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The secret to female orgasm? Try the ‘golden trio’ of moves – video

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

It’s often been described as ‘elusive’ but a study from a team of US researchers suggests that a combination of genital stimulation, deep kissing and oral sex is the ‘golden trio’ for women when it comes to increasing their likelihood of reaching orgasm with a sexual partner

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Children’s sugar intake equals five doughnuts a day, campaigners say

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

Obesity Health Alliance calls for food and drink makers to cut ‘hidden’ sugar to curb dangerous obesity among young people

Children and young people are consuming the equivalent of 20 chocolate chip biscuits a day in sugar, according to anti-obesity campaigners.

The calculations by the Obesity Health Alliance have led to renewed calls for food and soft drinks manufacturers to make their products healthier to cut the number of dangerously overweight children. They want urgent action to reduce the amount of “hidden” sugar in many common foodstuffs.

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‘Golden trio’ of moves boosts chances of female orgasm, say researchers

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

Study sheds light on approaches, revealing ‘orgasm gaps’ both between the sexes and those with different sexual orientations

The female orgasm has often been described as elusive, but researchers say they might have discovered how to boost the chances of eliciting the yes, yes, yes.

A study from a team of US researchers suggests that a combination of genital stimulation, deep kissing and oral sex is the “golden trio” for women when it comes to increasing their likelihood of reaching orgasm with a sexual partner.

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Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

Scientists say even just 2.5 portions daily can lower chance of heart disease, stroke, cancer and premature death

Five portions of fruit and veg a day is good for you, but 10 is much better and could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide every year, say scientists.

The findings of the study led by Imperial College London may dismay the two in three adults who struggle to manage three or four portions – perhaps some tomatoes in a sandwich at lunchtime, an apple and a few spoonfuls of peas at dinner.

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Health apps could be doing more harm than good, warn scientists

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

App development likened to the ‘wild west’ as researchers raise concerns over one-size-fits-all targets and absence of sound science

Fitness trackers and mental health apps could be doing more harm than good because they are not based on sound science, researchers have warned, comparing some health app developers to “snake oil salesmen of the 1860s”.

Greg Hager, professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University, said that in the absence of trials or scientific grounding it was impossible to say whether apps were having the intended effect.

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Key to keeping friendships alive different for men and women, scientists say

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

For women, phone calls can keep long-distance friendships going, but men need to meet face-to-face, study shows

Much like a long-distance romance, it can be difficult to keep the spark alive in a friendship with someone living in a different city. Now scientists say they have uncovered the key to staying close – and it appears to be different for men and women.

Men need to meet up face-to-face and bond over activities, according to the study of students leaving home for the first time, while for female friendships, long phone conversations can bridge the physical distance.

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‘Eating disorders are black women’s issues too’ – video

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

In the second of our three-part Speak your Mind series, we meet Georgia, 22, who suffered from eating disorders through her teenage years. Thinspiration Tumblrs inspired her to lose weight but that spiralled to starvation and bulimia. Now recovered, she wonders why black women are rarely identified as having eating disorders

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Number of cosmetic surgery procedures in UK fell 40% in 2016

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

Analysts say rising influence of a wave of ‘relatable’ social media celebrities could be behind a slump in demand

“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware,” said the late Joan Rivers.

But while her hunt for the perfect look was defined by going under the knife regularly, it appears the image-conscious are now turning their backs on cosmetic enhancement.

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Anti-FGM campaign launched in UK to mark global day of opposition

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

Red Triangle initiative aims to encourage people to give police information to detect and prevent female genital mutilation

A national campaign carrying the symbol of a red triangle will be rolled out across the UK to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has partnered with the Freedom charity to encourage people to provide the police with information that can help detect and prevent FGM in the UK and abroad.

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Should I take vitamin D every day?

Mar 2nd, 2017 by

Although advice suggested people should take supplements during winter, unless you are seriously deficient, the chance of it stopping you catching a cold is minimal

It’s not too late to top up on vitamin D if you ignored advice issued last year by Public Health England (PHE) to take supplements. But while the PHE recommended we all “consider” taking 10µg of vitamin D daily during autumn and winter, researchers are now suggesting that food be fortified with the vitamin so that we can take it continuously. The main source of vitamin D is sunlight in contact with the skin – and that is pretty much never between November and April, hence the PHE’s recommendation.

Vitamin D is also available in oily fish (wild salmon or herring), liver, egg yolks and some fortified bread, but nearly a quarter of adults and 22% of children have low levels of the vitamin in their blood. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

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