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Margarine vs butter: how what we spread on our toast became a weapon of class war

Which are you? Shutterstock Ellen Turner, Lund University Margarine has seen its fortunes ebb and flow with the tide of popular opinion. But Unilever’s recent announcement that it’s dropping the […]

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Tobacco-smoke residue that lingers in furniture, curtains and house dust can still be harmful

ESB Professional/Shutterstock Jacqueline Hamilton, University of York Mice exposed to household fabrics contaminated with third-hand tobacco smoke showed changes in biological markers of health after only one month, a recent […]

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Causes of death over the last 100 years have changed dramatically

One outcome of the Bude at War event was that I felt gratitude, not only for all those involved in organising the event, and given the realities of the history, […]

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No future: young carers are sacrificing ambitions to look after loved ones

shutterstock. Oonagh Robison, University of Glasgow There are around 700,000 young carers across the UK looking after a parent or a family member. In Glasgow, these young people make up […]

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Is today the most miserable day of the year?

What a SAD bunch we are!! Forget the January Blues, today (Sunday September 17th) could well be the most miserable day of the year, according to a new study of […]

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SW has highest suicide rate for any English region

The Office for National Statistics has reported on suicide in the UK and it makes seriously distressing reading. If you are in need please contact Samaritans. Samaritans: Whatever you’re going […]

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For better gut bacteria, eat more oily fish

IKasparus/Shutterstock Ana Valdes, University of Nottingham Having lots of different types of bacteria in your gut has many health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel […]

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Plastic in drinking water: what are the risks to human health?

Shutterstock Rachel Adams, Cardiff Metropolitan University Plastic microparticles are finding their way into our drinking water. We already knew tiny pieces of plastic find their way into seawater where they […]

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Storm names for 2017-18

So, it’s that time of year. We’ve heard that the first storm of the year was female and named ‘Aileen’. The gender of the first storm alternates each year and […]

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Stan Laurel was no Charlie Chaplin – he was far funnier

Laurel and Hardy. Publicity photo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy from the 1930s David James, Manchester Metropolitan University Chaplin wasn’t the funniest. I wasn’t the funniest. Stan Laurel was […]

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