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If you’ve bought this, stop using it now!

Like most people, probably, I’ve had some pretty suspect gifts given to me recently, one with a cancer and reproductive health warning and one purporting to be ‘natural’ but whose credentials I cannot find to check. Call me picky but I try to careful about what I use and to […]

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Diners more likely to choose a vegetarian option when 75% of the menu is meat-free – new research

Increasing numbers of people are choosing plant-based diets. Pxhere Beth Parkin, University of Westminster Farming animals for food is responsible for around 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. If left unchallenged, the influence of this industry alone would probably make it impossible for the world to meet its target of […]

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Christmas plants that are toxic to your pets

Sponsored link post: With Christmas fast approaching, many of us will decorate our homes with plants to match the festivities. However, as pretty as holly and mistletoe can be to spruce up the house, some of the most common decorative plants can be very harmful to pets. The pet insurance […]

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Reintroducing masks in England may be met with resistance – here’s how the government can overcome it

Richard M Lee/Shutterstock Mark McDermott, University of East London and Kathryn Lafreniere, University of Windsor There are fears that the new omicron variant of the coronavirus could be the most transmissible form of the virus yet, so infection control measures are being tightened – face coverings, for example, are now […]

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Nearly 2/100 vehicles is untaxed

Remember the old paper car tax notices we displayed on windscreens? Well, those days are gone, and now nearly 2 out of every 100 vehicles is untaxed. No wonder our roads are deteriorating. The RAC commented: “It’s hugely concerning that we’re seeing ever greater numbers of unlicensed vehicles on the […]

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Why some people find it harder to be happy

Black Salmon Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences The self-help industry is booming, fuelled by research on positive psychology – the scientific study of what makes people flourish. At the same time, the rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm continue to soar worldwide. So are we doomed […]

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Travel and the new Covid variant

The government is taking precautionary action against a new COVID-19 variant by introducing travel restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from midday today (Friday 26 November). It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a Variant under Investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency […]

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Food prices increase as inflation rises

From the Food Foundation:   Latest data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows food prices climbed in September, making it even harder for many low-income families to buy enough food. The CPI rose by 2.9% in the 12 months to September 2021. Food price inflation was 1.4% higher in September 2021 […]

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Family members eating different meals most evenings

The days where families would dig into one shared meal around the dinner table are coming to an end. Instead, new research from Bakkavor, the UK’s leading fresh prepared (convenience) food supplier, found that almost half (46%) of families with children under 18 eat different meals to one another most […]

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How the pandemic has changed holidaymaking in Britain

Daniel Gale/Shutterstock Anya Chapman, Bournemouth University Restrictions on foreign travel have had a big impact on British holidaymakers over the last 18 months. In the first quarter of 2021, outbound international flights taken by UK tourists were down 94% compared to the year before, while UK cruise passengers fell from […]

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