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British Children Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

By Tim Sandle

For those sent to prison, most countries have rules in place about a minimum amount of outdoor exercise that those incarcerated must receive each day. Exercise and some exposure to the elements are considered necessary for basic living. British children, however, are spending less time – on average – outside than the basic minimum requirement […]

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New Call To Ban Neonicotinoids

By Tim Sandle

Neonicotinoids are a controversial pesticide, used to kill aphids with the aim of protecting crops. The problem is they also – probably – harm bees. Given honeybee populations are in dec worldwide, and the prominent role bees play with pollinating crops, this is by many environmentalists as bad news. Around 16 percent of Europe’s honeybee […]

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Vaccine Rates In The West Are Sometimes Falling Behind Africa

By Tim Sandle

Vaccine rates in some countries in the west (the so-called developed world) are falling behind the poorer countries in the southern hemisphere, according to a new review. According to The Economist, to eradicate a disease, like measles, 95 percent of the population must be vaccinated, otherwise an effect called ‘herding’ occurs, allowing a disease to […]

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New Dietary Guidance Says Cut Dairy

By Tim Sandle

New dietary advice has been issued in the U.K. relating to dairy products.  Public Health England has indicated that men should take only 200 calories from dairy products per day, with women down to 160 calories. The new target is relatively restrictive. It means, for example, a if a woman drank just one large latte […]

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Why Some Cancer Cells Are Resistant To Treatment

By Tim Sandle

Researchers have been examining how some types of cancer stem cells remain viable in low oxygen conditions. Under such conditions most cells cannot thrive. The matter is of medical concern, since these survivor cells seem resistant to chemotherapy. Further, it is thought that the ability of the cells to survive low oxygen conditions helps […]

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Why Most Americans Are Unhealthy

By Tim Sandle

Most people living in the U.S. lead very unhealthy lifestyles, according to a new study. In fact, only 2.7 percent of U.S. citizens meet the basic healthful standards. To meet these basic standards, a person needs to: Meet a US Department of Agriculture-recommended diet; Avoid sming; Exercise to a moderate level each week; Be within […]

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Nerve Injury Linked To Diabetes-Related Vision Loss

By Tim Sandle

One of the problems associated with serious cases of diabetes is vision loss (or ‘diabetic retinopathy’). It has long been thought that diabetes-related vision loss happens due to blood vessel damage around the retina. However, new research suggests an alternative cause. A new study indicates that vision loss may be the result of a nerve cell […]

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Gut Bacteria Linked To Mental Health Issues

By Tim Sandle

New evidence has emerged that the human microbiome of the gut (the totality of all the microorgani in a given community) can affect, in certain circumstances, mental health and well-being. This has come about, based on information presented at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, whereby subjects were administered with a probiotic. The cocktail […]

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Tuberculosis Rates Rise In Some U.S. States

By Tim Sandle

Following 20 years of good progress, the rate of tuberculosis reduction in the U.S. has slowed down. This is indicated in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Tuberculosis Surveillance System. More worryingly, in some states the rates increased. The current figures show tuberculosis incidence rates at 1.2 new cases per 100,000 […]

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Will 3D Printed Facial Transplants Be Possible?

By Tim Sandle

Facial transplants are beset with biological difficulties, including the risk of rejection of host material (those who have received facial transplants require high doses of immunosuppressive drugs for life). There are also complexities associated with selecting the correct characteristics, covering biological and physical aspects like blood type, age, skin tone and hair color. Nevertheless around […]

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