• How long it takes to see results when you start new workout regime, according to top fitness trainer
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    How long it takes to see results when you start new workout regime, according to top fitness trainer

    Obviously, your reasons for starting a new workout regime may not be aesthetic: perhaps you simply want to feel more energised or switch-up your daily routine by getting your sweat on. Whatever your reasons are for squeezing into your lycra, it can be helpful in terms of motivation to know how much exercise you really need to be doing in order to see some sort of physical change, which, let’s face it, is something that’s always in the back of our minds when we’re slaving away on a treadmill. Obviously, how much of a change you notice largely depends on your fitness levels prior to beginning, explains Amanda Hughes, trainer at boutique fitness studio, Another_Space.

  • Toddlers with Down’s Syndrome form incredible friendship after being introduced by mothers
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    Toddlers with Down’s Syndrome form incredible friendship after being introduced by mothers

    When Lana Beaton and Amy Sanders decided to introduce their babies to one another, they hoped that the two children with Down’s Syndrome would form a friendship of some sort. Lana and Amy had known each other growing up in North Dakota as their parents had been friends. Lana and Amy both had babies born with Down’s Syndrome within months of one another.

  • Ryan Reynolds opens up about lifelong struggle with anxiety: ‘I’ll look for the joke in things so that I don’t look for the sadness and the grief’
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    Ryan Reynolds opens up about lifelong struggle with anxiety: ‘I’ll look for the joke in things so that I don’t look for the sadness and the grief’

    As the “merc with a mouth”, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is well-known for his quick wit and unparalleled sense of humour, from waging online feuds with Hugh Jackman to cropping his wife Blake Lively out of photos on social media. While Reynolds’ comedic talents are second to none, the actor has explained how he’s used humour throughout his life as a means of coping with mental health issues. One aspect of his childhood that had a huge impact on him growing up was his “complicated” and “fractured” relationship with his father, James Reynolds.

  • What is the Nordic diet and why is it so good for you?
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    What is the Nordic diet and why is it so good for you?

    Typically defined as a diet based around the traditional foods of Northern Europe, the Nordic diet champions locally-sourced ingredients and is rich in fish, grains, vegetables and berries. Different from its Mediterranean counterpart, the Nordic diet is as much about sustainability as it is nutrition and is typically lauded as an eco-friendly diet that abhors processed food in favour of home-cooked meals based around lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. While the Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, the Nordic diet promotes the use of canola and rapeseed oil, both of which are rich in monounsaturated fats that promote heart health.

  • Is drinking salt water good for you? Nutritionists give their verdict on 'health trend'
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    Is drinking salt water good for you? Nutritionists give their verdict on 'health trend'

    Health trends frequently come and go, and some are more scientifically sound than others. In February, an epidemiologist debunked the turmeric “health fad” that had become a widespread sensation, dismissing it as “nonsense”. Another trend that has recently come under the limelight is “sole”, which involves drinking a blend of water and natural salt.

  • Catching up on sleep at weekends can reduce risk of premature death, study claims
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    Catching up on sleep at weekends can reduce risk of premature death, study claims

    While the majority of people would be able to attest that a good night’s sleep is imperative for a healthy wellbeing, many wind up depriving themselves of rest as they go about their busy regimes. Not having a sufficient amount of sleep obviously isn’t ideal, as it’s been linked to having a higher risk of developing conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have carried out a study to determine how lack of sleep during the week and weekend can correspond with an individual’s mortality rate.

  • Baby with extremely rare condition has ‘uncombable hair’
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    Baby with extremely rare condition has ‘uncombable hair’

    Eventually, Taylor’s parents Cara and Tom realised that their daughter may have a condition called “Uncombable Hair Syndrome”, after coming across pictures of other individuals on the internet with the same style of hair. Cara and Tom, from Chicago, Illinois, sought the expertise of Professor Regina Betz at the University of Bonn in Germany. Professor Betz is currently the leading figure in Uncombable Hair Syndrome Research.

  • Eating one egg a day can reduce risk of heart disease, study claims
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    Eating one egg a day can reduce risk of heart disease, study claims

    Eggs are regarded as being a fantastic source of several nutrients, including proteins, vitamins and essential fatty acids. A recent study has claimed that eating one egg a day can drastically reduce your likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease in the future. A team of researchers from China and the UK decided to explore the connection between frequency of egg consumption and risk of a number of heart-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, ischaemic stroke and major coronary events, which is when a person experience a sudden cardiac death or a heart attack.

  • You can't ask me that: Are you a cat or dog person?
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    You can't ask me that: Are you a cat or dog person?

    If you really want a quiet life then the question you must avoid at all costs is: “Do you prefer cats or dogs?” Everyone has an opinion on it and there are those who will defend their opinion with violence. Cats versus dogs is an emotional battle that divides people like no other. There’s a definite sense that there are cat people and there are dog people and never the twain shall meet.

  • Discovery of new fat cell could explain why people gain weight after they stop smoking
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    Discovery of new fat cell could explain why people gain weight after they stop smoking

    The discovery of a new fat cell could explain the connection between smoking cessation and weight gain and lead to improved treatments for obesity as a result. In a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, a team of researchers explored the function of a new type of fat cell: the thermogenic or “beige” fat cell. Jun Wu, research assistant professor at LSI and senior author of the study, had formerly come across beige fat cells in previous research.

  • Chrissy Teigen applauded for wearing postpartum underwear in Instagram post: 'This is real motherhood'
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    Chrissy Teigen applauded for wearing postpartum underwear in Instagram post: 'This is real motherhood'

    Earlier today, model Chrissy Teigen shared a photo of herself holding her newborn baby while wearing postpartum mesh underwear, with her two-year-old daughter Luna playing on a miniature harp in the background. Teigen announced on May 17 that her second child with husband John Legend had been born, a son called Miles Theodore Stephens. Many of Teigen’s 17 million followers commended her for posting the picture that displayed the disposable mesh underwear that many mothers wear after giving birth in order to hold their maternity pads in place.

  • How eating fish during childhood may reduce breast cancer risk in later life
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    How eating fish during childhood may reduce breast cancer risk in later life

    Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in plant and seafood sources. If you don’t have high enough levels of omega-3s in your diet, it’s a leading risk factor for death globally, contributing to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer. A healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer.

  • Tips you need to know before running your first half marathon
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    Tips you need to know before running your first half marathon

    Whether you’re steeling yourself for the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Half or you’ve signed up to any of Simplyhealth's races, 13.1 miles of running is no small feat. Running a half marathon takes not only physical preparation but mental endurance too - and if you’ve never taken on the challenge before, not knowing exactly what to expect can be rather daunting. Here, Gareth Turnbull, a former international athlete offers advice for the first-time half marathon runner.

  • Banning children from the internet is like ‘child abuse’, claims sociologist
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    Banning children from the internet is like ‘child abuse’, claims sociologist

    When it comes to children and screen time, parents have conflicting views. While some would argue that allowing young kids to spend hours on digital devices - such as smartphones, tablets and laptops - is detrimental to their overall wellbeing, others might hail the educational and developmental benefits that these devices can offer young minds. The latter is certainly the narrative upheld by sociologist Ellis Cashmore, whose forthcoming book Screen Society challenges the consensus that screen exposure is damaging for children and warns parents against banning the internet at home, claiming that it’s “tantamount to child abuse”.

  • Some calories are more ‘harmful’ than others, study claims
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    Some calories are more ‘harmful’ than others, study claims

    A balanced diet is not simply a numbers game, as new research demonstrates that the amount of calories we consume is no less important than the source of those calories. The study, published in Obesity Reviews, revealed that the calories found in sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, can be particularly detrimental to our health. For example, the team of 22 researchers, who came together from different US universities, revealed that despite containing the same amount of calories, a one 12-ounce (340ml) can of a sugary soft drink is far less healthy than a medium-sized potato, which is high in starch.

  • People with disrupted sleep patterns more likely to develop mood disorders, study finds
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    People with disrupted sleep patterns more likely to develop mood disorders, study finds

    Experiencing an insufficient amount of sleep can have an extremely detrimental impact on both your mental and physical health. A recent study has concluded that a disrupted circadian rhythm can lead to an increased possibility of developing mood disorders and lower levels of happiness. Your circadian rhythm, which is also known as your body’s sleep or wake cycle, is a 24-hour cycle that maintains the balance between feeling sleepy and alert throughout the day.

  • The 10 most popular holiday destinations for 2018
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    The 10 most popular holiday destinations for 2018

    We bring you the cheapest times during the year that you can visit these popular tourist spots. How many can you strike off your list?

  • Mobile phone use after 10pm more likely to lead to depression and loneliness, study suggests
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    Mobile phone use after 10pm more likely to lead to depression and loneliness, study suggests

    Previous research has shown the detrimental effects of interruptions to the body’s natural 24-hour cycle of the body - known as the circadian rhythm - as the result of shift work that requires employees to work through the night. Participants aged 37 to 73 had their activity levels monitored by wrist-work accelerometers, which they wore for a seven day period, enabling researchers to measure the extent at which their circadian rhythmicity was disturbed during this time.

  • Woman whose symptoms were misdiagnosed by her doctor finds out she has bowel cancer
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    Woman whose symptoms were misdiagnosed by her doctor finds out she has bowel cancer

    Rosie MacArthur was just 34-years-old when she received a life-changing diagnosis of stage four bowel cancer - almost a year after her doctor had repeatedly misdiagnosed her. "It is not cancer. It can't be cancer.

  • David Beckham’s former trainer shares desk yoga sequence to boost brain power
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    David Beckham’s former trainer shares desk yoga sequence to boost brain power

    Sitting behind your desk at work for hours on end can be an extremely laborious task. Shona Vertue, former personal trainer for David Beckham and founder of the Vertue Method, has devised an eight-step sequence of what she describes as “desk yoga”. The aim of desk yoga, as Vertue explains on her blog, is to rid your desk-bound body of its familiar aches and pains, all the while boosting your brain power and enhancing your ability to focus.

  • Exercise is only beneficial when done outside your job, study claims
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    Exercise is only beneficial when done outside your job, study claims

    It’s no secret that exercise can offer endless mental and physical benefits, however, unless you're doing it outside of work hours, high levels of physical activity could be doing you more harm than good, a new study has claimed. Researchers in the Netherlands claim that a “physical activity paradox” means exercise may only be good for you if it isn’t a part of your job and is conducted in leisure-time. Manual labour roles such as construction workers are often required to be physically active all day long, however, this means they have an increased risk of dying early, the research states.

  • Manuka honey helps fight allergies and hay fever, expert claims
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    Manuka honey helps fight allergies and hay fever, expert claims

    For those who suffer from hay fever, enjoying all that summer has to offer is far easier said than done. As beautiful as the weather can be, attempting to make the most of it can seem fruitless when you have to simultaneously endure a runny nose, itchy eyes and a persistent cough. While it’s important to consult your doctor so that they can recommend the ideal medication to help you cope with your hay fever, an expert claims that regularly consuming manuka honey could also help soothe your symptoms.

  • Mother sparks debate after ex claims children under 10 are ‘too old’ to call father ‘daddy’
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    Mother sparks debate after ex claims children under 10 are ‘too old’ to call father ‘daddy’

    A mother has prompted a furious debate online after she lambasted her ex for telling their children they were “too old” to call him “daddy”. The couple’s three young children had returned from spending the weekend at their father’s house when they revealed the new rule he had imposed, much to their mother’s fury. Writing on Mumsnet, she explained that the incident had upset her children, describing her ex’s ruling as “unreasonable”, particularly because he refers to his own father as “daddy”.

  • An interest rate rise may put thousands at risk of mental health problems
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    An interest rate rise may put thousands at risk of mental health problems

    After nine years of interest rates below 1 per cent, it seems the Bank of England will announce a rise before long. As pay growth picks up and inflation hits its 2 per cent target, a rate rise would – it is argued – ward off potential risks of inflation in the medium term. A large portion of the population have high, possibly unsustainable, levels of debt and a higher interest rate is likely to increase the burden of repaying some of that debt.

  • Against all odds, a scientist's work hits close to home
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    Against all odds, a scientist's work hits close to home

    “Why is she suffering so much?” her mother, Soo-Kyung Lee, anguished. For years, Soo-Kyung, a developmental biologist at Oregon Health and Science University, had worked with the FOX family of genes. “I knew how critical FOXG1 is for brain development,” she said.