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  • Are religious people happier than non-religious people?

    Are religious people happier than non-religious people?

    Happiness and life satisfaction levels vary across different religious groups. Pexels   What makes people happy? This question can be difficult to answer. Happiness has been discussed throughout history. Philosophers, thinkers and activists, such...

  • Fruit teas are not as tooth-friendly as you might think

    Fruit teas are not as tooth-friendly as you might think

    Drinking fruit teas and even just hot water with lemon between meals can leave people up to 11 times more likely to suffer from tooth erosion, scientists have found. Salt and vinegar crisps are also among problem foods which contain high levels of...

  • Three children hospitalised after trying to mimic body piercings

    Three children hospitalised after trying to mimic body piercings

    A craze sweeping schools for using magnetic ball-bearings to mimic body piercings has left three children in hospital and is putting large numbers in danger, a surgeon has warned. Sanja Besarovic said three children have been treated at Hull Royal...

  • Discarded refugee clothing used in Canterbury Cathedral exhibition

    Discarded refugee clothing used in Canterbury Cathedral exhibition

    Artwork created using the clothing of refugees and suspended in mid-air has been placed in a cathedral to highlight their suffering. Suspended by Arabella Dorman is a collection of hundreds of items of refugee clothing found mainly on beaches on...

  • How you type on your smart phone can reveal your age

    How you type on your smart phone can reveal your age

    When computers hit the mainstream, the older guy in the office would always be sniggered at when bashing away on his QWERTY keyboard, only using his two index fingers to type. To the amusement of his younger, tech-savvy colleagues, he would almost...

  • An end to antidepressant debate: the drugs do work

    An end to antidepressant debate: the drugs do work

    A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether or not anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults. The international study - a meta-analysis...

  • Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

    Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

    Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost. The new procedure...

  • Fake medicines pose growing risk to public health

    Fake medicines pose growing risk to public health

    According to The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU), the illegal manufacturing and distribution of fake medicines is an enormous and growing public health risk with an untold cost to lives. "Vast profits are made by organised...

  • How 21 artists graffitied one man's property, made it famous, sued him when he knocked it down and won $6.7m

    How 21 artists graffitied one man's property, made it famous, sued him when he knocked it down and won $6.7m

    Nigel Morris/Flickr, CC BY-SA   It’s an extraordinary tale with a whiff of Banksy about it, although surprisingly, he was not involved. In a landmark ruling, 21 New York street artists have sued and won US$6.7m in damages from the owner of a...

  • Kicking your way to better attention span

    Kicking your way to better attention span

    Martial arts require a good level of physical strength, but those who take up training need to develop an incredible amount of mental acuity, too. Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger...

  • Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care

    Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care

    Medical television drama Grey’s Anatomy may be creating “unrealistic” patient expectations after injury, a study suggests. The popular series, based around a team of surgeons working in Seattle, in the US, may give viewers a “false expectation”...

  • Have something to look forward to: it's good for you!

    Have something to look forward to: it's good for you!

    Moving from a city to the beautiful Welsh countryside a few years ago made me acutely aware of the seasons and how they change. Most recently signs of spring have appeared in my garden over here on the Ceredigion coast. This mindfulness and...

  • Sexual orientation discordance has potential for suicide - study

    Sexual orientation discordance has potential for suicide - study

    Discordant students are 70 percent more likely to have had suicidal ideas or to have made suicide attempts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Suicide is a major national concern in the US. In 2016, it was the...

  • Whole new meaning to joint problems: older people turn to cannabis

    Whole new meaning to joint problems: older people turn to cannabis

    When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis. Recent figures on cannabis use in Canada...

  • Notes from London Fashion Week

    Notes from London Fashion Week

    One of the key notes to take away from the first few days at London Fashion Week this February is that maximalist fashion is here to stay. Minimalist fashion has taken a step out of the limelight and its place we see lots of colour, jewelled...

  • Hand osteoarthritis drug found to be no better than placebo

    Hand osteoarthritis drug found to be no better than placebo

    An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people...

  • Nature in a bite

    Nature in a bite

    Julianne Ponan, 28, is anaphylactic, meaning she suffers from a serious allergic reaction. One of her main issues was struggling to find any allergen free snack bars which are healthy but also taste good. With her passion and drive to change...

  • As many as 22% women fear pregnancy

    As many as 22% women fear pregnancy

    It’s very common for women to feel anxious about labour and birth. Worries about the pain of contractions, interventions and the uncertainty of the process are not unusual. But for some women, the fear of labour and birth can be so overwhelming...

  • Ultra-processed foods could raise cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods could raise cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, packaged bread and cake, cereal and processed meats could increase the risk of cancer, according to a study. Processed foods make up to 50 per cent of the average person’s diet in some developed...

  • Cleaning products and perfumes ‘are a big source of air pollution’

    Cleaning products and perfumes  ‘are a big source of air pollution’

    Chemicals in household cleaning products, paints and perfumes could now rival motor vehicles as the top contributor to urban air pollution, a study has said. Scientists in Los Angeles found that the amount of chemical vapours emitted into the...