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  • 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...

  • Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'Breakthrough of 2018'

    Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'Breakthrough of 2018'

    The US journal Science on Thursday coined as "Breakthrough of the Year" for 2018 new technologies that reveal how DNA cues individual cells to grow through time. Experts say these methods will transform science over the coming decades, allowing an...

  • Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

    Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

    A tide of #MeToo testimonies about painful gynaecological procedures and abusive medical staff is rippling across the Balkans, where women are breaking taboos in patriarchal societies to share their traumatic hospital experiences. The outcry was...

  • Watch: An electronic tattoo may cure what ails you

    Watch: An electronic tattoo may cure what ails you

    A team of medical researchers in the US and Portugal say they've created an electronic device that is applied to skin or organs similar to a temporary tattoo. They hope it may be used to operate prosthetic limbs and treat conditions including...

  • Mental health first aid course

    The Richmond Foundation is offering a Mental Health First Aid Course for Educators in secondary schools and in post-secondary institutions. The course is being offered free of charge. This is for a limited time since it is being offered as part of...

  • Combined approach to food wastage and healthy eating

    Combined approach to food wastage and healthy eating

    Waste management has become a priority along the years, with major milestones paving the way for household waste separation and collection. The latest is the separation of organic waste. Most of this is food. Food wastage accounts for 52.1 per...

  • Will wearing your coat indoors make you feel colder outside?

    Will wearing your coat indoors make you feel colder outside?

    If you’ve ever had to work in a draughty office, warehouse or classroom, you’ve probably been tempted to keep your coat on inside. And you were probably also advised against it because you wouldn’t “feel the benefit” when you went outside. This...

  • Five ways to reduce meat intake – without even realising

    Five ways to reduce meat intake – without even realising

    eat makes a meal, so goes the saying. But with more people than ever before ditching meat for plant-based alternatives, it seems meaty dishes are starting to go out of fashion. An estimated 29% of evening meals contained no meat or fish in 2017,...

  • Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'breakthrough of 2018'

    Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'breakthrough of 2018'

    The US journal Science on Thursday coined as "Breakthrough of the Year" for 2018 new technologies that reveal how DNA cues individual cells to grow through time. Experts say these methods will transform science over the coming decades, allowing an...

  • Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs

    Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs

    The UK recently celebrated two landmark achievements in the ongoing fight against HIV. It is now the seventh country to reach the United Nations target of 90-90-90: that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, of whom 90% are on...

  • Why windows with a view are so important to older people

    Why windows with a view are so important to older people

    Windows are something that many of us take for granted – they’re just part of the houses we live in or the buildings we work in. And yet for older people, windows can be vital as a way to access the world, especially for those who spend a lot of...

  • Singing against all odds

    Singing against all odds

    Pursuing one’s dreams is never easy and it might seem especially difficult if one suffers from a condition. Shawn Ciantar, 23, knows a thing or two about this. At the age of four, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a developmental disorder...

  • We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

    We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

    Kwan Phayao, a large, crescent moon of a lake in Northern Thailand, is home to about 50 fish species, several hundred small-scale farmers and fishers, and the city of Phayao, where 18,000 people live. The lake has always been important to local...