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Celebs … please stop lying to us about your eating habits

OPINION Why is it that the thinner and more toned the women of the red carpet are, the more compelled they seem to feel to tell us that they eat like pigs and never go to the gym? This week the gorgeous Michelle Keegan, from British soap opera Coronation Street, was the latest to tell us all how much she Read More


Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain

“Meditation could ease the agony of back pain, a study suggests,” the Daily Mirror reports. A US study compared a technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) with usual care and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for long-term non-specific lower back pain. The term “non-specific” refers to when there are no obvious causes, such as a slipped disc. MBSR is based on yoga Read More


The 3 Es of eLearning

What should the E in eLearning stand for? Originally it stood for Electronic, which shows how long the term has been around. Perhaps it’s for this reason there remain preconceptions that can limit its use in education; for example, eLearning software is complicated. Teachers haven’t time to waste working out how to use it, they want something that’s simple to Read More


Sugar levels in children’s fruit juices ‘unacceptably high’

“Fruit juices and smoothies contain ‘unacceptably high’ levels of sugar,” reports The Guardian. That was the stark conclusion of a new study looking at the sugar content of fruit juices and smoothies marketed at kids in the UK. Of the 203 kids’ drinks the researchers checked from major supermarket shelves, most (117, 58%) would receive a Food Standards Agency red colour-coded Read More


Six mistakes you’re making when loading your dishwasher

MOST people just throw the dishes in the dishwasher wherever they may fit — that’s the luxury of having a washer in the first place right? Wrong. Experts say you’re not loading this handy appliance properly. Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances for the Good Housekeeping Institute, told the Independent that the chore causes a lot of angst among families. Read More


Sunderland talks business with new tech apprenticeship

A North East University is collaborating with industry on a new Degree Apprenticeship; continuing its work to deliver graduates with higher-level skills and address the regional high-tech skills gap. The University of Sunderland is one of a select group of UK higher-level teaching institutions to be working directly with businesses on a new Higher Degree Apprenticeship programme. The programme, which is Read More


Can concussion be tested for with a ‘simple’ blood test?

“A new blood test can detect a concussion up to a week after a head injury,” the Daily Mail reports. The test involved checking for biomarkers, which are substances created by a specific biological condition or state. In this case researchers looked at two biomarkers – proteins called glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1). These Read More


Britain’s schools ‘hit by sexting epidemic involving children as young as 12’

Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years Rex Britain’s school children are experiencing a “sexting crisis”, according to a newspaper investigation. Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years, leading the Government and child-protection groups to call for compulsory sex education Read More


UK trade deficit narrows in January

The UK’s trade deficit narrowed in January, official figures show, but its goods trade gap with the EU widened to a record level. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the total trade deficit – covering goods and services – shrank to £3.5bn from £3.7bn in December. The deficit in goods alone narrowed to £10.29bn – down from £10.45bn the Read More


China economy: Slow output fuels global economic recovery fears

China’s industrial output has slowed to its weakest growth since the financial crisis, prompting concerns over the global recovery. Production rose by 5.4% in January and February – the worst since 2008. China is trying to refocus its economy from investment and export-led growth to consumer spending. UK finance minister George Osborne said China’s slowdown is one of a “dangerous Read More