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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 …