How universities can help scale back the ‘Freshman 15’

Students typically gain weight in their first year of university. There are expressions to reflect this knowledge, such as the “freshman 15” in North America (which assumes students gain 15 pounds, or around 8kg) and “freshman fatties” or “fresher five” in Australia and New Zealand. Studies have confirmed the weight gain as fact, although the amount gained is, on average, […]

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Costly ‘scale and polish’ service at the dentist ‘may be unnecessary’

Costly ‘scale and polish’ service at the dentist ‘may be unnecessary for those with good teeth’ as evidence finds it makes ‘no difference’ to dental health The clean involves scraping to remove plaque and a polish to make teeth smooth It costs £11.40 on the NHS and around five times that at some private practices But it may make ‘little […]

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