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Thursday 4th August 2016

Small particles: big implications for our health and the environment

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The governance of small particles has remained firmly in the headlines recently. UK cities continue to exceed EU air pollution limits (including airborne particle standards), due to emissions from vehicles. Reports continue to emerge of substantial health consequences for Europe and globally; air pollution exposure is rated the eighth most common cause of death in the world by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Date:
Thursday 4th August 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

Understanding why elite sportspeople turn to doping

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Why do so many elite sportspeople turn to doping?The frequency of doping scandals in sport shows that testing appears to be an insufficient deterrent against doping for many athletes, and there may be a case to be had that they dope simply 'because they can get away with it'.
Date:
Thursday 30th June 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Stroke awareness: are mini strokes being overlooked?

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May is Stroke Awareness Month. But are transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs), or 'mini-strokes' really that transient and are they being overlooked by both clinicians and policy makers?
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Thursday 12th May 2016
Thursday 14th April 2016

Freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic: understanding environment-biodiversity linkages in a changing climate

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This winter many extreme weather events have been recorded around the globe. Temperatures broke records in February and 2016 is expected to become the hottest year on record. Although partly due to the El Niño phenomenon, anthropogenic climate change is also responsible and the Arctic isn't exempt.
Date:
Thursday 14th April 2016
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