Category Archives: Lifestyle

Effects of vitamin D for heart failure far from ‘stunning’

“Vitamin D can produce ‘amazing’ improvements in heart function,” claims The Independent about the results of a recent study, while BBC News reported suggestions the results were “stunning”. However, the study in question, which involved giving people with heart failurevitamin D supplements, did not result in better exercise capability. Heart failure is caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the Read More


9-year-old girl Milla Bizzotto is the youngest competitor in a 24 hour US Navy seal obstacle race

DON’T let the tutu fool you — Milla Bizzotto is one bada** little girl. The 9-year-old from South Florida weighs just 24kg and is making headlines as the youngest competitor to complete the Battlefrog race BFX24, a 24-hour obstacle course designed by the U.S. Navy. She raced 58 kilometres, swam eight kilometres and completed 25 obstacles which included a rope Read More


Celebs … please stop lying to us about your eating habits

OPINION Why is it that the thinner and more toned the women of the red carpet are, the more compelled they seem to feel to tell us that they eat like pigs and never go to the gym? This week the gorgeous Michelle Keegan, from British soap opera Coronation Street, was the latest to tell us all how much she Read More


Six mistakes you’re making when loading your dishwasher

MOST people just throw the dishes in the dishwasher wherever they may fit — that’s the luxury of having a washer in the first place right? Wrong. Experts say you’re not loading this handy appliance properly. Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances for the Good Housekeeping Institute, told the Independent that the chore causes a lot of angst among families. Read More


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Run away! Why it really doesn’t matter what trainers you wear

There’s nothing more soul-sapping than a lengthy chat with a barefoot-running fundamentalist – as a new scientific study proves Baffled and barefoot … Is running shoeless more natural? Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian I’m not averse to running: I run most days, for fitness and fresh air, and because it’s healthier than drugs for enhancing one’s mood. It’s sociable, Read More


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Is it safe to use talcum powder?

The family of a woman in the US who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder has been awarded damages. So how much of a risk does talc pose? Is talc a health hazard? Photograph: Alamy What could be more wholesome than Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder? It is the fragrant way to dry the bits towels Read More


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I would rather swim in sewage than Clean for the Queen

Keep Britain Tidy’s ambition is a worthwhile one, but I won’t be told what to do by the likes of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson The mayor of London, Boris Johnson. ‘He looks a frightful twerp.’ Monday 29 February 2016 15.05 GMTLast modified on Monday 29 February 201615.09 GMT What a bizarre campaign Clean for the Queen is. This week, we’re to Read More


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Is the Sunday roast over – or just getting posher?

The £7 Wetherspoons roast dinner will be served for the last time on Sunday, and sales of roasting joints are declining. But in gastropubs and restaurants, Sunday lunch is the new Saturday night Roast pork at the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna. Photograph: Tim Martin/PR company handout When historians come to pinpoint the decline of British life and its Read More


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Growing up as a leap year baby: ‘Kids would say I didn’t have a real birthday’

Being one of only four million ‘leaplings’ in the world born on 29 February means feeling both a different and unique – and also prompts lots of questions Katie Thompson on her fourth, 14th and 10th birthdays. Photograph: “I’ve never met one of you before.” That’s the first thing most people say upon hearing that I was born on 29 Read More