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2024
08
February
2024
| 10:36 Europe/London
Imagine making one change to a farm field so that as well as producing food, it also generated building materials, fuel and fodder. At the same time, this change would nourish the health of the soil, regulate the micro-climate and support
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2023
25
July
2023
| 22:20 Europe/London
Most care home residents have both dementia and hearing loss, which can leave them feeling lonely and depressed.Hearing loss and dementia both cause difficulties with listening, understanding and communicating. This can lead to breakdowns in
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21
June
2023
| 17:13 Europe/London
Robin Bailey, University of Bolton and Adrian Wells, University of ManchesterThere’s a long-held belief that people drink alcohol in excess to drown their sorrows. But recent research into mood and drinking has found the opposite is also true.Using
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21
June
2023
| 17:11 Europe/London
Pearl Mok, University of Manchester and Alex Trafford, University of ManchesterEvidence tells us the COVID pandemic and measures put in place to contain the virus negatively affected the mental health of adolescents and young people in the UK and
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02
June
2023
| 12:58 Europe/London
Andreas Prokop, University of ManchesterFruit flies can be truly annoying when they are buzzing around your living room or landing in your wine. But we have much to thank these tiny nuisances for – they revolutionised biological and medical
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02
March
2023
| 07:37 Europe/London
Five discoveries that changed our understanding of how the ancient Egyptians created mummiesCenturies after the first golden coffins were taken to Europe, ancient Egyptian mummies still vividly capture people’s imaginations. Perhaps we’re awed
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20
January
2023
| 08:09 Europe/London
Over the past month or two, many northern hemisphere countries including the US and the UK have seen a large wave of respiratory viral infections. These include RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), flu and COVID in all ages, as well as bacterial
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2022
28
November
2022
| 10:16 Europe/London
A recent study published in BMJ Global Health has estimated that over one billion people worldwide aged 12-34 years could be at risk of noise-induced hearing loss. The systematic review and meta-analysis found that 24% of young people engage in
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16
November
2022
| 08:48 Europe/London
Hearing loss is a major global issue. Around 5% of the world population, 430 million, have disabling hearing loss. With ageing populations, this burden will only increase.The primary remedy is the simple hearing aid. It is an essential helpmate to
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16
November
2022
| 08:44 Europe/London
This article is part of the Insights Uncharted Brain series. There are many competing theories about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Here, Ruth Itzhaki reflects on a career dedicated to one of the more controversial lines of research.When I was
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07
November
2022
| 16:04 Europe/London
Sheena Cruickshank, University of ManchesterAs the pandemic continues, many countries are rolling out COVID booster vaccines. In the UK, the autumn booster campaign is offering a fourth dose to those at higher risk from a COVID infection, including
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11
March
2022
| 13:19 Europe/London
‘We suppressed our scientific imagination’: four experts examine the big successes and failures of the COVID response so farThe World Health Organization declared COVID a pandemic on March 11 2020. In the two years since, countries have
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21
January
2022
| 13:20 Europe/London
Jeff Bezos is on a mission to conquer ageing. He has just recruited Hal Barron from GlaxoSmithKline to help lead Altos Labs, the ambitious new anti-ageing company with billions of investment. So what does science really say about this? Could we beat
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13
January
2022
| 13:46 Europe/London
The journey to a pig-heart transplant began 60 years agoOn Friday, January 7 2022, David Bennett became the world’s first person to successfully receive a transplant of a pig’s heart. The eight-hour-long operation by surgeons at the University
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13
January
2022
| 08:17 Europe/London
With omicron having rapidly driven up COVID infections, attention is once again focusing on antibodies, and reasonably so. They play a critical role in fighting off viruses and are important for preventing the coronavirus infecting our cells. This
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07
January
2022
| 12:21 Europe/London
If you ate too much over the festive season, you may well be thinking about a healthy diet plan for 2022. But as anyone who has ever dieted knows, there are countless options out there. Right now, we’re in the midst of a revolutionary time for
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2021
09
November
2021
| 21:35 Europe/London
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health agencies around the world failed to collect the information we needed to truly understand the role of work and workplaces in the spread of the virus. We saw this failure in Canada, the
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21
September
2021
| 08:55 Europe/London
ShutterstockAndrew Whitehouse, The University of Western Australia; Jonathan Green, University of Manchester, Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe UniversityA therapy for infants showing early signs of autism reduces the chance of the child meeting diagnostic
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15
September
2021
| 10:18 Europe/London
PIC SNIPE/Shutterstock Sheena Cruickshank, University of ManchesterSeveral countries – including the UK – are now offering third COVID-19 shots amid reports of vaccines proving less effective over time. But do these countries really
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10
August
2021
| 10:45 Europe/London
Kapichka/ShutterstockBy  Matthew Paterson, University of ManchesterEvery few years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the United Nation’s climate science body – produces a major report on the state of the
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04
July
2021
| 22:17 Europe/London
Late last year, I asked: is it safe to have more than one type of COVID-19 vaccine? A trial has now addressed that question, as well as what effect combining different vaccine types has on immunity.Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, and the
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18
June
2021
| 14:58 Europe/London
Getting everyone in a country vaccinated is like watching software updates load: it whizzes along for the first 80% or so and then seems to take forever to finish the rest. Around 80% of the UK adult population has received at least one dose of the
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22
March
2021
| 13:38 Europe/London
shurkin son/Shutterstock Some viruses, such as measles, mumps and meningitis, can cause hearing difficulties, but what about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19?In the first few months of the pandemic, a rapid systematic review of
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11
January
2021
| 15:09 Europe/London
Millions of people across the world have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Countries are also now embarking on massive vaccination campaigns to control the virus and protect their most vulnerable citizens. One of the
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2020
24
November
2020
| 13:12 Europe/London
  GroovyPanda/Shutterstock The COVID-19 lockdown upturned the lives of teenagers at a time when they are usually becoming more independent and taking steps toward their future. Instead, they were confined to their homes, exams were
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29
October
2020
| 08:14 Europe/London
Newly released research suggests that levels of antibodies against the coronavirus have declined across the UK population since testing began. Having randomly sampled 365,000 people across the country, the React2 study – which is yet to be
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16
October
2020
| 13:34 Europe/London
As President Trump claims that he is immune to COVID-19 and isolated reports emerge of reinfection, what is the truth about immunity to COVID-19? To date, there have been six published cases of COVID-19 reinfection, with various other unverified
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05
October
2020
| 15:37 Europe/London
Our circadian rhythm is an important aspect of our health. kanyanat wongsa/ Shutterstock Every living human is controlled by an internal “clock” which drives our circadian rhythm – the natural internal process that regulates
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05
October
2020
| 11:49 Europe/London
In the event of a stroke, the well-known mantra is “time is brain”. Even small delays in identifying symptoms and seeking specialist care can be detrimental to a patient’s recovery and long-term quality of life. This is the case
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02
September
2020
| 12:56 Europe/London
insta_photos/shutterstock  Young people with chronic health conditions cope with all of the usual challenges of growing up – making friends, changing schools, adapting to new situations, developing a sense of self, and dealing with
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