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Obesity fear as study finds more than half of babies are given solid food too early

Obesity fear as study finds more than half of babies are given solid food too early

Most parents are feeding their babies solid foods too early – raising their risk of obesity and diabetes, according to new research. More than half of infants are being started on them before the recommended six months of age – with one-in-six beginning before they are even four months old. On the other hand one-in-eight […]

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Dry January: how much money can you save if you quit your vices?

Dry January: how much money can you save if you quit your vices?

New Year is the time when we turn over a new leaf – or hear our friends banging on about how they’re going to ring the changes get fitter and healthier. But for those of us who are still struggling to get off the sofa after a festive season of indulgence, it may be that […]

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Rumour mill: Wenger open to Sanchez offers | Gaitan heated as Premier League teams duke it out for Athletico star | Norwich City captain keen on  Rangers move | Turkish delight for Giroud | Magpies duo free to find other clubs

The transfer window is open and the rumours are flying. Here are some of the latest adding grist to the mill. Price is right for Coutinho dream move to Barca An offer of £130million could see Philippe Coutinho move to Barcelona, according to the Mirror. Liverpool managed to keep hold of the 25-year-old during the […]

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How to avoid sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

How to avoid sexual harassment at the office Christmas party

Philip Hancock, University of Essex and Melissa Tyler, University of Essex With the Christmas party season upon us, many will be dreading much more than simply the prospect of small talk over sausage rolls with their colleagues. Despite its clarion call for peace on Earth and goodwill to all men, for many – women especially […]

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Fact Check: does the north of England now get as much transport spending as the south?

Fact Check: does the north of England now get as much transport spending as the south?

“When you include those centrally funded and locally delivered projects, this government is spending more per head on transport in the northwest than we are in the southeast.” Chris Grayling, Sectary of State for Transport, 21 September 2017 There is a widely held view, fuelled by the media, that the north of England is hard […]

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Banning booze at World Cup 2018 won’t help curb violence — but fan parks will

Banning booze at World Cup 2018 won’t help curb violence — but fan parks will

Joel Rookwood, University of Central Lancashire Some of the biggest names in world football attended the glittering 2018 FIFA World Cup draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The red carpet event had all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood movie premier. One thing that the organisers would have wanted to brush under […]

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What is Britain First – the far-right group retweeted by Donald Trump?

What is Britain First – the far-right group retweeted by Donald Trump?

Chris Allen, University of Birmingham Donald Trump’s decision to retweet a number of videos originally posted by Jayda Fransen – the deputy leader of the far-right street movement Britain First – was as unfounded as it was unexpected. Retweeted without additional comment, the three videos purported to show a group of Muslims pushing a boy […]

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You don’t need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn’t flat – here’s the simple science

You don’t need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn’t flat – here’s the simple science

Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University Could 2,000 years of belief be wrong? Are we in fact living on a disc rather than a globe? One believer from the Flat Earth Society is determined to find out. “Mad” Mike Hughes is all set to build his own rocket to see for himself that the Earth is […]

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Budget 2017: The winners and losers

Budget 2017: The winners and losers

Winners First time buyers The new Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) exemption for first-time buyers is worth up to £5,000 in cash terms for all those buying at or below £500,000. It applies to individuals completing on a property purchase on or after today. Also, the extension of the discount railcard for people aged up […]

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Three or four cups of coffee a day does you more good than harm

Three or four cups of coffee a day does you more good than harm

Robin Poole, University of Southampton Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. This is important to know because around the world over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Earlier studies have […]

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