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Why you should consider adding classical music to your exercise playlist

Shutterstock/Soloviova Liudmyla Costas Karageorghis, Brunel University London; Dawn Rose, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and Elias Mouchlianitis, Brunel University London For many people, an essential part of any exercise regime is the music that accompanies it. Whether you’re a runner, a rower or a bodybuilder, there’s a good […]

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New phase for vaccine rollout

From the government: Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be invited to get their vaccinations from today (Monday 18 January) as the NHS begins roll out of the vaccines to the next 2 priority groups. The NHS has so far been […]

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Urgent review of free school meals requested of PM

In light of recent developments on current food provision for Free School Meal pupils during Covid-19 school closure, a letter signed by Marcus Rashford MBE, Jamie Oliver, Dame Emma Thompson, Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and over 40 NGOs, Charities and Education Leaders has was sent yesterday to Prime Minister […]

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This is why you can’t stop watching ‘bad’ TV

StunningArt/Shutterstock John Ellis, Royal Holloway TV viewing has become more important during the pandemic, but a sense of shame still lingers around it. Even TV scholars still use the term “guilty pleasures” to describe their enjoyment of reality TV or series which attract some of the biggest viewing audiences, such […]

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Are sleep trackers accurate? Here’s what researchers currently know

Sleep trackers use an algorithm to estimate how much time you spent asleep based on body movements. Andrey_Popov/ Shutterstock Matthew Reid, University of Oxford An estimated one in three people report regular sleep complaints. So it’s hardly surprising people are more concerned than ever about getting enough sleep. This blossoming […]

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Which celebrity would send you to sleep?

I mean that in the nicest possible way – those that have soothing voices to help insomniacs to drift off. Anyway, in these dark and dreary times, here’s a little fun: Following the recent buzz around the meditation app Calm and its incorporation of famous voices reading bedtime stories, it’s no secret […]

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COVID-19 immunity: how long does it last?

Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester Millions of people across the world have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Countries are also now embarking on massive vaccination campaigns to control the virus and protect their most vulnerable citizens. One of the biggest questions remaining is whether vaccination and/or […]

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Low-carb, no sugar, no fat: the fad diets popular in the 20th century

Bon appétit. alex74/ Shutterstock Myriam Wilks-Heeg, University of Liverpool Fad diets certainly aren’t a 21st-century obsession. In fact, they were also a popular way for people throughout the 20th century to slim down and improve their health. Though much has changed since then – including what we know about dieting […]

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How will vaccines affect the length of England’s lockdown?

Peter Sivey, University of York and James Gaughan, University of York England has gone into a tough lockdown to halt spiralling COVID-19 hospitalisations and relieve pressure on its health system. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has said the new lockdown will last at least seven weeks, but it’s safe to […]

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Government launches new ‘stay at home’ advert

From the Government: A massive public information campaign will run across TV, radio, out of home and on social media from tonight. Everyone in England is being urged to stay at home and “act like you’ve got it” as part of a major advertising campaign encouraging the public to control […]

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