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For Kate Kelland's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 12, 2016

Research quantifies genetic damage caused by smoking

Scientists have found that smoking a pack a day of cigarettes can cause 150 damaging changes to a smoker’s lung cells each year. The findings come from a study of the devastating genetic damage, or mutations, caused by smoking in various organs in the ...

Is nicotine addiction bad for your health?

May 30, 2015

Is nicotine addiction bad for your health?

Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel’s fix is fruit-flavored nicotine gum that comes in neat, pop-out strips. He gets through 12 to 15 pieces a day and says he has “packets of the stuff” stashed all over. But he doesn’t see ...

Benefits of parkrun go well beyond physical

Oct 4, 2014

Benefits of parkrun go well beyond physical

The thousands of Britons who take to their local green space each week for a mass 5 km parkrun can expect to reap health benefits well beyond losing 1 kg and lowering their blood pressure. Scientists who have studied the mass participation events, which ...

Aug 3, 2014

Trains, planes and viruses: How Ebola can spread

For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it is not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes — like humans — use planes, bikes and taxis to spread. So far, authorities have taken no action to limit international ...