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Women around Europe are saying “no” to more than one child, new study suggests

Women around Europe are saying “no” to more than one child, new study suggests

Featured, Health, Health & Fitness, Investigations, Society, Specials
Millennials will be remembered in the future as the “less is less” generation; less alcohol, less sex and less children. The medical journal The Lancet recently revealed that fertility rates between 1950 and 2017 decreased by 49.4%. In the United Kingdom, fertility has been constantly decreasing. The lowest peak was registered in 1977 (1.69) and 1964 (1.64) with the latest figures being very similar to the one in 1977.   Researchers found that the current rate is about 1.7 children on a sample of a thousand women with only 0.35% being under 25 years old.   The rest of the European Union does not seem to score better with Cyprus recording the lowest with a 1.0 rate and France, Ireland and Sweden reaching the peak of 1.8. Other countries that are poorly performing includ
In November, talk to a horse: doctors prescribe nature to patients

In November, talk to a horse: doctors prescribe nature to patients

Environment, Health, News, NHS, UK
Shetland island has started prescribing nature in conjunction with other treatments to their patients. This news comes after a successful pilot at Scalloway GP surgery, the largest island within the Shetlands. The prescription will acknowledge that time spent in nature can help reduce anxiety and blood pressure and help improve happiness. Dr Chloe Evans, GP at Scalloway Health Centre told Voice of London, “The project provides a structured way for patients to access nature as part of a non-drug approach to health problems.” https://twitter.com/NCIMHealthcare/status/1060522356341440512 Whilst London GPs may not openly be prescribing ‘nature’ as a way to treat patients, Jean Paisley, a specialist case management pharmacist at NHS tells us, “the nature initiative is nothing new. It is wel
Sunshine and Sadness: The science behind seasonal affective disorder

Sunshine and Sadness: The science behind seasonal affective disorder

Health, Investigations, Specials
The clocks have gone back, 4:30 now feels like the witching hour and it is more of a struggle every morning to get up before the sun does. You may be feeling a little under-motivated, fatigued and maybe even depressive but worry not, you are not alone. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD is the extreme manifestation of the ‘winter blues’. According to an article published by The Guardian last year, around 6 per cent of the UK population experience the symptoms of SAD to such an extent that it can be debilitating and severely disrupt their day-to-day functioning. Around 15 per cent of us experience sub-syndromal SAD and as many as one third of us report a general feeling of disinterest increased levels of exhaustion as the winter months set in. This is because the UK is a high latitud
Float your worries away & alleviate your anxiety

Float your worries away & alleviate your anxiety

Health, Lifestyle
Counterculture American scientist and neuropsychiatrist Dr John C. Lily created and developed the isolation tank in the 1950’s to aid him in his exploration of the human consciousness. In order to truly study the human psyche free of all other distraction, the tanks were fashioned to remove or diminish all other senses – creating an environment of heightened mindfulness and meditation. To reach this state, rooms are both light and sound proofed to a degree near-inexplicable. Even with eyes wide open, you are unable to distinguish anything in the abyssal darkness that surrounds you. When speaking of pure silence, the hyperbolic expression ‘could have heard a pin drop’ is often thrown around – try being able to hear your own eyes blink.   The tanks themselves are filled
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