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Most milk substitutes are low in iodine – here’s why it matters

shutterstock. Alexander Prokopenko/Shutterstock Sarah Bath, University of Surrey and Margaret Rayman, University of Surrey Milk and dairy products are the main source of iodine in many diets, and an important […]

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Happy faces really are healthy faces

kurhan/Shutterstock Alex Jones, Swansea University For thousands of years, we have been obsessed with having a healthy and attractive facial appearance – by any means necessary. The Egyptians crafted eyeliner […]

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Does colour really affect our mind and body? A professor of colour science explains.

Bathing in pure colour can have effects on the body and mind. Author provided Stephen Westland, University of Leeds Red makes the heart beat faster. You will frequently find this […]

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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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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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New evidence shows that healthy obesity is a myth

Exercise is important, but so is weight loss. Pressmaster/Shutterstock Rishi Caleyachetty, University of Birmingham There is no such thing as being “healthy at every size”. Our latest study shows that […]

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