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  • A New Study Links Our Diet With Dementia

    A New Study Links Our Diet With Dementia

    30 November, 2021

    A new study demonstrates that those of us who eat ‘anti-inflammatory diet’ have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life. The study estimated that there is a three times greater risk of dementia linked to diets that are low in these food groups.

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  • Cervical Cancer is Now a Rare Disease Thanks to our National Vaccination Programme

    Cervical Cancer is Now a Rare Disease Thanks to our National Vaccination Programme

    14 November, 2021

    One of the greatest scientific achievements at the beginning of the 21st century was the development of the cervical cancer vaccine. The effects of the UK national vaccination programme for cervical cancer, introduced in 2008, have just been published in the scientific journal ‘The Lancet’.

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  • Flu has Vanished during the Pandemic but the Common Cold Has Not. Why is this?

    Flu has Vanished during the Pandemic but the Common Cold Has Not. Why is this?

    10 November, 2021

    The global mortality rate for seasonal flu typically is usually between 290,000–650,000 people a year. However, for 2020 and 2021, it has practically vanished from the face of the earth. Measures taken for COVID-19 such as social distancing and travel restrictions seem to have also significantly attenuated the flu virus as well. 

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  • The Nobel Prize for Physiology & Medicine 2021

    The Nobel Prize for Physiology & Medicine 2021

    31 October, 2021

    One fundamental question in physiology has remained unsolved. This is ‘how are temperature and touch converted into electrical impulses in our nervous system?’ This question has finally been answered by David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian,  who have just been awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology this year.

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  • What Do Llamas, Alpacas, Camels & Sharks Have in Common?

    What Do Llamas, Alpacas, Camels & Sharks Have in Common?

    24 October, 2021

    Llamas, alpacas, camels and sharks have unusually small antibodies. How can this help us in our fight against COVID?

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  • Could our Gut Biome Influence How Long We Live?

    Could our Gut Biome Influence How Long We Live?

    19 October, 2021

    New Research suggests that it may be possible to manipulate our gut biomes to produce special bile acids that help ward off illnesses and allow people to live longer.

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  • To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Some of the Latest Scientific Evidence

    To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Some of the Latest Scientific Evidence

    23 July, 2021

    The benefits of stretching before exercising have been hotly debated for some time. Evidence is at best contradictory, and no one really knew, based on scientific evidence whether it was beneficial or harmful, despite being widespread practice and perceived wisdom

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  • Synovial Joints are Essential for Human Movement. How do they Work? New Research also demonstrates how Insects Lubricate their Joints!

    Synovial Joints are Essential for Human Movement. How do they Work? New Research also demonstrates how Insects Lubricate their Joints!

    18 July, 2021

    Like all mammals humans have internal joints. This arrangement  allows the joints to be within joint capsules which are then bathed in synovial fluid (which is our lubricant). An adult human has 206 bones and 300 joints; most joints are synovial joints, such as our knees and knuckles.

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