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Renowned expert and author on compassion and happiness Matthieu Ricard, often called the ‘happiest man on earth', offers his five top tips for happiness.

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More than 10,000 defibrillators in public places ‘could be faulty’

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‘Spice’ ban one year on

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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’

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ASOS backlash for listing UK size 10 as ‘large’

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Exercise programme ‘can reduce concussion’ in youth rugby

Strength, balance and movement exercises help teenagers avoid injury, a study says.

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Echopixel – the new 3D image tool for surgeons

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‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’

Researchers say being fat but medically fit does not protect people from heart disease.

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