Breast cancer is more commonly associated with women than with men, affecting approximately one in eight women in their lifetimes. While boys do not develop breasts like girls do during puberty, they still have a small amount of breast tissue behind the nipples where breast cancer can develop, Macmillan Cancer Support explains. “Until puberty, breast tissue in boys and girls is the same.
Stories like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast are so ingrained in popular culture that it can be all too easy to overlook the damaging ideologies that they perpetuate via misogynistic characters, degrading plot lines and racial uniformity. Now, parents are imposing bans on these classic Disney tales, with Keira Knightley and Kristen Bell among those criticising some of the key storylines, which depict women being rescued by men and kissed while they sleep. Donald Haase, author of Fairytales and Feminism, encourages parents to read these stories sceptically, so as to confront such archaisms rather than endorse them.
Lena Dunham has posted a photo on Instagram of her lying on a hospital bed after having surgery to remove her left ovary. The Girls creator has spoken frankly in the past about suffering from various health issues, having undergone a hysterectomy in 2017 in an effort to treat her severe endometriosis. In her recent post, she explains how the ovary had been removed as it had become surrounded by thickened scar tissue and was causing her immense discomfort.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is having a moment. Used in everything from snacks to moisturisers, products containing CBD (including oils, extracts, etc) seem to be everywhere. The number of CBD consumers doubled in the last year and with Canada becoming the latest country to legalise marijuana for recreational use, cannabis-derived products are now in the news more than ever before. But what exactly is CBD, and how is it making waves in medical fields and beyond? Read on for everything you need to know about the herbal flavour-of-the-month. ...
An MP has issued a warning over the danger of not treating patients for eating disorders unless they’re deemed “thin enough” by health professionals. Wera Hobhouse, a Liberal Democrat politician and MP for Bath, was speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on eating disorders, which took place this week. Hobhouse read out an email that she received from the woman, in which she detailed being refused treatment as she “didn’t meet the diagnostic criteria”.
If you come across someone who is unresponsive and they don’t seem to be breathing, being able to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before the emergency services arrive could save their life. According to a recent study commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), nearly a third of UK adults wouldn’t feel confident enough to perform CPR if they saw someone suffering a cardiac arrest. October 16 marks World Restart a Heart Day, an event organised by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation with the aim of equipping as many people as possible with the skills for CPR.
Now that Kensington Palace has officially announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in spring next year, speculation is already rife regarding what the child will be named. It’s probable that Prince Harry and Meghan will follow in the footsteps of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by not revealing the sex of the baby until the day of its birth. Several gambling companies have stated that the duke and duchess are likely to name a baby girl after Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child, with a due date falling in spring 2019. While many people have been responding to the news with a mixture of excitement and humour, others have been expressing their concern over the prospect of Meghan visiting countries where cases of Zika virus have been found - given it can cause health complications in unborn babies. Zika virus is a disease that’s transmitted by mosquitoes.
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. Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring 2019.
Festive season is just around the corner and the air is already festive. Wherever one goes, they are greeted with pretty lights, lamps, rangoli and mithai. Amidst all of the shopping trips for gifts and décor items, what one really wants is to give a personalised touch of their taste to their home, making every dull corner come alive and tell stories of the house.
Kanye West has revealed while speaking to the President of the United States that he was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. The aim of West's meeting with Donald Trump was to discuss a number of issues, including job opportunities for former convicts and increasing the number of manufacturing jobs in Chicago, according to the New York Times. During their interaction, they also spoke about topics such as the Northern Korean nuclear crisis, prison reform and mental health.
Learning how to be a parent is no easy feat, and not one that can be thoroughly understood without firsthand experience.
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.
“I was always a very anxious child,” Mara Wilson says, minutes after our first introduction. It becomes clear from the very beginning of our interview that Wilson is as candid as they come. While there is a clear distinction between 31-year-old Mara and the telekinetic Matilda who she played in 1996, she emanates a level of intelligence, charisma and charm that one can’t help but compare to Roald Dahl’s beloved character.
Swimming regularly can help reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression, a new study has claimed. Mental health illnesses affect millions of people in the UK, with approximately a fifth of British adults showing symptoms of anxiety or depression, as stated by the Mental Health Foundation. According to a YouGov poll commissioned by Swim England, 1.4 million adults in the UK have found that swimming has had a positive effect on their anxiety or depression.
You are constantly second-guessing yourself, your confidence is shot, and you are questioning your perception of reality. Google searches of the word have gradually crept up in recent months, and the tactic is incredibly common according to Penny East, a spokeswoman for the charity SafeLives told The Independent. Indeed, to an outsider, the perpetrator may appear to be the perfect, caring partner,” Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge told The Independent.
Amanda Holden has opened up about having to give birth to her stillborn son Theo in 2011, describing the ordeal as a “horrific day”. Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, the Britain’s Got Talent judge reveals that she had first noticed that something was wrong while watching Myleene Klass on Loose Women, who was also pregnant at the time. After trying to encourage Theo to move in the womb by having a bath and drinking coffee, Holden drove to the hospital to check with medical professionals that everything was ok.
Few fell from grace, others gained all the fame they could have never dreamt of – all thanks (or not) to their famous scandals.
Have you ever smelled odours other people can’t smell? If you have, you may have experienced phantosmia – the medical name for a smell hallucination. The first time they occur, the phantom smell can linger for a few minutes, and the episodes may repeat daily, weekly or monthly for up to a year.
Getting kids to bed, doing the weekly food shop and meal times have been named on a list of parents' biggest stress triggers. Getting home from work in time to wish them goodnight, knowing the right foods to feed children and successfully getting out of the door on time also featured on the list. Just paying for petrol was a nightmare for a third of parents of young children.
Lena Dunham has revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. The Girls creator detailed what it’s like to suffer from the condition in an Instagram post, in which she explained that chronic pain can sometimes be associated with trauma. “On the day after Dr Ford’s testimony I awoke with a start at 3am.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, USA carried out an experiment to investigate the effect that hugging after an argument can have on a person’s temperament. The team, led by Dr Michael Murphy from the department of psychology at the university, enlisted 404 participants for the study, which was published in scientific journal Plos One. Over the course of a fortnight, the participants were interviewed about any arguments that they’d had, whether or not they’d hugged the person that they’d quarrelled with afterwards and how embracing affected the way they felt.
Ben Affleck has expressed his gratitude to his family, coworkers and fans for their support after receiving treatment for alcohol addiction at a rehabilitation facility. Earlier this year, Jennifer Garner was pictured driving her estranged husband to a treatment centre for alcohol abuse. The Justice League actor’s alcohol dependency has been well-documented over the years, having gone to rehab for alcohol addiction on two previous occasions in 2001 and 2017.
While being there to say goodbye to your pet can provide you with closure, a number of the vets also stated that pet owners shouldn’t feel ashamed if they're unable to be present when their pets passed away. The Independent has spoken to four pet owners who had to face the prospect of saying goodbye to their precious pets, and decided to stay in the room while the injection was being administered. A year ago a day before his birthday, Christopher Briggs, from Manchester, had the misfortune of having to have his dog Missy put down.