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Autism not linked to eating fish during pregnancy – large new study

Caroline Taylor, University of Bristol Eating fish while you’re pregnant does not increase the chance that your child will be autistic or have autistic traits, our latest study shows. In fact, our study suggests that fish may be beneficial for the development of a healthy nervous system. A possible link between mercury exposure and autism […]

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What your poo says about your health

Martin Veysey, University of Hull Opening your bowels is a basic function of life. But despite the fact we all do it, pooing is not often thought to be a topic suitable for polite conversation. However, recent popular interest in gut health and the composition of poo – as well as the bacterial populations that […]

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Popularity of the name ‘Donald’ plunges as ‘Melania’ rises: how names accrue social meaning

Popularity of the name ‘Donald’ plunges as ‘Melania’ rises: how names accrue social meaning

Philip Seargeant, The Open University While his overall approval ratings might remain surprisingly upbeat, there’s one poll in which “The Donald” has seen a consistent decline. As Time magazine announced in 2017: “The Popularity of ‘Donald’ as a Baby Name Has Hit an All-Time Low.” And this downward trend has continued in 2018. According to […]

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Public warned over freakish bank holiday injuries

With hot weather set to coincide with the upcoming bank holiday doctors have warned of the increased threat of freakish domestic accidents. Trauma surgeons report seeing a spike in nasty injuries at the start of summer as people use the extra time and sunny weather to fix up their homes and gardens, the Royal College […]

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Do not adjust your set – advert could fool millions into believing their TV is broken

Do not adjust your set – advert could fool millions into believing their TV is broken

A new advert is set to leave millions of Brits fearing their TV set has broken down. Telly addicts will see their sets appear to SWITCH OFF this Friday night during ad breaks between The Simpsons, Coronation Street and First Dates. The 20 second advert will start with a buzz of static, followed by five […]

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How to run a 10k in the heat – according to an endurance athlete

How to run a 10k in the heat – according to an endurance athlete

As mercury creeps up across the country, running routines are being disrupted by sweaty and downright uncomfortable conditions. Extreme-athlete Mark Hines is well practiced in dealing with sweltering temperatures during running events having competed in the Marathon des Sables – a 251 kilometre ultra marathon through the heart of the Moroccan Sahara Desert where temperatures […]

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Beauty myths: 13 of the biggest misconceptions debunked

Beauty myths: 13 of the biggest misconceptions debunked

While we might all have a beauty regime we swear by, there are plenty of tall tales and so-called miracle fixes floating around that can send us panic-buying a bunch of products we don’t really need. Does crossing your legs give you varicose veins? Can wrinkles really be erased? Here are 13 of the most […]

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is a swaggering space adventure

★★★★ Review by Matthew Turner During the troubled production of this new prequel spin-off in the Star Wars saga, following the backstory of beloved space rogue Han Solo, the original directors left over creative differences mid-way through shooting. As Solo himself might say: “I have a bad feeling about this.” And yet, if there were any […]

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Shipwrecked is re-surfacing: how you can apply to be on the reality show comeback

Shipwrecked is re-surfacing: how you can apply to be on the reality show comeback

Classic reality series Shipwrecked is set to return to our screens after seven years away – and you could be one of the contestants. Channel 4 has opened casting for the return of the series, which will see two groups setting up camps on rivals islands: Shark Island, and Tiger Island. The two ‘tribes’ will […]

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CD reviews: Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Arctic Monkeys, Giant Haystacks, Adam Stafford, Sweeney Straddles The Sun, Modern Studies

CD reviews: Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Arctic Monkeys, Giant Haystacks, Adam Stafford, Sweeney Straddles The Sun, Modern Studies

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Alex Turner and pals didn’t become the last guitar band to really matter without taking some risks along the way – so why not follow up rock god opus AM with a cosmic crooner collection? Composed entirely on piano by the frontman, it’s easy to imagine him […]

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