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Caesarean babies have lower level of 'good' gut bacteria, study shows

Research suggests surgical delivery may make babies more prone to respiratory infectionsBabies delivered by caesarean section are slower to acquire certain types of “good bacteria” in their gut and have higher levels of potentially problematic bacteria than those born vaginally, researchers say.A study of more than 100 babies showed that those born vaginally had a very different make-up of their gut microbiome (clusters of gut microbes), potentially making caesarean babies more prone to respirat...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Pregnancy, Health & wellbeing, Microbiology


Five damaging myths about video games – let’s shoot 'em up

Does video gaming really breed antisocial behaviour and isolation? On the contrary…Video games are one of the most misunderstood forms of entertainment. In one sense, it’s easy to see why: if you haven’t had much interaction with them, watching someone play one can be a pretty unsettling experience. Gamers can often give the impression that they’re glued to the screen, absorbed in what feels like the digital equivalent of junk food. At best, it seems like a pointless thing to do; at worst, we wo...
Tags: Health, Games, Science, Health & wellbeing, Games consoles, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 5, Fortnite, Online multiplayer games


Women’s rights in the Catholic church | Letters

Jenny Tillyard addresses the issue of unwanted pregnancy and a ‘demographic disaster’ in Africa, while Judith A Daniels says the church needs to legitimise women’s much-needed accession to leadership rolesCherie Blair was right to mention the problem of forced pregnancy among young schoolgirls in Africa (Cherie Blair accused of reinforcing stereotypes about African women, 27 March). She was speaking at a Catholic school, and Catholics are currently struggling with the whole problem of unwanted p...
Tags: Africa, Religion, Women, Pregnancy, World news, Health & wellbeing, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Cherie Blair, Blair, Cafod, Jenny Tillyard


When do the clocks go forward in 2019 and could this be the last time?

British Summer Time starts on Sunday as EU moves towards ending mandatory clock changesIt’s that time of year again, the ritual of trying to work out which of your electronic gadgets automatically adjust for clock changes, and which don’t. British Summer Time (BST) officially starts at 1am on Sunday 31 March, when the clocks go forward an hour to 2am.With Brexit on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether changes to daylight savings time (DST) plans in continental Europe will have any effect o...
Tags: Europe, Sleep, Eu, European Union, UK News, Health & wellbeing, DST


Mind games: what magic reveals about how our brains work

The art of magic offers a fascinating insight into the psychology of reality and perceptionThe magician picks up a coin, conceals it in his hand and, after a magical gesture, it mysteriously disappears, only to reappear from behind your ear. As you watch this performance, you fully understand that objects cannot simply materialise from thin air, yet this is exactly what you have just experienced. Conjuring is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and throughout history, tricksters have amazed...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Magic


When do the clocks change in 2019 and could this be the last time?

British Summer Time starts on Sunday as EU moves towards ending mandatory clock changesIt’s that time of year again, the ritual of trying to work out which of your electronic gadgets automatically adjust for clock changes, and which don’t. British Summer Time (BST) officially starts at 1am on Sunday 31 March, when the clocks go forward an hour to 2am.With Brexit on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether changes to daylight savings time (DST) plans in continental Europe will have any effect o...
Tags: Europe, Sleep, Eu, European Union, UK News, Health & wellbeing, DST


When do the clocks go forward in 2019 and could this be the last time they change?

The clocks go forward by an hour on Sunday amid confusion over whether the EU will abolish daylight savings time altogetherIt’s that time of year again, the ritual of trying to work out which of your electronic gadgets automatically adjust for clock changes, and which don’t. British Summer Time officially starts at 1am on Sunday 31 March, when the clocks go forward one hour to 2am.With Brexit on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether changes to daylight savings time plans in continental Euro...
Tags: Europe, Sleep, Eu, European Union, UK News, Health & wellbeing, Jean Claude Juncker


Yoga summit: a festival in the Austrian Alps

Held across three pretty Alpine towns, Gastein Yoga Days offer the choice of hundreds of classes in stunning locations at affordable pricesYou know how it is: you are just getting settled on your yoga mat and some latecomers barge in, harrumphing and stamping their feet because you have taken their favourite spot. But I was 1,000 metres up an Austrian mountain, with glorious views over the pretty spa town of Bad Hofgastein and the last of the sun on my face for an evening meditation class … and ...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Yoga, Health & wellbeing, Festivals, Alps, Yoga Holidays, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays, Alpine, Austria Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Bad Hofgastein


How I accepted I'm an introvert – and learned to refuse invitations without guilt

After years of drinking through social engagements to make them bearable, I finally acknowledged my fear of talking to strangers and made peace with itI was on holiday in Turkey, visiting a Roman amphitheatre at dusk, when I realised I was an introvert. As the sun dimmed and cicadas hummed behind olive trees, my friends and I decided to have our photo taken. “Here,” I said, thrusting my phone at a friend. “Will you ask that person over there to take a picture of us?” He laughed. “You won’t talk ...
Tags: Life and style, Turkey, Health & wellbeing


Getting fit in middle age as beneficial as starting early – study

Increasing activity in 40s and 50s lowers risk of early death just like staying fit from teensGetting active in midlife could be as good for you as starting young when it comes to reducing the risk of an early death, researchers have suggested.But experts say the study, which looked at people’s patterns of exercise as they aged and their subsequent death records, also shows it does not do to rest on your laurels: the benefits fade once exercise declines. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Fitness, Life and style, Society, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing


Is it ever too late to reply to an email? | Oliver Burkeman

Social expectations about digital etiquette have never been more in flux. The solution? Avoid worrying about it altogetherYou know you’ve reached a crisis point in your email backlog when you’re obliged – as I was recently – to confront the following conundrum of electronic etiquette: is it ruder to reply to an email after three months than not to reply at all? On one hand, obviously, not replying is obnoxious. On the other, at least it lets the sender imagine that you missed their message entir...
Tags: Technology, Media, Email, Life and style, Society, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing, Computing, Oliver Burkeman


Michele Hanson’s legacy continues | Letter

It’s a year since the columnist died but she’s still helping to improve women’s lives, says her daughter Amy Hanson A year ago on Saturday my mum, the Guardian writer Michele Hanson, died of a massive spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage, while doing what she loved most – walking Joey, her boxer dog. Her dog featured in her Guardian column spanning 30 years, a column that started with me, about Treasure, the teenage terror.She wrote to turn something awful into something funny. I was awful and it wa...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Africa, Women, Society, UK News, Health & wellbeing, Joey, Michele Hanson, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Amy Hanson


New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation, study says

Data from thousands of men and women shows rest is at its worst three months after birthStarting a family is a well-known way to make a good night’s sleep a distant dream, but new research suggests the parental yawns might go on for six years.Researchers tracking the sleep of thousands of men and women as their family size increased have found that shuteye hits a low about three months after birth – with the effect strongest in women. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Sleep, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting


Bedtime social media use may be harming UK teenagers, study says

Exclusive: a fifth of 13- to 15-year-olds ‘spend five hours or more a day on social media’Teenagers in Britain may be putting their health and education at risk by spending too much time on social media at bedtime, according to a major study into adolescent sleep habits.More than a third of teenagers spent at least three hours a day on social media, with a fifth devoting at least five hours to the activity, researchers found. Those who were on social media for three hours or more daily were most...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Media, Education, Sleep, Children, Social Media, Life and style, Society, UK News, Britain, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing


The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more

How many towels does one person need? Should you change your sheets each week? And do you really have to clean the toilet with nothing but your rubber gloves? Experts on 10 modern domestic dilemmasDomestic questions that are burning and unanswerable in more or less equal measure are a staple of social media. This week, it was towels. Specifically, how many does an adult human need to own? The podcast host Abdul Dremali asked, and more than 2,000 Twitter replies later, he still couldn’t go shoppi...
Tags: Environment, Water, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Ethical and green living, Homes, Abdul Dremali


Burned out and overwhelmed: should you embrace the joy of no?

Once we were pressured to acquire things and do more with our lives. Now, we’re being told to declutter our homes and diaries. What happened to just being ourselves? What brings you joy? It is a question that is hard to avoid these days, as joy seems to be the new buzzword. It is on the cover of two new books, The Joy of No (#Jono) by Debbie Chapman, published at the end of last year, and The Joy of Missing Out, by the philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann, published earlier this month. I...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Netflix, Health & wellbeing, Work-life balance, Chapman, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Jono, Brinkmann, Debbie Chapman, Svend Brinkmann, Chapman Brinkmann


Me and my vulva: 100 women reveal all

First it was breasts, then penises – now photographer Laura Dodsworth has taken portraits of 100 vulvas. She tells Liv Little why. Below: eight women’s storiesWarning: adult contentTowards the end of last year, I published an essay about my vulva – in a book, and then in the Guardian. At 25, I’d spent years considering labiaplasty and having sex with the lights off, because of things ignorant boys had said, as well as some of my friends. I felt a deep sense of shame about my body, which over tim...
Tags: Photography, Sex, Women, Life and style, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Sexual health, Liv Little, Laura Dodsworth, Manhood Dodsworth


Siesta no more? Why Spanish sleeping habits are under strain

Spaniards eat later and stay up longer than their European neighbours because of the siesta. But now that’s under threatMidweek in Madrid on a summer’s evening, it’s 25C and at 10pm the bars, cafes and squares are full of Madrileños, chatting and drinking. They’re still there at midnight, only now some are eating too. Not until 2am do the bars start to close as the crowd thins out. Most of these people will have to go to work in the morning, so the question is: when do they sleep?The answer is, ...
Tags: Europe, Sleep, Spain, Life and style, World news, Health & wellbeing, Madrid, Eurostat, Madrileños


The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

‘A consistent seven to nine-hour sleep each night is the most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health’Do you think you got enough sleep this past week? Can you remember the last time you woke up without an alarm clock, feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep.Indeed, surveys by the and YouGov r...
Tags: Health, Sleep, Obesity, Cancer, Life and style, Society, Heart Attack, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Alzheimer's, Yougov, Sleep apnoea


Beer before wine not fine, scientists find after vomit-filled tests

Research into old saying about alcohol consumption shows you get a hangover either wayBeer before wine, or wine before beer; whatever the order, you’ll feel queer. That, at least, is the updated aphorism drinkers will have to embrace now scientists have proved that drink order has no effect on the magnitude of one’s hangover.Under carefully-controlled lab conditions, British and German researchers plied 90 volunteers with beer and wine to find out once and for all whether hangovers are worsened ...
Tags: Health, Science, Alcohol, Society, UK News, World news, Beer, Health & wellbeing, Wine, Hangover Cures


From work to family - the experts' guide to a low-stress life

How to ease your anxiety about relationships, work, family or moneyBy Kate Thompson Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Money, Life and style, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing, Guardian Careers, Kate Thompson


A new age guru is running for president? That’s 2019 in a nutshell

She’s Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual guide and calls herself a ‘bitch for God’. Now Marianne Williamson is chasing the 2020 Democratic nominationMarianne Williamson is the author of new-age books such as A Woman’s Worth and A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever. She is Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual guide. She has called herself a “bitch for God.” Oh, and she also wants to be president of the United States. Her campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination is, sh...
Tags: US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, Health & wellbeing, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Williamson, Marianne Williamson, US elections 2020


From the surgeon to the Spice Girl: how people in high-pressure jobs cope with stress

From Mishal Husain to Mel C and Henry Marsh, twelve high-powered people reveal how they manageMishal Husain, BBC news presenter Continue reading...
Tags: Life and style, Work & careers, Bbc, Health & wellbeing, Angela Hartnett, Mishal Husain, Mel, Professor Green, Jess Phillips, Henry Marsh, Marian Keyes, Gina Miller


'You will have an emotional reboot': the ultimate guide to stress at every age

Every life stage brings its own pressures, from worrying about exams to juggling the needs of family. Here are the best coping tactics for each generationTriggers“Children are really the canaries in the mineshaft of human society. They are the individuals within our cultures that are the most sensitive to the difficulties – and stresses – that societies experience,” Tom Boyce tells me. Professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of California, he specialises in the treatment of thre...
Tags: Health, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, University Of California, Tom Boyce


Five benefits of being an early riser

Rise with the lark and you can expect a happier, more productive life, researchers suggest. And if you’re a woman you seem less likely to suffer from breast cancerA large-scale genetics study recently conducted by Exeter University revealed that people who are “early birds” have greater levels of happiness and are at a lower risk of depression compared to those who are “night owls”. The authors speculated that this was because the “night owl” body clock conflicts with work patterns and school ti...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Sleep, Life and style, Society, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing, Exeter University


'Getting out of bed is the first hurdle': how I cope with my anxiety

Dread and despair have been a part of my life since childhood – and then I started writing about politics ...The anxiety is ever-present. Sometimes only as a form of background noise; a voice that tells me I’ve failed at the day before it’s even begun. At other times it’s more insistent. An almost physical presence. A heart-pounding feeling of dread that makes it a struggle to get out of bed. A longed for desire to go back to sleep, to rewind the clock, in the desperate hope that I could start t...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing


White gold: the unstoppable rise of alternative milks

How wellness upstarts spoiled milk’s healthy reputation – and built a billion-dollar industry from juicing oats and nuts. By Oliver Franklin-WallisIn the spring of 2018, New York was gripped by a sudden, very particular and, for some, calamitous food shortage. Gaps appeared on grocery shelves. Coffee shops put out signs, turning customers away. Twitter and Instagram brimmed with outrage. The truly desperate searched from Williamsburg to Harlem, but it seemed undeniable: New York was out of oat m...
Tags: Health, Food, New York, Instagram, Environment, US, Life and style, Society, Farming, Health & wellbeing, Veganism, Vegan food and drink, Harlem, Williamsburg, Petersson, Milk (drink


Orkney rated Britain's best place to live in terms of quality of life

Scotland and north of England dominate top five as measured by housing, crime and schoolsOrkney is the best place to live in the UK, with cheap houses, low crime, good schools and a population who are among the happiest and healthiest in the country, according to the annual Halifax quality of life survey.The survey found that all the top five best places to live in the UK were in Scotland or the north of England. Richmondshire in the north of the Yorkshire Dales came second, while the appropriat...
Tags: Business, UK, England, Crime, Money, Education, Housing, Scotland, Life and style, Communities, Society, UK News, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Schools, Halifax


Police arrest 19 people over FGM gang attacks on women in Uganda

Critics say police should have acted earlier on reports of forceful mutilation of more than 400 women in a month by armed groupsSixteen men and three women have been arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting female genital mutilation (FGM) in eastern Uganda after reports of gangs attacking women in the region.The suspects were taken into custody earlier this week after joint police and military operations in Kween district. The arrests followed local media reports of more than 400 women, some a...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Uganda, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Fgm, Kween, Female genital mutilation (FGM


Faking it: how selfie dysmorphia is driving people to seek surgery

Filters have never been more prevalent – and it’s leading some people to have fillers, Botox and other procedures. What’s behind the obsessive pursuit of a flawless look?People used to call Anika the Snap Queen. Between the ages of 19 and 21, she was “obsessed with Snapchat, to the point where I had 4,000 followers”. At the peak of her “tragic” behaviour, she reckons now – a year after quitting the image-sharing app – she was taking 25 selfies a day.She liked the sense of having a platform, she ...
Tags: Fashion, Social Media, Life and style, Snapchat, Health & wellbeing, Beauty, Anika