Human Interest

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    Welcome to your regular column on the science of human beings…and being human. Brought to you by Lauren Donley, an unashamed science nerd who never misses an opportunity to share a story about bodily functions. Please note that this article is for general interest and is not a replacement for medical care. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please contact your doctor.

    Ginger roots:The surprising origin of red hair

    In a nod to World Redhead Day on 26th May, let’s comb through the science of red hair and how it’s passed down from parent to child (or not).

    Do you or your kids play sports? You need to learn about concussion

    Concussion is classified as a type of traumatic brain injury which means it should always be taken seriously

    Death cap mushrooms: Don’t be left in the dark

    Autumn provides ideal growing conditions for a number of species, including Amanita phalloides – otherwise known as the death cap mushroom.

    Eating before swimming: Is it safe to go back in the water?

    For generations, our parents and grandparents have warned against the perils of swimming within an hour or two of eating.


    ‘Leisure sickness’, a phenomenon described as: 'the condition of people developing symptoms of sickness during weekends and/or vacations'.