• Child destroys £1,000 of makeup in Sephora
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    Child destroys £1,000 of makeup in Sephora

    A child has caused $1,300 (£985) of damage in a branch of makeup store Sephora by running wild and playing with the products. Pictures of the destroyed makeup were shared by the Facebook page, Extraordinary Life Makeup Artistry, and many people have expressed outrage. “$1,300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child,” wrote the person on Facebook.

  • Easing the aches and pains caused by arthritis
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    Easing the aches and pains caused by arthritis

    If you’re a regular jogger like me, and have in the past sustained a knee injury, you’re more at risk of suffering from this painful, degenerative disease. Not perfect for designer trainers but, most definitely, better for my joints. Replacing a running habit with other, more joint-friendly, forms of exercise such as swimming (which almost completely removes the strains felt by the body) or cycling (which better supports the knee joint) is another way of avoiding a flare up.

  • PMS is a ‘myth’, claims female psychologist
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    PMS is a ‘myth’, claims female psychologist

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is widely thought to affect most women at some point in their lives. Sufferers can experience a combination of mood swings, bloating, breast pain and a low sex drive, with the NHS claiming that one in 20 women will have symptoms severe enough to stop them from carrying out day-to-day tasks. Robyn Stein DeLuca believes that women have been fed lies by books, magazines and the medical community regarding the validity of PMS and its crippling symptoms.

  • John Lewis accused of not providing sufficient changing spaces for severely disabled people by mother
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    John Lewis accused of not providing sufficient changing spaces for severely disabled people by mother

    A mother from Worthing has hit out at John Lewis for not providing sufficient facilities for "severely disabled" people. Laura Moore shared a photograph on Twitter of her friend’s disabled daughter, whose nappy was being changed on the floor of what appears to be a small disabled toilet. While everyone is swooning over how wonderful the new @johnlewisretail advert is... just take a moment to look at this photo which was taken in one of their stores because they don't provide #changingplaces for severely disabled people & refuse to do so.

  • Stress symptoms: The physical signs that show you’re under pressure
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    Stress symptoms: The physical signs that show you’re under pressure

    There are seven physical symptoms that can help identify when a person is stressed, according to a nutritionist and mindfulness expert. Charlotte Watts, author of The De-Stress Effect, believes that nutrition plays a crucial role in how the body responds to stress. Speaking to Healthista, Watts explained that stress symptoms can often be linked to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

  • Husband persuades wife to stop cleaning up after their children with just seven words
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    Husband persuades wife to stop cleaning up after their children with just seven words

    Every day, for years on end, Heidi Hamm would spend a few minutes tidying the room that her kids played in. Typically, it’d be covered in Lego, other toys, and clothes - and, over time, Heidi probably spent countless hours making the room look ship shape after a long day. At one point, her husband walked in to find her crawling around the floor picking up Lego bricks, and colour co-ordinating them because she loved to be organised.

  • Twin babies with different skin colours have become Instagram stars
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    Twin babies with different skin colours have become Instagram stars

    Two seven-month-old twins with different skin colours have become Instagram sensations after their mother started posting snaps of the doe-eyed duo online.

  • Plant-based diet could help cut risk of heart failure by 42%, say scientists
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    Plant-based diet could help cut risk of heart failure by 42%, say scientists

    Scientists say a plant-based diet may help to reduce the risk of deadly heart failure. According to a study of five different kinds of diet, people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables are 42 per cent less likely to develop the condition than those who consumed fewer plant-based foods. Another team of researchers found that increasing coffee consumption by one cup per week reduced the risk of heart failure by seven per cent and stroke by eight per cent.

  • Children’s toys that connect to wifi and Bluetooth could pose serious threat, claims expert
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    Children’s toys that connect to wifi and Bluetooth could pose serious threat, claims expert

    Consumer testing experts are urging retailers to stop selling children’s toys which connect to wifi or Bluetooth. According to product watchdog Which?, popular toys such as Furby and Cloudpets pose “concerning vulnerabilities” that could allow strangers to speak to children. After conducting a thorough investigation on how these toys work, the review site claims that some of them have “proven” security flaws.

  • CiCo diet trend can be an unhealthy way to lose weight, nutritionist warns
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    CiCo diet trend can be an unhealthy way to lose weight, nutritionist warns

    The latest diet fad to set the internet abuzz is called the CiCo diet. CiCo stands for Calories In, Calories Out, and essentially is all about calorie counting, so not exactly revolutionary. The idea is that by counting your energy intake and expenditure, you can keep yourself in a calorie deficit and thus lose weight.

  • Katie Price's nutrition products condemned as 'dangerous' by nutritionists and dieticians
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    Katie Price's nutrition products condemned as 'dangerous' by nutritionists and dieticians

    Nutritionists and dieticians have spoken out to express their concerns over Katie Price’s range of nutrition products and supplements.

  • Train your little ones on "good touch and bad touch" from early years
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    Train your little ones on "good touch and bad touch" from early years

    Instances of child molestation are multiplying by the hour rendering parents sleepless. Before thrusting them with the responsibility of our precious ones, it’s unto us to carry out a thorough background check of schools, crèches and transportation we are choosing. It is equally important that we educate our children on these issues from as early as can be.

  • Nine ways to improve your mental health with your daily habits
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    Nine ways to improve your mental health with your daily habits

    On the other side of the coin, there are also small steps you can take and new habits you can make that have been proven to help keep you mentally healthy and happy. Here are 11 ways you can improve your mental health with your everyday habits. Exercising three times a week decreases your risk of being depressed by 19 per cent, according to a study by University College London.

  • Why youngest siblings are most likely to be parents' favourite
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    Why youngest siblings are most likely to be parents' favourite

    Researchers from Brigham Young University's School of Family Life have concluded that favouritism is in fact in the eye of the beholder. The researchers believe this is due to social comparison, with younger siblings placing more emphasis on comparing themselves to their older siblings. “It’s not that first-borns don't ever think about their siblings and themselves in reference to them,” says BYU School of Family Life assistant professor Alex Jensen.

  • Why exercise could be making you sick
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    Why exercise could be making you sick

    Up to half of athletes experience some form of gastrointestinal discomfort while exercising. While the severity of symptoms varies between cases, these can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal angina, and bloody diarrhoea. This is because blood flow is typically reduced during intense exercise, the Sports Medicine study revealed.

  • Giles Coren accused of fat-shaming his son in Esquire article
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    Giles Coren accused of fat-shaming his son in Esquire article

    Coren writes that he is “worried as f***” that his son, Sam, will grow up to be overweight. While he recognises that obesity is a national health problem, Coren seems more concerned on public perception, explaining that an “actual fat person” is the result of bad parenting and gluttony. More boys and men died from eating disorders last year than ever before.

  • Eat more to lose weight, says fitness influencer
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    Eat more to lose weight, says fitness influencer

    Luxembourg-based Instagram star Nessa Sphere is on a mission to make clear that sometimes you need to eat more to lose weight. After four years in the finance industry, prioritising her work not her health, Nessa had gained weight. “Most of us, when it comes to eating healthy, think about a bowl of salad with grilled chicken.

  • Chemical found in red wine and dark chocolate rejuvenates cells, study finds
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    Chemical found in red wine and dark chocolate rejuvenates cells, study finds

    A compound in dark chocolate and red wine could help rejuvenate cells, according to a scientific breakthrough. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Brighton have made the sizeable breakthrough on ageing and discovered a way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells. The researchers applied compounds called reversatrol analogues, which are chemicals based on a substance naturally found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries, to cells in culture.

  • Instead of burger and fries you should always eat two burgers, says nutritionist
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    Instead of burger and fries you should always eat two burgers, says nutritionist

    What Emily Field wants you to do is give up your order of fries for that second burger. Emily says the secret with a fast food splurge is to make sure you keep those three things balanced. This buffers us against dips and spikes in insulin which can lead to binge eating.

  • If you use these words a lot, scientists say you could be stressed out
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    If you use these words a lot, scientists say you could be stressed out

    Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study examined the speech patterns of 143 volunteers, each of whom wore a voice recorder which was turned on every few minutes for two days. Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the University of Arizona, subsequently transcribed and studied the recordings, listening out for any repeated words and expressions. “By themselves they don’t have any meaning, but they clarify what’s going on,” Mehl told Nature.

  • Pink and daughter Willow wear matching tulle dresses to the CMA Awards
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    Pink and daughter Willow wear matching tulle dresses to the CMA Awards

    Pink can do it all — if she can sing in perfect pitch while doing aerial work during the Grammys that seems like a pretty natural conclusion to draw — and now that includes conquering country music. On Wednesday night, the singer performed at the CMA Awards and was one of the most anticipated performances of the night.

  • Farms must stop using antibiotics on healthy animals, says WHO
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    Farms must stop using antibiotics on healthy animals, says WHO

    Farmers must stop giving antibiotics to healthy animals because they are fuelling the rise of superbugs, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Considerable amounts of antibiotics are administered to animals in the UK to prevent infections, especially in intensive farming. Overuse and misuse of the drugs is driving the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, the WHO said.

  • How a week of trying to be mindful left me more stressed
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    How a week of trying to be mindful left me more stressed

    People say that by “practising mindfulness” - for it is something you practise, don’t you know - you’ll become more focused, happier, thinner, funnier, cleverer and your snot will sparkle like glitter. Ever on the quest for self-improvement, I decided I should probably jump on the bandwagon (five years late, I accept), and give mindfulness ago. To do this, I downloaded a bunch of free mindfulness apps to my phone - there are tons out there, and it was a bit overwhelming from the start.

  • Viral ‘birth’ video using balloon praised for its realistic portrayal of labour
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    Viral ‘birth’ video using balloon praised for its realistic portrayal of labour

    The owner of a Seattle-based birthing centre has filmed a labour tutorial for prospective parents. Using just a balloon and a ping pong ball, Liz Chalmers re-enacts childbirth in a clip made for her niece who is studying to be a birthing instructor in New Zealand. The short video has gone viral on Facebook after it was praised for being an incredibly accurate depiction of giving birth, despite featuring little more than a few homemade props.

  • Why you shouldn’t lose weight too quickly
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    Why you shouldn’t lose weight too quickly

    Nowadays we’re bombarded with supposed quick weight loss fixes, and this is the time of year when they peak. What’s more, losing weight that quickly is not sustainable, and you’ll almost definitely end up regaining everything you lost - studies have proven this to be true. When you crash diet, as the name suggests, you end up crashing and giving up.