Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

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Exclusive: Melbourne, Accra and Ulaanbaatar among cities to benefit from funding pledged by former New York mayor to tackle issues from air pollution to obesity Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire bte noire of both the sugar industry and the tobacco industry, famously fought for a ban on the sale of large-sized colas and other sweet drinks […]

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

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US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is […]

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What purple can tell us about life on other planets

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(CNN)The lush green planet that we call home may have actually looked purple in its earliest days, according to the “Purple Earth hypothesis.” These purple organisms may have reigned supreme and existed in varying concentrations across the planet, said Shiladitya DasSarma, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Maryland. DasSarma has studied one of […]

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Nurofen class action could yield very small individual payments, lawyer says

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Painkiller manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser settled an Australian class action over its specific pain range last month A $3.5m class action over Nurofen tablets that applying online and then filling out a statutory declaration, which will be emailed out. No proof of purchase is required, but those who claim to have spent more than $200 on […]

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Shadow of leprosy falls again as experts claim millions of cases go undiagnosed

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Widespread belief that disease was all but beaten may have bred complacency, specialists warn, amid fears that number of cases is 50% higher than reported Millions of new leprosy cases are going undiagnosed and untreated, 15 years after one of the worlds most feared and infamous diseases was declared to be virtually eliminated. Experts believe […]

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From ancient tribes to modern civilization, what do our microbiomes say about us?

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(CNN)You’ve probably heard that expression “you are what you eat.” Researchers estimate the total surface area of the human gut at 3,000 square feet — larger than a tennis court — with the number of microbes in it outnumbering human cells 10 to one. “They have about twice the diversity a Westernized population has,” said […]

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South Koreas inequality paradox: long life, good health and poverty

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How is it possible that a country responsible for impressive gains in healthcare and nutrition finds itself with nearly half its older citizens living in relative poverty? Earlier this year, an international team of scientists published in the Lancet, marked the first time average lifespans for men or women anywhere in the world have exceeded […]

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