• Morrisons launches ‘Quieter Hour’ for autistic customers across all stores
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    Morrisons launches ‘Quieter Hour’ for autistic customers across all stores

    Morrisons has launched a ‘Quieter Hour’ across all of its 493 stores in order to cater for autistic customers who may otherwise feel anxious when shopping. The new initiative, which has received support from the National Autistic Society (NAS), was tested out earlier this year in stores located in Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough. Supermarket shopping can prove an intense and anxiety-inducing experience for people who have autism, as Tom Purser, head of campaigns and public engagement at NAS, explains.

  • The scientific reason why men may recover from flu quicker than women
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    The scientific reason why men may recover from flu quicker than women

    “Man flu”, a term that refers to the concept of men exaggerating their symptoms when feeling under the weather, is supposedly a real phenomenon. While research has claimed that a number of men do in fact have weaker immune systems than was previously supposed, a new study has discovered that when afflicted with influenza, there may be scientific reason why men recover at a faster rate than women. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to investigate the various effects that influenza can have on men and women.

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future daughter may be first to inherit royal title
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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's future daughter may be first to inherit royal title

    An antiquated law that states that only sons can inherit hereditary peerages is being challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This could have significant implications for the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, should they have any daughters. The law currently dictates that only a son can inherit a dukedom, meaning that if Prince Harry and Meghan had a daughter, she would not be bestowed with the title.

  • The seven essential tests parents should use to choose baby names
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    The seven essential tests parents should use to choose baby names

    Thanks to the power of the internet, you can check in an instant whether the baby name that you’ve fallen madly in love with was previously associated with a notorious criminal from the history books, suggests Michelle Woo, parenting editor at Lifehacker.

  • Heatwave causes spike in insect bites - here's how to treat them
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    Heatwave causes spike in insect bites - here's how to treat them

    The enduring heatwave in the UK has seen a surge in the number of calls being made to the NHS 111 helpline concerning irritating insect bites. Antiobiotic Research UK has stated that the rising temperatures have led to an increase in horseflies, otherwise known as clegs, being identified in the country. While horsefly bites can potentially lead to extremely harmful infections, there are several ways to treat milder insect bites from home.

  • Dance your way to good health and a fit body: Benefits of dancing
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    Dance your way to good health and a fit body: Benefits of dancing

    Known for bringing contemporary jazz and western forms of dance to India, Shiamak Davar is a dance legend that most dancers look up to. Will Dance’, The Shiamak Dance Movement is the largest in the world and has reached out to over a million dance enthusiasts across India, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

  • Brave children ring ‘end-of-treatment bell’ to celebrate beating cancer
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    Brave children ring ‘end-of-treatment bell’ to celebrate beating cancer

    The bells feature in hospitals across the country, including Bristol Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where thousands of children are treated for the disease. Every day, 12 families will be told their child has cancer, with 10 children and young people tragically losing their fight each week. Estimated survival rates for childhood cancer in 2017 are thought to be around 84 per cent, up from 64 per cent in 1990.

  • Chocolate milk better than sports drinks for post workout recovery, study finds
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    Chocolate milk better than sports drinks for post workout recovery, study finds

    From protein shakes and BCAAS (branch chain amino acids) to electrolytes, many gym buffs are adamant about taking special sports drinks to help them recover from their workouts. In fact, according to the research from Shahid Sadoughi University in Yazd, Iran, chocolate milk not only allows exercisers to workout for six minutes longer than the average sports recovery drink, but also improves heart rates and lactic acid levels, which causes cramp.

  • How Bangalore nearly ran out of water due to India's colonial history
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    How Bangalore nearly ran out of water due to India's colonial history

    On hot summer days in Bangalore, India, it is common to see public water taps on roadsides hissing and spurting as water struggles to come out. Bangalore is perhaps one of India’s most globally visible cities, owing to its reputation as India’s Silicon Valley. Bangalore is not alone in its water woes – cities across the globe struggle to meet water requirements every day.

  • NHS at 70: Nurses pose in uniforms from seven decades to pay tribute
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    NHS at 70: Nurses pose in uniforms from seven decades to pay tribute

    In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NHS on 5 July, nurses at Trafford Hospital in Greater Manchester wore uniforms from across seven decades to show just how far the health service has come. The uniforms have evolved throughout the healthcare system's history in keeping with contemporary fashion trends. The seven nurses at the hospital posed for photographs in uniforms from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, as the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham unveiled a blue plaque at the hospital to commemorate the “birthplace of the NHS”.

  • How to tell if your brain is healthy, according to researchers
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    How to tell if your brain is healthy, according to researchers

    Feeling younger than your actual age may be indicative of your overall brain health, according to a new study. By analysing brain scans, researchers found that people who perceive themselves as younger have more grey matter in critical brain regions - a sign of a healthy brain. Grey matter has numerous functions in the brain including cleaning the brain of excess chemicals and transporting glucose.

  • Listeriosis outbreak: Is it still safe to eat frozen vegetables?
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    Listeriosis outbreak: Is it still safe to eat frozen vegetables?

    A recent outbreak of listeriosis across Europe has been connected with the consumption of frozen vegetables that haven’t been cooked sufficiently. News of the bacterial infection has led many to question whether it’s safe to eat frozen vegetables at all. .@food.gov, @FSScot, @PHE_uk & @NHS_HS are reminding people to cook most frozen vegetables, including sweetcorn, before eating.

  • NHS at 70: Emilia Clarke thanks nurses for looking after her father in moving speech
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    NHS at 70: Emilia Clarke thanks nurses for looking after her father in moving speech

    Emilia Clarke has described nursing as an important profession that “we must value” while giving her utmost thanks to the nurses who took care of her father during the later stages of his life. The actor, best known for starring as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, was speaking at the RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony in London last night as an ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing. “I was given the opportunity to be involved in the intricacies that made up a day of trying to save his life, and it showed me with such clarity not only the awe-inspiring skill that the nurses clearly had, but the emotional intelligence that came along with it,” she said, according to the Nursing Standard.

  • India's own Rihanna is setting the internet on fire. Who is she?
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    India's own Rihanna is setting the internet on fire. Who is she?

    Renee Kujur is from Bagicha in Chattisgarh.

  • SPF in moisturisers doesn't protect skin fully from sun, study warns
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    SPF in moisturisers doesn't protect skin fully from sun, study warns

    Using a moisturiser with SPF won’t be enough to protect your skin against sun damage this summer, a revealing new study has warned. Many people may assume that applying a moisturiser with an SPF of 30 will provide their faces with adequate protection throughout the day from the sun’s rays as temperatures rise. The team carried out a study in which they asked a group of participants to apply sun cream to their faces on the first day of testing, and then to apply moisturiser with SPF on another day.

  • Radical reform of social care is key to saving Bevan's NHS dream
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    Radical reform of social care is key to saving Bevan's NHS dream

    My favourite description of the service came from its founder, Aneurin Bevan: “It’s a piece of real socialism. It was Trafford’s Park Hospital (now Trafford General) that Bevan chose to visit on 5 July 1948 to stage the symbolic event of “receiving the keys”. Social care was also born in 1948 when the National Assistance Act put a duty on local authorities to provide residential accommodation for people who need it on grounds of age or disability.

  • Three-year-old cancer survivor is flower girl at her bone marrow donor’s wedding
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    Three-year-old cancer survivor is flower girl at her bone marrow donor’s wedding

    A three-year-old cancer survivor who is currently in remission was made a flower girl at the wedding of the woman who saved her life. When she hadn’t yet turned one year old, Skye Savren-McCormick was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia, a rare form of cancer that involved having to have blood and platelet transfusions on an almost daily basis. Having been given a 10 per cent chance of survival by doctors, Skye was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, which is where Hayden Ryals came in.

  • Serena Williams describes 'incredible experience' of motherhood in interview
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    Serena Williams describes 'incredible experience' of motherhood in interview

    In a recent interview with fashion designer Zac Posen, the tennis star explained that she hadn’t previously been a “kids kind of person” as she'd been more “career oriented”. Williams was speaking to Posen as part of Yahoo Lifestyle’s “Loud and Clear” video series. The former women’s world number one has openly discussed her pregnancy and motherhood on several occasions.

  • How to solve every parenting dilemma, according to a psychotherapist
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    How to solve every parenting dilemma, according to a psychotherapist

    Speaking to The Independent, Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright explained that good disciplinary tactics can be best explained via their ALP model: attune, limit set and problem solve. “Practising ALP in difficult moments gives parents a way to lead with understanding and kindness, consistently hold clear limits and teach rules and help their child make a better choice or solve their dilemma,” they said. The ALP model can be used to help parents with a whole host of issues, the authors claim, from meltdowns, to non-cooperation, to bedtime resistance, to sibling conflict to arguments over screen time.

  • More people are reaching the age of 100, but do we really want to live that long?
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    More people are reaching the age of 100, but do we really want to live that long?

    Very old age, if commented upon, is presented as if it were a kind of extreme sports competition. Centenarians are celebrated simply for reaching 100. Nonagenarians hit the news when they run a mile, climb a mountain or pilot a plane.

  • The main reason women freeze their eggs, study reveals
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    The main reason women freeze their eggs, study reveals

    The research was conducted by a team of anthropologists at Yale University, who presented their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. "The medical literature and media coverage of oocyte cryopreservation usually suggest that elective egg freezing is being used to defer or delay childbearing among women pursuing education and careers,” said lead author Dr Marcia Inhorn during the annual meeting, which took place in Barcelona. Inhorn and her team collected data from interview with 150 women who had chosen to freeze their eggs for social reasons - as opposed to having no other viable fertility options - at IVF clinics in the US and Israel.

  • Flushing plastic period products down the toilet pollutes ocean, research warns
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    Flushing plastic period products down the toilet pollutes ocean, research warns

    Flushing sanitary products down the toilet can be very detrimental for the marine environment, new research has claimed. The majority of period products such as tampons and sanitary pads are predominantly made from plastic, which makes it harder for them to be broken down when they enter the sewage system. Approximately 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet in the UK every single day, according to figures published in the Journal of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

  • There’s no such thing as a ‘normal vulva’, study claims amid rise in labiaplasties
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    There’s no such thing as a ‘normal vulva’, study claims amid rise in labiaplasties

    A new study that investigated the many variations of female genitalia has come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a “normal vulva”. This research comes to light following the documented rise in popularity of labiaplasties in recent years, a cosmetic procedure that involves surgically altering the skin around the vulva. The study, which was conducted by a team of researchers at Lucerne Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland, assessed 657 caucasian women aged between 15 and 84 years old over the course of two years.

  • Girl with autism devastated by school report receives new one from father
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    Girl with autism devastated by school report receives new one from father

    A young girl with autism who came home distraught after receiving her school report card was then given a new one from her father - which has now gone viral on Twitter. When Sophie Jackson returned home after school one day, she couldn’t hide her dismay at receiving D grades in all of her classes. Upon seeing his daughter crying at her grades, Shane Jackson decided to write a new one for her that evaluated her on her most redeeming qualities, as opposed to her academic abilities.

  • Asperger syndrome: What is it and how many people does it affect?
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    Asperger syndrome: What is it and how many people does it affect?

    Following his departure from this year’s Love Island, 23-year-old Niall Aslam has revealed on Instagram that he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a child. Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder that can make it harder for those affected to interact with others in a social environment. The term was named after an Austrian paediatrician called Hans Asperger, who wrote about children who exhibited signs of the condition in 1944.