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WHO voices alarm as academics denied visas to visit UK conference

October 28, 2018

Fears over immigration policys impact as at least 10 delegates experience problems The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm about the impact of the UK governments immigration policy on international academic cooperation after several foreign scholars were denied visas to attend a conference. The organisers of the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in […]

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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless

October 23, 2018

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitters Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are hoarding money and dont want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian […]

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My career as an international blood smuggler

October 21, 2018

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the worlds largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice I started my decade-long turn as an international blood smuggler in 2004 with a mundane task: packing. I gently stacked a dozen half-liter glass vials into two soft-sided picnic […]

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Blood, spit and swabs: can you trust home medical-testing kits?

October 12, 2018

Is posting off your bodily fluids to a DIY health-testing company the future of healthcare or just too much information? On a dark February morning, I wake grainy with sleep and head to the kitchen. Before making toast or coffee, I unscrew the cap from a tiny test tube and spit into it. Over and […]

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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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Dairy food in moderation ‘may protect the heart’

September 26, 2018

Three small portions of dairy a day may actually protect against heart disease and stroke Dairy products such as cheese and milk have got a bad name because of the saturated fat they contain, but a large new study suggests that in moderation, they may actually protect against heart disease and stroke. The study was […]

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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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Mental illness swam in my genes: why I was born to be a psychiatrist

September 24, 2018

Edward Hallowell was conceived only because his father tried to kill his mother. His work helps make sense of his crazy family Edward Hallowell was conceived thanks to an administrative error and his fathers plan to kill his mother. On the day in question, Hallowells father, Ben, hospitalised with schizophrenia (later identified correctly as bipolar […]

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Middle classes drive up life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa

September 20, 2018

Improved nutrition and access to water among factors that have added 11 years to average lifespan in a generation People in sub-Saharan African can expect to live for 11 years longer than the generation that went before them, new statistics show. Factors including recovery from HIV epidemics, reductions in child mortality, improved nutrition and access […]

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Were in anew age of obesity. How did it happen? Youd be surprised | George Monbiot

September 11, 2018

Its not that were eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A mentioned it on social media, then went on holiday. When I returned, […]

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