freezing' parties with champagne and canapés

    Jennifer Lannon lies, her feet propped in stirrups, on an examining table at Extend Fertility, an egg-freezing clinic in midtown Manhattan. A screen at her right displays the results of her ultrasound, the image closely monitored by Lannon and her doctor, Joshua Klein. ​Lannon, who works for Dot.Health, a website that stores participants’ medical data, is 26, more than a decade younger than most women freezing their eggs in the hope of maximising their chances, when they are ready, of conceiving and bearing a healthy child.

  • These 10 of your favorite Bollywood celebs have hearts carved out of 22 carat gold
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    These 10 of your favorite Bollywood celebs have hearts carved out of 22 carat gold

    The actor had donated 90 lakhs to farmers who suffered heavily due to droughts. The fashionista had some of her clothes and bags auctioned through an online fashion boutique and the proceeds of it went to another child welfare organization, Smile Foundation. Glamour magazine once reported that one-tenth of the former Miss World’s income goes to the foundation, No child should be ‘denied a dream’.

  • How to tell if you’re vitamin B12 deficient - and why it matters
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    How to tell if you’re vitamin B12 deficient - and why it matters

    Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that the body needs in order to function properly - but it cannot produce it itself. It’s primarily found in animal products, meaning that deficiencies in the vitamin are particularly common among vegans and vegetarians. If not addressed, a vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to a number of physical and mental health problems.

  • Will niece Navya Naveli be the real heir to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Bollywood legacy ?
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    Will niece Navya Naveli be the real heir to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Bollywood legacy ?

    After Jahnvi Kapoor, Suhana Khan and Sara Ali Khan, the next star kid to have found some soaring popularity on social media, even before dipping toes in the industry, is Shweta Nanda’s daughter, Navya Naveli Nanda. With a flawless complexion, strikingly sharp features, confidence of a winner, and youthful beauty, there are more than enough reasons we believe Navya Naveli Nanda can claim aunt Aishwarya Rai Bacchan’s legacy.

  • Avril Lavigne opens up about battle with Lyme disease: 'I had accepted death'
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    Avril Lavigne opens up about battle with Lyme disease: 'I had accepted death'

    Avril Lavigne has opened up about her struggle with Lyme disease, revealing that the life-threatening illness stopped her performing for years. Lavigne, 33, released her fifth and last album in 2013, and she was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection which can lead to severe mental and physical problems if not spotted early enough - it is usually spread to humans via infected ticks and typically treated by antibiotics, allowing most people to recover within a few months.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop to pay £110,000 settlement over vaginal egg claims
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    Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop to pay £110,000 settlement over vaginal egg claims

    Goop, the lifestyle company owned by Gwyneth Paltrow, has agreed to pay a settlement of $145,000 (£112,514) after making unscientific claims about the health benefits of vaginal eggs. On the Goop website, it states that using jade vaginal eggs can provide women with a “spiritual detox” by removing negative energy when used on a daily basis.

  • Rachael Bland: BBC presenter's touching memoir for son
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    Rachael Bland: BBC presenter's touching memoir for son

    Today Rachael Bland's family announced that the BBC presenter had passed away following a two-year struggle with breast cancer. Bland, a news presenter who worked at the BBC for more than 15 years, wrote a heartfelt memoir for her son following her terminal cancer diagnosis. Earlier this year Bland found out that the cancer was incurable, which is why she decided to write a memoir for her two-year-old son so he can learn about her life as he grows up.

  • Nearly half of British women aren't getting enough exercise, study finds
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    Nearly half of British women aren't getting enough exercise, study finds

    Almost half of British women are not doing enough exercise for their health, according to a new global study by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The research, which assessed 1.9 million participants across 168 countries, found that 36 per cent of British adults are insufficiently active, with women moving even less than men — 40 per cent of females in the UK do not do enough exercise. The gap between genders isn’t consigned to the UK though — across the world, women are eight per cent less active than men, according to the study published in The Lancet Global Health.

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    How to check your heart age: three ways to determine the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack

    Public Health England (PHE) is urging adults over the age of 30 to check their heart age via an online test that will enable them to see how at risk they are of having a heart attack or stroke. The call for taking the test comes after PHE revealed that four-fifths (78 per cent) of adults in England had a heart age higher than their real age. Professor Jamie Waterall, national lead for cardiovascular disease at PHE, said: "Millions are at risk of cardiovascular disease but don't know it, putting themselves at real risk of suffering ill-health or dying younger.