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Leo Bear-McGuinness

Science Writer & Editor

 at Technology Networks

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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Published Content
Total: 87
A wine glass being filled by a bottle.

Red Wine and Your Health: The Good and the Bad

Is there any truth to the common belief that red wine is the "good" alcohol?
A jar of mayonnaise

Food Emulsifiers Linked to Increased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

While the link was observational – not biochemically proven – the researchers say their findings add to the debate around ultra-processed food regulations.
A molecular look at antiobodies

Are Monoclonal Antibodies the Future of Long COVID Treatments?

Dr. Nancy Klimas, director of the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, explains the great potential of monoclonal antibodies in treating long COVID.
A coffee bean between tweezers.

Is Lab-Grown Coffee the Sustainable Brew of the Future?

Dr. Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, breaks down the promise of bioreactor-brewed coffee.
Crisps spilling out of packet.

Junk Food Causes Long-Term Memory Damage to Adolescent Rats

Researchers observed that adolescent rats fed on a junk food diet had lower levels of key neurotransmitters associated with memory than their snackless counterparts.

PFAS Identified in Pesticides Used on British Fruit and Veg

In a new investigation, Pesticide Action Network UK says it identified 10 different PFAS-containing pesticides used on UK fruit and vegetables.
Lobsters on the grill.

Shrimp and Lobster Dishes May Come With Elevated PFAS Risk

The researchers warn that safety standards for PFAS are urgently needed in seafood.
Herring in a pile.

Swapping Red Meat For “Foraged Fish” Could Save 750,000 Lives a Year

The researchers estimate that, by 2050, a global dietary shift from red meat to seafood could help avoid 500,000–750,000 annual deaths from ischemic heart disease (IHD), strokes and other diseases associated with meat consumption.
The word "keto" spelt in food.

Keto Diet Helps Treat Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Researchers found that a four-month-long low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet improved the majority of participants’ mental health scores.
Burger in hands.

Humans Are Losing Key Microbes That Turn Fiber Into Food

Researchers have discovered that the more urbanized the person, the less cellulose-degrading bacteria found in their gut.