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6h Updated Maine Coon kitten is so big people mistake it for a dog
The Independent
Kefir already weighs more than the average adult cat
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11h Updated One in 10 common omega-3 fish oil supplements are ‘rancid’
The Independent
Analysis of the popular supplement revealed oxidation levels that exceeded recommended limits
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12h Updated Covid: Face mask rules and Covid passes to end in England
BBC
Working from home guidance is also ending as England reverts to "Plan A", Boris Johnson says.
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13h Cervical cancer: New screenings will save lives - top doctor
BBC
Many were worried after lifesaving tests dropped from every three years to every five in Wales.
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13h Updated How many cases in your area?
BBC
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.
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Furious MPs told to calm down in row over Government modelling during the Covid pandemic14h Updated Furious MPs told to calm down in row over Government modelling during the Covid pandemic
Daily Mail
Conservative Bob Seely called for a debate on scientific modelling during the pandemic in which he accused forecasters of wildly inaccurate predictions leading to lockdowns.
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14h Updated Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health
The Independent
Documenting your every move on social media can take its toll
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15h ‘You’ll get a six-pack’: a beginner’s guide to kayaking
The Guardian
With memories of sore arms from school camp fresh in his mind, Bertin Huynh learns how to get maximum propulsion for minimum effort I was initially anxious about kayaking around Australia’s busiest waterway. I cycle to work and Sydney’s roads can be hateful – why would the harbour be any different? While I have kayaked before, I still consider myself a beginner. It takes me back to memories of paddling till my arms fell off at school camp, or capsizing friends on a lazy river as cub scouts. Kayaking as an adult was more of a “fake it till you make it” proposition.
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15h Easy wins: better than a warm cup of milk, read for six minutes before bed for good sleep
The Guardian
Committing to six minutes of reading a night before bed sounds easy – and it is. Not only can it improve sleep and reduce stress, but you’ll be better read too We’re all on a never-ending pursuit to perfect the art of good shuteye. Theories abound, so it is easy to find yourself in a maze of advice, mindfulness techniques and mum’s advice about the magic of a cup of warm milk at night. But one tactic I found ticked all my boxes: reading for just six minutes before you go to sleep. Relaxing your brain in a way that Netflix before bed just can’t, this simple trick has both improved my sleep and put an end to my reading slump.
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Covid-19 UK: Common blood thinner can spare virus patients from severe lung damage, study claims15h Covid-19 UK: Common blood thinner can spare virus patients from severe lung damage, study claims
Daily Mail
Researchers from King's College London and the Australian National University found heparin - which costs around £33 per dose - improves oxygen levels by 70 per cent in virus patients.
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15h Updated What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?
BBC
People in England will soon no longer be legally required to wear facemasks.
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15h Updated How accurate are lateral flow tests?
The Independent
Boris Johnson is reportedly considering axing free lateral flow tests
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Paying extra to NHS bosses does not boost quality of hospitals, study suggests 16h Updated Paying extra to NHS bosses does not boost quality of hospitals, study suggests 
Daily Mail
Employing more health managers or paying them higher salaries does not improve the quality of NHS hospitals, a study suggests.
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17h Updated Covid infections falling across the UK, says ONS
BBC
It's the most significant drop since the Omicron wave hit the country in December, the figures suggest.
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17h Is it safe to go back to the office? We asked the experts
The Independent
The government has reintroduced Plan A measures, asking people to return to the office
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17h PM announces end to Plan B Covid measures
BBC
Various restrictions in England, including the recommendation to work from home, will be lifted.
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18h Updated What are the latest Covid rules for the UK?
BBC
England is to remove its "Plan B" Covid restrictions over the next week. What are the latest Covid rules for the UK?
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Children who develop a rare heart complication after catching Covid recover within three months20h Children who develop a rare heart complication after catching Covid recover within three months
Daily Mail
US researchers studied 120 children struck down by multi-system inflammatory syndrome. The illness causes sore rashes, as was the case for West Midlands toddler Bertie Brown in 2020.
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20h Tonga tsunami: Health warnings over toxic volcanic ash and sulphur
BBC
People are being advised to remain indoors to escape the dangerous ash and gases in the air.
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20h Updated Cervical cancer: New screenings will save lives, says top doctor
BBC
Many were worried after lifesaving tests dropped from every three years to every five in Wales.
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22h Updated Four-day work week: Who has trialled it and was it successful?
The Independent
Campaigners say upcoming UK trial could lead to a ‘new way of working’
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Woman with excessive hair growth says bullies called her Chewbacca24h Woman with excessive hair growth says bullies called her Chewbacca
Daily Mail
Samantha Allen, 28, from New York, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and Hirsutism - excessive hair growth - at a young age.
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18 Jan 8:40pm Exercise addicts urged to build in rest days
BBC
A mental health charity is concerned some people are overdoing it to cope with stress and anxiety.
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18 Jan 8:31pm Depression rise at Christmas linked to stress over Covid
BBC
Despite no lockdowns, a large survey found anxieties over being infected and long Covid were high.
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