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Food for thought: the smart way to better brain health

October 19, 2018

The human brain is made of food, so what we eat and drink affects our ability to keep a healthy, alert and active mind We all intuitively appreciate that the foods we eat shape our thoughts, actions, emotions and behaviour. When you are feeling low, you reach for chocolate; when you are tired, you crave […]

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Invasion of the frankenbees: the danger of building a better bee

October 19, 2018

The long read: Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators The spring of 2008 was brutal for Europes honeybees. In late April and early May, during the corn-planting season, dismayed beekeepers in Germanys upper Rhine valley looked on as whole colonies perished. Millions of bees died. France, the Netherlands […]

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Vitamin D supplements don’t help bone health, major study concludes

October 6, 2018

Biggest ever review of evidence recommends the government ditch its advice to take them throughout winter Vitamin D supplements do nothing for bone health and the government should ditch its advice that everyone should take them throughout the winter months, according to the authors of the biggest review of the evidence ever carried out. The […]

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Too much gluten while pregnant linked to increased diabetes risk for baby

October 4, 2018

Experts warn against switching to a gluten-free diet because that may reduce intake of fibre, iron and B-vitamins Eating a high gluten diet when pregnant appears to be linked to an increased risk of having a child who develops type 1 diabetes, new research suggests, although experts say expectant mothers shouldnt rush to ditch bread […]

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Voodoo doll and cannibalism studies triumph at Ig Nobels

September 26, 2018

Self-colonoscopies, useless instruction manuals, and kidney stones on rollercoasters also among subjects awarded Never mind the protests from health and safety. A research paper that describes how employees can overcome workplace injustice by torturing a voodoo doll that resembles their boss has landed one of the most coveted awards in academia: an showed that kidney […]

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Forget the headlines – the best diet is the one that works for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

September 24, 2018

Do whole grains prevent diabetes? Is moderate drinking good or bad for you? Nutritional studies are more complex than you are told Theres a news cycle that we have all become attuned to. Its what has led various publications to conclude that broccoli is both causing and preventing cancer, that chocolate is a weight-loss food […]

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This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

September 16, 2018

Hal the robot boy is convulsing. His head shakes back and forth so rapidly, it looks like he’s vibrating. His eyelids droop over his blue eyes and his mouth is ajar. He makes no sound, other than the faint whirs of his motors. Hal was built to suffer. He is a medical training robot, the […]

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‘Its not if, its when’: the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

September 6, 2018

Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the worlds pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the cost Ott Saarevli, the owner of a pig farm in Lne county in Estonia, is starting all over again. In September last year, government vets diagnosed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in […]

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Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

September 6, 2018

The next time you’ve got something to complain about, consider the plight of the intestinal worm. It not only has to figure out how to eat and breed in the confines of another creature, it has to prevent that creature’s body from dissolving the parasite into a mist of cells. That means dodging the immune […]

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Coconut oil is ‘pure poison’, says Harvard professor

September 4, 2018

It is feted as a healthy choice but the oil, which is high in saturated fat, is one of the worst things you can eat says expert For certain health food shops and wellbeing sites it is the panacea that helps everything from bad hair and mental grogginess to obesity and haemorrhoids. But the carefully-crafted […]

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