Posts for health

Drinking a pint of beer may lower your life expectancy by the same amount as smoking a cigarette – new research

eugenegurkov/Shutterstock.com Angela Wood, University of Cambridge and Ellie Paige, Australian National University Earlier research has suggested that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may lower a person’s risk of heart disease. […]

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Nine medical terms we should get rid of – according to a doctor

Antonio Gravante/Shutterstock.com Stephen Hughes, Anglia Ruskin University Why do women have an “incompetent cervix” and a “blighted ovum”, Justine van der Leun wondered in a recent Guardian feature, while men […]

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Sore throats and false nails – the ambulance call-outs that cost millions

Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock Keegan Clay Shepard, Edge Hill University Ambulance call-outs are increasing, resulting in services operating under enormous, and probably unsustainable, pressure. While most calls do need an emergency […]

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Only the lonely…

According to the Office for National Statistics, loneliness is a problem, specifically for certain groups:   In 2016 to 2017, there were 5% of adults in England who reported feeling […]

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Sugar tax: what you need to know

shutterstock Corinna Hawkes, City, University of London If you like swigging sugary drinks, you might get a bit of a surprise next time you go to buy one, as a […]

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How creativity on prescription can improve mental and physical health

Arts can benefit health in some unexpected ways. belushi/Shutterstock Hilary Bungay, Anglia Ruskin University The idea of arts on prescription and social prescribing may seem like a new one, but […]

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Best way to avoid back pain? Lift heavy things

Lightspring/Shutterstock.com Fiona Wilson, Trinity College Dublin Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80% of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What […]

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Is Alzheimer’s caused by disruptions to the brain’s energy supply?

Raytron/Shutterstock.com Kira Shaw, University of Sussex and Orla Bonnar, University of Sussex It is well known that Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, involves the accumulation of sticky […]

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Women to benefit from tampon tax fund

Thousands of women from across the UK will benefit from £15 million from the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch […]

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Children’s wellbeing in 2018

As part of ONS’ work on national wellbeing, there is some new data that relates to the quality of life in children aged 15 and under.  Looking at their relationships […]

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