Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution
Link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in our ancestors
Strength was a proxy for ability to defend or acquire resources
There is no link between women’s physical strength and political views
Men who are strong are more likely to take a right-wing stance, while weaker men support the welfare state, researchers claim.
Their study discovered a link between a man’s upper-body strength and [...]
Detects changes in movement, diet, weight and pulse
Automatically sends an alert if the person is unwell
Can be fitted in home, clothes and even inside the body
British scientists have created a new way of monitoring a person’s health – a sensor that could be implanted into the body to detect if someone is ill.
They say that the new technology will see houses, and even people, fitted with devices which can pick [...]
From depression to anxiety and ADHD, more of us now suffer from mental health problems and need pills to treat them — or so we’re told. But in this shocking indictment of modern psychiatry, JAMES DAVIES suggests that this rise in mental illness is down to the greed of drug companies and the pursuit of medical status. The author is a psychological therapist who has worked for the NHS and [...]
The area of the body that gets most attention at gyms is the ‘core’. Workouts promising to hone your midsection so it not only looks good but supports your back and posture have become the norm. There is also a never-ending range of ‘core’ equipment, from core boards to semi-sphere balance trainers.
But some experts now suggest so-called core-training classes and equipment are largely a waste of time and an unnecessary [...]
It is the £200-a-time beauty treatment many women swear by to smooth out their wrinkled foreheads and crow’s feet.
But those relying on Botox to hold back the years could be wasting their money – because they are becoming immune to the injections, warn scientists.
They say the drug, a type of neurotoxin, is failing to freeze the facial muscles of some patients as well as it did before, or for as [...]
UK study confirms the dangerous link between drinking alcohol, being overweight and liver disease
Liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in the UK
Number of people dying from condition has risen by 20 per cent over the past decade
Being overweight and drinking alcohol dramatically increases the risk of developing fatty liver disease, according to a study presented at the International Liver Congress.
A study of over 100,000 British women found that being [...]
Closer you live to heavy-traffic roads, higher calcium level around heart
Research finds for every 300ft closer to major traffic, levels rise by 10%
Traffic pollution and noise believed to act through similar body pathways
Both cause imbalance in nervous system which regulates blood pressure
Study by professor in Germany presented to Italy cardiology conference
Living near a busy road can cause heart disease, research claims.
Long-term exposure to air particles from traffic pollution can cause clogging of the arteries, [...]
Today’s adults are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and diabetes because of poor health
Men in their 30s were 20% more likely to be overweight than in previous generations, Dutch researchers found
Women in their 20s are twice as likely to be obese
Today’s adults are so unhealthy they are 15 years ‘older’ than their parents and grandparents at the same age, researchers say.
They are more likely to suffer from high blood [...]
Should packets of crisps carry a health warning?
You might scoff at the suggestion, but it comes as evidence emerges to show the snack is bad news — fuelling not just the obesity and heart disease epidemics, but linked to developmental problems in unborn babies, hyperactivity in children and potentially cancer in adults.
The risks would not be so critical were it not for the alarming extent to which Britain’s crisp-munching habit [...]
Liver disease is now the fifth biggest killer in the UK — with the number of people dying from it rising by 20 per cent over the past decade. However, there are often no warning signs until it is far advanced, so many of us could have the potentially fatal condition without even realising it.
Indeed, when the British Liver Trust recently offered members of the public on-the-spot screening, one in [...]
Kuwait is top of the list with the highest average body mass index
UK is 26th in the list with America second
Bangladesh is bottom along with some of the poorest countries in world
The countries which contain the heaviest and lightest citizens can be revealed today.
This extraordinary graphic shows the average body mass index values for adults around the globe – with some surprising results.
With its wealthy society and love of fast [...]
As you scrub your hands with antibacterial soap and gargle with antiseptic mouthwash just think: each of us is more bacteria than we are human.
‘People are generally surprised to learn that there are ten times more bacterial cells than human cells in our bodies,’ says Professor Philip Calder, a nutritional immunology expert from the University of Southampton.
‘Actually, in terms of cell count, a person is 90 per cent bacteria.’
It seems [...]
It is a natural medicine used for thousands of years to clean wounds and fight bacteria.
Now, however, honey could hold the key to combating the very modern threat of drug-resistant superbugs.
A study has shown that manuka honey can fight back on two fronts. Not only can it help to kill MRSA and other superbugs, it can also prevent bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics.
The danger of the rise of bugs [...]
Each drink reduces the risk by 20 per cent
But a combination of the two may be more effective
When it comes to choosing between tea or coffee, the best answer may be to opt for both.
Scientists have found that individuals who enjoy a daily cup of coffee were 20 per cent less likely to have a stroke compared to those who shunned the drink.
And those that drank at least four cups [...]
Women are more angry and hostile if they get insufficient sleep, say North Carolina scientists
Sleep deprivation also increases women’s risk of heart disease, stroke and depression
But a man’s health is barely affected by lack of sleep
If the woman in your life woke up grumpy this morning, don’t be too hard on her. It is, apparently, only natural.
Scientists have discovered that women need more sleep than men. And chances are, she’s [...]
What if you could have a major surgery with only a short hospital stay, very little pain, low risk of infection, little blood loss, minimal scarring, and a fast recovery and return to normal daily activities?
Such a scenario is becoming increasingly possible thanks to the developing field of medical robotics and the increasing use of robots in surgical procedures. By using robots, surgeons can perform complex operations more easily and [...]
Sitting in a diving chamber may be a new treatment for type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the condition.
Scientists are combining the treatment with injections of a patient’s own stem cells in a bid to kick-start insulin production.
They believe the high levels of oxygen in the chamber boosts the activity of the stem cells, helping them to repair the cells in the body that produce insulin.
In a new [...]
Drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol, found in red wine
Research shows drugs which could prevent cancer and diabetes now viable
Medication can be taken topically or orally
No drugs yet developed to target aging skin
Drugs that could combat ageing and help people to live to 150-years-old may be available within five years, following landmark research.
The new drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine and is believed to [...]
Child’s mother was only diagnosed as HIV positive after going into labour
Baby was given extra-strong programme of medication to ‘blast’ the virus
This prevented the virus from taking hold in the baby’s cells
Two years after beginning treatment, tests show no virus in the child’s blood
Breakthrough hailed as ’major landmark’ in the battle to find cure
Doctors have made a landmark breakthrough in the treatment of HIV after they ‘cured’ a baby with the virus.
Researchers studied records of almost 60,000 pregnancies over ten years
Coffee may also make pregnancy last longer by a matter of hours
Mothers-to-be who have a couple of mugs of coffee a day risk having an underweight baby, research suggests.
Coffee may also make pregnancy last longer – but only by a matter of hours.
The observations come from researchers who studied detailed records of almost 60,000 pregnancies from a ten-year period in Norway.
My health complaint is starting to affect my love life.
When I go to bed at night, my boyfriend wriggles to the other side and wraps himself in the duvet to create a barrier between us.
The problem? My icy hands and feet.
Cold hands and feet reflect a perfectly natural process by which the body keeps your vital organs safe and warm
‘Get them off me!’ he wails as I try to warm [...]
Researchers looked at the drinking habits and divorce rates of nearly 20,000 couples
Highest divorce rate – 26.8% – was in couples where the husband was a light-drinker and the wife binged
When you toast your other half this Valentine’s Day, here’s hoping you don’t finish off the bottle on your own.
For a new study has found that couples who drink similar amounts are more compatible.
A study of nearly 20,000 married couples [...]
Struggling with a blocked-up nose or stuffy feeling in the head?
It’s that time of year, but while the temptation is to keep blowing your nose, it probably won’t help.
A blocked nose from a common cold is caused not by mucus, but by swelling and inflammation of the blood vessels in the nasal airways, triggered by the infection, explains Dr Ayah Al Ayoubi, consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon at [...]
Electrical current alters speed at which brain neurons fire, relieving pain
Releases painkillers that have similar properties to opiates such as morphine
Reduced pain of chronic headaches by 37 per cent over four weeks
Long-term could reduce the amount of medication needed
Scientists have managed to release the body’s most powerful painkillers by running an electrical current through the brain.
The breakthrough has provided hope for sufferers of chronic migraine after it was found to reduce [...]
The cells naturally occur in the body in small numbers
But it’s hoped injecting huge quantities back into a patient could turbo-charge the immune system
Japanese researchers say the development paves the way for the new cancer and HIV treatments
Scientists have created cells capable of killing cancer for the first time.
The dramatic breakthrough was made by researchers in Japan who created cancer-specific killer T cells.
They say the development paves the way for [...]
Scientists advocate fitness regime involving 30-second bursts of activity
Say suggest rapid activity like running up and down the stairs at home
Claim shorter regimes have same health impact as longer exercise
There is welcome news for anyone who’s resolved to get fit in the New Year. Scientists claim we don’t have to spend hours every week slogging in the gym or jogging around a park in all weathers, along with the other [...]
Researchers found ex-smokers were less anxious
One in five say they need cigarettes to relieve stress
Researchers say smokers deserve to know relaxing benefits of nicotine are a myth
It is yet another reason to keep that New Year’s resolution about giving up smoking.
Contrary to popular perception, smoking does not relieve stress. But quitting does.
British researchers measured anxiety levels in almost 500 smokers – before and after they tried to give up.
Less stress: [...]
Review of 100 studies by US Government researchers found people of a normal weight were more likely to die early than those who were slightly overweight
But being any more than slightly obese makes you third more likely to die young
Plump people may live longer as they have more reserves if they lose weight due to ill health in old age
If your New Year’s resolution is to live a healthier life, [...]
Survey of mothers found mothers overfeed their children as they cannot see they are too heavy
Australian research found 32 per cent of toddlers in the study were fat, but only four per cent were recognised by mothers as having a problem
Rapid early weight gain before the age of two makes a child three times more likely to be obese later in life
Deluded mothers are overfeeding their children because they are [...]
More than 800,000 cases reported since the summer
The figures are up 83 per cent on last year
There is a huge number of cases of norovirus, or winter vomiting bug, this year.
More than 800,000 cases have been confirmed since the summer, an 83 per cent increase on the same period last year.
The real figure is likely to be much higher given that many cases are not reported.
Preventative measures: The norovirus is [...]
From 1990 to 2010, the global average age of death rose from 59 to 70, with women outliving men by about five years
Scandinavia and Australia have the longest life expectancy, while Africa and Russia are among the lowest
But living longer means we are suffering health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress, says landmark study
Life expectancy around the world has soared, but we are now are [...]
Most parents have claimed at one stage that their children will be the death of them – but the reverse could be true.
A new study suggests being childless may increase the risk of dying prematurely, especially in women.
Scientists say the study throws new light on the age-old question of whether life fulfilment provided by children can actually extend your years.
A new study suggests having children reduces the risk of an [...]