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Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’

Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’

Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned.They said people regularly having such little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to …

Diabetes cured by weight loss operation

Diabetes cured by weight loss operation

Steven Greggains is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of his HGV.Just a few weeks ago, his licence was under threat because of his type 2 diabetes.He wasn’t allowed to drive while taking insulin to control his condition.As a result, he was obese, …

Parents ‘do not recognise obesity in their children’

Parents ‘do not recognise obesity in their children’

Childhood obesity is a growing problem, but parents are often surprised, even angry, when told that their child is too heavy.In this week’s Scrubbing Up, consultant paediatrician Professor Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, asks why it is so difficult to recognise when …

Drug reduces lung cancer deaths

Drug reduces lung cancer deaths

Drugs used to treat breast cancer may also be useful in tackling lung cancer, according to research in Switzerland.The study, published The Cancer Journal, showed that anti-oestrogens reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer. The authors said the research, if backed up, could have …

Genetics ‘has role in friendship’

Genetics ‘has role in friendship’

Researchers in the United States say they have uncovered tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship. Using data from two independent studies, they found carriers of one gene associated with alcoholism tended to stick together. However, people with another gene linked with metabolism and …

Antioxidants may help improve male fertility

Antioxidants may help improve male fertility

A review of existing data found, compared with controls, a couple was more likely to have a pregnancy or live birth if the man took certain vitamins or other antioxidants. Researchers from The Cochrane Library looked at trials of more than 1,000 couples at fertility …

Smoking ’causes damage in minutes’

Smoking ’causes damage in minutes’

Smoking damages the body in minutes rather than years, according to research in the US.The report, published in Chemical Research in Toxicology, shows that chemicals which cause cancer form rapidly after smoking. Scientists involved in the small-scale study described the results as a stark warning …

A big breakfast doesn’t reduce calorie intake

A big breakfast doesn’t reduce calorie intake

It’s a myth that eating a large breakfast means consuming fewer calories during the day, according to researchers in Germany.The study, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that people still eat the same amount at lunch and dinner.The scientists suggest reducing breakfast calories could help people …

Taking regular breaks from desk ‘good for the heart’

Taking regular breaks from desk ‘good for the heart’

Taking lots of breaks from sitting at a desk is good for the waistline and heart health, research suggests.Even breaks as short as a minute – to stand up, move around or climb stairs – are of benefit, says a study. The European Heart Journal …

Painkillers linked to increased heart risk

Painkillers linked to increased heart risk

Taking certain painkillers daily for some years carries a small increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research has suggested.The findings relate to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen prescribed long-term to treat painful conditions such as arthritis. People taking them now and again are at …

Swine flu offers ‘extraordinary super immunity’

Swine flu offers ‘extraordinary super immunity’

People who recover from swine flu may be left with an extraordinary natural ability to fight off flu viruses, findings suggests.In beating a bout of H1N1 the body makes antibodies that can kill many other flu strains, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine …

Music ‘boosts good mood chemical’

Music ‘boosts good mood chemical’

Music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in setting good moods, a study has suggested.The study, reported in Nature Neuroscience, found that the chemical was released at moments of peak enjoyment. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal said it was …