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Critical window for learning a language

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library There is a critical cut-off age for learning a language fluently, according to research. If you want to have native-like knowledge of English grammar, for example, you should ideally start before age 10, say the researchers. People remain highly skilled learners until 17 or 18, when ability tails off.The findings, in the journal Cognition, come from an online grammar test taken by nearly 670,000
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Will paying more for alcohol and sugary drinks make us healthier?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A minimum price on alcohol is being introduced in Scotland, in a bid to cut problem drinking.It follows the introduction of a UK-wide sugar tax, as part of measures to tackle obesity. But does making unhealthy products more expensive persuade people to make "better" choices? And what are the trade-offs associated with doing so?Everybody will pay moreThe price increases being introduced could lead to significant
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How your diet could influence the age of your menopause

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A diet high in carbs could bring on an earlier menopause, a study suggests. Eating lots of pasta and rice was associated with reaching menopause one-and-a-half years earlier than the average age of women in the UK of 51.However, the University of Leeds study of 914 UK women, also found that a diet rich in oily fish and peas and beans may delay natural menopause.But
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The people fighting pollution with plastic-free periods

[ad_1] Image caption Most widespread disposable menstrual products contain plastics that can't be recycled or reused Talking about periods openly can be difficult, and discussing menstrual waste can be even harder. While the fight against single-use plastics like straws and shopping bags has become a mainstream issue, activists and environmental groups say disposable menstrual products are part of the problem too.How many women actually know their tampons and pads may
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Alfie Evans: When are parents denied the final say?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Protesters tried to storm the Alder Hey hospital entrance The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans were embroiled in a lengthy legal challenge against the decision to prevent him from leaving the country for treatment.His death, almost a week after life support was withdrawn, raises painful questions around what happens when doctors and parents disagree about what's best for a child. The toddler had been
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Living with a child with Down’s syndrome

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photo Image caption Back row (L-R): Daniel, Emily and Mark Harris; Front (L-R): Kate and James "Living with a child with Down's syndrome is exactly the same as living with our children who don't."Life can be a little more colourful, it can be a bit slower, but it has all the joys of raising a child who doesn't have Down's syndrome."Kate and Mark Harris, from Barry
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Can we trust BMI to measure obesity?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Knowing your weight and height is enough to calculate your body mass index You've been using our fat calculator in your droves, working out your BMI (body mass index) and comparing the result with people in your age group and your part of the UK.But a few people have been critical. They say using BMI to measure whether they are healthy, overweight or
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Thousands of pre-NHS healthcare photographs discovered

[ad_1] Image copyright PA/Historic England Archive Image caption This 1940 image shows a nurse holding transfusion equipment for dried plasma Thousands of photographs documenting healthcare in Britain before the NHS was founded have been discovered.The 4,050 images, taken between 1938 and 1943, were uncovered by staff at Historic England's archive in Swindon.The images show blood transfusions and sterilising equipment, as well as healthcare staff enjoying time off.Abigail Coats, from Historic
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London Marathon: Broken leg runner Jo Denton thanks heroes

[ad_1] Image copyright Jo Denton Image caption St John Ambulance volunteer Ollie Needham helped Jo Denton in The Mall A runner has thanked the "wonderful strangers" who helped her complete the last four miles of the London Marathon with a broken leg.Jo Denton, 41, from Poole in Dorset, who was fundraising for Children with Cancer UK, carried on after suffering what she thought was a sprained knee.Runners and race volunteers
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What I’d say to my younger self

[ad_1] If you had the chance to live your life again, what advice would you give to your younger self?Four members of the Birmingham 1,000 Elders group at the University of Birmingham reflect on their lives and the decisions they made.The group helps with research into life as an older adult in the UK as well as medical research around issues such as heart disease, infections in old age and