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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?
Date:
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.
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Thursday 14th April 2016
Friday 16th October 2015

Humanitarian crisis in Calais refugee camp needs urgent political attention

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The European refugee crisis, including the attempts of people to reach Britain from Calais, has dominated the news for several months, with the main focus being on security concerns and border controls.However, there is another humanitarian crisis unfolding in Calais, where around 3,000 people are living in conditions detrimental to their health, and which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
Date:
Friday 16th October 2015
Thursday 20th August 2015

Ageing muscles: can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

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It doesn't take a scientist to tell you that as we get older, our bodies tend to become smaller, weaker and frailer.
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Thursday 20th August 2015
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