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Animal signs highlight spike in road deaths

November 2, 2018

Commoners – the families who own the animals that graze the forest – have got together to produce the signs which will be placed in local towns and villages throughout the winter. James Young, whose pony Brock Brocade was killed by a hit-and-run driver, said: “This is the most worrying time of year for every […]

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Adder extinction fear over ‘image problem’

November 1, 2018

She said persecution – alongside loss of habitat – was a key reason behind the snake’s decline. “They’ve had a negative press for so long. People still go out and kill them, seeing them as a danger and something to be feared,” she said. “Obviously we can do survey work and try and protect them, […]

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Meat substitutes ‘exceeding salt limits’

October 30, 2018

Will going vegan make you healthier? Is social media behind the rise of veganism? ‘Urgent need’ Of all of the meat-free alternatives studied by Action on Salt, only three were low in salt. The saltiest product was Tofurky’s Deli Slices Hickory Smoked, followed by Tesco’s Meat Free Bacon Style Rashers – with 3.5g and 3.2g […]

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What’s up, Doc? The enduring appeal of Dr Martens

October 29, 2018

More than 1,000 jobs were lost when factories were closed in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Somerset and manufacturing moved to China. Now, just the Made in England range is, well, made in England. That’s about 1% of its total output. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trend-setters in the 1970s wore their trousers short to show […]

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Brands hoping for boost from Meghans maternity style

October 29, 2018

“We are feeling blessed to have had such a great amount of interest even if it means fulfilling orders all night.” Why the fashion industry loves Meghan Markle Meghan: From actress to duchess Ms Gee said the dress had attracted attention across the world, with strong sales in the US, the UK and Dubai, as […]

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Are supplements safe and do they work?

October 27, 2018

Approved supplements bought from reputable businesses are almost always going to be safe, provided the manufacturer’s instructions are followed, doctors say. But it is wrong to assume that food supplements do not sometimes have the potential to be harmful, says Dr Wayne Carter, from the University of Nottingham. If you take supplements in quantities above […]

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Will folic acid be added to UK flour?

October 27, 2018

Why do experts say we need it? Britain has a relatively high rate of preventable birth defects linked to low folic acid. Around 1,000 pregnancies are affected every year. These “neural tube” defects include spina bifida (abnormal development of the spine) and anencephaly, which affects the brain. Some babies survive, but many will experience lifelong […]

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Vitamin D pills – what’s the truth?

October 26, 2018

Normally it’s made when the skin is exposed to sunlight – so we get plenty in spring and summer. But in autumn and winter, when sunlight is scarce, less of the vitamin is made and one in five people in the UK become deficient. Although vitamin D is contained in some food, it’s difficult to […]

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‘Teach children how to avoid dog bites’

October 24, 2018

Despite this, schools are not required to use “readily available” teaching materials on dog safety, and provision around the UK is patchy. Information given to new parents did not currently include specific advice about keeping their family safe around pets. The Dangerous Dogs Act 25 years on MPs to examine Dangerous Dogs Act Dog attacks […]

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Has ‘dieting’ become a dirty word?

October 22, 2018

She joined after twice being offered seats on the Tube by people who had assumed she was pregnant. Unsurprisingly, Fay explicitly joined Slimming World because she wanted to lose weight. Britain is ranked as the sixth fattest nation in the world, according to research firm Mintel, and like Fay many people want to be slimmer. […]

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