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Living alone ‘are more depressed’

Living alone ‘are more depressed’

  People of working age who live alone increase their risk of depression by up to 80% compared with people living in families, says a Finnish study.It says the main factors are poor housing conditions for women and a lack of social support for men, …

Poor literacy increases early death risk

Poor literacy increases early death risk

One in three adults aged over 65 in England have difficulty understanding basic health-related information, suggests a study in the BMJ.They are more than twice as likely to die within five years as adults with no literacy problems, it was found. The University College London …

Poor hospitals ‘threaten lives’

Poor hospitals ‘threaten lives’

  Poor hospital care poses a risk to the lives of many patients in the developing world, say researchers. A study of 26 hospitals in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa found more than one death per day in every hospital was due …

School bags ‘causing back pain’

School bags ‘causing back pain’

Rucksacks loaded with school books have been linked to higher levels of back pain in a study of Spanish school children. The findings, reported in Archives of Disease in Childhood, said many pupils had “excessively loaded” backpacks.This was linked to higher levels of back pain …

Red meat increases death, cancer and heart risk

Red meat increases death, cancer and heart risk

A diet high in red meat can shorten life expectancy, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School. The study of more than 120,000 people suggested red meat increased the risk of death from cancer and heart problems. Substituting red meat with fish, chicken or nuts …

Ice cream ‘as addictive as cocaine’

Ice cream ‘as addictive as cocaine’

London: Ice cream buffs, beware! The mouth- watering treat could be as addictive as cocaine, according to researchers who claim to have revealed that the cravings for the two are quite similar. A team at the Oregon Research Institute says it has found that the …

‘Child behaviour link’ to snoring

‘Child behaviour link’ to snoring

  Children who snore, or who have other night-time breathing conditions, are at risk from behavioural problems, according to a study.Sleep apnoea and snoring made conditions such as hyperactivity more likely later on, researchers said. The study, published in the US journal Pediatrics, looked at …

Vitamin E ‘may be bad for bones’

Vitamin E ‘may be bad for bones’

Vitamin E supplements may interfere with the process that keeps bones healthy, suggest Japanese scientists.Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, the Keio University team said mice given large doses had lower bone mass – if the same was true in humans, fracture risk would be …