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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 …

Sleep quality ‘improves with age’

Sleep quality ‘improves with age’

The belief that older people tend to suffer worse sleep may be false – in fact the reverse may be true, according to US researchers.A telephone survey of more than 150,000 adults suggested that, apart from a blip in your 40s, sleep quality gets better …

Bad breath used as stem cell tool

Bad breath used as stem cell tool

Hydrogen sulphide, the gas famed for generating the stench in stink bombs, flatulence and bad breath, has been harnessed by stem cell researchers in Japan. Their study, in the Journal of Breath Research, investigated using it to help convert stem cells from human teeth into …

Heart attack symptoms ‘differ in women’

Heart attack symptoms ‘differ in women’

Fewer women than men suffering from a heart attack appear to experience chest pain symptoms, according to a study of more than one million people in the US.Overall men have significantly more heart attacks, but under the age of 55 women are more likely to …

Slow walking ‘predicts dementia’

The speed someone walks may predict the likelihood of developing dementia later in life, according to researchers in the US.They also told a conference that grip strength in middle-age was linked to the chance of a stroke. The scientists said more studies were needed to …

Big meals in ‘memory loss link’ in elderly

A link between memory loss and a high calorie diet has been suggested by researchers in the US.They were investigating mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can be an early sign of dementia.Research, presented at a conference, claimed a high calorie diet was linked to having …

Heart disease risk ‘inherited’

Men can inherit heart disease from their father say scientists who have tracked the condition to the Y chromosome that dads pass to sons.By studying the DNA of over 3,000 men they found a particular version of the sex chromosome increases the risk of coronary …

Anti-obesity ads ‘risk child stigma’

A leading US health official has warned that a campaign started by a children’s hospital to fight childhood obesity poses health risks.Alan Guttmacher, a child health expert at the National Institutes of Health, says Atlanta-based Strong4Life “carries a great risk of increasing stigma”. The campaign …