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Chewing mints actually makes your breath smell worse

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Cursed with breath bad enough that you notice people leaning backwards while you chat to them?

Hold up. Don’t reach for the mints. They’re not doing you much good.

While mints are a quick fix for freshening up your breath, they’re a rubbish solution longterm. Rather than making you minty fresh, chewing on mints could actually make your breath worse longterm.

Why? It’s all down to the sugar.

If you’re chomping up Polos or similar sugary mints, your mouth creates a fun little chemical reaction, in which the natural bacteria in your saliva transforms the sugar into acid, which not only decays your teeth over time (don’t panic,… Read the full story

Someone’s throwing a self assessment tax return party

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Party like it’s not 31 January 11.59pm, wahoo (Picture: Getty/metro.co.uk)

Being self-employed can be jolly good fun.

You decide when to work, can work varied hours, and depending on your job, you might even get to work from home.

You know what isn’t fun about being self-employed, though?

Doing your self assessment tax return.

What starts as good intentions, a shoe box of receipts and a spreadsheet of income on 5 April usually ends in a seething pit of despair and broken dreams come 11.59pm on 31 January.

Me? I planned to do mine in August. ‘I’m going to be disgustingly on time this year,’… Read the full story

What Meghan Markle wore for her official engagements with Prince Harry so you can get the look

The Meghan Markle effect is real (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Meghan Markle‘s outfits, from here on in, will be scrutinised, judged, ranked, adored and desperately emulated – it comes with the package when you’re marrying into the royal family.

She’s so far made two official engagements with her husband-to-be and, consequently, pushed a range of high street and designer labels’ sales through the roof as the ‘Meghan effect’ takes full hold.

That black high neck jumper you saw and ignored as you walked through Marks & Spencer the other day is suddenly the best thing since sliced bread – Meghan wore it so therefore you must have it. Meghan is a retailer’s dream.

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‘I’m changed in good ways as well as bad’: 5 ways depression has made me a better person

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‘I have warmer, closer and more authentic relationships as a result’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

When I look back at the past few years, it’s all too easy to focus on the havoc my mental health issues have wreaked on my life.

I’ve spent weeks in hospital, lost friendships, had my children’s welfare investigated by social services…

‘No one realises the struggle that’s still going on behind the scenes’: How it feels to be partly recovered from depression

The list goes on.

But amid the fallout, depression has had some positive effects on my life, too. I’m much changed,… Read the full story

How to remove acrylic nails at home

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Loving acrylic nails can be an expensive habit.

Forget just the cost of getting a new set, there’s the price of renewing your polish, repairing any chips, and soaking off or getting infills.

If you want to avoid the hassle of going to the salon to get your acrylic nails soaked off, you can remove yours at home. You just need to know the best – and safest – way to do it.

Research reveals exactly which sex acts make us the most nervous

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The only kind of nervousness that belongs in the bedroom is the exciting, scary-wonderful feeling that happens when you’re first sleeping with someone new and exciting. 

Feeling genuinely nervous or anxious about sex, on the other hand, shouldn’t be part of the deal. But, Superdrug asked 1,000 people from the US and Europe how they feel about sex, and it turns out that sadly, nervousness is a big part of being sexually active.

One of the things that people find most nerve-wracking about sex, is positions. Now I’ve written before about how sex positions are a load of rubbish and how pretzel sex is not… Read the full story

How to use Tinder without Facebook

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Tinder – if you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of it – is the dating app that’s swept the nation.

It’s easy to use with lots of members, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to get you a date (regardless of whether it’s a good one).

One of the main bugbears about the app, however, is the fact that you need to connect it to your Facebook to log in.

For some people, the idea of a dating app being able to do things like access contacts and photos doesn’t sit right. Despite the fact that Tinder won’t ever post on your behalf, there are… Read the full story

Broccoli and probiotics could be the key to treating bowel cancer

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We’re constantly being told to eat certain foods to ward off cancer and to avoid specific foods to keep dementia at bay.

Now researchers have found evidence that mixing broccoli and probiotics could be the key to treating – and preventing – colon cancer.

Researchers are always looking for new cancer treatments and cures, so it’s potentially exciting news that scientists from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the University of Singapore have discovered a broccoli and probiotic mix that could be a recipe for keeping bowel cancer at bay.

However, before you reach for a spear of broccoli and your… Read the full story

What life is like for teenage girls living in correctional institutions

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Young men who commit crimes are frequently the subject of discussion and examination – but young women who turn to crime are often overlooked.

The women in Lilla Szasz’s photographic series ‘Daughters’ have been confined to a detention centre after committing crimes at a very young age.

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It focuses on girls aged from 14-18 living in one of the oldest correctional institutions in Budapest.

Szasz says some of the stories she came across while photographing women in the institute include an inmate who stabbed her own father to death, another who… Read the full story

5 quick ways to declutter your home when you have kids

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We live in a bungalow; it’s no bigger than a glorified three bed flat, but it’s full to the brim.

The chaos in the mornings is bad enough without having to trip over skateboards, bikes (yes indoors) and roller blades while simply trying to get to the kitchen.

Why it takes a village to bring up your kids

I read the book by Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Art Of Tidying Up, when it was published a few years ago. I then mislaid the book in the house somewhere, a simple example of how… Read the full story

It’s time to come clean: All men are awful. Sorry about that

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Remember that old saying ‘the more I know, the less I understand’?

If you’ve studied, or travelled, or merely survived past the age of about 19, you’ll know what I’m getting at.

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Whenever I presume I’ve mastered any discipline – say, making friends, or sports betting – life inevitably socks me in the kisser with a giant sloppy ‘nope’ and I’m yet again floored by my own boundless ignorance.

Except, that is, in the one arena of life I feel I understand… Read the full story

How to support your best friend when they’re suffering from depression

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With statistics suggesting that around one in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK, the chances are, you might know someone who’s suffering right now.

Depression can be a particularly difficult condition to understand, and you may be confused about how best to help a close friend when they’re going though this form of mental illness.

We’ve spoken to an array of experts, as well as some people who’ve been personally affected, to deliver you the best advice on how to support your best… Read the full story

11 nightmare potty training stories – from pooing in the ball pit to peeing in the B&Q display toilets

Study shows we’d rather hang out with our pets than with our pals

Cute dog looking through the car window.
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Pets are amazing, they really are.

If we’re picking random instances of dogs being delightful, then how about the dog who swoops in to protect his owner’s head when she falls during a seizure? The beagle who unwittingly brought his human friend out of depression? The little dog who was pictured bringing its owner a comforting potato when she was sad? *heart bursts*

It’s no wonder then that new research has shown that over half of dog owners in America admit to flaking on friends so they can hang out with… Read the full story

How to deactivate your Facebook account

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Social media connects us to our friends and family, but it can also send us into a spiral of comparisons and judgement.

A lot of people have chosen to simply get rid of their profiles so they can live in the present by staying off-grid.

Closing your Facebook account is actually easier than you might think – and despite the fact Mark Zuckerberg is keen for Facebook to enter our homes as well as our phones – there is a temporary deactivation option as well as a permanent delete.

Anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease

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Anxiety is tough enough to deal with without the knowledge that it could be a sign of other looming issues.

But as knowledge aids in prevention, it’s important to bring up.

A new study suggests that anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s, with the higher protein levels linked to Alzheimer’s also holding a connection with the worsening of anxiety symptoms.

When somebody has Alzheimer’s, they have elevated levels of a protein called beta-amyloid, found in the fatty membrane surrounding nerve cells. New research has noted that those experiencing anxiety can also have elevated amyloid beta levels, suggesting a connection between the two illnesses.

Researchers at Brigham… Read the full story

Inside Germany’s first sex doll brothel

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As sex tech advances and our curiosity about the world of sex dolls grows, it makes sense that companies are stepping up to fill a certain niche.

Over in Dortmund, Germany, a new brothel has opened in which the sex workers are different to the norm – they’re all plastic sex dolls.

Bordoll, a portmanteau of the words ‘bordello’ (meaning brothel) and ‘doll’, is the creation of Evelyn Schwarz, who says the brothel is already so popular that dolls are booked around twelve times each day.

‘For many it is not a fetish but more of a curiosity,’ says Evelyn. ‘ From those on benefits to judges. 70% of men also… Read the full story

Filled with southern charm: 9 reasons to settle in or around sunny Seaford

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Seaford is the end of the line for rail travellers seeking a break from hectic city life: there are many old people’s homes and the ambience on the two-mile-long promenade is decidedly ‘restful’.

‘It’s easy to miss Seaford,’ says Dominic, owner of Frankie’s Beach Cafe.

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‘You could take the No.12 bus from Brighton to Eastbourne and pass right through without noticing. It hides its treasures well. Maybe that’s why we love it.’

Seaford exudes a southern charm and elegance, and has been welcoming day-trippers and more long-term visitors since 1864, when… Read the full story

When is Chinese New Year 2018 and which animal is it this year?

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Chinese New Year 2018 is a global celebration and will soon be upon us with spectacular celebrations. 

Unlike the New Year we celebrate here, the date of Chinese New Year differs from year to year.

Chinese New Year is known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival and the meaning of the festival is for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity.

The is keen interest every year to see what animal it is.

A zodiac animal on the lunar-solar Chinese calendar is represented annually.

People are said to hold similar personality traits to the animal named after the year they were born and interestingly.

But when does Chinese New Year fall this year… Read the full story

What is a genital guard and how is it used in acting?

What is a genital guard and how is it used in acting?

Sex scenes in films need to look believable, but obviously not involve the actors having real sex.

This is where a genital guard comes in.

But, what is it and how does one work?

A genital guard is used when sex is being simulated in a film or on TV.

For women, the genital guard looks similar to a plastic shoehorn. It’s attached onto the groin with a latex glue to protect the area during filming.

The male version of a genital guard looks like a sock, and has a drawstring to keep it fixed on the penis.

These both are designed to be… Read the full story

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