Nishi Uggalle, winner of Channel 4’s Child Genius show, got the highest possible score in a Mensa test, but psychologists differ on whether such tests are reliableTwelve-year-old Nishi Uggalle, the newly crowned champion of Channel 4’s Child Genius show, is said to have an IQ “higher than Einstein’s”. It sounds impressive, and well...
More than 13% of people are susceptible to panic attacks, which can be very intense and distressing. So what are the symptoms and how best can you respond?Educate yourselfAccording to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), 13.2% of people have experienced a panic attack. If you know someone who suffers...
There are many reasons why people are using DNA testing – from criminal investigation to paternity determination. In the past, people had to visit a hospital or a specialized lab to take a test like this. However, the emergence of DNA testing kits that can be used at home has changed everything. These specially designed kits are...
How absorbing your concentration in needlework relieves inner turmoilIgrew up in post-war Britain when, saved from German invasion – men returned from war, children from evacuation, families were reunited – the comfort of the home became paramount. Its importance was marked out in sewn domestic niceties: embroidered tray cloths, cheval sets and...
Nail the technique for this muscle-killing gym accessory and your workout will be ‘magnificently awful’If you’ve seen a TRX in your gym, I can as good as guarantee that you’ve seen someone not know what to do with it. A long, black strap suspended from the ceiling, or a bar, splitting off at an...
I was vacillating between overwork and overindulgence – and then I took my car to a mechanicTowards the end of last year, as I hurtled towards near exhaustion and a work schedule that left very little time for relaxation, I had a dream.It was one of those momentous...
MPs have recommended the optimal breaktime for schoolchildren – and it could make adults happier, healthier and more productive, tooSchoolchildren should have at least 75 minutes of breaktime every day, say a group of MPs. Most schools, according to a report by the all-party parliamentary group on a fit and healthy childhood, have...
It may be instinctive, but stress, anxiety, posture and a host of other factors can affect the quality of our breathingBecome aware of your breathBreathing is so instinctive, you may have developed habits you are not aware of. Start by monitoring your breathing for 48 hours, particularly...
About 1% of the UK population is likely to be hospitalised in their lifetime due to the condition. But scientists don’t know what causes itJohn Slater, a former railway worker who lives in Boston, Lincolnshire, was 40 when he first went to the doctor with gut problems. Along with “colossal” lower abdominal...
Once we were pressured to acquire things and do more with our lives. Now, we’re being told to declutter our homes and diaries. What happened to just being ourselves?What brings you joy? It is a question that is hard to avoid these days, as joy seems to be the new buzzword. It...

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