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Your pessimism pea

How do you rate yourself on the pessimism scale? Do you look at a cloudy sky and think, “Oh dear, the garden really could have used some sunshine today”? Or ...

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News from: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Run for your life

Imagine a movie hero; he has a substantial stubble on a chiselled jaw, his eyes are hard but speak a depth of experience and sorrows past, his shirt is unnecessarily ...

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News from: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Trees save lives

Is there anything more pleasant on a spring day than to sit and laugh with friends as you share a picnic in the dappled shade offered by a spreading ...

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News from: Environmental Pollution

The eyes of love

How do you know if someone wants a deep romantic relationship with you or if they are just after your body? Maybe their constant redirection of the conversation to what ...

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News from: Psychological Science

Jealousy: curse or purpose?

We call jealousy “the green-eyed monster” which implies a certain irrationality and lack of purpose; what is a monster after all, but a creature beyond reason and un-encumbered by ...

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News from: PLoS ONE

Cat poo power

Sometimes things come from surprising places and this is very true in medicine. Who would have thought that penicillin would come from a Petri dish full of mould? Would ...

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News from: The Journal of Leukocyte Biology

Dining for diabetes

Sometimes phrases that convey timeless wisdom become so popular that they lose their meaning. In any junk-pop lyric or sports interview these days it seems mandatory to include Nietzsche’s ...

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News from: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

The organic difference

Organic food makes sense. There are lots of logical reasons why food grown without synthetic fertilisers in a non-monoculture system and using greater care and natural methods would be better ...

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News from: British Journal of Nutrition

Seeing red

Men are straight-forward but impressionable creatures. Show them an ad for a smartphone being held by a beautiful woman and they will soon be thinking, “I’d better buy that ...

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News from: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Close friends

If you think about your group of friends for a moment you will realise that you share lots of things in common. It could be your fondness for American ...

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News from: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Omega-3 for arthritis

Carrying extra weight is more than just a matter of being uncomfortable in your trousers that you bought last summer. Obesity, and even just being overweight, carries a whole ...

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News from: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Y tofu?

Gen Y are an often discussed, and occasionally maligned, generation. Research shows that Gen Y-ers (also known as “Millennials” born between the early 1980s and the year 2000) are ...

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News from: Eating Behaviours

Needling hot flushes

Words can be inadequate. Ask any mother, and they will tell you that the word “labour” hardly conveys the light and shade of the experience of giving birth. Nor ...

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News from: Menopause

Young minds

Sleep is a fascinating thing; it is not just a time when giant carrots in tutus tantalise your dreams nor is it just a phase when you make sounds like ...

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News from: Sleep


How often do you do nothing? Be honest now, did the title of this news item put you off…even a little? In this post-modern, i-gadget, multi-channelled, connected world you can ...

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News from: Science

Bad vibrations

It is tempting to look at a plant and think that it is largely insensate but that would be a mistake. Just because plants don’t have eyes and ears like ...

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News from: Oecologia

Weathering back pain

Human beings are a superstitious lot. Ever since a heavily-browed ancestor looked to the sky and decided that it would be a good idea to offer some flowers and sticks ...

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News from: Arthritis Care and Research

Cinnamon for Parkinson’s

Spices have been used by humans ever since someone was smart enough to realise that a few dried sprigs of something made rancid meat a lot more palatable. Today we ...

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News from: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology