Disturbed childhood can lead to adult insomnia, suggests study

Parents should help their children with better sleep patterns, along with any problem behavioural issues, because this can lead to severe insomnia in middle age, a groundbreaking new study shows

Disturbed childhood can lead to adult insomnia, suggests studyPublished in JAMA Network Open journal today, Australian researchers have used data from a long-running UK population study to find links between moderate to severe childhood behavioural problems and insomnia in adults by the age of 42 years old. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in adults, estimated to affect almost one in three […]

Late puberty may lead to weaker bones, finds new study

A new study from the University of Bristol has linked bone strength to the timing of puberty. Teens who hit puberty late may end up with weaker bones

Late puberty may lead to weaker bones, finds new studyPublished today (Friday 9 August) in JAMA Network Open researchers looked at six repeated bone scans from 6389 children in Bristol’s Children of the 90s study between the ages of ten and 25 to assess if the timing of puberty had any influence on bone density throughout adolescence and into early adulthood. In the study, […]

Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patients

New research uncovers yet another population that will be vulnerable to the heat waves that climate change is delivering with increasing frequency: people with kidney disease

Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patientsExtremely hot days can increase advanced kidney disease patients’ risk of hospitalisation and death, and climate change means they’ll face more such days, the study authors said. “Climate change is not just about future scenarios and distant communities. It is here and now, and it is adversely impacting our community’s health in more ways than […]

Sugary drinks and fruit juice may increase risk of early death, says study

Most people know that sugary drinks aren’t healthy, but a new study finds fruit juices are not much better

Sugary drinks and fruit juice may increase risk of early death, says studyIn fact, consuming them regularly may help shorten your life, researchers say. “Older adults who drink more sugary beverages, which include fruit juice as well as sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, may be at risk of dying earlier,” said study author Jean Welsh. She is an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine in […]

Seniors who feel their life has purpose may live longer, finds study

Seniors who feel their life has purpose may be less likely to die from heart, circulatory and digestive diseases and more likely to live longer, new data suggest

Seniors who feel their life has purpose may live longer, finds studyIn a study that followed nearly 7,000 people over age 50 for more than a decade, researchers determined that people were more likely to die at a younger age if they felt their lives had little purpose, according to the report published in JAMA Network Open. “We found a strong association between life purpose and […]

Even light physical activity can help reduce brain ageing, proves study

Incremental physical activity (PA), even of light intensity, is associated with larger brain volume and healthy brain ageing, according to a study published online in JAMA Network Open

Even light physical activity can help reduce brain ageing, proves studyUsing data from the Framingham Heart Study, Nicole L. Spartano, Ph.D., of the Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional, community-based cohort study of the association of accelerometry-determined PA with brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures in a sample of 2,354 participants. The authors sought to examine the association of total steps […]

Push-up capacity may predict men’s heart disease risk, suggests study

The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor’s office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests

Push-up capacity may predict men’s heart disease risk, suggests studyIn a study of more than 1,100 male firefighters followed for 10 years, researchers found that the risk of atherosclerosis and of cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack, was 96 per cent lower among men who could do 40 or more push-ups during timed tests compared to the men who could do fewer […]

Physically punishing children leads to anti-social behaviour in adulthood

Children who experience physical punishment may have a harder time controlling violent impulses and may learn that violence is the only way to solve conflicts

Physically punishing children leads to anti-social behaviour in adulthoodChildren who are spanked, slapped, shoved or otherwise physically punished may be more prone to anti-social behaviour as adults, a U.S. study suggests. Four in five children in the U.S. have been spanked at least once by the time they reach kindergarten, researchers note in JAMA Network Open. While spanking and other forms of harsh […]