I think Adele is fab and wear pastel shorts suits. I may never be cool again. And I’m cool with that | Health & wellbeing

[ad_1] Last week I spent some time recording an audiobook version of these columns (cough, out in October, cough). One thing I noticed was the number of times I had extolled the virtues of 00s girl band Girls Aloud. Music is an area where self-appointed gatekeepers decide what is cool and what is not. Pop … Read more

A stunning second act! Meet the people who changed course in midlife – and loved it | Life and style

[ad_1] Alison Webster was once showing prospective students around the university where she was studying medicine when a sixth former said: “You’re so old – why are you even doing this?” Webster laughs at the memory, home after the end of a shift as an A&E doctor. “I said, ‘When you go home, ask your … Read more

The Mediterranean diet: why it could lead to a more satisfying sex life | Diets and dieting

[ad_1] Name: The Mediterranean diet. Age: Coming up for 60 years old. Effect: Positively tumescent. Oh no, am I going to need a sick bucket for this? Not at all. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been well known for decades. The combination of olive oil, legumes, fruit and vegetables, and comparatively low … Read more

Bye bye BMI: Pinterest bans weight loss ads in first for major social networks | Pinterest

[ad_1] Pinterest is banning all advertisements with weight loss language and imagery, including ads that idealise or denigrate certain body types, the social media company says. The popular, picture-led social network, which allows users to create and share mood boards, said it would also not allow ads with testimonials about weight loss or weight loss … Read more

Cycle rental: get on your bike to beat the shops’ stock shortages | Money

[ad_1] The Covid-19 pandemic has revived cycling to levels last seen in Britain in the 1960s as people started riding to work, or followed government edicts to get some exercise – and there is no sign of 2020’s enthusiasm fizzling out. Demand for all types, from kids’ and mountain bikes to e-bikes, is up across … Read more

The tipping point: how to safeguard your home from falling furniture | Homes

[ad_1] Toppling furniture has killed 27 Australians since 2000. Of these fatalities, 20 were children aged under seven. Every Australian wants their home to be a safe and enjoyable place says Dr Warwick Teague. Yet every month, as director of the trauma service at the Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne, he sees a child admitted … Read more

‘Mixed advice’ driving Covid vaccine hesitancy in pregnant UK women | Coronavirus

[ad_1] Pregnant women are being given dangerously mixed messaging from health professionals, with figures suggesting a “very high” vaccine hesitancy among the vulnerable group, according to campaigners. Three-quarters of pregnant women in the UK feel anxious about the easing of coronavirus restrictions with many saying the move is like “another lockdown” for expectant mothers, according … Read more

Multitasking is a menace – it should come with a health warning | Emma Beddington

[ad_1] A number of the 37 open tabs on my laptop are currently devoted to trying to substantiate various pop culture claims about multitasking. Does it increase cortisol levels or reduce your IQ by an amount twice that of smoking marijuana? Does it make you less productive or less empathetic? I struggled to tease this … Read more

Guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist | Maternal mortality

[ad_1] Proposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists. White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the … Read more

Hope Virgo: the woman who survived anorexia – and began Dump the Scales | Anorexia

[ad_1] Hope Virgo’s description of her descent into anorexia is so harrowing and filled with danger that meeting her in real life – in the south London flat she shares with her fiance – is like meeting the personification of triumph or optimism. “In the media, you see the same stories, the same distressed, emaciated … Read more