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Cancer ‘mainly bad luck’? An unfortunate and distracting headline

Category: Science blog January 5, 2015

A recent high-profile news story claimed that cancer was ‘mostly bad luck’. We look at the science behind the claims, and why the headlines were so misleading

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600,000 preventable cancers – the size of the healthy living prize

Category: Science blog December 26, 2014

Lifestyle factors have caused nearly 600,000 extra cases of cancer in the UK in the past five years – so what can we do about it?

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No, sunbathing is NOT a ‘great new way to lose weight’

Category: Science blog October 24, 2014

Research published today about sun, weight and diabetes has made for some worrying, or even misleading, headlines.

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10 tips to keep the children healthy this summer holiday

Category: Science blog August 12, 2014

Summer is officially here, so we’ve put together a few suggestions for how you can keep children healthy this summer holiday.

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Will I burn? Our new online app helps you predict today’s sunburn risk

Category: Science blog July 1, 2014

Do you know how strong the sun is in your area today? Our new online app can help you find out.

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Mapping cancer risks – what can (and can’t) it tell us?

Category: Science blog April 25, 2014

The new Environment and Health Atlas charts data about diseases such as cancer alongside environmental risk factors including pollution and pesticides.

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Why today’s reports about skin cancer and alcohol are misleading

Category: Science blog January 29, 2014

The evidence that triggered headlines about heavy drinking and melanoma isn’t strong enough to link skin cancer and alcohol.

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