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Sibling bullying raises depression risk, babies 'should sleep with animal fur' and a slim waist is key to longevity

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines.

Children having to put up with bullying from a sibling may run a higher risk of developing depression in adult life, the BBC reports.

A study by University of Oxford researchers showed that not just bullying by peers, but also by family members, could impact on risk levels.

In Germany, researchers have been looking at how to reduce the risk of children developing allergies, finding that lining their cots and prams with animal fur might do the trick.

They found that babies who sleep on animal fur for the first three months of their lives were 80% less likely to have asthma when they were six, the Telegraph reports.

Over at the Daily Mail, another set of scientists are chasing the elusive secret to living longer, concluding that the size of your waist is the key.

The ‘simple formula’ said in order to live to the average life expectancy of around 81 years old, your waist should be ‘no bigger than half your height’.

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