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Food & Lifestyle

Lifestyle choices such as eating habits or the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can each have consequences for our health.


Alcohol is linked with connotations of pleasure and sociability in the minds of many, but its use also has harmful consequences. What are the impacts of alcohol consumption on human health and society? More...

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Aspartame is a non caloric sweetener used in some diet soft drinks and food preparations. Many studies have assessed the safety of asparame, but some allegations of health risks have launched a debate. Does this artificial sweetener pose health risks? More...

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Diet & Nutrition

The way we eat and live may put us at risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, dental disease, and osteoporosis. How can a healthier diet and physical activity help reduce the risk? More...

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Effects of cannabis

Are teens well informed about the risks associated with cannabis? What are those risks ? More...

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Genetically Modified Crops

We are regularly confronted with genetically modified foods, be it in the news or on our plates. In what way are GM crops different from conventional crops? What is known about the possible risks for human health or the environment? More...

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Food Wastage

It is estimated by the FAO that each year, one-third of produced for all food human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. This has impacts for food security and for the environment. More...

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Gluten intolerance

What is intolerance to gluten? More...

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Personal Music Players & Hearing

In recent years, sales of personal music players have soared and an increasing proportion of the population, particularly young people, is exposed to high sound volumes.

In the light of current scientific knowledge, can the use of personal music players damage hearing? More...

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Psychoactive Drugs

Psychoactive drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin can change consciousness, mood, and thoughts. How do they affect the brain? How does drug addiction develop and how can it be treated? More...

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Transgenic salmon

Is the AquAdvantage transgenic salmon safe for human consumption and for the environment? More...

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Aspartame Reevaluation

Aspartame is a sweetener that is in use for several decades.

The latest data has recently been reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority in the context of a systematic re-evaluation of all food additives in use in Europe. More...

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Sunbeds & UV radiation

In addition to natural sunlight, sunbed users expose themselves to substantial amounts of artificial UV radiation.
The European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Products assessed the health and safety implications of both natural and artificial UV radiation? More...

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Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are growing more and more popular. What is their effect on health?

Can they have an impact on tobacco control? More...

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Over one thousand million people worldwide smoke tobacco. Harmful effects of tobacco on smokers are increasingly known. Are passive smokers also at risk? More...

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