Bad and boujee: the lifestyle that took over TV

When Donald Glover kicked off a great year for television at the Golden Globes this January, the soundtrack to his success was obvious: “I really want to thank the Migos,” he said as he accepted Atlanta’s award for best TV series – musical or comedy. “Not for being on the show, but for making Bad and Boujee. Like, that’s the best song ever.” The next day, as if to prove the deeply felt sincerity of these comments, footage of Glover getting down to the track at an afterparty turned up on Instagram. Is Migos’…

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Food: the good, the bad and the ugly

A Royal Society of Medicine Meeting Review by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab) As a society, we may be more obsessed with food than we’ve ever been. The alarming levels of obesity along with the rise of clean eating and orthorexia are perhaps just some indicators of the food-obsessed world we live in. There is a multitude of information out there on food and diet but also a lot of smoke and mirrors. A recent Royal Society of Medicine event ‘Food: The good, the bad and the ugly’ aimed to bust…

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Bad news: Don’t wrap food in newspapers, printing ink contains harmful colours

Wrapping food items in newspaper is bad for your health as its ink has multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects, the Food, Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) said on Friday. “Wrapping food in newspapers is an unhealthy practice and the consumption of such food is injurious to health, even if the food has been cooked hygienically,” FSSAI said in an advisory. “Printing inks may also contain harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro organisms in used newspapers also poses…

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It’s Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a Health Expert Lead HUD, Though

Donald Trump’s choice to have his one-time rival Ben Carson head the Department of Housing and Urban Development has triggered a lot of head-scratching. Carson’s ongoing dilly-dallying on whether to accept the job has perhaps driven many into full excoriation disorder, wondering why a retired neurosurgeon with no housing policy experience is even being considered. CityLab’s Kriston Capps assembled a comprehensive set of opinions from housing experts on why having Carson lead HUD would be a huge mistake—not least of which is the doctor’s allergy to fair housing principles. But…

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Bad mood? New app senses emotion and suggests food to lift spirits

Anew app which monitors facial expressions to assess mood and then suggests the perfect food to lift or the spirits, or quell anxiety, has been developed by scientists at Oxford University. Professor Charles Spence an experimental scientist has teamed up with food delivery service ‘Just Eat’ to launch new ‘mood mapping’ technology which is being trialled for the first time this weekend ahead of a roll out later this year. The new app scans the face for signs of emotions, such as downturned lips and eyes and frown lines, and…

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Sitting at home on sickness benefits is bad for health, says Green

Working is better for people’s health than “sitting at home living on benefits” for sickness and disability, the work and pensions secretary has said before the launch of a welfare review. Damian Green will launch a consultation on disability and sickness benefits later on Monday. It will look specifically at how people qualify for sick pay and doctors’ notes, and review the controversial work capability assessments which determine whether disabled people are eligible for welfare. Charities have welcomed the review of the WCA but there are some concerns that sick…

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Why Donald Trump’s Education Policies Are Bad For Our Students

I’m tired, I have a headache and I’m really glad the debates are over. Like most Americans, I have post-presidential debate hangover syndrome. Watching the debates and then arguing about them with friends (and a few strangers) into the wee hours of the morning can do that to you. Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, what I find striking about the debates is that we heard the candidates’ views on a range of issues, but we didn’t hear much regarding their thoughts on education, especially from Donald…

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