The science of study sleep

Teachers and parents are forever banging on about the importance of a good night’s sleep – and none of us are getting enough of it. But did you know that getting sufficient snooze time can make you more energetic, even-tempered and help your exam performance? Rachael Fulton spoke to Dr Linda Russell, otherwise known as The Sleep Lady, for some […]

So you want to get sporty…

With the sun making a reappearance, the temptation to stay indoors with Netflix and a bumper size bar of Galaxy isn’t quite so great any more. In fact, we’re finding ourselves wanting to get out of the house and actually moving. Insanity. And what better way to do this than by taking up a new […]

Roid Rage: Spencer Matthews and the Dangers of Steroids

IN 2015, Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews was quietly asked to leave ITV’s I’m A Celebrity after revealing a secret drug addiction . Far from the ‘party drugs’ celebrities are normally papped with in hotel rooms, Spencer had developed a dependency on performance-enhancing steroids. Taken in pills or injections, anabolic steroids mimic the male hormone testosterone that causes increased […]

5 ways to get fit without going to the gym

It’s the start of 2016 and who doesn’t want to start with a New Year’s resolution? For many, getting fit and becoming more active will be high on the agenda of life goals this year, but if you’re a bit gym-phobic, how do you do this? Here are five fun and unusual ways to get fit and healthy […]

How to beat the January Blues

The Christmas tree’s down. You can’t eat chocolate for breakfast any more. You have to get out of your jammies and – boke – go to class. Yep, the holidays are well and truly over. And now’s the time people start banging on about the so-called ‘January blues’ – but there’s more to this phrase […]

Street drugs: Cocaine

One of the many TV series keeping us glued to our screens at the moment is Narcos, a drama following the life of infamous Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. His network of distributors mainly sold Colombian cocaine to ‘gringos’ (North Americans) in the 80s. However, since Escobar’s heyday Scotland has become a big consumer of […]

Preparing for flu season

The days are getting shorter, the weather’s getting colder and, yep, we’re all sniffling and snotting all over the place. Winter has arrived, bringing all sorts of nasty bugs with it. One of the biggest worries over winter is flu. So what is flu? Flu – actual, proper influenza, not the bad cold your mad […]

Eating well: Starchy foods and carbohydrates

As part of the focus on the eatwell plate and healthy eating, this week we are looking at the 33% slice dedicated to starchy foods. Starch is an odourless, tasteless white substance which is found in plant tissue, grains and flours. It is an essential source of energy for humans and our main source of […]

Eating well: Fruit and veg

We’ve recently been bombarded with information from the media telling us that eating too much red meat causes cancer.  What doesn’t cause cancer these days though? The World Health Organisation published a report which said that consuming 50g of processed meat per day (two slices of bacon) could increase the chance of colorectal cancer by […]