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Leo is a science writer with a focus on environmental and food research. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Newcastle University and a master's degree in science communication from the University of Edinburgh.


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A healthy bowl of breakfast.

American Diets Got Slightly Healthier at the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

When confined to their own homes, many Americans appear to switch to a healthier diet – that’s the main finding of a new study looking into the nutritional knock-on effects of the COVID lockdowns.
A bowl of salad eaten by child.

Mediterranean Diets Benefit Children’s Heart Health as Well as Adult’s

Children can reap the benefits of the Mediterranean diet just as well as adults, according to a new meta-analysis.
Three gulls eating chips.

Urban Seagulls Still Prefer Seafood

Although known for the penchant for thrown-away junk food, urban seagulls still prefer their own natural diet of raw fish, according to new research.
Jar of baby food with spoon.

Heavy Metals Were Found in Baby Food – What Is the FDA Doing About It?

Following contamination issues with rice-bulked baby food and cinnamon apple sauce packets, what is the FDA planning to do about heavy metal contamination in infant foods?
A steel tray of bacon.

To Prevent Diabetes and Colorectal Cancer, Americans Could Cut Down on Processed Meat, Say Researchers

Reducing intake of processed meat products like bacon, salami and corned beef by a third could prevent more than 350,000 cases of diabetes in the US over 10 years, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.
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Emerging Contaminants in Water: Type and Testing

Water, water, everywhere, and every drop tested via a mass spectrometer. Such is the dream of many a water analyst.
A burger in a pan.

Is Plant-Based “Fake” Meat Good for Your Health?

Are fake meats the healthy, greener alternative to the fatty flesh of cows and pigs? Or are they just another counterfeit component of the West’s new detrimental diet? Technology Networks asked the experts to find out.
A hand over a bowl of raspberries, blueberries and yoghurt.

Proportion of US Adults Eating "Ideal Diet" More Than Doubles, But Remains Under 2%

After analysing thousands of dietary records, researchers found that a significantly higher proportion of US adults were now eating a healthier diet. But these nutritional gains aren't evenly spread.
Fried small fish in a bowl. Slice of lemon on the side.

Eating Small Fish May Prolong Life in Women

Japanese women who regularly eat small fish whole have lower levels of mortality than women who don’t, according to a new study.

Ultra-Processed Foods and Alcohol Contribute to 2.7 Million Deaths in Europe a Year, Says WHO

In a new report, the health organization calls on governments to combat the lobbying and commercial influence of “harmful” industries to protect the health of future generations.