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How would we view cancer if it wasn’t a war?

Metaphors that medicine uses about cancer—how it’s a war or a battle, for instance—change the way we see the disease and how we can prevent and treat it, a new study has found. Because cancer is seen... more »

It’s biology, and not greed, that sometimes makes women over-eat

All of us tend to over-eat during the festive season, but women can face enormous social pressure when they reach for the extra serving. But it’s not always down to greed, it could be more to do with... more »

A hug at Christmas could keep the viruses at bay

It’s the season of goodwill to all men (and women)—and expressing it with a hug could be good for their health, too. Being hugged by someone we know and trust can reduce our chances of getting sick, o... more »

Where does the fat go when you lose weight? Into thin air, of course

When you lose weight, where does all that lost fat actually go? Most doctors, dieticians and personal trainers who were polled reckon it converts into energy or heat—but they’re wrong. In fact, it dis... more »

Don’t lay that new carpet when you’re pregnant

Women - resist the temptation of having that new flooring in your homes if you’re pregnant or just given birth. New carpets and laminates emit high concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds)... more »

Ease up on the drugs to stop mental decline

Most people who reach the age of 65 start to worry about forgetting things and losing their mental sharpness—but the risk can be reduced by lowering the number of pharmaceutical drugs they’re taking,... more »

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