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  • 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...

  • Hair dye is toxic – could natural alternatives be made to work?

    Hair dye is toxic – could natural alternatives be made to work?

    Do you really know what you’re putting on your hair? Many hair dyes you can buy in the shops or hairdresser contain toxic chemicals that can cause skin problems or even increase the chances of DNA mutations (a potential cause of cancer). As a...

  • Hospital gowns leave patients feeling open and vulnerable – their time is up

    Hospital gowns leave patients feeling open and vulnerable – their time is up

    Most of us feel vulnerable when hospitalised, and being told to strip off and put on a pre-worn, revealing, backless gown does nothing to improve matters. Being escorted in this attire, often through public areas of a hospital, pretty much...

  • Top five ways to boost your health in 2019

    Top five ways to boost your health in 2019

    It’s the start of a new year and there is no doubt that 2019 will be as saturated with nutritional nonsense as 2018. From appetite suppressant lollypops to activated charcoal, the wellness industry was worth $4.2 trillion in 2017 and this figure...

  • Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

    Keeping fit: how to do the right exercise for your age

    The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. But the type and amount of exercise you should do changes as you age. To ensure that you are...

  • Winter skiing holidays: how to get ski fit and avoid an injury

    Winter skiing holidays: how to get ski fit and avoid an injury

    From Vail in the US to Val d’Isere in France, winter sports holidays are all the rage. And with more older people now hitting the slopes, there has been an inevitable rise in snow sport-related injuries. The knee joint is especially vulnerable –...

  • Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF

    Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF

    Switching from beef to alternative proteins could save millions of lives and dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions, the World Economic Forum said Thursday. New research conducted by the Oxford Martin School for WEF showed that efforts to...

  • Seasonal affective disorder: your eye colour might be linked to 'winter blues'

    Seasonal affective disorder: your eye colour might be linked to 'winter blues'

    You’re not alone if colder weather and longer nights make you feel down. This well-known phenomenon, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), might explain why people feel low, irritable, and lethargic in the winter months. For some, the...

  • Dry January: a convenient distraction for the alcohol industry

    Dry January: a convenient distraction for the alcohol industry

    Six years on and Dry January is more popular than ever, but does quitting booze for a month actually make a difference to your life? Looking at the Dry January website, managed by Alcohol Change UK, you’re left in little doubt: you can lose...