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Men more likely to gossip than women – survey

Forget the assumption that women are the biggest gossips – a new survey out today concludes men are by far the worst culprits.

A fifth of those asked said they spent at least three hours a day gossiping – mainly at work – with the main topics including women colleagues and who is in line for promotion.

One in 10 men like to dish the dirt on other people, compared with 4% of women, while more men than women are guilty of spreading rumours, according to the poll.

Some 55% of men said they gossiped at work, compared with 46% of women whose top topics were family feuds, followed by the latest storyline in EastEnders, old school friends, fashion errors and what neighbours are like.

Among men the favourite subject is old school friends, then the sexiest girl at work, promotions, salaries, and finally their best friend’s conquest, the survey found.

At home, 17% of men confess they were more interested in pillow talk than sex, with only 10% of women saying the same. However, a fifth of girlfriends and wives said they preferred to gossip with a mate than their partner.

The poll of 1,033 adults conducted last month across the country.

It was carried out by BMRB Research on behalf of BT’s new Buzz-In facility, which allows up to 20 people to talk with one another on the same line at the same time.

David Sales, director of BT Conferencing, said: “Our research shows that, as a nation, we’re fascinated with gossip, whether it’s about work, our love lives or the latest soap.

“Yet it’s men who are more likely to gossip the day away, dispelling the myth that women are the only ones who like to spend hours chin wagging.”

Source: dailymail.co.uk

A Cancer Research UK  study shows that the potential benefits of a national cervical cancer screening programme for women under the age of 25 are outweighed by the harms, according to

research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference in Liverpool today.

The research team revealed that inviting 100,000 women aged 20-24 for a would prevent up to 23 cervical cancers overall. When they excluded very early stage cancers, where the treatment is often the same as for pre-cancers, routine screening prevented between three and nine invasive cancers from developing. But this would also mean an estimated 3,000 young women would be treated unnecessarily.

Screening picks up changes in the cervix which –  in – almost always return to normal without treatment. Screening under 25s means many would be treated unnecessarily for changes which would not have caused any harm if they had been left alone. And treatment brings side effects which, for a minority of women, include a risk of serious bleeding and increasing the chance of premature birth in later pregnancies.

The researchers estimated that to prevent one cancer from developing, the NHS would need to perform between 12,500 and 40,000 additional smear tests on women aged 20-24 and treat between 300 and 900 women in that age group.

Professor Peter Sasieni, Cancer Research UK’s expert at Queen Mary University of London, said: “This research quantifies the risks and potential benefits of providing smear tests routinely in women under the age of 25. It seems clear that the risks outweigh the benefits. Decisions about screening programmes and who to invite should be based on careful analysis and it’s important to target screening at the right age group for the best possible outcome.

“Cervical screening is a very effective way of preventing cervical cancer in women over the age of 25. Our study shows that screening younger women leads to unnecessary treatment for many, resulting in serious side effects for some.

“This research makes it clear that the policy change to stop cervical screening in women aged 20-24 in England was well justified from a health perspective and was not a cost-cutting exercise.”

In England around 1,900 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in aged 25-64. Since the cervical screening programme was introduced in 1988, incidence rates in England have dropped by more than 40 per centfrom 4,100 cases in 1988 to 2,300 in 2010.

Dr Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information, said: “Whatever your age and whether or not you’ve had a smear test, it’s important to go to your GP if you notice anything out of the ordinary, like bleeding after the menopause, in between periods or after sex or pain during sex . It probably won’t be cancer but it’s a good idea to get checked out by your doctor who can arrange any necessary diagnostic tests.”

Dr Karen Kennedy, NCRI director, said: “This important research will help inform public health policy to provide the most effective programmes to save lives from .”

Source: medicalxpress.com

How does military service affect women? As it turns out, researchers don’t exactly know the answers to this question, and that’s why some of them recently formed a new collaborative,

multidisciplinary project to find out more.

The group, known as the Consortium on the Health and Readiness of Servicewomen (CHARS), comprises more than 30 private and public researchers from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego as well as from academia, the government and private institutions. Their areas of expertise include epidemiology, neurocognitive psychology, nursing and family studies.

“Understanding the unique concerns that impact only women or issues that impact both men and women in different ways is really important if you want to maintain a ready force,” said NHRC research psychologist Stephanie McWhorter in a statement. “Our hope is to produce useful information that military leadership and civilian policymakers can use to establish best practices in the prevention, intervention and screening of health issues.”

In a recent article in Naval Medical Research and Development News, the consortium was described as timely given new military policies that directly affect female service members, including the end of a ban on ground combat roles for women and the extension of benefits to same-sex spouses.

The consortium members have experience in research where gender can play an important role, such as suicidal behavior in men and women; differences in coping with stress; biological and genetic risk factors associated with post-traumatic stress disorder; and the effects of deployment on military families.

CHARS is not the first project of its kind; other efforts like the Women’s Health Task Force and the Defense Women’s Health Research Program have focused on similar research. CHARS, however, is meant to spotlight existing research and bring researchers together to work on new studies.

“We want to encourage people to engage in more collaborative, multi-disciplinary research so we can produce findings that can help the Defense Department,” McWhorter said.

source: forbes.com

Scientist from the University of Oxford and Churchill Hospital in the United Kingdom have discovered that women with larger than average butts are not only increasingly intelligent, but also

resistant to chronic illnesses, Elite Daily reported.

  • (flickr) Study found that people who carry their body fat in their thighs and backsides are not  just carrying extra weight, but also some extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with obesity.
(flickr) Study found that people who carry their body fat in their thighs and backsides are not just carrying extra weight, but also some extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with obesity.

The results found that people who carry their body fat in their thighs and backsides aren’t just carrying extra weight, but also some extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with obesity.

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“It is the protective role of lower body, that is [thigh and backside] fat, that is striking,” the researchers said in a statement. “The protective properties of the lower body fat depot have been confirmed in many studies conducted in subjects with a wide range of age, BMI and co-morbidities.”

According to ABC News, the results found women with bigger backsides tend to have lower levels of cholesterol and are more likely to produce hormones to metabolize sugar. Having a big butt requires an excess of Omega 3 fats, which have been proven to catalyze brain development, Elite Daily reported.

Researchers also found the children born to women with wider hips are intellectually superior to the children of slimmer, less curvy mothers.

Researchers analyzed and compared female belly fat with the legs, hips and buttocks, finding that the fat from the lower body of women prevents the development of diabetes, thanks to the quantity and type containing hormones, Eyeonthenut reported.

“If you’re going to have fat, you’re definitely better off if you’ve got some fat in the lower body,” Dr. Michael Jensen, director of endocrine research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. told ABC News. “If you look at people who have primarily the pear shape, they’re healthy in all the ways that this fat behaves. It’s not just less heart attacks or less diabetes, it’s all these ways we think about fat as an important organ for our health.”

The fat located in the thigh and backside produce hormones that help to better metabolize sugars and other lipids, abdominal fat secretes hormones with the opposite effect.

According to ABC News, experts said it’s unclear if the fat in the thighs and backside are better for you than simply being thin.

“If you’re a healthy thin weight, you’re going to be every bit as healthy as someone who has weight, but has all the weight in the lower body,” Jensen said.

Source : universityherald.com

Women Better than Men in Recognizing People!


A new research from McMaster University suggests women can remember faces much better

than men, in part because they spend more time studying features without even knowing it, and a technique researchers say can help improve anyone’s memories.

Canadians researchers used a special eye-tracking technology to monitor where study participants looked, when they were shown a series of different faces on the screen of the computer. Each face was given a name that the researchers asked participants to remember.
A group of participants took the test in one day, while another group was given about 4 days to complete the test. Women in the one-day experiment had a much better memory of the faces they had seen compared with men, the researchers said. The ladies’ advantage was subtler over the four-day experiment.
Eye-tracking technology used during the tests could explain the sex difference. The women in the study focused on the facial features far more than men in the images presented to them, the researchers found.
“We found that women fixated on the features far more than men, but this strategy operates completely outside of our awareness. Individuals don’t usually notice where their eyes fixate, so it’s all subconscious,” said Jennifer Heisz, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University,
The results open the possibility that changing our eye movement pattern may lead to better memory. It means anyone can be taught to scan more and potentially have better memory.
“The results open the possibility that changing our eye movement pattern may lead to better memory. Increased scanning may prove to be a simple strategy to improve face memory in the general population, especially for individuals with memory impairment like older adults,” Heisz concluded.
What do you think about this research? Have ever noticed that a lot of men find it tricky to remember faces?
P.S. By the way, do you know what word “Prosopagnosia” means? Prosopagnosia or “face blindness” is a condition where the affected person can’t recognize faces. The condition affects about 2 percent of the world’s population!
Source: globaldiscussion.net

Pasta, red meat and soda linked to depression in women

Pasta, fatty red meat and soda have all been linked to an increased risk for depression among women, indicates research published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

According to the report, the inflammation caused by these foods is now being indicated in

disease processes beyond obesity.

Diet, inflammation and depression

Researchers headed up by study coauthor Michel Lucas, PhD, of the the Harvard School of Public Health, indicate the link between pasta, fatty red meat, soda and depression is not entirely clear, but more and more evidence suggests diet plays a significant role in depression risk as a direct result of inflammation.

This is not the first research project to link food to symptoms of depression, though it is the most complete.

In September 2013, research conducted at the University of Eastern Finland found a healthy diet was associated with a decreased depression risk in men.

“The study reinforces the hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention,” Anu Ruusunen, MSc, who presented the September results in her doctoral thesis in the field of nutritional epidemiology, told Live Science.

In her study, Ruusunen found a diet high in folate, consisting primarily of berries, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and liver was consistently linked to lower depression risk.

On the contrary, a diet high in sausages, processed meats, sugar-containing desserts and snacks, sugary drinks, manufactured foods, French rolls and baked or processed potatoes was linked to an increased risk of depression in men.

Depression in women

Depression is linked to an inflammatory response

The Mediterranean diet is considered a well-balanced and healthy meal program. (Shutterstock)

The results of Ruusunen’s research are supported by the most recent findings in women.

Out of a test pool of more than 40,000 females who had no sign of clinical depression at the start of the research, those who sipped soda, ate fatty red meat, or consumed refined grains (like pasta, white bread, crackers, or chips) on a daily basis were 29 to 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed or treated for depression than women in the study who ate healthier.

What’s more, women in the high risk group for depression tested the highest for the three blood biomarkers associated with inflammation.

This correlation between inflammation, food and depression is significant because previous research has classified depression as an inflammatory disease, but the cause of such inflammation has remained mysterious.

Experts indicate there are more complex, emotional and psychological factors at work in most cases of depression; however, the role inflammation plays in the body may offer a means to treat and help prevent this disease.

“We now know that depression is associated with a chronic, low-grade inflammatory response and activation of cell-mediated immunity, as well as activation of the compensatory anti-inflammatory reflex system,” wrote researchers in a a study published in BMC Medical. “It is similarly accompanied by increased oxidative and nitrosative stress (O&NS), which contribute to neuroprogression in the disorder.”

And just as certain foods were found to contribute to depression in women, the most recent study found coffee, olive oil, wine, and vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens consumed on a daily basis helped keep depression at bay.

These depression-fighting foods are considered components of the Mediterranean diet, a highly recommended, balanced nutrition plan.

source: voxxi.com


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