Women who describe themselves as “early risers” are less likely to develop depression, new research claims. A study of more than 32,000 women published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that those who are naturally inclined to wake up early are at a lower risk of the mental illness due to greater daylight exposure. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston examined the links between mood disorders and chronotype i.e.
Anyone who’s planning on spending this year’s Father’s Day outside in the sunshine might want to reconsider if they or a family member has hay fever. Pollen levels are expected to reach extreme highs over the coming days in some parts of the UK, which will likely affect some people’s plans to make the most of the great outdoors. The Met Office has released a forecast of the pollen count over the coming days, which warns that people living in the east and south-east will be most affected.
When a person is suffering from sleep deprivation, indulging in a lengthy lie in at the weekend may seem like a logical course of action to catch up on some zzzs. A recent study published in the journal BMC Public Health has found that having both too much or too little sleep could lead to a variety of health conditions, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels. The team who conducted the research, from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, analysed the data of 133,608 Korean men and women aged between 40 and 69 years old.
Stationary cycling classes may offer an effective workout - but they could also be increasing the risk of kidney damage, according to medical reports. The popularity of spin classes has grown exponentially in recent years, as the classes are relatively fun, have a high-calorie burn, and work out your lower body. Rhabdomyolysis occurs when severe muscle trauma, due to a lack of oxygen, causes muscles to break down and release their contents into the bloodstream - which can lead to serious complications such as kidney failure.
Exercising on a hangover might seem like a foreign concept to many, whose ideal way to spend the morning after is to do nothing but watch Netflix from under the covers, but it’s not as rare as we might think. Drinking and exercising is obviously an unlikely pairing, but one 2014 study found that on days when people exercise more - typically weekends - they also drink more alcohol, making a hungover workout all the more likely for many of us. “Unfortunately the old adage of ‘sweating out a hangover’ physiologically doesn’t seem to happen,” explains Ian Streetz, personal trainer at boutique boxing gym Kobox in London.
Father’s Day is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your dad, who you may have missed out on over the course of the year so far. There are so many fun activities that you can do with your dad to show him just how much you appreciate him. Challenge your culinary skills by taking your dad to a culinary class on Father’s Day.
While some dietitians and scientists laud the humble soya bean for its vegan-friendly, fat-free, protein-rich composition, others argue that it inhibits male reproductive hormones. One study carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2008 found that this was true for men who ate an average of half a serving of soya foods a day, with the effect being particularly prevalent in participants who were overweight and obese. Meanwhile, another study from 2011 examined the effects of soya on one 19-year-old man who consumed large quantities of soya as part of a vegan diet.
A man has written a lengthy thread on Twitter detailing the judgement that he faces every day for “being fat”. As he explained on Twitter, a snide look from a stranger or a lack of understanding from your friends can be absolutely devastating.
There are the intrusive questions you get before you have children. Then there are the intrusive questions you get while you’re pregnant. There are the intrusive questions you get after the baby is born.
Aloe vera has been highly regarded for a very long time due to its remedial properties as Lorraine Shrivener, director of Eden Skin Clinics, explains. “Aloe vera has been a trusted skin saviour for many years,” she says. According to Ms Shrivener, aloe vera is most potent when attained as a pure, clear gel.
Three-quarters of the British public think doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis for medical purposes. Wider interest has followed recent media reports about children such as six-year-old Alfie Dingley, whose seizures have been dramatically reduced after being given cannabis products – often by travelling abroad for treatment, or illegally sourcing or importing from countries such as the Netherlands. Senior politicians have expressed a desire to help children with serious illnesses, but provision of individual cannabis licenses and legal exemptions on a case-by-case basis does not help the many thousands of other people across the UK who also say that cannabis helps them.
Johnson and Johnson recently announced that it was halting a clinical trial for a new Alzheimer’s drug after safety issues emerged. This latest failure adds to the dozens of large, costly clinical trials that have shown no effect in treating this devastating disease. The growing list of failures should give us pause for thought – have we got the causes of Alzheimer’s all wrong?
For the first time, five experimental medicines are poised to undergo a real-life clinical trial against the virus at makeshift treatment centres in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where most of the 59 new cases originated. Hundreds of vials of drugs in development by Gilead Sciences Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and others are on their way or in place. Health officials have already begun using an experimental vaccine, donated by US drugmaker Merck, in hopes it will protect people who may have been exposed to infection.
Loneliness may double a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, new research has found. According to a study presented in Dublin on Saturday, feeling lonely is a strong predictor of premature death. The team of Danish researchers found that loneliness was linked to a doubled mortality risk in women and nearly double in men.
Whether you suffer from food intolerances or you simply have a propensity to overindulge, bloating affects us all. Extending beyond mere stomach cramps, a bloated stomach can prompt a whole host of issues ranging from discomfort to low self-esteem, and the triggers can vary from person to person.
A new report has found that millennials view growing older in a disturbing light - which contributes to age discrimination and poorer health as they age. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, published their findings on ageism which revealed the widespread ageist attitudes among the public. Ageism is prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person's age.
A report published today has called for the term “anti-ageing” to be banned across the beauty and cosmetics industry. The statement, which has been released by the Royal Society for Public Health in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, states that the frequent use of the phrase paints the “ageing process” in a negative light, as it insinuates that growing older is something to be ashamed of. According to research conducted by the RSPH, almost half of women and a quarter of men feel an immense pressure to maintain a youthful appearance.
Greeting card company Paperchase has created a line of incredible Father’s Day cards to celebrate single mums this year. The new line, called Happy Father’s Day Mum, features humorous yet sweet cards that recognise that in some families, mums do both jobs. Designed by London-based creator Stevie Rowing-Parker, who lost his father at the age of five and was raised by his mother, the cards are a fun way for children without fathers to feel included on the day - and to show their appreciation for their mums.
Researchers working for the US army have figured out how much coffee to consume - and when - for peak alertness. Now, however, the US army’s Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute (BHSAI) has developed an algorithm that could provide the solution. In a soon-to-be released app called 2B-Alert, members of the public will be able to take tests and input sleep and caffeine intake data, and they will then receive “sleep and caffeine schedules” to help them “optimise performance” in future.
With pollen levels set to reach a seasonal high this week across southern areas of England parts of Wales, hay fever sufferers may struggle to spend time outdoors without their symptoms flaring up. As lovely as the weather may seem as as spring comes to an end, the approach of summer means one thing and one thing only - hay fever season has officially arrived.
Pollen levels are set to reach a seasonal high this week across southern England and parts of Wales, according to the Met Office. Whilst hay fever sufferers in Scotland and Northern Ireland won’t struggle as much in the next few days, the pollen levels there are predicted to rise in the coming weeks. According to Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge, the start of the grass season and the prevailing weather are to blame for the worsening conditions.