Hydration myths may be putting older people’s health at risk

Myths about healthy water drinking may be putting older people’s health at risk by discouraging them from drinking enough fluid to stay healthy, according to a new UCL-led study. Dehydration is thought to affect between a third to nearly half of frail older people and is associated with a higher risk of adverse health outcomes, from having a stroke or […]

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Scientists reliably predict people’s age by measuring proteins in blood

The carnival worker who tries to guess your age relies on aspects of your appearance, such as your posture and whether any wrinkles emanate from the corners of your eyes and lips. If the carny’s guess is more than a few years off, you win a stuffed koala. But a team of Stanford University School of Medicine scientists doesn’t need […]

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Study reveals what factors influence young people’s gambling habits

A study has shown that regular weekly gamblers were more likely to be male and had developed habits and patterns of play by age 20. Factors such as the gambling habits of parents and social media use were also found to influence a young person’s gambling activity. The in-depth longitudinal study by the University of Bristol’s Children of the 90s […]

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Inequality now extends to people’s DNA

It’s well known that some areas of the UK are poorer than others. These include Wales and northern Britain, which used to be coal-mining areas. Now we have discovered that these regional economic inequalities are in line with regional differences in DNA as well—with people becoming increasingly clustered by certain types of genetics. Genetic clustering has existed in all past […]

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High cholesterol could TRIPLE old people’s dementia risk, study warns

High cholesterol could TRIPLE risk of dementia in the over-60s as doctors urge the elderly to cut down on cheese and butter to protect their brains Researchers in Indonesia said a history of high cholesterol was a ‘major risk’ Small study found people with high cholesterol had a 50/50 chance of dementia Cholesterol is raised by foods with a lot […]

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Trigger warnings do little to reduce people’s distress, research shows

Trigger warnings that alert people to potentially sensitive content are increasingly popular, especially on college campuses, but research suggests that they have minimal impact on how people actually respond to content. The findings are published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “We, like many others, were hearing new stories week upon week about trigger […]

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The pill makes women less able to read other people’s emotions

The contraceptive pill makes women ‘less able to read other people’s emotions’ and could impact their relationships Oral contaceptive causes subtle emotional changes to a woman’s brain Makes her 10% less likely to recognise other people’s facial expressions Thought to be due to the pill’s impact on her oestrogen and progesterone levels   e-mail 11 View comments The pill may blur […]

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