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Health warning for deskbound workers

Health warning for deskbound workers

Office workers need to get out of their chairs more and talk to people face-to-face instead of using email, according to researchers.They are warning that people are spending too long sitting at desks. A study, to be presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Occupational …

More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

  Spending more time at school may increase intelligence, according to a study of Norwegian men.The research, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that an extra year in the classroom could boost IQ by nearly four points. The authors said that extra …

Ice skating can be a dangerous sport

With temporary ice rinks appearing in towns and cities across the UK, the Society of Sports Therapists is reminding people that ice skating can be a dangerous sport.It warned of a risk of serious injury and advised people take precautions. It recommends jogging to warm …

Test ‘improves cancer screening’

HPV is now known to cause the vast majority of cervical cancers in the developed world. Smear tests designed to cut deaths from cervical cancer could be improved by adding a further test looking for signs of a virus which causes it. When smears from …

Sun ‘stops chickenpox spreading’

Exposure to sunlight may help impede the spread of chickenpox, claim researchers.The University of London team found chickenpox less common in regions with high UV levels, reports the journal Virology. Sunlight may inactivate viruses on the skin, making it harder to pass on.However, other experts …

Marathon training ‘may pose a heart risk’

Marathon training ‘may pose a heart risk’

Doing extreme endurance exercise, like training for a marathon, can damage the heart, research reveals.MRI scans on 40 athletes training for challenging sporting events like triathlons or alpine cycle races showed most had stretched heart muscles. Although many went on to make a complete recovery …

Catching a yawn ‘a family matter’

Catching a yawn ‘a family matter’

Contagious yawning may show the closeness of your relationships rather than your tiredness, say scientists.The act of yawning gets more blood flowing around the brain. The fact that it is contagious has never been fully explained, but one theory suggests it is linked to empathy …

Chicken liver food poisoning link

Chicken liver food poisoning link

Over 90% of cases of a common form of food poisoning seen this year were due to people eating undercooked chicken liver pate, often at weddings, infection experts have said.The Health Protection Agency (HPA) analysed 18 outbreaks of Campylobacter in 2011 across England. In all, …

Too many headers ‘can damage the brain’

Frequently heading a football can lead to brain injury, warn doctors who say they have found proof on brain scans.Imaging of 32 keen amateur players revealed patterns of damage similar to that seen in patients with concussion. There appears to be a safe cut off …

Sugared beverages raise heart, diabetes risks for women

Sugared beverages raise heart, diabetes risks for women

  Drinking two or more sugared beverages daily could not only bloat a woman’s waistline but also elevate the risk of heart disease and diabetes.Researchers compared middle-aged and older women who drank two or more sugared beverages such as carbonated sodas or flavoured water with …

Fibre and whole grains ‘reduce bowel cancer risk’

Fibre and whole grains ‘reduce bowel cancer risk’

Eating more cereals and whole grains could reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, a BMJ study says.Researchers from Imperial College London found that for every 10g a day increase in fibre intake, there was a 10% drop in the risk of bowel cancer. But …

Doctor trials laser treatment to change eye colour

Doctor trials laser treatment to change eye colour

A US doctor is trying to pioneer a laser treatment that changes patients’ eye colour.Dr Gregg Homer claims 20 seconds of laser light can remove pigment in brown eyes so they gradually turn blue. He is now seeking up to $750,000 (£468,000) of investment to …