• Photos of coaster with messages about men’s mental health go viral
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    Photos of coaster with messages about men’s mental health go viral

    Photos of a coaster illustrated with messages about the importance of discussing mental health among men have gone viral on Twitter. “Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 49, killing three times as many British men as women. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 49, killing three times as many British men as women.

  • Five protein myths debunked
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    Five protein myths debunked

    Once the reserve of bodybuilders and weightlifting fanatics, protein is now an essential part of the average gym-goer's arsenal.

  • Royal baby: What giving birth in the Lindo Wing is really like
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    Royal baby: What giving birth in the Lindo Wing is really like

    The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London. Responsible for delivering some of the country’s most high-profile offspring - George and Amal Clooney’s twin daughters were born there last year - the esteemed maternity ward is one of the most exclusive around, but what’s it like to give birth there? Speaking to Hello Magazine, Katherine Filkins said she received the full royal treatment as a guest in the Lindo Wing.

  • How to stop binge eating, according to nutritionist who did
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    How to stop binge eating, according to nutritionist who did

    An Australian nutritionist has revealed how she binge ate for years before finally setting herself free. Jessica Sepel is a nutritionist and health influencer who has regularly spoken out about her history with dieting - from the age of 14, Sepel says she was caught in a cycle of binging and restricting herself.

  • Royal baby: Princess Charlotte makes history as Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy
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    Royal baby: Princess Charlotte makes history as Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

    Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed their third child into the world, a baby boy. While Prince George and Princess Charlotte both have a lot to look forward to with a new younger sibling, this birth is especially significant for Princess Charlotte. This is because Princess Charlotte is the first female royal to retain her claim to the throne regardless of whether the new baby was a boy or a girl.

  • Vegetarian diet just as effective for weight loss as Mediterranean diet, study claims
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    Vegetarian diet just as effective for weight loss as Mediterranean diet, study claims

    The Mediterranean diet is often lauded as one of the healthiest diets around, taking inspiration from the eating habits of those living in Spain, Greece and Southern Italy - however, the vegetarian diet might not be too far behind in terms of heart health and weight loss, new research suggests. Published in the journal Circulation, the study examined the effects of both diets on 107 overweight but otherwise healthy adults for a six-month-long period, with participants spending half of that time consuming a Mediterranean diet before switching to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. Following final examinations, the Italian researchers concluded that both diets were as effective in reducing body weight, fat mass and body mass index, with the average participant losing 1.88kg on the vegetarian diet and another 1.77kg on the Mediterranean diet.

  • GPs who prescribe homeopathy are more likely to go against medical guidelines, study suggests
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    GPs who prescribe homeopathy are more likely to go against medical guidelines, study suggests

    GP surgeries that recommend homeopathic remedies are more likely to be rated poorly for their prescribing in general, and to prescribe at greater cost to the NHS and potentially less safely, researchers say. Scientists collected data from NHS Digital, via the Open Prescribing project, to discover which of 7,618 primary care practices in England prescribed homeopathy between December 2016 and May 2017. An average rating for each practice was then generated using 36 measures of prescription performance overall, which the researchers said had been “developed [by Open Prescribing] to address issues of cost, safety or efficacy by doctors and pharmacists”.

  • Mooncups may pose greater risk of toxic shock syndrome than tampons, study claims
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    Mooncups may pose greater risk of toxic shock syndrome than tampons, study claims

    Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has long-been associated with tampon use, but a new study claims that menstrual cups could pose an even greater risk. Favoured for their economical and eco-friendly properties, menstrual cups have risen in popularity in recent years and are viewed by many as an ethical and more hygienic alternative to more traditional sanitary products, such as towels and tampons. Conducted in Lyon, France, researchers examined the material of 15 different tampons and menstrual cups to see which might increase bacterial growth or infections that lead to TSS.

  • The Stork: Meet the matchmaking agency bringing people together purely to have babies
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    The Stork: Meet the matchmaking agency bringing people together purely to have babies

    In fact, some people are more desperate to have a baby than find a life partner, and this is why one woman decided to launch a matchmaking agency designed purely to match two people who want to have children. The Stork was created by Fiona Thomas in 2014 after she realised many of her friends were single in their 30s, hadn’t met ‘the one’ yet and were close to missing their fertility window. “I think if you can meet someone and fall in love and have the fairy tale then great – go for it,” Thomas told The Independent.

  • Charity money raised by teenager whose sister died of cancer stolen by thieves
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    Charity money raised by teenager whose sister died of cancer stolen by thieves

    A teenage girl was left devastated when the money she’d raised by shaving her head in memory of her sister who died from cancer was stolen by thieves. In January this year, to mark what would have been Katie’s 16th birthday, 17-year-old Hannah Anderson courageously shaved off her long hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust and to raise money for Little Havens Hospice, which looked after her sister Katie before her death. Hannah successfully raised almost £1,000, but the day before she and her mother, Dee Anderson, were due to take the money to the hospice, the family were targeted by thieves who stole the envelope containing the cash.

  • Crohn's disease: What are the symptoms and is there a cure?
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    Crohn's disease: What are the symptoms and is there a cure?

    After seeing the toll that Crohn’s disease has taken on Dynamo, forcing the magician to put his career temporarily on hold, interest surrounding the incurable illness has surged, but what exactly is it? A form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the digestive system, leaving sufferers with myriad symptoms that can severely inhibit their daily lives if not treated with the right medications. According to Crohn’s and Colitis UK, there are at least 300,000 Britons diagnosed with an IBD - another common form is Ulcerative Colitis - and while symptoms are treatable, there are currently no known cures.

  • Woman decides to change her career after using an AncestryDNA test
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    Woman decides to change her career after using an AncestryDNA test

    As a native New Yorker, 27-year-old Bri Rogers was intrigued to discover more about her ancestry and how her family made its way to the Big Apple. With a father from Brooklyn and a mother born in Puerto Rico, Ms Rogers was positive that results from an AncestryDNA test would uncover familial connections with Ireland and Spain. AncestryDNA uses the sample to estimate your biological connection with more than 350 regions from around the world.

  • Father with postnatal depression pens a heartbreaking letter to his baby daughter
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    Father with postnatal depression pens a heartbreaking letter to his baby daughter

    A dad who suffered from postnatal depression after his baby daughter was born has written her an emotional letter explaining why he “hated” her. Describing the letter as a “hard letter to write, but probably a harder one to read,” Ross Hunt explains to his daughter Isabelle why he didn’t like her for the first few weeks after she was born - and at times regretted having her. Hunt goes on to explain to his daughter, who is now 11 months old, that there is something inside her daddy called depression - and that none of his feelings are her fault.

  • Mother defends sharing photos of her stillborn baby after receiving vile comments online
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    Mother defends sharing photos of her stillborn baby after receiving vile comments online

    A mum has hit back at people who criticised her for sharing photos of her stillborn son online. Zariah Jackson, 17, from Florida, gave birth to her son Jeremiah Kai on March 14 but found out shortly after his birth, “when it was silent,” that he was stillborn. Heartbroken and devastated, the young mother shared photos of herself and her son on social media.

  • Hay fever: How to combat the symptoms
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    Hay fever: How to combat the symptoms

    As lovely as the weather may seem considering the heavy snowfall that appeared earlier this month, the approach of summer means one thing and one thing only - hay fever season has officially arrived. While it may be impossible to avoid grassy areas altogether, if you know that you’re particularly affected by grass it may be worth avoiding large grassy spaces or doing activities such as camping, as advised by Dr Mary Harding.

  • Three-minute exercise as effective as going to the gym for half an hour, claims expert
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    Three-minute exercise as effective as going to the gym for half an hour, claims expert

    An intense three-minute workout is enough to stay fit and healthy, claims a Melbourne-based physiotherapist. Kusal Goonewardena told Daily Telegraph Australia that exercising intensely for such a short period of time will enable you to reap the same benefits had you engaged in a moderate 30 minute workout at the gym, which the World Health Organisation advises us to do daily. The professional physiotherapist, who regularly works with Australian Olympians at the University of Melbourne, suggests hitting 85 per cent of your maximum exertion levels for the limited window either by skipping, sprinting or by doing star jumps.

  • Healthy lifestyle before getting pregnant can reduce risk of birth difficulties, warns scientist
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    Healthy lifestyle before getting pregnant can reduce risk of birth difficulties, warns scientist

    Most women know the importance of eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle when pregnant. University of Queensland School of Public Health researcher Professor Gita Mishra is calling for better understanding of the steps you can take before conception to ensure a healthy labour. “The evidence overwhelmingly showed healthier pregnancies when women were able to make positive lifestyle changes before conception, such as eating well, being more active or quitting smoking,” Professor Mishra said.

  • Five parenting tips from around the world, according to a paediatrician
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    Five parenting tips from around the world, according to a paediatrician

    Lisa Lewis, a paediatrician and author of "Feed the baby Hummus," first began researching cultural differences in child-rearing techniques 20 years ago. From there, Dr Lewis began to travel the world and investigate the numerous cultural differences in raising children - and how each of these methods can benefit babies. When Dr Lewis became a parent herself, she followed her own Lebanese roots and adopted a method of co-sleeping “100 per cent,” where the baby has a separate sleep area, such as a co-sleeper or bassinet, in the same room.

  • A man ran 401 marathons in 401 days - this is what happened to his mind and body
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    A man ran 401 marathons in 401 days - this is what happened to his mind and body

    Running a single marathon is an absolutely remarkable achievement. What may sound like a huge leap was actually a gradual transition for Ben Smith, a 36-year-old from Portishead, Bristol. A year after Smith’s health scare, a friend of his took him to a local running club in Bristol.

  • Meghan Markle’s intense fitness routine revealed by former trainer
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    Meghan Markle’s intense fitness routine revealed by former trainer

    As the daughter of a yoga instructor, Meghan Markle grew up with health and fitness at the forefront of her mind. While she’s an avid fan of therapeutic activities such as pilates and running, her former trainer has revealed that she also became very adept at weight-based workouts. Craig McNamee, founder of Catalyst Health in Toronto, became acquainted with Markle three years ago while she was filming Suits in Canada.

  • Mother who admits she has favourite child causes uproar on Twitter
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    Mother who admits she has favourite child causes uproar on Twitter

    The question has been heavily debated on social media after a mother of four appeared on This Morning explaining why she has no qualms favouring one of her children over her three others. Alisha Tierney-March, from Sheffield, explained why she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with having a favourite child, much to the dismay of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. When Kennedie was born, Alisha was able to spend far more time with her then her older two children as they had started school.

  • Emotional photo series captures men before and after becoming fathers
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    Emotional photo series captures men before and after becoming fathers

    Celebrity photographer Tom Oldham has created a photo series of men immediately before and after their child has been born, capturing the nerves, happiness and relief that comes with becoming a father. Oldham spent 72 hours in the maternity ward of University Hospital Lewisham, where he came across multiple fathers anxiously waiting for their partners to give birth.

  • YouTuber makes incredible time-lapse video showing three month fitness transformation
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    YouTuber makes incredible time-lapse video showing three month fitness transformation

    A YouTuber has posted a time-lapse video showing his fitness transformation over 12 weeks. Hunter Hobbs took a picture every day for three months, during which time he dedicated himself to the gym and was strict with his diet.

  • Kate Hudson shares struggle of hiding pregnancy while still working
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    Kate Hudson shares struggle of hiding pregnancy while still working

    It’s very common for women to experience morning sickness during the early stages of pregnancy. Kate Hudson has revealed that it was no different for her, as she faced the prospect of having to hide her pregnancy and sickness symptoms while posing for a sportswear photoshoot. In an Instagram post that the actress and businesswoman shared over the weekend, she can be seen balancing on an exercise wheel in a sports bra and leggings.