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Men in UK enjoy more leisure time than women, study shows

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

ONS survey reveals men take an average of 40 minutes more than women, with mass media people’s main indulgence

Men take more leisure time than women in the UK, a study of the nation’s work-life balance has shown.

Men spend six hours and nine minutes a day on leisure pursuits, compared with five hours and 29 minutes for women, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found.

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Postnatal depression less likely after winter or spring births

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Study finds risk of postpartum depression among new mothers also affected by other factors such as length of pregnancy

Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer postnatal depression than at other times of year, a study has shown.

Other factors affecting the risk of postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression (PPD), included the length of pregnancy, whether or not an epidural was given during delivery, and body mass index.

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Firms pledge extra veg help for those struggling with five a day

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Sales of vegetables are continuing to fall, but help is on the way from takeaways and stores as well as schools and the workplace

Eat more vegetables – it is the constant exhortation from doctors, dieticians and public health experts, but falling sales of greens suggests the advice is being ignored.

This week 30 retailers, cafe chains and catering companies will pledge to include more vegetables in their products. Schools and councils will also be involved, as well as some leading employers who will commit to making it easier for staff to get their five a day.

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Tory MP who has hour-long baths claims £662 water bill on expenses

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Tim Loughton’s parliamentary accounts show he has been spending up to £50 a month on Thames Water supply

A Conservative MP who enjoys an hour-long morning bath racked up water bills over the past two years of £662 all charged to the taxpayer.

On Tuesday, Tim Loughton MP, the co-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness, told a conference of international parliamentarians that he meditates in the bath every morning and commented that his contemplative habit was “not cheap”.

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Gay rights activists welcome NHS questioning of patients over sexuality

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

People visiting their GP or hospital may be asked to confirm whether they are straight, gay, bisexual or other

Gay rights campaigners have backed an NHS policy demanding that doctors and nurses start asking all patients from the age of 16 about their sexual orientation.

NHS England has issued a new standard requiring staff to “record sexual orientation at every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists”.

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‘Way ahead of the curve’: UK hosts first summit on mindful politics

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Ministers to meditate with politicians from Israel, Sri Lanka and Sweden as part of event exploring benefits of mindfulness

British and Sri Lankan government ministers and an MP for Israel’s Likud party are among politicians from 15 countries due to meditate together at the House of Commons next week in an event to explore whether mindfulness can help reset the conduct of national and international politics.

The group will meet at parliament on Tuesday to be led in a series of secular meditations intended to focus their awareness and increase compassion.

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Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects, study finds

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Research using brain scans finds people experience feelings of contentment from places more than from objects such as photographs or wedding rings

The poet WHAuden is credited with first coining the word “topophilia” to describe a strong emotional pull to a special place.

Now scientific research, using cutting-edge brain imaging, suggests Auden was on to something. According to a study commissioned by the National Trust, people experience intense feelings of wellbeing, contentment and belonging from places that evoke positive memories far more than treasured objects such as photographs or wedding rings.

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Egg safety – we’ve cracked it, food watchdog tells Britons

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Pregnant women, infants and elderly people told it is now safe for them to eat runny or even raw British eggs

Pregnant women, babies and elderly people can now safely eat runny or even raw eggs under new advice issued by the government’s food safety watchdog almost 30 years after the UK salmonella crisis.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it had revised its advice after a “thorough and robust” review of new scientific evidence found that those vulnerable to infection could now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs – provided they were produced under the British Lion code of practice – without risking their health.

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Should I avoid drinking in front of my children?

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

A new report suggests that young people are aware of their parents’ drinking – and it may well have an impact on their relationship with alcohol. So should you keep booze out of the family home?

When you’re drinking wine at home, don’t look as if you’re enjoying it – at least not if you have kids. How much you drink, how often you say: ‘Ah, that’s nice,’ while imbibing and whether you use alcohol as a reward or coping mechanism can all encourage adolescents to drink, according to a report last week from the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

In case you think it’s OK for teenagers to drink, the Department of Health advises children have an alcohol-free life until the age of 15 and only one drink a week until they are 18. In 2009, Prof Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer at the time, warned that “exposing children to drink-fuelled events” was one of the root causes of the UK’s drinking problem.

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Is watching sport as good as playing it?

Nov 2nd, 2017 by

Studies show that being a spectator certainly increases the blood pressure, but it can also double the risk of a heart attack. So is there any health benefit?

I haven’t been to the gym for two weeks, but it’s fine: I just need to watch sport on television. A study from the University of Montreal has found that watching ice hockey substantially increases your heart rate. For television-watchers, the increase was an average 75%, while for those watching live it rose by 110%. This is equivalent, say the researchers, to moderate and vigorous exercise respectively. Heart rates were highest during overtime and if there were scoring chances.

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