Muslim mum wants women to try wearing a hijab for 15 minutes to understand exclusion

April 28, 2017

A Muslim mum is asking other women to wear the hijab for 15 minutes so they can see what it’s like to experience exclusion and abuse. She says she finds it hard to make friends with other mums because people can’t see past her hijab. In a video posted by Channel Mum a YouTube community for mothers Nilufa Dahlia, from Brighton, UK, said that she was verbally abused for wearing her headscarf in a supermarket. SEE ALSO: Incredible teenager is fighting for her right to box while …

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Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’ – BBC News

April 28, 2017

The findings were backed up by a report from the Australian government, which showed a similar drop in smoking prevalence – 0.55% – following the introduction of plain packaging there in 2012. Currently, about 17% of the UK adult population are smokers. ‘Trying to give up’ The review looked at new evidence from 51 studies, involving 800,000 people, on the impact of standardised packaging on smokers’ attitudes and behaviour. It is also the first review to include …

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NHS contaminated blood was ‘criminal cover-up’ – Burnham – BBC News

April 26, 2017

… from imported blood products. Speaking in the Commons, the Labour MP said victims were “guinea pigs”. Health minister Nicola Blackwood resisted calls for a fresh inquiry. She said thousands of documents had been released by the Department of Health in relation to the scandal, while two reviews had already been carried out. Image copyright SPL Last year, the UK government launched a consultation on the money available to to those affected by the scandal. As a result, the …

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William and Harry talk to Kate about the impact of their mum’s death

April 22, 2017

The DUKe and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have spoken candidly about the impact of Princess Diana’s death on the their mental health in a new film as part of their Heads Together campaign to end mental health stigma. In the film above streamed on Facebook Live on the Royal Family’s account the three royals talk about the various pressures they’ve experienced in life, and the importance of speaking openly about mental health. Prince Harry says he thinks people …

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Man serenades barista with magical song about Unicorn Frappuccinos, gets a free one

April 22, 2017

Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccinos are huge right now. So huge, in fact, that one man made up a song about the mythical new drink which arrived in stores two days ago. Paul Harlan posted a video of him serenading a barista at a Starbucks drive-thru with a truly magical song. SEE ALSO: Starbucks barista goes on spectacularly angry rant about Unicorn Frappuccinos “Well, I just heard the news today, there’s a unicorn in my frapp,” sand Harlan, who also works at Starbucks. …

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6 reasons you need to watch this British dating show immediately

April 21, 2017

Looking for love is far from easy. Sometimes it can feel like you’re doing it all wrong. But one British reality dating show is bringing joy, laughter, and even the odd tear, to viewers by showing the more human side to first dates. SEE ALSO: Online dating is a total nightmare for farmers Set in a restaurant in the heart of London, Channel 4’s First Dates allows viewers to eavesdrop on real-life blind dates. Of course, there’s crippling nerves, wardrobe malfunctions, …

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Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals – BBC News

April 21, 2017

… direction.” Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said it was great news that NHS England was “taking this step to make hospitals healthier places for all of us”. He added: “With this plan, people with type 1 diabetes should still have access to products that are commonly used to treat hypos.” The sugar problem There has been growing concern about the damaging impact of sugar on health – from the state of people’s teeth to type 2 diabetes and …

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UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

April 21, 2017

Cinema tickets Entertainment – such as cinema and concert tickets, takeaway orders and music downloads – accounted for one in four online card purchases in the UK. Some 67% of concert ticket spending and 61% of cinema, theatre and dance spending was made online, the association’s figures showed. The popularity of renewing contracts such as insurance cover online, and payments into bank accounts over the internet also meant financial services registered considerable activity …

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Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… point”, which was his exposure to suicide – the biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK – through his work as an air ambulance pilot. Prince Harry ‘in total chaos’ over mother Diana’s death ‘Like Prince Harry, I blocked out my mum’s death’ He told Calm that while there might be a time and a place for the “stiff upper lip”, it should not be at the expense of people’s health. The dUKe highlighted the importance of …

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Londoners work ‘100 hours a year more than rest of the UK – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… } Click to see content: Averag_Hours_Worked A 2012 study found Londoners also faced the longest commute in the UK, spending an average 75 minutes per day travelling. This leaves commuters “needing to work more hours to make up the cost of travel,” according to Prof McQuaid. London has the UK’s highest proportion of workers in full-time employment (79%), each working an average of 38 hours per week. According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Londoners …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

Over the next four years, the UK will spend a total of 360m on programmes to tackle diseases such as: Visceral leishmaniasis – a parasitic disease, caused by infected sand flies, which destroys the internal organs Guinea-worm disease – an infection transmitted through dirty drinking water containing water fleas Trachoma – infection from poor hygiene practices which can cause blindness Lymphatic filariasis – infection transmitted by mosquitoes which can cause …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone – BBC News

April 12, 2017

… to raise funds for UK charity Street Child. It provides shelter and education for homeless children, and estimates that 12,000 children were orphaned in Sierra Leone by the epidemic. It also says 1,400 of those orphans remain “critically at risk” regarding their health and security. “I’m excited to go back,” Ms Cafferkey said. “It’ll be great to see Sierra Leone in a different state, and also know that I might be able to help as well. We weren’t …

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This woman wants to open the world’s first Vagina Museum

April 11, 2017

These days, there are museums dedicated to just about everything. There are museums about chocolate, sex and even penises. But, there is currently not a single museum dedicated to vaginas. That could be about to change. SEE ALSO: This chocolate museum would even make Willy Wonka jealous UK-based Science YouTuber “There is no physical space wholly dedicated to vaginas and the people who have them.” In fact, the only thing close to a vagina museum is Austria’s …

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Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day – BBC News

April 11, 2017

… services. The number of people aged over 75 is expected to double by the year 2040, according to the Office for National Statistics. Those trying to provide social care services say without radical change, there will not be enough people to care for an ageing population. In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Mike Padgham the Chair of the UK Homecare Association said: “My biggest fear is that we will soon run out of capacity to provide care to those who cannot fund themselves. …

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Should exercise be compulsory at work? – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… Exercise breaks are a feature of a number of large Japanese companies. In 2010, China reintroduced mandatory exercises twice a day at state-owned companies after a three-year gap. Set up by the Communist Party, they had previously been running since the 1950s, with state radio broadcasting music at 10:00 and 15:00 for workers to do their set exercises. Making exercise compulsory would be seen as a step too far for a country like the UK, but with more and more desk-bound jobs these days, do …

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More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’ – BBC News

April 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHarriet Mulvaney says she thought she was active before her heart attack but she was really “just busy” More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around 1.2bn each year. Harriet Mulvaney experienced a heart attack at 44 and decided to make changes to her …

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There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

… Fools’ Day disclaimer. Krispy Kreme’s not-so-funny April Fools’ prank. Image: krispy kreme On Thursday, several major news outlets in the UK fell foul to a prank by Krispy Kreme. The doughnut brand claimed it would be changing its name to “Krispy Cream” because Brits didn’t know how to pronounce the word “Kreme”. “Krispy Kreme UK is getting a more ‘English-friendly’ name so people stop mispronouncing it,” declared a …

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Bite off Trump’s head and raise money for Planned Parenthood with these lollipops

March 30, 2017

Image: smith and sinclair One company has come up with a very sweet tooth-friendly way to raise money for Planned Parenthood, and it involves biting off Donald Trump’s head. SEE ALSO: This country is raising $600 million to counter Trump’s anti-abortion policy Alcoholic sweets company Smith and Sinclair is selling limited edition “Trump sucks” lollipops to protest Trump’s reinstatement of an anti-abortion policy. 100 percent of the profits from the lollipops …

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Co-sleeping: ‘My baby died after we fell asleep on the sofa’ – BBC News

March 29, 2017

… “judged” about co-sleeping and often lie to health visitors if they are doing it. As a result, she said, guidance about how to minimise the risks of co-sleeping isn’t getting across. The problem is exacerbated by falling numbers of health visitors working in the UK, she adds. ‘Tearing families apart’ Meanwhile, Dawn – who has since had a baby girl named Faye – says her “entire chest aches” every time she thinks about Fern’s death. Her …

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How not to help mums breastfeed: Give them an aggravating unhelpful chatbot

March 28, 2017

… relationships. SEE ALSO: This breast pump is legit quiet enough to use on a conference call In a blog post announcing the chatbot, PHE chief executive Duncan Selbie said the UK has the lowest rate of breastfeeding mothers in the world, but the “right support” can keep mums breastfeeding for longer. The Start4Life BreastFeeding Friend chatbot BFF for short aims to address this need for support with a tool that’s accessible during the wee hours when healthcare professionals …

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Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… those between 1% and 3% will be recommended for a faecal calprotectin test, to help diagnose conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Anyone found to be 1% risk or less will require no further tests. The assessment tool was made available to GPs on the British Journal of General Practice website on Tuesday. Bowel Cancer UK says it now hopes to integrate it into GP practices. Experts say the new tool is the first of its kind for younger people. ‘I’ve planned my funeral’ …

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Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… British Retail Consortium (BRC) suggest that the amount of food and drink bought on promotion in the UK has reduced from 40% to 26%. Director of food and sustainability Andrew Opie said: “Evidence shows that more retailers are moving towards low prices, these multi-buys are already diminishing because that’s what consumers want. “They want surety [of low prices] at point of purchase.” The consortium’s representative Andrea Martinez-Inchausti said retailers had …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

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