A high sugar fructose diet might prevent the proper functioning of peoples' immune systems in ways that have, until now, largely been unknown. The study led by Swansea scientists in collaboration with scientists at the University of Bristol and the Francis Crick Institute in London has been published in the journal 'Nature Communications'. Fructose is commonly found in sugary drinks, sweets, and processed foods and is used widely in food production. It is associated with obesity, type-2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and its intake has increased substantially throughout the developed world in recent years. However, understanding the impact of fructose on the immune system of people who consume it at high levels, has been limited until now. The new study shows that fructose causes the immune system to become inflamed and that process produces more reactive molecules which are associated with inflammation.
Focus on healthcare for ethnic minority communities must continue and improve once the coronavirus pandemic is over, a doctor has said.Dr Faith Uwadiae, an immunologist at the Crick Institute in London, is one of a number of experts to have joined Team Halo, a UN-supportive initiative which is using TikTok to spread positive messages about the Covid vaccines and tackle misinformation.
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Top Gear has vacated its home at the Dunsfold race track for the first time in nearly 20 years to record links for its studio elements.Coronavirus restrictions meant the BBC motoring show filmed its 30th series without the usual studio audience.The measures also ruled out a repeat of the last series, which saw Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris host to a live drive-in audience at Dunsfold in Surrey.Instead, the show recorded its links during a two-night shoot at the BBC’s former home, the Television Centre in west London.
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Time and money is being wasted chasing unnecessary paperwork for businesses exporting from Northern Ireland to the EU, a leading cargo firm said.Belfast Port and Northern Irish hauliers are losing out because of red tape associated with duties which do not need to be paid, Quay Cargo Services said.
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