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placentas in a dish

Little is known by the public about the placenta but in fact it’s absolutely essential for supporting the baby as it grows inside the mother. read more

the future of using patient data to improve healthcare

The explosion of technology has the potential to transform healthcare, allowing patients to wear devices and use apps to monitor and improve their health, and for appointments and records to be used in a smarter, more joined-up way. read more

dietary fats and health

We’ve heard various strong and sometimes conflicting claims from celebrities and politicians about the merits and harms of dietary fats when it comes to our health and our waistlines. read more

uk climate projections 2018 (UKCP18)

On Monday 26 November, the UK Climate Projections 2018 (UKCP18) was published. This is the first major update of climate projections in nearly 10 years, illustrating a range of future climate scenarios. read more

launch of the public consultation on Plan S

The Lancet Countdown was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. read more

problematic internet use

Concerns about social media and internet use are igniting debate across society. It is never far from the news and there is growing interest in what we’re looking at. read more

foundation for responsible robotics report on drones in the service of society

Like all new technologies drones can be used for good or ill. Drones are frequently used to target militants in conflict, but they can also find and save casualties during environmental catastrophes. The Foundation for Responsible Robotics  turned their attention to the risks and benefits of drones and to that end published a consultation report in the Hague. read more

Water, weather and climate change

This summer’s much vaunted hosepipe ban was called off at the eleventh hour as was the SMC’s emergency briefing on the ban. The briefing was adjusted to discuss broader issues including the likelihood of future bans, the influence of climate change and what is being done to protect water resources. read more

greenhouse gas removal – a joint report

A joint report by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society presents an ambitious plan for how the UK can lead the way in deploying greenhouse gas removal (GGR) technologies to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It is the first time that a range of GGR technologies have been assessed for their real-world potential in being used together to meet climate goals in the UK over the next 30 years. read more

ADHD medications – How well do they actually work?

The use of medication for ADHD, particularly in children, is very controversial with lots of public concern about over-prescribing and side-effects from the drugs. Added to that, previous well-publicised research has suggested some of these drugs may not be as good as we thought. read more

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