Turns out the exercise bug could be catching. A new study has revealed that exercise could actually be contagious, particularly among women.
The $1.67 trillion global sportswear and athleisure market tends to focus on style and comfort, not on function. That leaves women without sports bras that support them.
Apparently, drinking wine is actually an excellent workout for your brain, and engages more parts of our grey matter than other human behaviour. According to The Independent, a leading neuroscientist from the Yale School of Medicine has said sniffing and studying a wine before we drink it requires “exquisite control of one of the biggest muscles in the body”. Dr Gordon Shepherd says that when you swirl the drink around your mouth, those muscles and taste receptors go to work which engages the brain more than listening to music or solving difficult maths problems.
Calling your Mini Cooper Beryl is completely conventional, right? Finding human attributes in inanimate objects is literally programmed into our DNA – so if you haven’t named your car, you may want to ASAP. “Historically, anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it’s actually a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet,” Nicholas Epley, the Professor of Behavioural Science told The Quartz.
William Gorman, the chairman of the UK Tea and Infusions Association (so he knows his stuff!), claims that if you reboil water when making a cup of tea you could actually be spoiling the taste. The tea connoisseur told The Telegraph that boiling the same water more than once results in your cuppa tasting “dull.” And no one wants their tea to taste dull right? Maria Dawson, from Clearspring, believes that William Gorman could be right about reboiled water affecting the taste of tea.
Just when we thought the most helpful thing phones could do is remind women take the pill on time every day, a new app could be here to help men and their fertility. According to new research published by Science Translational Medicine, we could soon see the arrival of a new smartphone app which allows men to test their sperm count at home without the need of lab equipment. Apparently, the method’s accuracy was pretty similar to computer-assisted laboratory analysis – even when someone totally inexperienced in using it and with no clinical background tried it out.
A germ expert from Aston University, Professor Anthony Hilton, told the Metro that “food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor”. “Eating food that has spent a few moments on the floor can never be entirely risk-free,” he explained.
Chances are every woman has faked an orgasm at one point or other in their lives, but did you realise how often you fake it could actually indicate how likely you might be to cheat on your partner. Researchers from the Human Female Orgasm As Evolved Signal study recruited a group of 138 female and 121 male college students who were involved in heterosexual relationships. Both sexes were asked whether they had ever cheated on their partner and how likely they thought they might be to cheat in the future.
Picture the scene. It’s Friday night and after going for ‘just the one’ after work, you eventually tumble through the door in the early hours and you’re so, so tired worse for wear. Too tired to take off your make up, or brush your teeth, and as for removing your clothes, well forget about it.
According to new studies, that idea is no longer the stuff of story books. The researchers, from Hadassah University in Jerusalem, are calling it Life Review Experience (LRE). “There is not a linear progression, there is lack of time limits… It was like being there for centuries.
Winter is always an endless battle between the elements and our dry, chapped lips – and however much lip salve or Vaseline we layer on, it feels like a losing one. According to a few Reddit users, the cause could be something (literally) under our very noses – toothpaste. Redditor dannelinflannel wrote that while chapped lips had been the “bane of my existence since my childhood”, she’d finally found the “magic secret” to cure her ailment.
People say that back in the 16th and 17th centuries, bathing was considered an extravagance for the elite. This makes us smell like mint or chamomile or whatever flavour our shower gel is instead of sweat, yes, but it turns out it might not be that good for our health. Some researchers now believe that showering too much can damage something called the human microbiome, which is a collection of microbes, bacteria and viruses that live in and on our bodies.
Fitness monitors are clever little things already, monitoring your activity, heart rate and your skin temperature among other things. According to data collected by scientists, the physical things fitness monitors track could also reveal when you’re about to come down with something, as heart rate and skin temperature tends to rise when people become ill. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine created software so that smart watches could detect such deviations.
Yep, chuck away the cough lozenges, pour the hot drink down the sink because turns out that chocolate is the serial cougher’s NBF. According to a leading cough and respiratory medicine expert cocoa is actually a more effective method of treatment than many traditional remedies. “Chocolate can calm coughs,” Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull, and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough, wrote in The Daily Mail.
Deep in our hearts, we’ve always had a feeling that Diet Coke and other sugar-free versions of our favourite drinks are probably too good to be true.
Any of us that have taken the pill before are well aware of its side effects, including a decreased libido, mood swings and yes, weight gain. Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine sought to find out how much of a concern weight gain is to women considering different types of contraception.
Asparagus is a strange vegetable indeed: What other food is notorious for making our wee smell after eating it? The study involved more than 6,000 women and men from two different cohorts, and while 40% of them said they could smell an odour after eating asparagus, a whole 60% said they couldn’t. The aim of the research, led by Sarah Markt and Lorelei Mucci at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, was to figure out if genetic factors play a big part in smelling odours.
Unfortunately, some of us are more prone to getting headaches after drinking tannin-rich reds like Riojas and Malbecs (you can test if you are by drinking over-brewed black tea and seeing if you feel the same effects). Histamines are chemicals that the body releases when we have an allergic reaction and can cause symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose and the dreaded headache.
It turns out that gift givers and gift recipients are on totally different pages. The crux of the miscommunication is that most gift givers focus on watching a loved one’s eyes widen at the moment of the exchange, which is sweet — except it goes against the recipient’s expectations. According to the study, common gifting mistakes include going rogue even when your recipient creates a wish list or a registry (as mentioned above), focusing on tangible items as gifts instead of offering experience-based gifts like a weekend getaway or a cooking class (which results in more long-term enjoyment), and, sadly, offering charitable donations in your recipient’s name, “which seem special at the moment of gift exchange but provide almost no value to recipients down the road.” So much for philanthropy!