Tag: Health

The 5 Biggest Problems in the UK

The General Election is coming soon and the UK is getting ready to vote. Here is a list of the main topics of political debate here: 1) Health The UK runs a public health service called the NHS (National Health Service). This means that anybody who needs medical attention receives it for free. It is funded by taxes. The NHS is a big concern for many voters because; The UK population is increasing and people are also living longer. This means that there is a strain on services; there are more people needing medical care and not enough doctors...

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How to make white rice healthier

White rice has a lot of calories. Scientists in Sri Lanka have discovered a technique that reduces the calories by 60%. This could help people lose weight. The method is to boil the rice with one teaspoon of coconut oil. You then let it cool and put it in the refrigerator for 12 hours. After 12 hours, the calories will have reduced by 60%. Sarah Coe from the British Nutrition Foundation says that this method could also improve digestion and regulate blood sugar levels. However, more research needs to be done to confirm this. Story and Photo: BBC Vocabulary:...

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Can Cannabis Cure Cancer?

There are lots of reports online that cannabis oil cures cancer. Cannabis has been used for years as a way to relax patients and ease pain. But could it also cure them completely? A video from the BBC shows that some people who have cancer have recovered from the disease after taking cannabis oil. Another report from the Daily Mail (a British newspaper) tells the story of Mike Cutler, 63, who found a YouTube video about cannabis oil and decided to try it. His doctors have confirmed that his cancer has vanished. There are currently lots of studies being...

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Facebook removes “feeling fat” status option

Facebook has removed the “feeling fat” option for statuses. An online campaign on change.org received 17,000 signatures asking for the option to be removed. The campaign said that “fat” was not a feeling. It said that this could be offensive to people who are overweight. It also said that it might hurt people who have body-image problems and cause problems for people who have an eating disorder like anorexia. Facebook has replaced the “feeling fat” option with “feeling stuffed”. Vocabulary: campaign (n), signature (n), overweight (adj), eating disorder (n), anorexia (n), stuffed (adj) Photo and Story: The...

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The best time to go to bed is 10pm

An expert in sleep says that the best time to go to bed is 10pm at night. We should then wake up at 6am. Shawn Stevenson is an expert in health and nutrition who has studied human sleeping patterns. He believes 10pm is the best bedtime because this is when the sun sets, and 6am is the ideal time to wake up because this is when the sun rises. The closer our sleeping pattern is to the sun, he says, the more energy we will have during the day. He also said that looking at electronics before going to bed (computers and phones etc,) makes sleeping more difficult. The blue light from these electronics is the worst. If you need to look at an electronic device before going to bed, he says you should change the setting so that there is no blue light. He also says you should avoid caffeine, sugar and dairy products such as milk or cheese in the evening. This will make it harder to sleep. Vocabulary: to confirm (v), pattern (n), bedtime (n), to set (sun) (v), to rise (sun) (v), electronic device (n), setting (n), caffeine (n), dairy (n). Discussion: 1) what time do you usually go to bed? 2) What time do you wake up? 3) Is your sleeping pattern different at weekends? 4) Do you think that 10pm is a good...

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