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Sleep-deprived men consume bigger portions of meals and snacks

Sleep-deprived men consume bigger portions of meals and snacksLondon, Feb 23 (: Men who stay awake all night chose to munch on larger portions of calorie-dense foods the next day, researchers have claimed.

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden analysed the eating patterns of 16 normal-weight males under buffet-like conditions after they were deprived of sleep all night, following a night of a solid eight-hour rest.


Technology to sniff out radiotherapy ill-effects

Technology to sniff out radiotherapy ill-effectsLondon, Feb 22 : Clinicians can now predict more accurately patients who suffer from the side-effects of radiotherapy, thanks to a pilot study which might help identify those at higher risk.

The study outlined the use of a new technology called FAIMS (Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry).


4 genes associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer identified

4 genes associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer identified London, February 21 : An international research team has identified variations in four genes that are linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.


Conductor of speech uncovered in human brain

Conductor of speech uncovered in human brain London, February 21 : Researchers have uncovered the neurological basis of speech motor control, the complex coordinated activity of tiny brain regions that controls our lips, jaw, tongue and larynx as we speak.

The discovery has potential implications for developing computer-brain interfaces for artificial speech communication and for the treatment of speech disorders.


Diet drinks `not behind junk food cravings`

Diet drinks `not behind junk food cravings` London, Feb. 21 : Sugar-free fizzy drinks are no more likely to make you eat junk food than water, researchers have claimed.

Previously, a number of studies had claimed that artificial sweeteners in diet drinks wreaked havoc with hormones and made people feel hungry and crave sweet and fatty foods.


Having an affair `better for weight loss than going on a diet`

Having an affair `better for weight loss than going on a diet` London, Feb 21 : Having an affair may be one of the most effective ways to shed the pounds, a shocking new survey has found.

Just over half of men and 62 percent of women said that they had shed pounds after embarking on an affair, the Daily Mail reported.

Philandering men lost an average of 6lbs whilst the women claim to have lost 10lbs on average.


Want to get rid of your hunger pangs? Try skipping

Want to get rid of your hunger pangs? Try skipping London, Feb 21 : Spending just a few minutes skipping with a rope could be the perfect way to curb your appetite and get slim, a new study has found.

Research shows that resorting to the playground pastime is one of the best ways of banishing hunger pangs and reducing calorie intake, the Daily Mail reported.


Eating chips more than once every week raises prostate cancer risk

Eating chips more than once every week raises prostate cancer risk London, Feb. 20 : Men who eat fried foods more than once a week may increase their risk of prostate cancer by a third, a new research has suggested.

According to the research, junk food staples like chips, fried chicken, battered fish and doughnuts could play an important role in the formation of aggressive and life-threatening forms of the disease, the Daily Mail reported.


Hair dyes linked to cancer causing chemicals

Hair dyes linked to cancer causing chemicals London, Feb. 20 : Hair dyes that are being used by millions of women contain chemicals that are linked to cancer, scientists have warned.

They say that both home hair colouring kits and the dyes, which are used at expensive salons pose a potential risk to women's health.

The warning comes from scientists at Leeds-based company Green Chemicals, who conducted a review of the chemistry surrounding hair dye.


Snacking at work desk can make you gain 6lbs in 1 year

Snacking at work desk can make you gain 6lbs in 1 year London, Feb 20 : Eating unhealthy snacks at your work desk makes you pile on almost half a stone a year, a new survey has found.

The waistlines of women suffer the most, with the average female putting on 6lb 3oz - the equivalent of a whole dress size - while men see their weight increase by 5lb 2oz, the Daily Mail reported.


High-fibre foods contain more calories than labels suggests

London, February 19 : Some high-fibre foods, which are sold as low in calories, may actually contain, in the extreme, up to 25 per cent more calories than the label suggests, nutritional experts have said.

It means that some high-fibre foods targeted at people on a diet are actually more fattening than people are led to believe, said Geoffrey Livesey, an independent nutritionist based in Britain who has advised the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.


Coffee during pregnancy could harm unborn babies

Coffee during pregnancy could harm unborn babies London, February 19 : Pregnant women should avoid drinking coffee because even a single cup of it a day could harm their unborn babies, researchers have warned.

They reported in the journal BMC Medicine that caffeine content is linked to low birth weight and prolonged pregnancies, according to the Daily Express.

The researchers used information about almost 60,000 pregnancies over 10 years.


New booze-busting pill can sober you up in seconds

New booze-busting pill can sober you up in secondsLondon, February 18 : MIT scientists are working on a new alcohol-busting drug that could help boozers sober up in seconds.

A cocktail of alcohol metabolizing enzymes developed by them speedily reduces blood alcohol levels in drunk mice, the Daily Mail reported.


Long hours in office `biggest excuse for not exercising`

Long hours in office `biggest excuse for not exercising`London, February 18 : The stress of long working hours at the office and bringing up a family were the main reasons given by majority of people for missing out on exercise, a survey has found.


Now, slim rice that makes you feel full for 4 hours

Now, slim rice that makes you feel full for 4 hours London, Feb 16 : Carbohydrates are usually the enemy for anyone trying to stick to a diet, but one type of rice is flying off the shelves because it has virtually no calories.

Slim Rice, a new British product, helps you feel full while barely registering on your waistline, the Daily Mail reported.

There are 7.7 calories in a 100g serving, compared to 350 calories in the same weight of white basmati rice.


New drug for low-grade ovarian cancer identified

New drug for low-grade ovarian cancer identified London, February 15 : Many women with low-grade serous carcinoma of the ovary or peritoneum have seen their tumors stabilize or shrink after taking a regular dose of the compound selumetinib, researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have found.


Fifth of Brits admit sex is the only exercise they get

Fifth of Brits admit sex is the only exercise they getLondon, February 14 : A fifth of Brits have admitted that sex is the only strenuous exercise they get in an average week.

According to a survey of more than 1,800 members of the public, the majority of Brits shun exercise entirely, with time between the sheets with their partners the only occasion they ever raise their heart rate., the Daily Mail reported.


Middle-class kids `likelier to be obese than poorer counterparts`

 Middle-class kids `likelier to be obese than poorer counterparts`London, February 13 : Middle-class children are more likely to be obese than those from poor families, according to new research.

Researchers say the new findings contradict the conventional ''deprivation theory'' which suggests childhood weight problems are linked to poverty.


Gene therapy cures diabetes in dogs

Gene therapy cures diabetes in dogsLondon, Feb 13 : Five beagles, who were suffering from diabetes, were no longer in need of insulin injections after they were given two extra genes.

Fatima Bosch, who treated the dogs at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, said that a number of attempts had earlier been made to treat the disease with gene therapy but this study is the first to show a long-term cure in a large animal, New Scientist reported.


Liposuction world’s `most popular` cosmetic procedure

Liposuction world’s `most popular` cosmetic procedure London, Feb. 13 : As celebrities are becoming seemingly more slender with every passing day, more of us are turning to liposuction for a helping hand, which has helped the surgery become world's most heavily requested treatment, according to the latest statistics.


Orgasm a day `can keep the doctor away`

Orgasm a day `can keep the doctor away`London, February 12 : Health experts have revealed that the secret to long life lies in having an orgasm every day.

Those aspiring to get fit can ditch the gym and get in the sack for a steamy romp, according to a new guide.

The manual offers "turn-on" tips for the bedroom involving sex toys, quickies and even "pirate fantasies", the Sun reported.


Why women’s hands and feet are colder than men’s

Why women’s hands and feet are colder than men’s London, Feb 12 : Cold hands and feet reflect a perfectly natural process by which the body keeps your vital organs safe and warm, researchers have revealed.

The problem is that if you're a woman, this happens much more easily and dramatically - we do feel the cold more, and it's all down to hormones, the Daily Mail reported.

All of us - men and women - feel cold when our skin gets cold.


19pc women give up diets after 5 weeks, 2 days and 43 mins

19pc women give up diets after 5 weeks, 2 days and 43 mins London, Feb 12 : Women tend to give up diets after an average of five weeks, two days and 43 minutes, a new research has revealed.

While one in seven (13 percent) women in Britain stick to a diet for 13 weeks or more, nearly one in four (19 percent) succumb to their favourite food cravings after a month, the Daily Mail reported.


Implants make light work of fixing broken bones

Implants make light work of fixing broken bones London, Feb 12 : Artificial bone, created using stem cells and a new lightweight plastic, could soon be used to heal shattered limbs.

The use of bone stem cells combined with a degradable rigid material that inserts into broken bones and encourages real bone to re-grow has been developed at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton.


Modified `smallpox vaccine` virus triples liver cancer survival time

Modified `smallpox vaccine` virus triples liver cancer survival timeLondon, February 11: The virus used in the vaccine that helped eradicate smallpox is offering new hope to liver cancer patients.

Researchers have found that a genetically engineered version of the vaccinia virus tripled the average survival time of people with a severe form of liver cancer, with only mild, flu-like side effects, according to the New Scientist.


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