Five ways to cope with menstrual cramps | Life and style

If your periods are interfering with your life, seek advice Menstrual cramps happen when the womb’s muscular wall tightens to encourage its lining to shed, says Dr Caroline Overton, a consultant gynaecologist and a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. “The pain sensation is due to the contraction of the wall compressing […]

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Sure Start numbers plummet as cuts hit children’s services | Politics

Local authority spending cuts have driven a 20% fall in the number of youngsters using Sure Start children’s centres in just four years, with the most dramatic decline occurring in some of England’s poorest areas, a study has found. The Action for Children charity estimates that 1.8 million children used Sure Start centres in England […]

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Council staff pensions at risk from Woodford investments | Business

Council workers have been left exposed to the underperformance of Neil Woodford’s stock market-listed fund, with a £10m investment by council pensions schemes at risk from the fund’s declining share price. Shares in the Woodford Patient Capital Trust Fund have tumbled 25% to 58p since 3 June, when Woodford made the shock decision to suspend […]

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Blunt knives to stop domestic violence? What next – stab vests in the kitchen? | Catherine Bennett | Opinion

Nottinghamshire police have been defending a new scheme to distribute blunt-ended knives to victims of domestic abuse. But some cooks are unconvinced by assurances from the force’s knife-crime strategy manager, Supt Matt McFarlane, that the utensils won’t compromise standards of food preparation. Has he really considered knife skills, in the round? The last time a […]

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Hancock pledges hospital food overhaul after listeria deaths | World news

Health secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a “root and branch” review of NHS food after two more patient deaths were linked last week to a listeria outbreak. The new deaths bring the number of suspected fatalities to five and doctors have warned that further cases could occur. Hancock said he was “incredibly concerned” after it […]

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Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents | Money

There were warnings that this month’s ban on rip-off tenant fees would result in rents being pushed up – and now Guardian Money can reveal this is already starting to happen. Just two weeks after the ban came into force, a north London lettings agent has started telling its landlords to raise all future rents […]

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Germans thirsty for alcohol-free beer as brewers boost taste | World news

During last year’s sweltering summer in Europe, workers of the Störtebeker beer brewery stood at the doors of the bottle depot eagerly awaiting the empty returns so they could be washed and refilled as quickly as possible. A bottle shortage swept the country due to the rate at which beer was being consumed to quench […]

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Students support disclosure of mental illness to parents | Education

Two-thirds of students think mental health problems should be disclosed to their parents or guardians in “extreme circumstances”, according to research. The yearly Student Academic Experience Survey, conducted by Advance HE and the Higher Education Policy Institute, asked students about mental health problems for the first time this year. The survey of more than 14,000 […]

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Universities urged to hire staff to investigate sexual harassment | Education

Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate hate crimes and sexual harassment against their students, according to a report commissioned by the higher education regulator for England. The institutions were also urged to encourage greater levels of reporting of such incidents, and hold sessions on consent for undergraduates and postgraduates, along with “bystander training” for […]

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