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  • Half of employers say they are less inclined to recruit obese candidates – it's not OK

    Half of employers say they are less inclined to recruit obese candidates – it's not OK

    Obesity is one of the most pressing and controversial public health challenges. It has the distinction of being a crisis about which most people have an opinion – often based on a simple diagnosis – but for which nobody has found a correspondingly...

  • Swine flu kills 40 in western India

    Swine flu kills 40 in western India

    At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday. Last year around 1,100 people died and 15,000 were...

  • Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being

    Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being

    Exercise has been found to reduce stress, increase positive mood, decrease anxiety and alleviate depression. But you may not know that the emotional well-being associated with exercise is also linked to key attributes that can help us while we...

  • Swine flu outbreak: what happens now?

    Swine flu outbreak: what happens now?

    The diagnosis of 33 patients with the deadly and highly-contagious swine flu has reignited concerns of an epidemic among both healthcare professionals and the public. But what is the swine flu? According to the World Health Organisation, the swine...

  • Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

    Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

    January is a popular month for newspapers to publish health and fitness articles. One that caught my eye was in The Times and featured health fanatics who have reached “peak zen” (whatever that is). There’s Alex Beer (38), a model, Tim Gray (39),...

  • Why we shouldn't all be vegan

    Why we shouldn't all be vegan

    After decades in which the number of people choosing to cut out meat from their diet has steadily increased, 2019 is set to be the year the world changes the way that it eats. Or at least, that’s the ambitious aim of a major campaign under the...

  • Recalling happy memories can reduce depression risk in vulnerable teenagers

    Recalling happy memories can reduce depression risk in vulnerable teenagers

    Recalling positive memories may help lower the risk of depression in young people who have had a difficult childhood, our latest study has found. Depression often emerges during the teenage years. Many mental health problems in later life are...

  • Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help

    Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help

    For many women, going through the menopause can be a difficult time. It typically occurs for women between 45-55 years-old and lasts four to eight years. Most women experience some symptoms – the severity and duration of which can vary from woman...

  • Want to be happier? Try getting to know yourself

    Want to be happier? Try getting to know yourself

    The unexamined life is not worth living, wrote the Greek philosopher Socrates. He was reflecting on the expression “Know Thyself” – an aphorism inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi and one of the ultimate achievements in ancient...

  • Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

    Vaccines have health effects beyond protecting against target diseases

    A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it. But does the immune system learn more from...

  • Healthier men means healthier sperm - and fewer miscarriages

    Healthier men means healthier sperm - and fewer miscarriages

    It’s an unfortunate fact that one in four pregnancies will end in a miscarriage, typically within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, this will be a single, one-off event with the underlying biological cause unknown. However, around 1%...

  • The secret clues to be found in a dying oak tree

    The secret clues to be found in a dying oak tree

    British oak trees are under threat from a disease known as Acute Oak Decline. Mainly affecting mature trees, it can kill them within four to five years of symptoms appearing. However, while researchers like myself have been looking into what...

  • Why 'sunshine' can make your lungs work better

    Why 'sunshine' can make your lungs work better

    Correcting vitamin D deficiency nearly halves the risk of potentially fatal lung attacks in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), our latest study has found. COPD describes several lung conditions, including emphysema and...

  • Protection from influenza

    Protection from influenza

    While unfortunately some had to  spend  time in bed over Christmas and the New Year, further increases in the rate of influenza are predicted due to the cold weather. The rate of influenza in the community is monitored through sentinel...

  • Watch: New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

    Watch: New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

    Vlastimil Gular's life took an unwelcome turn a year ago: minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer, which led to the loss of his larynx and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using his own...

  • New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

    New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

    Vlastimil Gular's life took an unwelcome turn a year ago: minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer, which led to the loss of his larynx and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using his own...

  • We obsess about death, so why don't we think more about being born?

    We obsess about death, so why don't we think more about being born?

    ll human beings begin life by being born – and all human beings die. In these two ways, we are finite: our lives are not endless, but they begin and they come to an end. Historically, however, philosophers have concentrated attention on only one...

  • How difficulty in identifying emotions could be affecting your weight

    How difficulty in identifying emotions could be affecting your weight

    Most of us have turned to food to make ourselves feel better at some point. Whether it is snuggling up with a pot of ice cream following a break up (channelling an inner Bridget Jones perhaps) or turning to chocolate and biscuits to keep us going...

  • You're probably brushing your teeth wrong

    You're probably brushing your teeth wrong

      We all know the advice for healthy teeth – brush twice daily and don’t eat too much sugar. So why do those of us following these instructions find we sometimes need a filling when we visit the dentist? The truth is, there’s a little more to...

  • Women's reproductive lives are being interfered with on a large scale – new study

    Women's reproductive lives are being interfered with on a large scale – new study

    Reproductive coercive control is where a woman’s decisions about contraception and pregnancy are interfered with. The concept was first described in 2010. We wanted to update the evidence to 2017 and widen the range of control activities to...