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Fatherhood ‘lowers testosterone to keep men loyal’

Fatherhood ‘lowers testosterone to keep men loyal’

Men appear to be biologically wired to care for their babies, say researchers who have discovered levels of testosterone go down after fatherhood.This drop in the male hormone presumably makes the dad more family-oriented and less likely to stray, say the Northwestern University team. Testosterone …

Soil bacterium helps kill cancers

Soil bacterium helps kill cancers

A bacterium found in soil is a showing promise as a way of delivering cancer drugs into tumours.Spores of the Clostridium sporogenes bacterium can grow within tumours because there is no oxygen. UK and Dutch scientists have been able to genetically engineer an enzyme into …

Psoriasis ‘linked to stroke risk’

Psoriasis ‘linked to stroke risk’

People with psoriasis have nearly three times the normal risk of stroke and abnormal heart rhythm, according to scientists in Denmark. A study of 4.5 million people, published in the European Heart Journal, showed the highest risk was in young patients with severe psoriasis. Researchers …

Shopping ‘may improve health’

Shopping ‘may improve health’

Shopping prolongs life, at least for the over 65s in Taiwan, according to research.Even after adjusting for factors like physical and mental infirmity, men and women who shopped daily lived longer than those who shunned retail therapy, say scientists.Shopping may provide companionship, exercise and an …

Working long hours ‘raises heart attack risk’

Working long hours ‘raises heart attack risk’

Working more than 11 hours a day rather than the usual 9am to 5pm markedly increases heart disease risk, say UK experts.The magnitude of risk goes up by 67% for people who work long hours, they say in Annals of Internal Medicine. The University College …

Back sleep babies’ flat head link

Back sleep babies’ flat head link

Advice to lie babies on their back for sleep to avoid cot death is having a side-effect – more infants now have a flat head as a result, say experts.US researchers say the rate of flattened head or plagiocephaly has risen significantly since guidance on …

Heart beat problem ‘largely avoidable’

Heart beat problem ‘largely avoidable’

Over half of all cases of the most common type of heart rhythm disturbance could be avoided by “clean living”, such as avoiding smoking and eating more healthily, say scientists.If individuals were to maintain a healthy weight and normal blood pressure and abstain from tobacco …