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Flu: why this year’s outbreak is one of the worst

Jarun Ontakra/Shutterstock Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow and Julien Amat, University of Glasgow The UK is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. A total […]

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Sugar: six easy ways to encourage children to eat less

Tempted… Sharomka/Shutterstock Sophia Komninou, Swansea University A new campaign from Public Health England is urging parents to limit snacks for children to two a day, and 100 calories a piece. […]

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What supplements do scientists use, and why?

RobsPhoto/Shutterstock Simon Bishop, Bangor University; Graeme Close, Liverpool John Moores University; Haleh Moravej, Manchester Metropolitan University; Justin Roberts, Anglia Ruskin University; Neil Williams, Nottingham Trent University, and Tim Spector, King’s […]

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‘Blue Monday’ is a hoax – but it could become the most depressing day of the year if you don’t watch out

Don’t give up on dry January. VGstockstudio/Shutterstock Jolanta Burke, University of East London Over the past decade, hordes of innocent people have bought the idea that the third Monday of […]

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The biological reason why it’s so hard for teenagers to wake up early for school

Shutterstock. Paul Kelley, The Open University In societies the world over, teenagers are blamed for staying up late, then struggling to wake up in the morning. While it’s true that […]

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True happiness isn’t about being happy all the time

hilalabdullah/Shutterstock.com Lowri Dowthwaite, University of Central Lancashire Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. […]

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If you want to lose weight, ask yourself: is this really self-improvement?

Shutterstock. Heather Widdows, University of Birmingham After the feasting of Christmas, January is a time of detox and self-denial. It’s when people start new diets, begin new exercise regimes and […]

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How Alzheimer’s disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

Harmful tau protein spreads through networks. Author provided Thomas E Cope, University of Cambridge Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain illness that affects an estimated 47m people worldwide. It is […]

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