Posts for health

Vaping: how safe is it?

Safe smoke? Shutterstock Simon Cotton, University of Birmingham A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew […]

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Can food have negative calories? Nutritionist debunks the idea

5PH/Shutterstock Louise Dunford, De Montfort University Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss? A calorie is a unit […]

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Teetotalism in midlife makes you more likely to develop dementia? What the research actually says

The proof isn’t so clear, after all. Budimir Jevtic/Shutterstock Tony Rao, King’s College London Imagine if someone told you that not drinking alcohol makes you more likely to develop dementia. […]

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How clean is your desk? The unwelcome reality of office hygiene

Shutterstock Michael Loughlin, Nottingham Trent University If you work in an office, the chances are there are some colleagues you would rather sit next to than others. But we’re not […]

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Anxiety: stop censoring yourself and learn to lose

Be still my beating heart… Shutterstock Olivia Remes, University of Cambridge Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health problems today. In fact, four out of every 100 […]

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Would a longer lifespan make us happier? A philosopher’s take

cdrin/Shutterstock Mackenzie Graham, University of Oxford One of the biggest questions in ageing research is whether there is a ceiling on how long human beings can live. A recent study, […]

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Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Is anybody there? Shutterstock Olivia Remes, University of Cambridge Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to […]

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Wanting to live a ‘normal-perfect’ life is making women unhealthy

Appearance has become entwined with our perceptions of health. AlessandroBiascioli/Shutterstock Sarah Riley, Aberystwyth University; Adrienne Evans, Coventry University, and Martine Robson, Aberystwyth University These days, the health of a woman […]

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To reduce stress and anxiety, write your happy thoughts down

A. and I. Kruk/Shutterstock.com Michael Smith, Northumbria University, Newcastle Writing about positive emotions may help to reduce stress and anxiety, according to our new study, published in the British Journal […]

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Giving your baby solid food early won’t help them sleep better

Sleeping like a baby. Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock Amy Brown, Swansea University New research claims that giving babies solid foods at just three months old will help them sleep. Though this may […]

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