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Your parents’ lifestyles can determine your health – even as an adult

wk1003mike/Shutterstock Sandy Tubeuf, University of Leeds We don’t choose our parents, their jobs or their health. And we don’t have a say in whether or not they smoke, nor in […]

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Cutting back on sugar this Christmas

I know, we are ridiculously talking about Christmas. Already. Must be the colder weather and the shorter days having an impact. People are already shopping for it! Dentists are concerned […]

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Here’s what we think Alzheimer’s does to the brain

Subject dear to my heart as my Dad has it. Shutterstock Anna Cranston, University of Aberdeen Around 50m people worldwide are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. And with rapidly ageing […]

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The menopause: dreaded, derided and seldom discussed

Sign of caution – or celebration? Shutterstock Isabel de Salis, University of Bristol Women experience the menopause between the ages of around 45 and 55, but their experiences of this […]

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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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