• Anne Hathaway tells Ellen DeGeneres why she gave up drinking
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    Anne Hathaway tells Ellen DeGeneres why she gave up drinking

    Anne Hathaway has spoken candidly to Ellen DeGeneres about why she's chosen to give up drinking for the foreseeable future, explaining that her main motivation is being present for her three-year-old son. The Oscar-winning actor appeared on DeGeneres's daytime talk show to discuss her latest film Serenity, a thriller that reunites her with Interstellar co-star Matthew McConaughey. While discussing the film's Mauritius location, Hathaway revealed that McConaughey had taken her on a tour of the best rum spots on the island.

  • ‘Promising’ scientific breakthrough could predict return of breast cancer
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    ‘Promising’ scientific breakthrough could predict return of breast cancer

    A new illuminating scientific finding may enable medical professionals to determine whether women who’ve suffered from breast cancer are likely to relapse. More than 55,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer every year, with one in eight women likely to develop the disease at some point in their lifetimes. Secondary breast cancer, which is when breast cancer cells spread to other areas of the body, cannot be cured, although it can be treated.

  • Leaving two hours between dinner and bed is unnecessary, study suggests
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    Leaving two hours between dinner and bed is unnecessary, study suggests

    Leaving a gap of two hours in between eating your dinner and going to bed isn't necessarily beneficial for your health, a new scientific study has suggested. In Japan, the public are advised to leave two hours in between dinner and bed at least three times a week. For the study, which was published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, the researchers analysed data gathered between 2012 and 2014 from 1,573 healthy middle-aged and older adults from Okayama in western Japan.

  • Women who do 60 minutes of daily physical activity more likely to reach 90, finds study
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    Women who do 60 minutes of daily physical activity more likely to reach 90, finds study

    Women who partake in physical activity for an hour a day have a far greater chance of reaching the age of 90 than those who do less than 30 minutes, according to a study. Reseachers from the Department of Epidemiology at the Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands explored how the body size and daily physical activity of women and men can affect how long they’re expected to live. For their research, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the scientists analysed data from the Netherlands Cohort Study (NLCS), which accumulated information from more than 120,000 men and women in 1986.

  • Russell Brand accused of ‘sexist’ parenting style, after admitting his wife Laura ‘does all of it’
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    Russell Brand accused of ‘sexist’ parenting style, after admitting his wife Laura ‘does all of it’

    Russell Brand has never spent 24 hours in sole charge of his children, the comedian revealed in a recent interview. Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine, Brand said Gallacher would never leave him alone with the children for more than one day because “she respects and cares for them too much”. “When I looked after Mabel on her own, she dropped two social classes in an hour,” he told interviewer Decca Aitkenhead.

  • Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health
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    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. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow's pop-up Goop store in London to become permanent
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    Gwyneth Paltrow's pop-up Goop store in London to become permanent

    Goop, the wellness brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, opened its first London pop-up store in September last year, and is now set to become a permanent shop.

  • Multiple sclerosis: What is it, what are the symptoms and how is it treated?
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    Multiple sclerosis: What is it, what are the symptoms and how is it treated?

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong autoimmune condition that affects the brain and the spinal cord, resulting in a wide range of symptoms that vary from person-to-person. Joan Didion, Jack Osbourne and Selma Blair, who was diagnosed in August, are among those in the public eye who live with MS. MS inhibits how well a person’s central nervous system functions, subsequently interrupting the process whereby the brain sends signals to the rest of the body to enable you to do simple things like move, eat and see.

  • Restaurants on Just Eat providing ‘life-threatening allergen information’, investigation finds
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    Restaurants on Just Eat providing ‘life-threatening allergen information’, investigation finds

    Several restaurants listed on the Just Eat platform have been providing incorrect information concerning food allergens that could be “life-threatening”, a BBC Panorama investigation has discovered. The takeaway delivery service currently asks customers to enquire with restaurants directly if they have a food allergy. BBC Panorama reporter Tina Daheley pretended to be a customer with food allergies when ordering food at restaurants through Just Eat.

  • James Middleton opens up about suffering from depression: ‘It is an illness, a cancer of the mind’
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    James Middleton opens up about suffering from depression: ‘It is an illness, a cancer of the mind’

    James Middleton has spoken candidly for the first time about being diagnosed with clinical depression, explaining that he once felt like “a complete failure” due to the condition. The businessman, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, has written an essay for The Daily Mail in which he details how he shut himself off from friends and family when suffering from depression. Describing it as “an absence of feelings”, Middleton explains that his sister’s work with mental health charity Heads Together was partly what inspired him to come forward with his story.

  • Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley 'name newborn son after Forrest Gump'
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    Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley 'name newborn son after Forrest Gump'

    Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley have reportedly welcomed a new baby boy, and have decided to name him after a beloved film character made famous by Tom Hanks. The couple first met while on the set of the 2009 two-part ITV series Wuthering Heights, in which they played the lead roles of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. It's now been reported that Hardy and Riley have had a second child, a boy called Forrest.

  • How to feel less tired: Four helpful tips to stave off winter fatigue
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    How to feel less tired: Four helpful tips to stave off winter fatigue

    When you’re running on low energy, probably the last thing you want to do is throw yourself onto a spin bike, but a healthy dose of morning exercise can release a welcome burst of feelgood endorphins. If you struggle not to fall asleep on the sofa as soon as you get home, exercise in the late afternoon may also help to reduce early-evening fatigue, and can also improve your sleep.

  • Top tips for running in winter, from wearing the right clothes to keeping warm
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    Top tips for running in winter, from wearing the right clothes to keeping warm

    Warming up before exercise is always important, but even more so when your muscles are at risk of becoming especially tight in low temperatures. Furthermore, you may need to invest in reflective clothing if running during the early or late hours so that drivers on the road are aware of your whereabouts. The Independent spoke to several experts for their top tips on running during winter.

  • TV presenter Matt Johnson opens up about why he didn’t see a therapist to treat depression
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    TV presenter Matt Johnson opens up about why he didn’t see a therapist to treat depression

    Former This Morning presenter Matt Johnson has candidly spoken about his past struggles with depression, revealing that he's only just started seeing a therapist to treat the mental health condition. While the TV host has continued to experience depression following the incident, he was initially reluctant to seek out a medical professional for guidance. Now 36, Johnson has suffered from depression since he was in his 20s.

  • Half of adults who think they have food allergies are wrong, scientists claim
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    Half of adults who think they have food allergies are wrong, scientists claim

    Millions of adults have drawn the incorrect conclusion that they have food allergies, a new study has revealed. The research, published in JAMA Network Open, has found that almost half of adults in the US who think they have food allergies haven’t shown symptoms to back their claims. While more than 10 per cent of adults are believed to have a food allergy, 19 per cent of the population are under the impression that they’re allergic to certain foods.

  • Kathy Griffin opens up about mother’s dementia diagnosis: ‘This is never easy for any child’
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    Kathy Griffin opens up about mother’s dementia diagnosis: ‘This is never easy for any child’

    Kathy Griffin has spoken about the hardship of witnessing her mother's mind "slip away" following the 98-year-old's dementia diagnosis. The comedian explained on Twitter that watching her mother's mental state deteriorate at a rapid rate over the past few months has been "devastating". In 2005, Griffin launched a reality series on Bravo called Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, which featured her parents Maggie Griffin and John Griffin.

  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z encourage fans to go vegan: 'Let's take this stand together'
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    Beyoncé and Jay-Z encourage fans to go vegan: 'Let's take this stand together'

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z are encouraging their fans to adopt a plant-based diet, explaining that becoming vegan is, in their opinion, a matter of global importance. The pair wrote about the impact veganism has had on their lifestyles in the introduction for The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, a book by Beyoncé’s personal trainer Marco Borges.

  • Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell discusses hardship of miscarriage
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    Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell discusses hardship of miscarriage

    Shay Mitchell, star of Pretty Little Liars and the recently released Netflix series You, has spoken out about her miscarriage. The compilation featured pictures of Mitchell doing a number of things including travelling to Hong Kong and Shanghai, kayaking on a glacier and learning how to fly a helicopter. Following on from the fun 2018 memories, Mitchell revealed that the year "didn't come without some hardships".

  • Flu or cold? How to tell the difference
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    Flu or cold? How to tell the difference

    It can be easy to conflate the common cold with the more serious flu when we're hiding under a duvet feeling worse for wear. While a cold and the flu share several symptoms, there are clear ways of differentiating between them - and this can be vital when deciding how to treat your illness. Both the cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses with very similar symptoms.

  • Mother goes entire year without buying new things for her children for second year running
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    Mother goes entire year without buying new things for her children for second year running

    A mother-of-three has gone two years without buying anything new for her children aside from food and basic essentials, such as nappies. Katie Musgrave pledged in December 2016 she would no longer spend money on new clothing, toys and equipment for her family, given so much of it went unused. Now, the 34-year-old is committed to living almost exclusively by using pre-loved items, explaining she makes most of her purchases at charity shops.

  • Rob Delaney on dealing with death of his two-year-old son: 'It’s so weird to me how we deny grief'
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    Rob Delaney on dealing with death of his two-year-old son: 'It’s so weird to me how we deny grief'

    Rob Delaney has spoken out about coping with grief following the death of his son Henry, who was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was a one-year-old. Delaney revealed how this manifests when people ask him how he is coping, only to retract it and call it a “stupid question” in light of what he has been through.

  • Queen held private Christmas service for Zara and Mike Tindall after couple's miscarriage
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    Queen held private Christmas service for Zara and Mike Tindall after couple's miscarriage

    The Queen held a private Christmas church service for Zara and Mike Tindall after the couple suffered a miscarriage. In November 2016, Mrs Tindall revealed she’d experienced a miscarriage shortly after announcing she was pregnant. A month later, the royal couple were faced with the prospect of having to join the rest of their family for their annual festive celebrations.

  • How to treat a cold, from drinking fluids to exercising
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    How to treat a cold, from drinking fluids to exercising

    As everyone should (hopefully) know, there’s no such thing as a quick-fix cure for the common cold. “You can help your immune system fight off a cold by increasing your intake of fluids, vitamin C and zinc,” says Dr Robert Clarke. Drinking alcohol, coffee and fizzy drinks may make you feel more dehydrated.

  • Rob Delaney tweets about first Christmas without son Henry in bid to 'destigmatise grief'
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    Rob Delaney tweets about first Christmas without son Henry in bid to 'destigmatise grief'

    Rob Delaney has written a series of emotional Tweets about spending his first Christmas without his son Henry, who died in January at the age of two after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. On Christmas Day, Delaney said he and his wife, who is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, spoke about their late son a lot in a bid to keep his memory alive. “Our first Christmas without Henry came and went,” the actor’s Twitter thread begins.

  • Khalid opens up about social anxiety
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    Khalid opens up about social anxiety

    Singer songwriter Khalid has opened up about experiencing social anxiety, explaining that he feels a lot of pressure constantly being in the public eye. Since the release of his debut album American Teen, Khalid’s career trajectory has been swift. The 20-year-old was awarded Best New Artist at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, in addition to being nominated for the same accolade at the Grammys this year.