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The Inventor Of The Heimlich Manoeuvre Uses Technique For The First Time, Aged 96

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (13:43)

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of his eponymous life-saving manoeuvre, used the technique for the first time recently - to save an elderly woman from choking.

The 96-year-old said that...

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This Optical Illusion Will Make Your Brain Ache

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (10:03)

Another day, another optical illusion to bamboozle and frustrate you - and this holiday snap is no exception.

Can you see it?

The image, which was uploaded to Imgur, shows two people...

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Instagram Is Censoring Hashtags Such As #Lesbian, #Gays And #Bi, Here's Why

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2016 | (15:15)

Instagram is filtering out lesbian, gay and bisexual content, by censoring images collated under a range of hashtags.

Earlier this month, The Data Pack released a list of "strange and hilarious" hashtags that have been censored by the site. These include #lesbian, #gays, #lesbians, #bi, while other hashtags relating to...

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London Cafe Launches Vegan Freakshakes That The Dairy-Free Crowd Can Enjoy

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2016 | (11:27)

Freakshakes, aka the mutant over-flowing milkshakes you may have seen taking over Instagram, are nothing new. But, until recently, they've only been enjoyed by those who eat, well, milk.

Now, a London-based cafe is catering to the dairy-free crowd, with the announcement of the first vegan freakshakes.

Behold. 

The mouth-watering concoctions come...

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South Korea Invents Ice Cream That 'Can Help Cure Hangovers'

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (10:20)

Hangovers are the worst. They turn us into impatient, quivering wrecks and the only way to get over one is to pop down to the greasy spoon or get...

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One In Five Couples In 'Distressed' Relationships, Major Report Reveals

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2016 | (16:44)

Almost 3 million people in the UK are living in a "distressed" relationship, according to a new study - with many regularly arguing or considering breaking up.

The figures, released by UK relationship charity Relate, suggest that nearly one in five (18%) married or cohabiting couples, equating to 1.4 million families,...

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This Teen's Response To Fat-Shaming Bullies Is Just Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (09:53)

A woman has won the internet with her hilarious response to body shamers.

Hannah Battiste, 18, posted a photo of herself with the words 'fuck you' written underneath her chin, in a message to those who comment on her weight. 

Her post has been shared more than one thousand times...

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Woman With Psoriasis Shows What It's Really Like Living With The Skin Condition

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2016 | (16:20)

A woman with psoriasis is bravely going make-up free to show the world the realities of living with the skin condition.

Ciena Rae Nelson, who is an actress, model and and self-described 'psoriasis warrior', is sharing powerful and honest photos to her Instagram account.

On Monday, she shared two photos...

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Female Cyclists Face Sexual Harassment In London Every Day, Here Are Their Stories

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2016 | (11:45)

Another day, another catcall - that's the reality for many women who cycle around London.

From being told we have a "lucky saddle" or being propositioned to ride men like we ride our bikes, the harassment is both overwhelmingly commonplace and utterly unoriginal.

Spurred on by my own experiences over the past...

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Bailey's Women's Prize Shortlisters On The Reality Of Life As An Author

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (16:37)

More often than not, the wonderful shortlisters who appear on the Bailey's Women's Prize For Fiction are tipped for greatness.

But while our bookshelves (and Kindles) are jam-packed with their stories, what do we really know about the authors behind the plot lines?

We spoke to the six Bailey's Prize shortlisters...

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London's Best Indoor Cycling Classes

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (15:18)

Everyone loves a leisurely cycle through the park on a sunny afternoon, but sitting on a fixed bike, in a dark room, while sweating your ass off is not to everyone's taste.

Here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we believe you don't know until you try: and once you try an...

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Powerful Cartoon Perfectly Illustrates What It's Like To Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2016 | (09:56)

Mental health is slowly becoming part of national consciousness. But while depression and anxiety are taking centre stage, other lesser-known or misunderstood mental health conditions are being left behind. 

That's why Kate Wildblood and her partner, Queen Josephine, are determined to set the record straight about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Together they've...

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Plus Size Model Stars In Brave Nude Photoshoot After 20-Year Cancer Battle

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (14:23)

As if cancer isn't difficult enough, those affected also have to deal with the physical changes it inflicts on the body.

From scarring to hair loss, the effect of cancer can damage self-esteem issues and cause body image anxiety. 

But one survivor has had enough. After being given...

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Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups: 'Famous Five' To Be Spoofed In Adult Book Series

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2016 | (16:31)

Many of us grew up reading the 'Famous Five' as children, but now the Enid Blyton series is to be reimagined for adults - and we can't wait to read them.

The quintet will face a series of very modern adult situations - including the perils of going gluten free and...

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#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Reminds Us That Domestic Abuse Is Not Just Physical Violence

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (16:25)

When people think of an abusive relationship, they often visualise cuts and bruises.

But domestic abuse is not just physical, it can include verbal, sexual, psychological, financial or emotional abuse.

Now, a hashtag is serving as a powerful reminder that a partner doesn't need to raise their fists to be...

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We Need to End the Shame Around Taking the Morning After Pill

(5) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (00:00)

I was 14 when I first bought the morning after pill.

It wasn't for me, it was for a friend. I was a virgin and had to lie to the pharmacist about how I'd had sex for the first time the night before and the condom had broken -...

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'Open Up': People Confess Deepest Secrets To Loved Ones In Powerful Film

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2016 | (14:22)

“The biggest casualty of humanity is the lack of communication, it’s the thing that breaks most relationships. It just feels so much better to talk and get it out.”

This is the message of 'Open Up', a heartfelt new film that explores how, by opening up and embracing our vulnerabilities, we can strengthen our relationships with each other. 

The film sees a variety of loved ones bravely confessing things that they have found difficult to talk about throughout their lives. 

From self-harm and sexuality, to absent parents and missed funerals, the confessions are heartfelt and extremely moving.

At times, however, they are just hilarious, like when a mother confesses that she left her daughter's pet rabbit in a car park. “You know I said it went to live in the county? Well it didn’t.”

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The film was created for 'The School of Life', an organisation devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture.

Alain de Botton, founder of 'The School of Life', told HuffPost UK: "It remains painfully hard to be accepted for saying what we really feel, which explains how often we speak indirectly or not at all."

Director Samuel Abrahams said: "We made this film in the hope that it would encourage people to open up about what’s going on on the inside, by having more one-on-one, face-to-face conversations with those that are closest to them."

For Abrahams, this real life communication is increasingly important in a digital world. "Social media is a great way of staying across the more superficial ongoings of someone’s life without ever having to genuinely interact with that person, and for acquaintances this is great. 

"But for those that are truly close to you; your family and your real friends that you can count on one hand; I think we should be careful that we don’t lose real deep and meaningful conversation. The kind of conversation where we genuinely open up to each other, about what’s going on on the inside, not the outside. The kind of conversation that brings us closer to each other."

“It was an incredibly intense and emotional day for all involved.” said founder of Action Productions, Henry Hitchcox. “The father and son hadn’t seen each other in years, and this was the first time Mark had ever apologised for not being a good...

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Chrissy Teigen's 'Post-Baby Body' Is Just a Body. End Of.

(2) Comments | Posted 5 May 2016 | (13:23)

Newsflash: after giving birth women have bodies.

This, in celebrity journalism, is commonly known as a 'post-baby body'. In reality it is just the body of a mother. All our mothers have post-baby bodies, in fact, most women will have a post-baby body for the majority of their lifetime....

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Brace Yourselves, ClassPass Users: London Membership Prices Are Set To Increase

(0) Comments | Posted 4 May 2016 | (13:05)

Once upon a time, a ClassPass gym membership gave its users access (albeit limited) to some of the trendiest boutique fitness classes at a fraction of their own membership costs.

At just £79 per month, ClassPassers had access to hundreds of gyms across the capital, the only cap being a three...

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Put It Away, Madonna: We Like Our Older Women Invisible And Devoid Of Sexuality

(270) Comments | Posted 3 May 2016 | (14:08)

Unless you've been living under a rock (or away from Twitter or the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame), you'll know that last night marked *the* fashion red carpet event of the year: The Met Gala.

You'll also know that each year self-appointed fashion police draw their claws to mock and...

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