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Putting public health research into practice has had major impacts worldwide, resulting in longer, healthier lives.

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Healthy lifestyle can help prevent depression – and new research may explain why

11 Sep 2023

A healthy lifestyle that involves moderate alcohol consumption, a healthy diet, regular physical activity, healthy sleep and frequent social...

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Experts call for urgent mental health support for people living with long term autoimmune diseases

26 Jul 2023

More than half of patients with auto-immune conditions experience mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, yet the majority are rarely...

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DNA discovery highlights how we maintain healthy blood sugar levels after meals

08 Jun 2023

A study of the DNA of more than 55,000 people worldwide has shed light on how we maintain healthy blood sugar levels after we have eaten, with...

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GP survey reveals health and healthcare inequalities of trans and non-binary adults

07 Feb 2023

Trans and non-binary adults are more likely than the general population to experience long-term health conditions, including mental health problems...

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London Underground polluted with metallic particles small enough to enter human bloodstrem

15 Dec 2022

The London Underground is polluted with ultrafine metallic particles small enough to end up in the human bloodstream, according to University of...

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Fitness levels accurately predicted using wearable devices – no exercise required

01 Dec 2022

Cambridge researchers have developed a method for measuring overall fitness accurately on wearable devices – and more robustly than current consumer...

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The “zero-chance” doctor who now advises government

19 Oct 2022

Growing up on free school meals at one of the lowest performing state schools in the country, Raghib Ali went on to become a leading epidemiologist...

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Just over half of six-year-olds in Britain meet physical activity guidelines

11 Aug 2022

Fifty-three percent of six-year-olds met the recommended daily guidelines for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in a study carried out pre-...

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Messaging on healthy foods may not prompt healthier purchases: study

28 Jun 2022

Healthy food cues standing alone don’t prompt healthier buying decisions, but they may counter advertising for sugary and fatty foods, says study co-...

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Reducing TV viewing to less than one hour a day could help prevent more than one in ten cases of coronary heart disease

24 May 2022

Watching too much TV is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease regardless of an individual’s genetic makeup, say a team of...

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The social scientist who inadvertently became a poet

25 Mar 2022

At the age of thirteen Mona Jebril found herself stranded in Gaza, becoming a refugee for the second time in her life. Her talent and determination...

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New model improves accuracy of machine learning in COVID-19 diagnosis while preserving privacy

16 Dec 2021

Researchers in the UK and China have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that can diagnose COVID-19 as well as a panel of professional...

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