The Conversation

Why We Need To Get Creative When It Comes To Talking About Pain

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  By Jasmine Hearn and Stella Bullo in The Conversation.   What [do] I mean by sitting in a pit of fire? You’ve got every nerve ending that’s just going hellfire, and you just don’t know what to do with yourself. Forty-two year old Emma has experienced chronic pain from a spinal cord injury for […]

Food Variety is Important For Our Health – But The Definition Of A ‘Balanced Diet’ Is Often Murky

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By Rochelle Embling, Aimee Pink, Laura Wilkinson and Menna Price in The Conversation.   It’s well known that a healthy diet can help reduce disease risks that are related to overweight or obesity – such as some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As part of a healthy diet, experts around the world advise people to consume a […]

Multiple Sclerosis: Some Patients May Already Hold The Key To Protecting The Brain Against Viruses

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  By Lorna Hayden and Marieke Pingen in The Conversation. Usually our immune system protects us from harmful microbes such as bacteria or viruses. It does this either by directly attacking a microbe, or producing an antibody which recognises and removes microbes from the body. But, in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), their immune response is overactive, […]

Vitamin C Could Help Older Adults Retain Muscle Mass – New Research

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  By Alisia Welch and Richard Hayhoe in The Conversation.   As we get older, our skeletal muscle mass, strength and power to move gradually decline, which may lead to a condition called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia affects more than 50 million people over the age of 50 years worldwide, and contributes to type 2 diabetes, frailty, physical disability, loss of independence […]

Parks And Green Spaces Are Important For Our Mental Health – But We Need To Make Sure That Everyone Can Benefit

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    By Wendy Masterson, Hannah Carver and Tessa Parkes in The Conversation.   How does walking through a forest make you feel? Peaceful? Blissful? Reflective? For many people, lockdown brought a new appreciation of nature and what it means for our well-being. The health benefits of immersing ourselves in “greenspace” are now widely accepted. […]

Coconut Oil Production Threatens Five Times More Species Than Palm Oil – New Findings

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  By Erik Meijaard in The Conversation.   Born in the Netherlands and brought up in Germany, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I met my first coconut. It was on a beach in Thailand where I ended up during a one-year sojourn away from home, trying to grow up. With nothing better to do, […]

Does Vitamin D Ward Off Coronavirus ? Don’t Reach For The Supplements Yet

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  By David C Gaze in The Conversation.   It has been suggested that taking vitamin D may protect people from getting COVID-19. But should we be using supplements to ward off the virus? We need to separate fact from fiction. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining overall health, especially for bones, teeth and muscle. It regulates the […]

Nine Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It

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By Emily J Hall, Anne Carter and Dan O’Neill in The Conversation. As temperatures begin to warm up, it might be tempting to take your dog for a long walk or run to soak up the weather while it lasts. But it’s important to exercise caution, as dogs can easily develop heatstroke in hot temperatures. […]

Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There’s A Simple Way To Stay Safe

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  By Ruth Fairchild in The Conversation.   A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be especially concentrated in rice, particularly in the husk, which is removed to […]

Planting Trees Must Be Done With Care – It Can Create More Problems Than It Addresses

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  By Lulu Zhang in The Conversation.   Thanks to the climate crisis, we are fast approaching the “point of no return”, according to world leaders. We are also in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. And the state of worldwide land degradation has also reached a critical level: ever-increasing demands for food production, urbanisation and economic […]

Do Drugs Go Off ? What Happens To Medicines After Their Use-By Dates

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  By Michael Cole in The Conversation.   It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take these medicines if they are past their expiry date? Expiry dates are put in place after rigorous trialling and controlled experiments to ensure the safety […]

Do Drugs Go Off ? What Happens To Medicines After Their Use-By Dates

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  By Michael Cole in The Conversation.   It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take these medicines if they are past their expiry date? Expiry dates are put in place after rigorous trialling and controlled experiments to ensure the safety […]

Older People Need To Stay Hydrated – Here’s How

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  By Cini Bhanu in The Conversation.    Dehydration is associated with a higher risk of ill health in older people, from having an infection, a fall or being admitted to hospital. But an appetite for food and drink can diminish as people age, so older people should drink regularly, even when they’re not thirsty. Older women […]

Antibiotics: Even Low Use In Children Can Have A Negative Impact On Health – New Research

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  By Oliver van Hecke in The Conversation.   GPs in the UK carry out over 300m patient consultations every year and at least a quarter of these deal with children. Almost two-thirds of such appointments are for coughs, sore throats, or earaches – illnesses which young children commonly get. Doctors and nurses group these types of illnesses […]

How England’s Broken Planning System Has Created (Not Reduced) The Risk Of Floods

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  By Lee Bosher in The Conversation.   Recent floods in England have been described as unprecedented or even “biblical” events, often with the misguided assumption that they were unavoidable or unpredictable. That is not the case. Over the past few decades, development practice in England has led to more than 300,000 homes being built in […]

Fake Drugs That Could Kill Are On The Rise In Western Countries – Here’s Why

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    By Susanne Lundin and Rui Liu in The Conversation.   Fake medicines – illegal and substandard pharmaceuticals – have until now largely been a problem in low and middle-income countries. Ranging from lifestyle products to lifesaving medicines, such products are now also on the rise in the Western world. The spread is concerning, […]

Gut Microbes Can Be Picky Eaters – Here’s Why It Matters

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    By Tim Spector in The Conversation.   We choose our food for a variety of reasons, including personal preference, availability, cost and healthiness. But we should also take our gut microbes’ preferences into account, a new study published in Cell suggests. The bacteria in our guts, collectively known as the microbiota or microbiome, live on […]

The Victorians Caused The Meat Eating Crisis The World Faces Today – But They Might Help Us Solve It

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    By Paul Young in The Conversation.   Increasing consumption of meat rich diets throughout the world in the 21st century raises pressing concerns about human health, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Too much mass-produced meat is bad for us, bad for the livestock we eat, and bad for the planet on which we live. […]

Why The Way Healthcare Professionals Measure Patient Pain Might Soon Be Changing

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    By Richard Day in The Conversation.   The last time you went to see a doctor, it was probably because you were in pain – it’s by far the main reason people access the health service. And if you did go because of pain, your doctor probably asked you to rate it on […]

Are Shared E-Scooters Good For The Planet ? Only If They Replace Car Trips

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  By Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University.   Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars. To properly assess these claims, it’s important to consider all relevant environmental factors, including the materials and energy […]

Heatwaves And Flash Floods: Yes, This Is Britain’s ‘New Normal’

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  By Hayley J. Fowler in The Conversation.   “It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that we had a heatwave just last week?” Those words were spoken by a BBC news presenter, in front of graphic images of fire service rescues, as heavy rain caused floods and landslides which closed many roads and railway lines. In […]

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