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French mothers don’t suffer from bladder incontinence. And nor should you | Gillian Harvey

French mothers don’t suffer from bladder incontinence. And nor should you | Gillian Harvey

Unlike Nadia Sawalha, I am a stranger to urinary accidents, even after four vaginal births – because I’ve had my pelvic floor electronically re-educated This morning, my three-year-old daughter
Brave new world: implantables, the future of healthcare and the risk to privacy

Brave new world: implantables, the future of healthcare and the risk to privacy

Implantable medical technology and the data it collects will revolutionise the healthcare industry – but will we get round the privacy and the ‘ick’ factors?Every day tens of thousands of Australians
The pursuit of happiness: could a ‘happy city index’ end Bristol’s blues?

The pursuit of happiness: could a ‘happy city index’ end Bristol’s blues?

In a drive to see human contentment guide policymaking, a research centre in Bristol has found a way to score cities by their residents’ wellbeing. In a place which is home to some of England’s
Prepare for the worst: this inequality rift will tear our society apart | Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Prepare for the worst: this inequality rift will tear our society apart | Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

The biggest rise in inequality since Thatcher is on its way, bringing economic instability, poverty, poor health, increased violence and fear among neighboursHomelessness and child poverty have risen,
Don’t dread old age. I’m 94, and I won’t spend my last years in fear of the Tories | Harry Leslie Smith

Don’t dread old age. I’m 94, and I won’t spend my last years in fear of the Tories | Harry Leslie Smith

I lived through the 30s and 80s and know the only way to beat the tyranny of austerity is through defiance. As long as you can love, there’s a purpose to lifeI have lived a very long time. Tomorrow,
Yorkshire Dales' Craven district is happiest in UK, ONS survey finds

Yorkshire Dales' Craven district is happiest in UK, ONS survey finds

Annual study of the nation’s wellbeing also finds residents of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire are Britain’s unhappiestThe inhabitants of Craven, a district in the southern Yorkshire Dales, are the
Are the Amish right about new technology? | Oliver Burkeman

Are the Amish right about new technology? | Oliver Burkeman

The Amish stance toward any invention isn’t that they reject it outright. It’s that they start by assuming they don’t need it, then adopt it only if it’s in line with their valuesThe basic stereotype
Rapid use of blood drug could save thousands of lives, study finds

Rapid use of blood drug could save thousands of lives, study finds

Analysis shows chance of death from blood loss is 70% less likely if cheap, widely used tranexamic acid is administered promptlyImmediate treatment with a cheap and widely available clot-stabilising
Extreme Wives With Kate Humble review – threats and rescues in a Kenyan village

Extreme Wives With Kate Humble review – threats and rescues in a Kenyan village

The presenter gets involved with danger, including the rescue of a girl, during her visit to Kenya’s Kuria people, who practise female genital mutilationHere’s another TV show with extreme in the
'We're having a menstrual liberation': how periods got woke

'We're having a menstrual liberation': how periods got woke

Periods happen to half the population – so why are they still treated as something to hide? Meet the activists seeing redI am sitting in a hotel meeting room with 12 women, all of us squeezing
Despite it all, we have reasons to be cheerful – but what are they? | Letters

Despite it all, we have reasons to be cheerful – but what are they? | Letters

Amid the post-crash gloom, new ONS data shows happiness is on the rise in England. Christopher Slater would like to see some analysis of this incongruityAs a leftwing, longtime Guardian reader, I tend
Will you be able to afford a flat if you stop buying avocado toast?

Will you be able to afford a flat if you stop buying avocado toast?

Weighing up your spending isn’t simple: should you invest in making your future better or enjoying life right now?Back in the 1990s, the American personal finance guru David Bach coined the term “the
The joy and relief of saying no: how I learned to stop worrying and turn people down

The joy and relief of saying no: how I learned to stop worrying and turn people down

At first, saying yes to everything was a boon to my social life and my career. Then my workload started to get out of hand and I became racked with guiltThroughout my life, I have revelled in saying
The trade deal that triggered a health crisis in Mexico – in pictures

The trade deal that triggered a health crisis in Mexico – in pictures

When Mexico signed a free trade agreement with the US and Canada in 1994, it triggered the insidious rise of obesity and malnutrition. At a stroke, Mexico became a tariff-free dumping ground for soft
Indian doctors protest against plan to let ‘quacks’ practise medicine

Indian doctors protest against plan to let ‘quacks’ practise medicine

Indian Medical Association says short bridging courses for traditional healers will lead to ‘army of half-baked doctors’Indian doctors have accused the government of seeking to “sanction quackery” by
Take it from me, a Buddhist monk: cleaning is good for you | Shoukei Matsumoto

Take it from me, a Buddhist monk: cleaning is good for you | Shoukei Matsumoto

The routines of sweeping, polishing and tidying have spiritual meaning, and you don’t have to be religious to benefit from themMental health counsellors often recommend that clients clean their home
What is Jerusalem syndrome?

What is Jerusalem syndrome?

A British tourist who went missing in the Negev desert may have a rare psychiatric disorder that affects religiously inspired visitors to the holy cityThe disappearance of Oliver McAfee, a 29-year-old
The Guardian view on a caring capitalism: healing an unhappy society | Editorial

The Guardian view on a caring capitalism: healing an unhappy society | Editorial

It is time to base the economy on a more rounded view of human nature than that one that just considers individuals as selfish calculators of utilityThe zero-sum game of competition for money and
The Guardian view on a caring capitalism: healing an unhappy society | Editorial

The Guardian view on a caring capitalism: healing an unhappy society | Editorial

It is time to base the economy on a more rounded view of human nature than that one that just considers individuals as selfish calculators of utilityThe zero-sum game of competition for money and
How to make a big career change

How to make a big career change

First, develop an unwavering self-belief, says Sharmadean Reid. Then swot up - you need to know your stuffSometimes the hardest part is getting everyone else on board with the idea that you want