‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

One pupil said: ‘I will never forgive the government for compromising students’ health so seriously.’ Photograph: Alamy Pupils have delivered a damning verdict on the revamped GCSEs, saying they have caused mental exhaustion, panic attacks, crying, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne. About half a million 16-year-olds sat the tougher exams, which were initiated by the former education secretary Michael Gove and tested for the first time this summer, with grades ranging from 9-1 rather than A*-G. As GCSEs drew to a close this week, many who sat them responded to a…

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Here’s How A Plant-Based Diet Can Benefits Diabetes Patients

Here’s How A Plant-Based Diet Can Benefits Diabetes Patients

Plant-based diets can be beneficial for diabetes as a new study has found that it may improve glycemic control, cholesterol and lead to weight loss in people with Type 2 diabetes. The researchers suggest that plant-based diets benefit both glycemic control and cardiovascular health because they are low in saturated fat, rich in phytochemicals, high in fibre and often rich in low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. “The link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease is strong. 60-70 per cent of people who have Type 2 diabetes die of heart disease,” said co-author…

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Are You A Helicopter Parent? Here’s How It Can Affect Your Kids

Are You A Helicopter Parent? Here’s How It Can Affect Your Kids

Do you hover around your children in everything they do and guide them? Beware, it can negatively affect your kid’s ability to manage his or her emotions and behaviour later, and may also affect his or her academics, according to researchers. Children whose parents showed “helicopter parenting behaviour”, which means constantly guiding children by telling him or her what to play with, how to play with a toy, how to clean up after playtime and being too strict or demanding, became defiant, others were apathetic and some showed frustration. These…

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How This Founder Turned Her Love For Travel Into A Profitable Business

How This Founder Turned Her Love For Travel Into A Profitable Business

If you’ve planned a vacation, you know that it can be time-consuming to search for the best things to see and do during your stay. Melissa Biggs Bradley, the founder of Indagare, created the solution she wanted for herself. Indagare is a members-only travel agency for luxury travelers — with customized itineraries and unlocked access to destinations, activities and upgrades. “In 2007, I launched Indagare as a member-based travel site with curated content and community reviews and as soon as we went live, our members began asking us to plan their trips,”…

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How to lose belly fat, make these simple changes in your diet, workout plan

How to lose belly fat, make these simple changes in your diet, workout plan

Belly fat may be tougher to lose than fat in other areas of your body. But there is a reason why you must work harder to get rid of it: associated with it are a host of illnesses, be it cancer, lung disease, and heart disease. Luke Coutinho, holistic nutritionist and founder, Purenutrition.me, says that even working out religiously at the gym may not be enough to lose pesky belly fat. “We often find it difficult to reduce belly fat because it is not just about quantity and choice of exercise, but also…

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Is Saline Water Beneficial To Consume? How To Make It At Home

Is Saline Water Beneficial To Consume? How To Make It At Home

Salt makes for an essential nutrient and if consumed in an optimum amount, it has many benefits to offer. It is said that it is one of the best ways to detox our body. In fact, Ayurveda is said to have used salt water, or saline water, to cleanse stomach, intestines and colon, while repairing the damage that our diet has caused to the cells in our digestive tract. While there is no scientific explanation or study that has proved this theory, it has been a favourite solution that has…

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How Puerto Rico’s Fashion Industry Is Reinventing Itself After Hurricane María

How Puerto Rico’s Fashion Industry Is Reinventing Itself After Hurricane María

I can’t pinpoint exactly when I knew that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. Maybe it was when I refused to wear the outfits my mom chose for me, or when I started collecting Teen Vogue and whatever other magazines I could procure in Quebradillas, the town in northwest Puerto Rico where I grew up. Other than what I could distill from those glossy pages (and, later, the style blogs I’d devour online), though, there wasn’t much in my immediate surroundings I could immerse myself in. It wasn’t until I…

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Packaging affects how food is absorbed by our bodies, and not in a good way

Packaging affects how food is absorbed by our bodies, and not in a good way

Turns out, food packaging could be negatively affecting nutrient absorption in your body. According to a new study conducted by the Binghamton University, food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates. “We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression,” said researcher Gretchen Mahler. According to Mahler, these ZnO nanoparticles are present…

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Here’s how depression can impact people suffering from heart diseases

Here’s how depression can impact people suffering from heart diseases

Depression negatively impacts patients with cardiovascular disease, finds a study. About one-fifth of cardiovascular disease patients suffer from depression. “While we don’t know which comes first–depression or cardiovascular disease–the consensus is that depression is a risk marker for cardiovascular disease, meaning if you have cardiovascular disease, there is a higher likelihood that you could also have depression, when compared with the risk in the general population,” said lead author Victor Okunrintemi from Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, Florida. In one study, Okunrintemi and colleagues evaluated patient experience, health…

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Experts Share How to Close Deals Faster and Get Paid Quicker

Experts Share How to Close Deals Faster and Get Paid Quicker

As a small business, simplifying each interaction with your customers, partners and vendors goes a long way to making the process more efficient and enjoyable. A recent webinar titled, “Make it Rain Money: Close Deals Faster and Speed Up Collections” provides some great insights into how you can make this happen. The webinar was moderated by Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends. Guests included Alice Bredin, President of Bredin Incorporated, and Jeff Perry, Vice President of Commercial Sales, SMB at DocuSign. The research covered in the webinar was conducted by Bredin…

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