Behind the Headlines

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Shift workers more likely to report poor health

Thursday Dec 18 2014

Shift workers more likely to report poor health

"Higher rates of obesity and ill-health have been found in shift workers than the general population," BBC News reports. These are the key findings of a survey into health trends among shift workers; defined as any working pattern outside…

'Electromagnetic smog' unlikely to harm humans

Thursday Dec 18 2014

'Electromagnetic smog' unlikely to harm humans

The Daily Telegraph reports: "mobile phones are unlikely to harm human health", adding to the ongoing coverage of the potential health impact of what some have called electromagnetic smog…

Feeling 'young at heart' may increase lifespan

Tuesday Dec 16 2014

Feeling 'young at heart' may increase lifespan

"Feeling young at heart wards off death, scientists find," The Daily Telegraph reports. A UK study found that people who reported feeling younger than their actual age were less likely to die than those who reported feeling their actual age or older…

Yoga may help protect against heart disease

Tuesday Dec 16 2014

Yoga may help protect against heart disease

“Yoga could be as effective as cycling or brisk walks in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers have pooled the results of previous studies and reports finding 'promising evidence'…

Political hardliners 'fitter' than 'fence sitters'

Monday Dec 15 2014

Political extremists 'fitter' than 'fence sitters'

"Being an extremist is BETTER for your health than holding moderate views," the Mail Online reports. A very much tongue in cheek study presents evidence that "armchair socialists" and their right-wing counterparts are more active that political moderates…

Spicy food 'curries favour' with alpha males

Monday Dec 15 2014

'Alpha males' like spicy foods, study suggests

“Men who like spicier food are 'alpha males' with higher levels of testosterone,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A small French study found an association between a preference for spicy foods and elevated testosterone levels…

Could a '10 to 6' working day help you sleep better?

Friday Dec 12 2014

Should the working day be '10 to 6'; not '9 to 5'?

A major new study of American workers has recommended “later start times to improve on health,” the Mail Online reports. To improve people’s sleep patterns the research team suggested work start times could be moved later, such as 10am...

Lack of sleep linked to negative thinking

Monday Dec 8 2014

Lack of sleep linked to negative thinking

“Feeling anxious? Go to bed earlier: Getting more sleep really can calm the mind,” reports the Mail Online. However, if you’re more of a ‘glass half-empty’ sort of person, the headline could have read “feeling anxious affects your sleep”…

Obesity could 'rob you' of 20 years of health

Friday Dec 5 2014

Obesity could 'rob you' of 20 years of health

"Obesity knocks 20 years of good health off your life and can accelerate death by eight years," the Mail Online reports. A study has estimated very obese men aged 20 to 39, with a body mass index (BMI) of 35…

Weight loss surgery 'not a quick fix' for good health

Tuesday Dec 2 2014

Weight loss surgery 'not a quick fix' for good health

"Weight loss surgery isn't just a quick fix to becoming healthy – you have to exercise too," the Mail Online reports. Weight loss surgery, such as fitting a gastric band, usually results in significant weight loss…

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