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Thursday 9th February 2017

Tackling obesity and diabetes in diverse communities: why food matters

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The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes is a major global public health concern. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes currently affects 422 million people worldwide, with the prevalence almost doubling from 4.7 per cent in 1980 to 8.5 per cent in 2014. Similar trends are occurring in the UK, with cases of type 2 diabetes rising from 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996, and this is projected to rise to 5 million by 2025.
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Thursday 9th February 2017
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'.
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Thursday 30th June 2016
Tuesday 27th August 2013

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?
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Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory earlier this week was, in many ways, unsurprising. He was long regarded among many tennis fans and experts as a highly talented tennis player. However, until last year, his talent and incredible determination had proved insufficient to secure a grand slam victory.
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Tuesday 27th August 2013
Friday 26th July 2013

2012 and the 'Legacy' Games: assessing the Olympic Legacy one year on

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For many years sport has been viewed by political elites as a panacea of all ills. In particular sports mega-events, such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, are looked upon as opportunities to transform, increase, improve and grow anything from mass participation in physical activity, to urban regeneration, economic growth and a nation's international image. The benefits derived from such events are termed 'legacies,' and the promise of them materialising is often used as the chief justificatory discourse for the investment of large sums of public finance into hosting a sports mega-event at the outset.
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Friday 26th July 2013
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