The Physical Issues You Didn’t Know You Were At Risk Of When Pushing To Finish Your PhD

** In Collaboration** It’s no secret to any student that studying for a PhD can take a severe toll on mental health. The psychological struggles of students have been coming to the fore for years now, and they’re finally getting the attention they deserve. Go figure that high-stress levels and insane workloads are making people pretty miserable. The chances are […]

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Beyond Brushing & Flossing: the Oral Health Routine That Works

** In collaboration **  If you’re lucky, then just having one set of teeth is all that you’ll get. So it is very important that you take care of the teeth that you do have in the best way possible. Teeth can be painful and expensive to repair, so taking care of them each day, just like you do with things like your hair, skin, and general health, is the best way to make sure that they stay in good condition (and hopefully, anything extreme or disastrous happens to them). Not only are your teeth important to look after, but your gums are too. Oral health in all forms is important, but it does have a knock-on impact on your general health too. Oral health is closely related to heart health, so that is another reason why taking care is one of the best things to be doing. You are likely to be someone that is brushing their teeth each day; this is something that we all get taught from being children. But what about some other ways to look after your teeth? You can be doing more than brushing twice a day. Here are some tips and reminders to make sure that your oral health is as good as possible. Fluoride Toothpaste Fluoride is something that helps to harden teeth and helps to protect the enamel of your teeth. It also helps to reduce the risk of decay with […]

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10 Foods That Soothe Your Gut

** In collaboration**  Food is amazing. It doesn’t matter whether you are a sorcerer of steak, a lover of legumes or a fiend for fruit, food has something that brings people together. It’s not just a key to bring family and friends together around the dining table, but it’s what we need for survival. Thankfully, most of the population has come a long way from the diet of the caveman – though some do prefer the Paleo way of life today – and food is a source of nutrition, health and enjoyment all rolled into one. Food plays a very important role in health, because you are what you eat. If you prefer a diet filled with processed foods and refined sugars, you’re not going to necessarily be unhealthy, but you’re going to feel sluggish and lacking in energy much of the time. It’s not because any food is inherently ‘bad’ for you, but because all food plays a role in the way your body performs. For example, without regular water, your body will feel tired, dehydrated and you can develop headaches because your brain isn’t as hydrated as it should be. Similarly, the digestive tract has a vital role in your health, and because it’s responsible for absorbing the nutrients that you consume and eliminates waste, you have to ensure your digestive tract stays as healthy as possible. By not looking after your health, you can end up developing […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Rosalind Miller, PhD in Global Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

My research focusses on practices of retail pharmacies in Bangalore, India. My fieldwork included a standardised patient (mystery shopper) survey of Bangalore’s pharmacies. This involved trained researchers presenting at a random sample of 333 pharmacies with standardised cases of diarrhoea for an (absent) child and suspected tuberculosis. I also conducted in-depth interviews with pharmacy workers and other key informants. You […]

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