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Britain’s Sugar Tax: Will it be a Sweet Deal?

Last month, Chancellor George Osborne outlined the government’s economic plans in the 2016 Budget. This included the surprise introduction of a national sugar levy on soft drinks to combat childhood obesity. But will it work? In this article, Jiska van der Reest reviews the science behind the legislation and its promise for public health.

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April 1, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 465

Millions of people in the UK take antibiotics every year to clear infection, but in some cases, could they actually be doing more harm than good?

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Helping Fractures Heal

March 31, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 490

Andrés explores the science of bone healing with a view to current and new applications for orthopaedic surgery based in new conductive materials, growth factors and stem cells.

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Is the Fate of the Earth a Question of Psychology?

March 31, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 449

Jessica Bownes discusses a multitude of the World's problems and discovers that they may all share a common, single solution.