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Thursday 15th December 2016

Why do we love or hate Christmas?

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Christmas is a time of joy, celebration and love for many across the world. However, these feelings are not universally shared, and like a festive Marmite others find the obligatory decorations, mulled wine and mince pies a bit of a humbug! So, what might lead to such different opinions? We can perhaps provide an explanation based upon learned experiences that change how much we like and want something.
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Thursday 15th September 2016

Pneumonia: the risks, the outcomes and the Presidential candidate

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Recent events have shone a spotlight on pneumonia, and sparked a debate as to whether those who develop this condition can be described as medically fit to hold high office. But what are the realities and risks of pneumonia?
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Thursday 15th September 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 17th March 2016

The questions raised by freedom of information and arrests made for leaving children home alone

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´╗┐Freedom of information requests and the ways these are interpreted by the media can answer important questions and shed light on particular custom and practice, on legal loopholes and on cases of ridiculously outdated law. However, such requests often raise more questions than they answer, highlighting a clear need for rigorous research and enquiry to explore what might be important lines of enquiry.
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Thursday 17th March 2016
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