Growing up with a parent who has an alcohol use disorder increases the chance of having violent dating relationships as a teenager, a study has shown. According to research by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, the root causes of dating violence in teenagers can be identified as early as infancy. “Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behaviour and involvement in dating violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life,” says lead study author and senior research scientist at RIA, Jennifer A. Livingston, PhD.
How easy you find drifting off at night could be down to your personality, a new study has shown. According to research carried out on 1,000 Americans, introverts are more likely to suffer disrupted sleep than extroverts. The study was carried out by Best Mattress Brand and involved participants’ personality traits being determined by the Myers Briggs Test.
While we often think about how to keep various body parts in tip-top condition - avocado for glowing skin and protein to build muscles, for example - many of us give little thought to our oral health past brushing twice a day and flossing (albeit not as often as we know we should). Good dental nutrition is essential, and according to a dentist, “your toothpaste isn’t that important” when it comes to oral health. What we eat plays a big role in keeping our teeth healthy, and Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has revealed which foods we should be consuming to do so.
Children under the age of nine spend more than two hours a day on screens, a new report has found. Whilst these stats might be setting off alarm bells for parents, children’s media expert Sara DeWitt insists that screen time can actually be beneficial for kids. Speaking at TED in April, DeWitt debunked three of the most common fears parents have about screen time for kids.
Norovirus can floor you with cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Better-known as the winter vomiting bug, it causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines which triggers an array of nasty symptoms.
We expect the odd cold once thick tights and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in our lives. But succumbing to the flu is not an option when there are Christmas parties, mince pies and, err, a limited number of paid sick days to think about. Colds and flu share many signs and symptoms, but there are also some key differences between the two. These are all the flu symptoms you need to watch out for. Cold symptoms With the flu, you will get the sore throat, cough, runny nose and sneezes typical to colds, but it will all be more rapid. ...
Stress is one of those things most people know they need less of, but struggle to actually put that in practice. Now, here’s more motivation to try cut back on your stress levels: It could wreck havoc on your health. According to a new mouse study published in the journal Scientific Reports, stress can negatively impact your gut microbiota (the microorganisms that are crucial to your digestive and metabolic health) the same way as eating a junk food diet.
White men who exercise for seven-and-a-half hours a week or more are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease then those who do a moderate amount, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at the exercise habits of 3,175 participants for a 25 year-long period and found that white men who exercised a lot were more likely to build up plaque in their arteries which can lead to severe cardiac problems. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the UK, according to Public Health England.
You may think that offering your seat to someone elderly on public transport is a considerate thing to do, but experts have revealed that doing so could actually hamper their health as they age. In fact, old people should be encouraged to stand and discouraged from taking it easy in order to keep themselves fit, an Oxford professor claims. Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser to Public Health England, has spoken out to say the elderly should try to walk for ten minutes a day and relatives should encourage to take the stairs instead of a lift or excalator.
St Christopher’s hospice is celebrating 50 years. Despite its main mission of providing palliative care for terminally ill patients, at St Christopher’s the focus is on life, rather than death. To be able to take care of 6,000 patients and their families, St Christopher’s spend on average £20 million, with only £6 million being funded by the NHS.
Ronald Evans, a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, says his latest drug is a completely new concept. Back in 2008, Evans finished a study conducted on mice which found that an experimental compound called GW501516 (aka Endurobol) significantly increased fat burn and athletic performance, even without much exercise. The pills might not work on humans and there could be dangerous side effects, Evans wanted to make clear.
Three in 10 parents admit to being drunk in front of their children, a new study has found. Half have been tipsy around them, according to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, whose research revealed that moderate drinking around children leaves them feeling anxious, embarrassed and disrupts their bedtime. The study also found that children who see their parents drinking are less likely to look up to them as role models, reports The Guardian.
A 26-year-old model from Essex faces early menopause after doctors mistook her endometriosis for IBS for 10 years.
A worrying 'game' called the 48-Hour Challenge is circulating on Facebook which encourages children to go missing for up to two days at a time. The sick viral trend also says points are awarded for every social media mention while they're missing, meaning that frantic friends and family who post appeals to find them are welcomed. It's a copycat version of the Game of 72 which circulated in Western Europe several years ago, in which children tried to go missing for up to 72 hours.
When it comes to burning fat, weight lifting and resistance work is essential. By building muscle, you boost your basal metabolic rate, meaning you burn more calories over the course of the day even when you’re not exercising. When it comes to lifting weights, ensuring correct technique is crucial.
It’s a stomach-churning trend which is justified by its purported health benefits. The act of consuming placenta after birth has been popularised by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Coleen Rooney. The placenta, which is also known as afterbirth, connects the foetus to the uterine wall and is the barrier through which nutrients and waste pass via the mother’s blood supply.
Frequently dying your hair has been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. According to a study by London surgeon Kefah Mokbel, women who colour their hair have a 14 per cent rise in rates of breast cancer. Professor Mokbel, who works at the Princess Grace Hospital in Marylebone, London, advises that women dye their hair no more than two to five times a year.
Heavy periods are causing millions of women to take time off work, a new survey has revealed. Accounting for 5,581,186 sick days each year, the condition is costing the British economy £531m. One in five women suffer from heavy periods however, 73 per cent admit to lying to their bosses when one causes them to take a sick day.
With darkness descending before we’ve left the office every day, getting enough vitamin D can be a challenge. A recent study by BetterYou found that 19 per cent of British adults have low levels of vitamin D, and this is particularly problematic in autumn and winter. “Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is key for the maintenance of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus,” nutritionist and author of Re-nourish, Rhiannon Lambert, explained to The Independent.
From laying low to breathing in stream, expert natural cold remedies that will save you reaching for the Lemsip.