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Canned laughter ‘makes jokes funnier’

Image copyright Getty Images Adding canned laughter to the punchline of jokes – even “dad jokes” – makes them funnier, according to a study. The effect was even bigger if real, spontaneous giggles accompanied a gag, the University College London scientists said. They tried out 40 different jokes, ranging from the groan-worthy to the hilarious, […]

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Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030

Image copyright Getty Images The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health. Promoting physical activity, developing guidelines on sleep and targeting those at risk of diabetes are also set out as priorities in the green paper. The […]

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UK newborn baby screening ‘not good enough’

Image copyright Getty Images UK babies are missing out on checks for rare but serious health conditions, putting lives at risk, according to a report from the charity Genetic Alliance UK. The NHS offers newborns a blood test to screen for up to nine conditions. Many other European countries look for 20 or more illnesses […]

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Resistant malaria spreading in South-East Asia

Image copyright Getty Images Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South-East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say. The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs. Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could […]