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.”


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 .”


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.

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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!

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.



By Heather Yourex Health Reporter

CALGARY – Susan Ockey has been practicing yoga for nearly 5 years. She started her practice after her cancer treatment finished.

“I just got through everything and then about a year later went, ‘oh my goodness… what happened? I had cancer.”

According to clinical psychological, Dr. Linda Carlson, many cancer survivors experience stress and anxiety long after therapy ends.

 “It’s a huge problem for many cancer patients. They’re dealing with uncertainty, fears of recurrence, lingering side effects, pain, swelling in the arm, sleep difficulties… and fatigue is a big problem as well.”

Carlson is the co-author of new research that has found yoga and meditation can be more effective than group therapy in helping breast cancer survivors cope with the stress and anxiety that follow treatment.

The study, the largest trial of its kind , followed 271 breast cancer survivors in Alberta and BC.

“This was the first study to compare the mindfulness group with another active treatment and we actually found it was better for producing a number of different outcomes and helping with symptoms.”

Ockey was one of the study’s early participants. Several years later, meditation and yoga has become a regular part of her routine.

“I learned so many tools about how to deal with stress and how to notice the trigger points in when you are getting stress so you recognize before you’re wound up like a rubber band.”

The study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


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MINNEAPOLIS – Older women who take dietary supplements, including multivitamins, may be at an increased risk of death, according to a joint US and Finnish study.

A 19-year analysis of almost 39,000 women found that those who took dietary supplements including multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper were at a higher risk of death than women who did not.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, was undertaken by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University of Eastern Finland.

“Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements,” the authors wrote. “We recommend that they be used with strong medically-based cause, such as symptomatic nutrient deficiency disease.”

They found that only the women who took calcium supplements displayed a reduced risk of dying.

The reasons for the link between taking multivitamins and an increased risk of dying were not clear, the researchers said.

Doctors Goran Bjelakovic of the University of Nis in Serbia and Christian Gluud of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark wrote in an accompanying commentary that the findings “add to the growing evidence demonstrating that certain antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin E, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, can be harmful.”

They added, “We cannot recommend the use of vitamin and mineral supplements as a preventive measure, at least not in a well-nourished population.”

However, Bjelakovic and Gluud said that vitamin D3 may be beneficial to older women, and possibly older men, if they do not already get enough through their diet or from sun exposure.

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