Why Facebook friends don"t count: People are happier and laugh 50% more when talking face-to-face

Why Facebook friends don't count: People are happier and laugh 50% more when talking face-to-face Talking on phone does not make people feel as good as sharing a smileStudy suggests quality not quantity of communication is most importantMost satisfying relationships 'come from handful of close friends' By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 23:24 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 9 April 2013 A study has found there is no link between Facebook use and people with larger groups of friends or more emotionally intense relationships (file picture) Facebook friends are no substitute for the real thing, according to psychologists.

200 people fall sick amid fears of salmonella outbreak after spicy food festival in Newcastle

200 people fall sick amid fears of salmonella outbreak after spicy food festival in NewcastleFour cases of salmonella confirmed after hundreds fall ill with diarrhoeaInvestigation has been launched by Environmental health Officers The source of the infection at charity festival not yet identified By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 21:54 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:18 GMT, 8 March 2013 Around 200 people who attended a spicy food street festival have reported suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting amid fears of a salmonella outbreak, a council spokesman said today.

Poorly pooch left fighting for her life is saved after a fellow pup DONATES BLOOD

Poorly pooch left fighting for her life is saved after a fellow pup DONATES BLOOD Sissy, a mongrel, faced death until pitbull terrier Sandy stepped in Had recently recovered from cancer but was later diagnosed with anaemia The two canines are said to be 'inseparable after the experience' By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 13:20 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:29 GMT, 20 February 2013 A dog fighting for her life has been saved after she received a rare blood transfusion – from a fellow canine.

Brave Sienna, six, who is hoping to get a voice for Christmas after being robbed of her speech by rare genetic disorder

Brave Sienna, six, who is hoping to get a voice for Christmas after being robbed of her speech by rare genetic disorderLittle girl has a rare condition called Opitz syndrome which means she cannot talkShe has communicated via computer to express her one wish: 'To talk to her mummy' | UPDATED: 07:59 GMT, 17 December 2012 Until now, Natalie Pearson has been her little girl Sienna's voice.

First Christmas without chemotherapy for little Ruby, 7, who is finally clear of cancer

First Christmas without chemotherapy in three years for little Ruby, 7, who is finally clear of cancer Ruby was diagnosed in February 2010 after suffering from leg painsShe underwent gruelling treatment for more than two yearsShe is now looking forward to celebrating her first cancer-free Christmas in years | UPDATED: 13:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 A brave young girl who has battled leukaemia since 2010 is set to enjoy her first Christmas without cancer in three years.

Olympic star Jessica Ennis: "Girls are put off becoming athletes because they worry about being too muscly"

Olympic star Jessica Ennis: 'Girls are put off becoming athletes because they worry about being too muscly'The heptathlete admitted she too was concerned about weight training and had to be reassured by her coach She tells girls 'sport and being strong is good' | UPDATED: 07:40 GMT, 27 November 2012 Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis believes young girls are being put off sport because will end up being too muscular.

Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg put themselves up for auction, in a bid to raise $185k for Sandy relief

Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg put themselves up for auction, in a bid to raise $185k for Sandy relief | UPDATED: 23:48 GMT, 22 November 2012 Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg have put themselves up for auction, in a bid to raise thousands of dollars towards the Sandy relief effort.

Let"s (not) Get It On: Having sex WON"T jump-start labour, couples told

Let's (not) Get It On: Having sex WON'T jump-start labour, couples toldNo differences found in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstainedHowever, study did confirm sex is usually safe late on in pregnancy<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 15:19 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <p>Pregnant women who are keen to jump-start their contractions have long relied on traditional remedies from eating hot curries to having sex.</p><p>But now scientists have some disappointing news for couples – making love doesn't bring on labour.</p><p>A study from the University of Malaya in Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236760-16295900000005DC-891_468x309.jpg" width="468" height="309" alt="Waiting: In one Friends episode Ross and Rachel decide to have sex to try and jump-start labour" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Waiting: In one Friends episode Ross and Rachel decide to have sex to try and jump-start labour.

Hospital rating: Patients to be asked whether they would recommend their hospital to family and friends

Forget Trip Advisor, now HOSPITALS are asking whether we'd recommend them to family and friends From April, every NHS patient in England will be asked to give feedback on their stayGovernment hopes the move will improve standards Patients will be able to vote online, by text or by post | UPDATED: 15:26 GMT, 5 October 2012 Feedback: Departing hospital patients will be asked to rate their experience and whether they would recommend their ward Hospital patients are to be asked whether they would recommend their ward to friends and family, under new government guidance issued yesterday.