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Vagina surgery 'sought by girls as young as nine'

<b>Girls as young as nine are seeking surgery on their genitals because they are distressed by its appearance, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told.</b><p>Dr Naomi Crouch, a leading adolescent gynaecologist, said she was concerned GPs were referring rising numbers of young girls who wanted an operation.<p>…

Lips

Is Fruit Actually Bad for You? | MyRecipes

Yogurt with plenty of berries may sound like a healthy breakfast, but new dieting trends claim that fruit isn’t as healthy as we all thought. Even …

Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'

<b>Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts.</b><p>It is packed with saturated fat which can raise "bad" cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice.<p>Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than …

Nutrition

Why Humble People Make Better Decisions

New research says they’re better at judging information than know-it-alls.<p>Have you ever noticed how we say that beliefs are something you “hold”? …

Instagram 'worst for young mental health'

<b>Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests.</b><p>The poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to score popular apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image.<p>Instagram said …

Mental Health

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Explained

'The symptoms become frustrating and may lead to total avoidance of anxiety provoking situations or cues.'<p>Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects …

Would you pay a stranger to dump your partner for you?

<b>Would you pay someone to break up with your partner for you?</b><p>That's exactly what 28-year-old Trevor Meyers did.<p>"I felt like it was easier for someone else to take care of an awkward situation like a break-up," says Trevor, who lives in Canada.<p>He has used the services of a company called The Breakup …

Relationships

Why Rome sends trains filled with rubbish to Austria

<b>Rome's rubbish is helping to power Austrian homes - and it gets to Austria by train.</b><p>Rome has been struggling to cope with a rubbish crisis and Austria has spare capacity at a waste-to-energy plant near Vienna.<p>So a deal has been struck. The Italians are paying Austrian company EVN to dispose of up …

Italy

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

<b>An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.</b><p>More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.<p>And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, …

Private Schools

Sex Makes Life Better, Study Says

Ever wondered if having sex is a good thing, an act that could actually make you a more productive person and help you perform better at work? Wonder …

Born to Love

AlohaHawaii/Shutterstock.com<p>As this excerpt from the book 'Live Happy' shows, the more deep connections we make, the more we flourish.<p>Humans are …

Mexico's foreign minister rejects Trump deportation policy

<b>Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States, under which almost all illegal immigrants can be subject to deportation.</b><p>The new rules include sending undocumented people to Mexico, even if they are not Mexicans.<p>But Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray says his country cannot …

Immigration

Trump rescinds transgender bathroom rules from Obama era

<b>Donald Trump's government has revoked guidance to US public schools that allowed transgender students to use toilets matching their gender identity.</b><p>The guidance, issued by his predecessor Barack Obama, had been hailed by as a victory for transgender rights.<p>But critics said it threatened other …

LGBTQI

Do men and women really have different personalities?

Personality profiles appear to reveal consistent (if subtle) differences between men and women – but are they meaningful? Christian Jarrett untangles a knotty and controversial question.<p>It’s been said that men and women are so unlike each other, it’s as if they’re from different planets – a claim …

Psychology

This Kind of Sex Can Create an Altered Mental State

Sex, one of the more pleasurable forms of exercise, can do some wonderful things for your health, from strengthening your muscles to improving …

Mindfulness

The 1 Type of Complaining That Will Make You Feel Better, According to Science

Study after study shows complaining makes people miserable. This is the one exception.<p>Complaining is bad for your mood, your brain, your listener, and even your body, according to a boatload of scientific research. So why do people do it anyway?<p>We're not masochists, obviously. Most of us love to …

'Resume whitening' doubles callbacks for minority job candidates, study finds

Minority job applicants who resort to “resume whitening” – a practice in which candidates alter any information on their resume that indicates their ethnicity – are more than twice as likely to receive a callback than those who don’t, a new study has found.<p>“It’s really a wake-up call for …

Résumés

Crunchy toast could give you cancer, FSA warns

New study finds high level of cancer-causing chemical in home cooked roast potatoes, chips and toast<p>Beware the crispy roast potato and the crunchy slice of toast. Both contain worryingly high levels of a cancer-causing chemical.<p>A new study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Government’s food …

Cancer

Obama to become first sitting president to visit a prison

President<p>Obamawill become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, part of a push he plans next week for reforming the criminal justice system.<p>On Thursday, the president will visit with inmates and officials at the Federal Correctional Institution El Reno near Oklahoma City, the<p>White …

Rand Paul

No pros needed for children's talk therapy? - Futurity

Even without formally trained therapists, talk therapy can lower the trauma symptom scores of orphans in poor nations.