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Explaining unexpected baby scan news to expectant parents

New scanning protocols have been drawn up for the thousands of expectant parents affected by pregnancy complications each year. Research led by the University of Leeds will for the first time provide sonographers with specific words and phrases to be used consistently when explaining miscarriages, fetal deaths and anomalies during scans. At present, there is […]

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Cannabis use shows substantial risks, no benefits for cardiovascular health

The chemicals in cannabis have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and atrial fibrillation in observational studies; however, a full understanding of how use of cannabis affects the heart and blood vessels is limited by a lack of adequate research, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart […]

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UCLA launches major mental health study to discover insights about depression

While the capability to diagnose cancer and heart problems has advanced by giant steps in recent years, methods to detect depression have stubbornly stayed the same for more than a century: Observe patients, and ask them how they are doing. UCLA has launched a major new study, sponsored by and in collaboration with Apple, designed […]

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How to make the perfect Russian salad

“Ooh, Russian salad!” a friend messaged when I told her what I was doing for this week’s column. “That always reminds me of Barcelona.” Another had fond memories of mayonnaise-laden vegetable cubes from her schooldays in Brittany, while Sabrina Ghayour describes it as one of the most popular salads in Iran and Niloufer Ichaporia King […]

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Nigel Slater’s recipe for spaghetti with broccoli and herb sauce

The recipePut a large saucepan of water on to boil. Meanwhile, cut 500g of broccoli into small florets and cut the main stalk into small pieces. Add salt to the water, then introduce the broccoli, stems first, followed a minute or so later by the florets, and cook for 3 minutes. Drain the broccoli and […]

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Tea in a microwave? New research says it could be the perfect cuppa

Name: Tea Appearance: Hot liquid of a colour somewhere between dark brown and milky beige, according to taste. Age: Allegedly invented by accident in 2737 BC, when some leaves from a camellia bush fell into boiling water. Sorry, but that is not how you make tea. Of course not. First, you have to put the […]

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Salad days: 17 easy, delicious dressings – from pink peppercorn to tahini

From time to time, you meet people who say: “I can’t make salad dressing.” On the face of it this is a bit like admitting you can’t ride a bike or tie shoelaces, but what they really mean, I suspect, is that they don’t want to make the salad dressing. They want you to make […]

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These Green Energy Tips Will Save You Money!

  The planet earth contains different sources of energy that can be used to make our lives simpler. The major drawback to many of these sources is that they are harmful to the environment. However, there are greener alternative energy sources that exist that have less of an environmental impact, and you will find out […]