All Stories in Health

Binge drinking ‘doubles heart risk’

Binge drinking ‘doubles heart risk’

Binge drinkers have a risk of heart disease twice that of people who consume the same amount of alcohol but more steadily, researchers say.The study compared 10,000 male drinkers from “booze-bingeing” Belfast and “moderate” France over 10 years. It concluded that downing lots of alcohol …

Skin moles link to delayed ageing

Skin moles link to delayed ageing

Plentiful skin moles may keep you younger on the inside, say scientists.Researchers at Kings College London found that they not only could mean younger skin, but better bone density as well.They said that the cells of people with many moles had properties which allowed them …

Cough syrup gives clue to breast cancer drug dose

Cough syrup gives clue to breast cancer drug dose

Giving breast cancer patients cough syrup might tell doctors how well they will respond to a vital drug.Women often respond differently to Tamoxifen, which can mean they need a higher dose to get the same effect. Researchers from the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam noticed …

Garlic ‘remedy for hypertension’

Garlic ‘remedy for hypertension’

Garlic may be useful in addition to medication to treat high blood pressure, a study suggests.Australian doctors enrolled 50 patients in a trial to see if garlic supplements could help those whose blood pressure was high, despite medication. Those given four capsules of garlic extract …

Obesity’s link to sense of smell

Obesity’s link to sense of smell

People who are overweight have a greater sense of smell for food, a study has found.Researchers from the University of Portsmouth say their early findings may go towards explaining why some people struggle to stay slim. Experts already know that part of the brain that …

Job strain ‘raises risk of heart problems in women’

Job strain ‘raises risk of heart problems in women’

Women with high job strain have a 40% increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those in less demanding posts, a US study suggests.They have an 88% raised risk of a heart attack, and more chance of strokes and damage requiring coronary artery bypass surgery, …

People spend ‘half their waking hours daydreaming’

People spend ‘half their waking hours daydreaming’

People spend nearly half of their waking hours not thinking about what they are actually doing, according to a US study conducted via the iPhone.More than 2,200 volunteers downloaded an app which then surveyed them about their thoughts and mood at random times of day …

Brain injury link to youth crime

Brain injury link to youth crime

Young offenders are more likely to have suffered a brain injury compared with the rest of society, a study suggests.A survey of 197 young male offenders found about half reported having had a childhood brain injury – three times higher than in non-offenders. Multiple head …

School problems ‘link to alcohol’

School problems ‘link to alcohol’

Youngsters who dislike school are twice as likely to be involved in under-age drinking, research suggests.And the more young people drink the more likely they are to have sex, it adds. The study of 3,641 11 to 14-year-olds by a team at Liverpool’s John Moores …

Bad Breath Remedies And Prevention

Bad Breath Remedies And Prevention

Bad breath is something that most of us are afraid of. In many cases, majority of the population do not know they suffer from bad breath. To get rid of bad breath, we have to take initial steps in preventing bad breath to occur every …

Painkillers ‘risky in pregnancy’

Painkillers ‘risky in pregnancy’

Prolonged use of paracetamol and other painkillers during pregnancy may pose a health risk to baby boys, warn experts.Danish research suggests the drugs raise the risk of undescended testicles in male babies, a condition linked to infertility and cancer in later life. Doctors already advise …

Electric current to the brain ‘boosts maths ability’

Electric current to the brain ‘boosts maths ability’

Applying a tiny electrical current to the brain could make you better at learning maths, according to Oxford University scientists.They found that targeting a part of the brain called the parietal lobe improved the ability of volunteers to solve numerical problems. They hope the discovery …

Sleep loss ‘worse for extroverts’

Sleep loss ‘worse for extroverts’

Outgoing people appear to suffer worse from the effects of lack of sleep, US army researchers suggest.They kept 48 volunteers awake for 36 hours, with some allowed to mix with others, the journal Sleep reports. Those defined as introverts did better at staying awake and …

Exercise ‘can prevent a cold’

Exercise ‘can prevent a cold’

People who exercise regularly are less likely to get a cold, researchers say. A study of 1,000 people found that staying active nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses and, failing that, made the infection less severe. Experts told the British Journal of Sports …

Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’

Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’

Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet. The report is co-authored by Professor David Nutt, the former UK chief drugs adviser who was sacked by the government in October 2009. It ranks 20 drugs …