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Pregnancy pounds linked to obesity

Piling on pounds during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and might be contributing to rising obesity rates, research suggests.

Nathan Verhelst first had hormone therapy in 2009

Belgian man dies by euthanasia after failed sex change operation

The man died on Monday afternoon

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square

A wolf in Pope's clothing? Francis is not the progressive man he has been made out to be

There's more than meets the eye to the man behind the cloth

Baby born after infertile woman has ovaries 'reawakened'

A previously infertile woman has given birth to a healthy baby, after scientists discovered a way to beat the menopause by inducing ovaries to produce eggs.

The Cameroonian practice of breast ironing happens in the privacy of people’s homes, so there is very little that can be done to stop it

'Breast ironing': Girls ‘have chests flattened out’ to disguise the onset of puberty

Barbaric custom that takes place in Cameroon may have been imported to the UK

Parents choosing surrogacy should be permitted the same rights as birth and adoptive parents

Surrogacy mother wins maternity leave ruling in EU court

Decision could pave way for others to get same benefits as birth and adoptive parents

York Hospital to launch virtual antenatal classes as attendances drop

York Hospital is set to become the first in the country to scrap its antenatal classes and replace them with virtual lessons for expectant mothers to watch online.

Sex Box: Sex on TV? The 5 most transgressive broadcasts in history

Channel 4 is soon to air a new reality show Sex Box, which will present audiences with "real sex", interviewing couples moments after they've had intercourse live on TV - albeit in the relative privacy of an opaque box. Paul Vallely writes for us today on the show's "having it both ways", offering both education and titillation to viewers. It got us to thinking. Is there anything left for TV to broadcast? Or have our eyeballs seen pretty much every important life moment there is to see, on television...

Who is the White Widow, Samantha Lewthwaite? 10 things we know

Update 26/09/13: Interpol has issued a Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, for Samantha Lewthwaite at the request of authorities in Kenya. Here's what we know so far about the so-called 'White Widow'...

The April election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a surprise in itself. Born in Argentina to Italian parents, he was the first Jesuit pope, and the first from Latin America, where most of the world's Catholics live. The last non-European pope was Syrian-born Gregory III, elected in 731

Gallery: 10 ways Pope Francis has surprised us

The Argentine's comments on homosexuality and contraception this week continue a tenor of change which has marked his papacy so far

Pregnant weightlifter training just two weeks before due date provokes controversy

Photos of a woman weight-lifting whilst eight and a half months pregnant have caused an online stir after images showing Lea-Ann Ellison training were uploaded onto the Cross Fit Gym Facebook page.

Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Ann Furedi

Pro choice abortion charity BPAS chief exec Ann Furedi says women are legally free to terminate pregnancy because of gender

For Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, pro choice should mean exactly that - even on the grounds of sex selection.

Researchers have found that one-to-one care with the same midwife is a lot cheaper and safer for mothers-to-be

Maternity survey shows one-to-one care from the same midwife is safer – and cheaper

Lancet study will add pressure on ministers to meet pledge on maternity services

Book review: The Lowland, By Jhumpa Lahiri

Brothers entwined in a family tragedy

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

Theatre review: The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, Royal Court, London

For her first full scale production as artistic director of the Royal Court, Vicky Featherstone has chosen to direct The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas – a twisted, darkly witty morality fable about the evils of rampant, greed-is-good capitalism.

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Chilly Christmas

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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