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Recent articles by Sophie:

Coronavirus: Can latex gloves protect you from catching deadly virus?

More than 82,000 people worldwide have now been infected by coronavirus and the death toll stands at more than 2,800. Since the outbreak began in January it has spread around the globe with Italy seeing the most infections outside China at 453, as well as 27 in Germany, 18 in France, 13 in Spain and 15 in the UK – after two more cases were confirmed on Thursday. → Read More

WOW festival and 8 other feminist events happening in the next six months

The coming months are packed with exhibitions, panel discussions and summits dedicated to championing women’s achievements and challenging gender bias. From a drawing workshop on female sexuality to a panel discussion about women's careers, there is a rich mix of events on the agenda. → Read More

Coronavirus: Can face masks protect you from catching deadly virus?

The total number of people infected worldwide by coronavirus has now risen above 80,000 with 2,700 recorded deaths. So far, 13 patients in the UK have tested positive for the virus and chief medical officers have raised the risk level from low to moderate for the illness, which currently has no known cure or vaccine. → Read More

‘We’ve had to cut back on the groceries’: How rising childcare costs are impacting families

When Arana Rahbarkouhi’s childcare bill arrives every month she knows it’s going to leave a serious dent in her bank balance. The 40-year-old mum has one son, Cyrus, 3, and lives in north-east England. Her and her husband spend more than £1,000 a month on childcare; even if Cyrus is unwell or they go away on holiday, they are still liable for the cost. → Read More

Smoke-free by 2030: what does this mean and can the government actually achieve it?

England is predicted to miss the government target of being smoke-free by 2030 because so many poorer people are still using cigarettes, says Cancer Research UK. → Read More

Period poverty: Scotland moves a step closer to making sanitary products free for all

Scotland is expected to get one step closer to making period products free as MSPs vote on groundbreaking legislation today. If passed, the Period Products Bill would make Scotland the first country in the world to provide period products – including tampons and sanitary pads – for all women for free. → Read More

Greta Thunberg was nearly hospitalised due to disordered eating, says mother

Greta Thunberg’s mother has revealed how her daughter struggled with disordered eating and spending extended periods out of school during her early teenage years. → Read More

Cadbury is developing a vegan Dairy Milk bar

Cadbury has confirmed it is working on developing a vegan Dairy Milk bar that would be suitable for people who follow plant-based diets, but unfortunately it won’t be available anytime soon. → Read More

‘Treatment lottery’ for mental health putting lives at risk, experts warn

Lives are at risk because of a “treatment lottery” facing patients who have self-harmed or are suicidal, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. → Read More

UCL becomes first Russell Group university to ban sexual relationships between staff and students

University College London has become the first Russell Group university to introduce an outright ban on staff and students having romantic or sexual relationships where there would be a “conflict of interest”. → Read More

National Trust pulls Cadbury Easter egg hunt in bid to focus children on ‘nature’

The National Trust has announced it is pulling its annual Easter egg hunt from next year after ending its long-running partnership with Cadbury. The trust says the decision between the two brands was mutual and was born out of it wanting to focus on “nature” and make chocolate “less of a focus” from 2021. → Read More

Comedian Brad Williams raises £100,000 to send bullied child with dwarfism to Disneyland

Comedian Brad Williams has raised $194,986 Australian dollars (£100,000) to send a bullied child to Disneyland with his mother. → Read More

Storm Dennis: Flood fundraiser launched by Michael Sheen raises £28k in just 24 hours

A fundraiser launched by Welsh actor Michael Sheen to help flood-hit communities across the UK has raised £28,000 in under 24 hours. Over 1,000 people have donated to the crowdfund contributing nearly three times the original target of £10,000 in one day. → Read More

A quarter of Brits make social plans with no intention of ever attending, finds study

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of Brits admit to saying yes to a social invitation despite having absolutely no intention of attending, according to a new study. As a result around one third of social plans that are made actually never happen. Although there is a generational difference between plan-making with 16 per cent of 35-54 year olds saying they would never cancel → Read More

Prince Harry says he's 'livin' on a prayer' in mock text-exchange with Bon Jovi

Prince Harry has shared a “text conversation” with Jon Bon Jovi as the pair launch the 2020 Invictus Games together. A post on the official Sussex Royal Instagram on Thursday showed a fake text conversation between the Duke and the singer who are working together on the event in May. → Read More

Antibiotics taken in early pregnancy linked to some increase in birth defects but risk still low, finds major study

A type of antibiotic that is frequently prescribed instead of penicillin has been found to have some links to birth defects if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. Macrolide antibiotics are widely used to treat common bacterial infections – often for those with an allergy to penicillin – but experts have urged caution for their use during early pregnancy. → Read More

Victoria’s Secret criticised for waste after dumping hundreds of bras in bin

Victoria’s Secret has faced criticism after hundreds of unworn bras were reportedly found dumped in a bin close to a branch of the lingerie store. → Read More

Turner £20 enters circulation: 12 security features you might have missed on the new note

The Bank of England has confirmed that the new £20 note featuring artist William Turner entered circulation on Thursday. This is the first time a £20 note has been made from polymer plastic, rather than paper, and will start appearing at ATMs and tills across the country this week. The Bank of England estimates 50 per cent of cash machines will be dispensing the new note → Read More

Judges need consent training as courts are ‘no longer seen as safe place for women’, say lawyers

An open letter that calls for mandatory training to be given to family court judges claims that courts are “no longer seen as a safe place for women who have been abused”. The letter, signed by more than 130 family and human rights lawyers as well as women’s rights organisations like Women’s Aid, was published on Wednesday. It calls for all family law judges to be trained in → Read More

Mary Berry ‘appalled’ to be affiliated with CBD oil scam

Mary Berry has condemned CBD adverts using her image and quotes that claim to be attributed to the former Great British Bake Off host. → Read More