• Walks in the park can boost your mood as much as Christmas
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    Walks in the park can boost your mood as much as Christmas

    It’s time to hit the great outdoors as a new study has found that a walk in your local park will boost your mood as much as Christmas.Researchers from the University of Vermont, US analysed thousands of Twitter messages posted by more than 4,600 people from 160 parks and leafy areas (squares an playgrounds) in San Francisco between May and August 2016.

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    Hiccup may cause serious disease

    You too have often heard grandparents saying that hiccups are coming, that means someone is missing you. Some people say that when you do not chew the food properly during the fast food meal, hiccups start. someone says hiccup is coming then drink water, hiccup will stop. But ultimately why does this hiccup occur?

  • Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas pose with four generations for major family reunion
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    Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas pose with four generations for major family reunion

    Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas achieved a rare feat last weekend by gathering their entire family together for lunch – and the age range was 20 months to 102 years old.Four generations of the family dined together in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, including Douglas’ father, actor Kirk Douglas, star of Hollywood classics including Spartacus and Paths of Glory.News of the lunch came to light thanks to Kelsey Douglas, Michael’s 24-year-old niece, who shared two photographs from the occasion on Instagram.The first is a group shot featuring the entire Douglas clan, including Zeta Jones, 49, Michael, 74, and their two children: Dylan, 19 and Carys, 16.The youngest family member is 20-month-old baby Luca, daughter of Cameron Douglas, 40, who is Michael’s son from a previous marriage.In a second snap, Kelsey uploaded a selfie of herself posing with Kirk.> View this post on Instagram> > A table of strong jaw lines, large appetites and a shared love for attention FAMILY ❤️🥰❤️ (missing a few key players: @tylerdougie @ryandawglas ) – family photos are tough 😴😴😴> > A post shared by Kelsey Douglas 🍗 (@kdougieeee) on Aug 18, 2019 at 9:34pm PDT“A table of strong jaw lines, large appetites and a shared love for attention,” she wrote in the caption, adding that a few “key players” were missing from the reunion, including Tyler and Ryan Douglas.“Family photos are tough,” Kelsey concluded.The post has garnered several likes and praiseworthy comments from fans of the famous family.“What a blessing to have a close family,” wrote one person.“Wow congratulations,” added another. “A happy family together of all generations.”> View this post on Instagram> > Familyfirst ❤️💛💚> > A post shared by Cameron Douglas (@cameronmorrelldouglas) on Aug 18, 2019 at 7:14pm PDTCameron also shared a snap from the day alongside the caption “Familyfirst”.

  • What is heatstroke, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?
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    What is heatstroke, what are the symptoms and how can it be treated?

    The Met Office has warned that a heatwave is due to sweep over parts of the UK as the school summer holidays begin this week.With temperatures on the rise, Britons unused to the scorching weather will need to take precautionary measures to ensure they don't suffer from heat exhaustion or heatstroke.If an individual's body is unable to cool down and they develop heatstroke, then their health could be at serious risk.So, how can you spot the signs of heatstroke and how can you treat it?Here's everything you need to know: What is heatstroke?Heatstroke, otherwise known as sunstroke, occurs when a person's body temperature has become overheated to a harmful degree, St John Ambulance explains.An individual may develop heatstroke if they've been suffering from heat exhaustion.When a person spends too much time in the sun or in hot temperatures, they may become too dehydrated.At this point, they may stop sweating, which means their body will no longer be able to cool itself down. This can result in them developing heatstroke.If an individual experiencing heat exhaustion is able to cool down within 30 minutes, then their health shouldn't be at serious risk, the NHS states.However, if they develop heatstroke, then an ambulance should be called on 999 or 112. What are the symptoms?Symptoms of heat exhaustion include experiencing a headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, excessive sweating, cramping, an increased heart rate, a temperature of 38C or above and feeling very thirsty, the NHS outlines.Adults and children who experience heat exhaustion tend to exhibit similar symptoms. However, children may also appear sleepy.If a person displaying these signs hasn't improved within 30 minutes, then their condition may have developed into heatstroke.Symptoms of heatstroke include lack of sweat even if they feel very hot, a temperature of 40C or above, shortness of breathe, confusion, experiencing a seizure, losing consciousness and becoming unresponsive. How can you help someone experiencing heatstroke?If you spot that someone may be suffering from heat exhaustion, then they should be moved to a cool environment, the NHS advises.You should do all that you can to help them cool down, including ensuring that they drink lots of water, cooling their skin with a spray or sponge and having them lie down with their feet slightly raised.If they haven't improved in 30 minutes and you believe they may have developed heatstroke, then an ambulance should be called on 999 or 112.While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, St John Ambulance recommends trying to cool them down by either wrapping them in a cold wet sheet or sponging them down.If their temperature appears to go back to normal, then replace the wet sheet with a dry one.As you wait for the arrival of a paramedic, keep checking their breathing, pulse and level of response, St John Ambulance says.If at any point they become unresponsive, then you must check their breathing and ensure their airway is open.For more information on how to look after a person who has become unresponsive, click here. How can heatstroke be prevented?There are certain measures you can take to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke in hot temperatures, the NHS states.These include drinking lots of cold drinks, bathing in cool water, wearing loose clothing, avoiding the sun during peak sun hours and not drinking too much alcohol.The NHS advises keeping a close eye on those who may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, including children, older individuals and those who have long-term health conditions.For all the latest news on the UK weather, click here.

  • The truth about applying after-sun on sunburnt skin, according to the experts
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    The truth about applying after-sun on sunburnt skin, according to the experts

    While for some summer might mean spending days on end lapping up the glorious sunshine without a care in the world, for others it’s inescapably linked with months of sore, sunburnt skin.Taking care of your skin after excessive sun exposure is incredibly important, as failing to do so could lead to long-lasting damage.However, if your first course of action after sustaining a sunburn is to immediately buy and apply after-sun, then you may not be doing an adequate job.According to the experts, applying after-sun could do your skin even further harm if you don’t take a thorough look at the ingredients.That’s why it may be a wise idea to opt for an aloe vera gel instead.“After-sun formulas tend to have rich, thick consistencies containing oils, which create an emollient barrier on top of the skin trapping in the heat in the upper layer of the epidermis and exacerbating the inflammation and ‘burn’ feeling on your face,” Michaella Bolder, Time Bomb skincare expert tells to The Independent.“Plus, many over the counter after-suns will contain chemicals and/or fragrance. This will just irritate the damaged skin!”Aloe vera has been highly regarded for a very long time due to its remedial properties, Lorraine Shrivener, director of Eden Skin Clinics, explains.“Aloe vera has been a trusted skin saviour for many years,” she says. “With its immediate cooling effect to the skin, it’s a firm favourite for post-suncare.”According to Ms Shrivener, aloe vera is most potent when attained as a pure, clear gel.While gels allow heat to escape from the skin, thicker creams that have been designed to lock in moisture could trap heat within the skin, making it feel cooler rather than hotter.However, as medical director of CosmedicsUK and GP Dr Ross Perry points out, the medicinal properties of aloe vera have not technically been affirmed by scientific research. “Aloe vera is a traditional herbal remedy believed to reduce sunburn symptoms,” he explains.“There is no scientific evidence in support of its use for sunburn, but anecdotal evidence is that it is soothing and safe and can feel cooling.”Aloe vera is a plant species that can trace its origins to the Arabian Peninsula.Mentions of aloe vera as a curative ingredient can be found in the Ebers Papyrus, from 16th Century BC, and in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History, which was written in the mid-first century AD.Despite the supposed lack of scientific evidence to back its use as a treatment for sunburn, many health professionals still recommend it for soothing irritated skin.“Aloe vera is thought to have a myriad of positive effects on skin, especially sunburnt skin,” says Dr Natalie Spierings, consultant dermatologist at Dermatica.“True clinical effectiveness has yet to be established. But aloe vera is not harmful and it might aid in helping calm down sunburnt skin, so it is worth giving it a try.”While some skincare experts would advise opting for a clear aloe vera gel instead of a heavier, moisturising after-sun when treating sunburn, others would suggest simply finding an after-sun that contains the plant.“After burning the skin you should think cool and repair,” says Ms Bolder. “The best way to do this is to apply a formula with a high water and high aloe vera content - the more natural and gentle the better!“Aloe vera has quite impressive cooling, healing and antiseptic properties so will beat a generic after-sun every time.”Using an after-sun can still be beneficial if you make sure that the ingredients are gentle and natural as possible.However, if you’re not entirely sure of whether a specific after-sun will do more harm than good, then going for a clear aloe vera gel would likely be your safest option.With around 15,970 new cases of melanoma skin cancer reported in the UK between 2014 and 2016, according to Cancer Research UK, looking after your skin is of the utmost importance during the hotter months.Dr Vikram Rajkomar, a consultant dermatologist at Pall Mall Medical who specialises in the treatment of skin diseases and skin cancer, recommends speaking to a consultant dermatologist as soon as possible if pain caused by sunburn persists.

  • Three-quarters of dermatologists want sunbeds banned amid skin cancer rise, poll reveals
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    Three-quarters of dermatologists want sunbeds banned amid skin cancer rise, poll reveals

    The majority of British dermatologists believe that sunbeds should be banned in the UK, a new survey has found.Earlier this week, it was revealed that there has been a 70 per cent increase in skin cancer rates for people aged 25 to 49 since the 1990s.Now, skin experts across the country have collectively condemned the use of tanning salons, calling for a UK-wide ban.The survey, of 245 dermatologists, conducted by the British Skin Foundation, found that 77 per cent agreed that sunbeds should be banned altogether in the UK, while 91 per cent stated that tanning salons are contributing significantly to the rates of skin cancer in the UK.Furthermore, 94 per cent of those surveyed agreed that there should be stricter enforcement of age restrictions on sunbeds in the UK, while 91 per cent called for the age at which people are legally allowed to use them to be increased from 18 to 21.Lisa Bickerstaffe, a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, said: “The dermatologists’ opinions appear to support research stating the potential to get skin cancer, including melanoma, is increased in those who have also used sunbeds.“We know that there is no such thing as a safe tan from UV rays, therefore, the British Skin Foundation, in line with other health organisations does not recommend sunbed use.”To find out just how dermatologists feel about the use of sunbeds, The Independent has spoken to a number of skincare professionals, including Dr Emma Wedgeworth. “I think from the body of medical evidence out there, there is no doubt that indoor tanning is detrimental to the skin and increases the risks of skin cancer,” Wedgeworth, a consultant dermatologist, tells The Independent. While Wedgeworth agrees that banning indoor tanning seems like “a sensible measure” she fears that doing so could drive the industry underground, potentially making it more dangerous. Instead, she is calling for stricter regulations regarding the advertising of tanning salons.“At the very least, I think there should be much greater legislation around advertising, the appearance of tanning shops and health warnings, in exactly the same way as tobacco is legislated,” Wedgeworth adds.Dr Adam Friedman, consultant dermatologist at the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic, agrees, stating that the majority of young patients (under 30) he sees with melanoma have been sunbed users at some stage of their lives. Speaking to The Independent, Dr Anil Budh-Raja, a leading dermatologist specialising in anti-ageing treatments, says that he “totally agrees” with the survey’s findings and believes that many salons are “unethical and continue to advertise sunbeds as having health ‘benefits’”.Melanoma UK, a patient support and advocacy group, also supports the call for a complete ban on subeds, stating that every day in the UK seven people die of melanoma.> 77% of dermatologists agree that sunbeds should be banned altogether in the UK according to a recent survey undertaken by the British Skin Foundation. https://t.co/WhgPSCGHqy pic.twitter.com/OqqXss77Ch> > — British Skin Foundation - Skin Cancer (@bsfcharitysc) > > July 22, 2019“Despite the threats of legal action from the Sunbed Association, we will continue to petition for a complete ban on sunbeds,” Gill Nuttall, founder of the organisation, tells The Independent.“We see the devastation of melanoma every day, and we also see how much the treatment of advanced melanoma costs our NHS. We have cross party support for a ban and we are very pleased that dermatologists are also supporting a ban”.A recent study conducted by Cancer Research UK, found that melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have risen by 45 per cent since 2004 for the general population in the past decade. Meanwhile, rates of melanoma have increased by 35 per cent for women and 55 per cent for men. > View this post on Instagram> > Do you know how much sunscreen you should use in the sun? As the temperatures rise in the UK, please look after your skin and avoid the burn. The simple rule should be to put enough sunscreen on so that the skin looks completely white before the cream is absorbed into your skin. Please remember to apply at least 20 minutes before going out and then every two hours, or after swimming or towelling. itsnotjustskincancer melanoma awareness> > A post shared by MelanomaUK (@melanoma_uk) on Jul 23, 2019 at 6:00am PDTSo, what steps should you be taking take care of your skin?So, what steps should you be taking take care of your skin?Dr Budh-Raja recommends the regular use of sunscreen, avoiding sun exposure where possible and protecting the skin using items of clothing.The skincare expert also states that sun cream which offers both UVA and UVB protection with high protection of at least SPF 30 should be used.“Remember to apply half an hour before going out in the sun, and half an hour after being in the sun,” Dr Budh-Raja explains.“Reapply liberally at least every two hours, and immediately after contact with water . Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when it is sunny.”If you are worried about a mole or patch of skin the British Skin Foundation suggests you seek help sooner rather than later.It states that anyone who has moles or a patch of skin that is changing shape, growing, developing new colours, inflamed, bleeding, crusting, red around the edges, particularly itchy or behaving unusually in any way should visit their GP or dermatologist as soon as possible.For more information on checking your skin, click here.

  • Excessive drinking water can cause you health problems
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    Excessive drinking water can cause you health problems

    Everyone knows that water is essential for our health but do you know that sometimes excessive water is harmful to the body. Especially, in summers people use to intake quantity of water to maintain body's hydration but drinking excessive water can cause several problems to your body.

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    Drinking Coffee in Empty Stomach during Morning time is Harmful

    There is a bad news for Coffee Lovers as it may cause brutal side effects to your body. If you are a regular coffee drinker you must watch the video to avoid any health problem. While drinking coffee you need to follow some specific tips. Drinking coffee empty stomach may cause major health issues.

  • England could become ‘smoke-free’ by 2030 under new government pledge
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    England could become ‘smoke-free’ by 2030 under new government pledge

    The government has announced its aim to end smoking in England by 2030.On Monday evening, the government released a green paper titled "Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s", outlining its plans to tackle preventable ill health in the near future.One of the concerns highlighted in the paper is the detrimental impact of smoking, a national health issue which has improved in recent years."Thanks to our concerted efforts on smoking, we now have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe with fewer than one in six adults smoking," the document reads."Yet, for the 14 per cent of adults who still smoke, it's the main risk to health."The government states that it is "setting an ambition to go 'smoke-free' in England by 2030"."This includes an ultimatum for industry to make smoked tobacco obsolete by 2030, with smokers quitting or moving to reduced risk products like e-cigarettes."The document explains that further proposals regarding the government's efforts to make England smoke-free over the next 11 years will be outlined "at a later date".The green paper proposes that hospital patients who smoke receive support to help them give up the habit.The government adds that England became one of the first countries to ban smoking in public places in 2007, in addition to introducing plain packaging for cigarettes three years ago.Two years ago, the government published its tobacco control plan for England.The plan included the aim of reducing the number of adults in the country who smoke from 15.5 per cent to 12 per cent by 2022.The newly-released green paper also references issues including obesity, mental health services and diabetes prevention.The document states that measures will be put into place to "shift the health system away from just treating illness, and towards preventing problems in the first place".Members of the public can respond to the proposals laid out by the government by clicking here.The consultation on the green paper will close at 11.59pm on Monday 14 October.For all the latest health news, click here.

  • Pinterest introduces wellness activities to support mental health of users
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    Pinterest introduces wellness activities to support mental health of users

    Pinterest has launched a series of new wellbeing activities on the social media platform in order to provide mental health support for its users.The aim of the interactive activities is to help soothe individuals who are feeling anxious, stressed or sad.They have been created in collaboration with Brainstorm, the Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation, and Pinterest has also received guidance from mental health organisation Vibrant Emotional Health and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.The activities are being made available to all Pinterest users in the US on iPhones and Android smartphones over the next few weeks.When Pinterest users in the US search for mental health-related terms such as "stress quotes" or "work anxiety", a prompt will appear asking whether they would like to explore the platform's wellbeing resources.The resources include activities such as deep breathing exercises and tips on how to practise self-compassion.If a person searches for terms related to self-harm, they will be directed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.Pinterest explains that use of the platform's wellbeing resources are kept private and are not tracked, with the activity being logged anonymously by a third-party service.This means that advertisements based on users' searches will not be used when they use the platform on a day-to-day basis.Pinterest explains that the new interactive activities have been introduced after the company noted an increase in searches on the platform related to anxiety and stress."In the last year there have been millions of searches in the US related to emotional health on Pinterest," states Annie Ta, product manager at Pinterest."Over the years we’ve worked with experts to make it easy for people in distress to access supportive resources."Together we wanted to create a more compassionate, actionable experience that tries to address a broader emotional spectrum of what Pinners [Pinterest users] may be looking for."Several Pinterest users praised the company with regards to its newly introduced wellbeing resources."Amazing work! Can't wait to try it," one person wrote on Instagram."Love this idea!" another added.For mental health support, you can contact the Mind helpline by calling 0300 123 3393, texting 86463 or emailing info@mind.org.uk. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 6pm, except on bank holidays.

  • Poldark screenwriter says postnatal depression helped her write hit BBC show
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    Poldark screenwriter says postnatal depression helped her write hit BBC show

    Poldark screenwriter Debbie Horsfield has said that her postnatal depression helped her write the BBC one period drama and gave her “insight” into mental health issues that its characters face.The fifth series of the hit show returned earlier this month and sees character Doctor Dwight Enys take an interest in mental health following the death of his daughter, Sarah.Horsfield, who adapted the series from Winston Graham’s Poldark novels, told Radio Times magazine that mental health issues can strike anyone, at any time and a taboo about them still exists."After the birth of my first child, it didn't occur to me to talk about the permanent 'fog' I felt I was wading through, let alone consider it a form of post-natal depression,” she said."When I eventually confided in a family member, she actually got up and ran out of the room!"This was something of a blow... until I realised that the person concerned had probably struggled with that same issue herself...The writer said that the experience gave her “insight into the challenges involved in acknowledging and addressing the stigma and fear surrounding the subject”.The NHS states that postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.The condition is expected to affect more than one in every 10 women within a year of giving birth and can affect also affect partners and fathers. Symptoms of postnatal depression can include a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood, problems concentrating and making decisions, and difficulty sleeping.Since Sunday night's episode, several Twitter users have praised the show for exploring mental health issues.“Loving the fact they are dealing with mentalhealth with the insanity side plot,” one user wrote.Another added: “Dr. Dwight looking out for mental health. A man ahead of his time.”> poldark. Loving the fact they are dealing with mentalhealth with the insanity side plot> > — Marlena Kellie (@marlenakellie) > > July 21, 2019> Dr. Dwight looking out for mental health. A man ahead of his time Poldark> > — Becca. (@RebeccaWard22) > > July 21, 2019Earlier this month, actor Luke Norris, who plays Dr Enys in the show, opened up about his character’s interest in mental health in this series following the medical expert’s struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and bereavement."He goes into the royal college of surgeons as someone who is interested in mental health,” Norris said during the premiere of the fifth series. “And obviously at the time, and even now, it is quite a taboo subject. It is a difficult subject.”Horsfield continued, stating that she hoped the new and final BBC One series will encourage viewers to open up about any mental health issues they have.The full interview is in this week's Radio Times magazine.If you have been affected by any issues mentioned in this article, you can contact the following mental health organisations:mind.org.ukapni.orgpandasfoundation.org.uk

  • Chelsea Clinton announces birth of son Jasper on Twitter
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    Chelsea Clinton announces birth of son Jasper on Twitter

    Chelsea Clinton has announced the birth of her third child with husband Marc Mezvinsky.On Monday, Clinton revealed on Twitter that the couple had welcomed their second son that morning."This morning we welcomed our son, Jasper Clinton Mezvinsky," the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton wrote."We are overflowing with love and gratitude and can't wait to introduce him to his big sister and brother."Clinton and Mezvinsky already have two children together – Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, born in September 2014, and Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, born in June 2016.> This morning we welcomed our son, Jasper Clinton Mezvinsky. We are overflowing with love and gratitude and can’t wait to introduce him to his big sister and brother.> > — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) > > July 22, 2019The couple were married in New York in 2010 in an interfaith ceremony, Clinton being Methodist and Mezvinsky being Jewish.Several Twitter users have wished the family congratulations on the announcement on of their new arrival."Congratulations! May you only have nachas, health, and love in your lives," one person tweeted.Congratulations to the entire Clinton-Mezvinsky family. You are truly blessed," another added.Bill and Hillary Clinton are yet to comment publicly on the birth of their third grandchild.In January, Chelsea Clinton revealed she was pregnant with her third child.The former first daughter tweeted: "Marc and I have loved watching Charlotte be such a wonderful big sister and we're excited to watch Aidan become a big brother."The 39-year-old added she and her husband "cannot wait to meet our newest addition later this summer".Clinton has written several children's books, including She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; Don't Let Them Disappear, a tale about 12 endangered species; and It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going!The author is also vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, working alongside the organisation's partners to "help create greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities".Clinton's husband, Mezvinsky, is an investor and former vice chairman at venture capital firm Social Capital.