It’s been the buzzword of the last few years that doesn’t appear to be losing speed: mindfulness. New research by Brown University in the US suggests that women get much more from mindfulness than men. The researchers assessed a group of 41 male and 36 female students over a period of 12 weeks, during which time they all underwent a course in mindfulness.
Julie Ana Kim, a fitness blogger from LA, was met with an unexpected reaction when working out at the gym on Monday. "I've learned to love going to the gym and it's my happy place and it will continue to be.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is raising his daughter to know gender is no barrier to achieving whatever she wants.
A blogger and former reality show contestant has been documenting her journey of undergoing a double mastectomy. Lesley Anne Murphy, who came fifth on season 17 of the hit US show The Bachelor in 2013, recently disclosed she had tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation which significantly increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Murphy decided to take the preventative steps of a double mastectomy to minimise her chances of developing the disease.
Mackenna Newman, a 17-year-old from California, may well have the sweetest dad in the world right now.
For some people, there’s nothing like a crisp can of diet cola on a warm day: the satisfying noise when you pull the tab, the refreshing fizz that dances on your tongue, the sweet, delicious flavour. It’s nothing new that diet fizzy drinks aren’t good for us, but a new study has confirmed just how unhealthy they are. According to a study of 4,372 adults by Boston University, diet fizzy drinks are more likely to cause strokes and dementia than sugary alternatives.
A study published in scientific journal Nature Communications found that friends have a major influence on a person’s exercise routine. The daily exercise patterns of over a million people who ran over 350 million km in a global social network of runners over a five year period and found exercise is “socially contagious”. Specifically, men are influenced by both their male and female friends while only women influence other women.
If you’re in a demanding job, raising children, planning an event or living in a fast-paced environment this could probably be at least once a week. Seth Swirsky, a clinical psychotherapist, says that the word itself can become self-fulfilling. “Just saying that you’re stressed can [set] off a cascade of chemicals in the body – epinephrine and cortisol – and neurotransmitters in the brain that make us feel, well, completely stressed out,” he told Well and Good.
As a photographer who specialises in capturing births, maternity and newborn babies, Nahomie Hann has come face to face with the blood, sweat and tears of labour more often than most. “The excitement died very quickly,” says Hann, who is from Canada and lives in Glasgow with her husband. Well, if you expect childbirth to be like in movies, it’s not,” she says bluntly.
Mental health experts have joined Prince Harry in appealing to men to stop suffering problems in silence, and to seek help, as statistics show they often fail to do so - with deadly consequences.
Clive Dunning has suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) since he was three-years-old. He believes his mother's ill-health was the trigger. She was in and out of hospital, and when she seemed well he would desperately try to replicate his behaviour - just in case it would stop his mother from getting poorly.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a fertility problem which affects one in ten women: ergo it’s pretty common. Not only can it lessen a woman’s chance of having children, symptoms include hirsutism, acne, weight gain, and it can also increase the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes. One recent study involving by PCOS charity Verity found that three quarters of women with the condition are unaware of it.
It is estimated that one in four people will experience a mental health issue each year and almost five per cent of people will experience anxiety. In the press, this has been dubbed an ‘anxiety epidemic’ and over the past year there has been a 35 per cent increase in young people making calls to helplines about anxiety. Chloe Brotheridge, a clinical hypnotherapist who specialises in counselling people with anxiety, has used this background combined with her own experience combatting her debilitating anxiety to come up with a solution in how to manage the condition.
The research was carried out by Dr Quan Vuong, from the University of Newcastle on the New South Wales Central Coast of Australia, who specialises in finding ways to add value to to natural products “by extracting bioactive compounds with antioxidant capacities,” ABC reports. Dr Vuong concluded that the above technique activated 80 per cent of the caffeine, theanine and polyphenol compounds in black and green teas, whether loose leaf or tea bags.
Whether in a restaurant or a motorway service station, when you go into a public toilet, which cubicle do you use? It turns out that your best bet is in fact to use the nearest cubicle. “Experts theorise that people tend to skip the first stall in favour of stalls further back to have a little more privacy,” Dr. Mehmet Oz explained on Sharecare.
As much as we may love our mothers and fathers, the majority of people swear there are certain parenting traits that they’ll be sure never to use on their own children. One of the most common themes in the Reddit forum was of a father shouting at his children instead of having calm discussions. “I will teach my children to argue rationally.
All girls aged between 12 and 13 are offered the HPV vaccination on the NHS. The vaccine predominantly protects against cervical cancer and is offered to girls in year eight at schools across the UK, however, it is currently not offered to boys – despite the fact that males can carry the virus which can cause cancer in them as well as spread to females through sexual contact. The reason is it offered to young girls is to protect them before they become sexually active.
After labour, most women experience pain, swelling and soreness of their vaginas, which is highly uncomfortable to say the least. Writing on DAD, new father Martin Wanless explains how he fills condoms with water and freezes them before giving them to his wife. Shortly after giving birth in hospital, my wife was taken to a fridge full of frozen condoms,” he says.
For many years, studies have shown that birth order affects personality, but new research confirms that whether you’re an older, middle or younger child bears an impact on career path too. Led by psychologist Emma Kenny, the researchers found significant evidence to support the theory that birth order has a tangible and marked effect on career paths. One of the most clear findings was that middle children are 30 per cent more likely to become company CEOs than their siblings.
Mo Gawdat was miserable for several years in his twenties and thirties despite his high-flying job, income and happy family unit. A couple of years later, he put this to the test when his 21-year-old son Ali died unexpectedly in what should have been a routine operation.
For decades Laura James felt like a failure. Then last year, aged 45, James was diagnosed with autism. James' late discovery comes as last year, the National Autistic Society suggested autism has been significantly under-diagnosed in women and girls and called for a change and improvement in diagnosis practices to combat this.
Anne Hathaway says she regrets sharing a picture of her son on social media as in doing so she invited people into her personal life. The actress, 34, gave birth to her first son Jonathan last year and a few weeks ago shared the first photo of him on Instagram. In the picture, Jonathan’s back is turned to the camera as he is watching Hathaway’s speech at the United Nations on gender equality to mark International Women’s Day.
A little girl who loved to dance lost her leg after a common throat infection developed into a dangerous ‘flesh-eating’ bug. Tessa Puma, a six-year-old from the midwestern US state of Ohio, was taking antibiotics after being diagnosed with strep throat, a bacterial infection of the back of the throat and tonsils. Doctors said bacteria from her sore throat had travelled through her bloodstream to the tissues in her legs, resulting in necrotising fasciitis – a tissue infection that can spread quickly and lead to further complications such as sepsis, which can cause organ failure and death.
A gene has been linked to depression in a study which researchers hope will shed light on the little-understood condition. To investigate the mental illness which affects over 300million people worldwide, researchers studied the genetic makeup of a group of almost 2,000 people in an isolated village in the south west Netherlands. The team at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk found that the NKPD1 gene accounted for a 4 per cent rise in the risk of experiencing the symptoms of depression.