Why having a hot temper is 'good for your health': Expressing negative emotions can add two years to your life Researchers at University of Jena in Germany assessed 6,000+ patientsFound that those who internalised their anxiety suffered from a raised pulseHot-tempered Italians and Spanish 'live longer than stiff-upper lip English' | UPDATED: 23:10 GMT, 25 December 2012 Hot-tempered Italians and Spanish live nearly two years longer than the ‘stiff-upper lip’ English, researchers claim.
Half the impact of sleeping pills 'is due to placebo effect': Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medicationStudy finds 'placebo affect' is behind much of the drug's benefitSleeping pills have wide range of side effects, such as memory loss and imbalanceScientists urge insomnia sufferers to seek out psychological treatment PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 Placebo: Much of the effects of sleeping pills are in the mind , according to a new report Around half the benefit of taking sleeping pills comes from the placebo effect – where people get better even when they are taking a ‘dummy’ drug, according to a study. Researchers in the UK and the U.S
Why some people are gay: New study claims trait is passed from mothers to sons and from fathers to daughtersNew study answers puzzle of why homosexuality seems to run in familiesIt would not be expected to persist given Darwinian natural selectionResearchers show it is an epigenetic rather than a genetic trait | UPDATED: 14:26 GMT, 12 December 2012 Homosexuality is passed down through the generations from mother to son and from father to daughter, a new study claims. From an evolutionary standpoint, homosexuality is a trait that would not be expected to develop and persist in the face of Darwinian natural selection. It is nevertheless common for men and women in most cultures and previous studies have shown that homosexuality runs in families, leading most researchers to presume a genetic underpinning of sexual preference.
Just one cigarette a day doubles a woman's risk of having a fatal heart attack | UPDATED: 21:03 GMT, 11 December 2012 Habit-forming: On average, those in the study who smoked reported that they started in their late teens Women who smoke as little as one a day are at higher risk of dying suddenly from heart attack and other heart problems, warn researchers. The risk is doubled compared with women who don’t smoke, and higher for long-term smokers.
Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer's – even if you have lots of friends Dutch researchers found a significant link between feelings of loneliness – rather than having no friends – and the chances of suffering from Alzheimer'sAdds to mounting evidence that feeling lonely is a unique health risk factor | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 11 December 2012 Older people who feel alone are much more at risk of the degenerative brain disease (posed by model) Lonely people are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s in later life, say researchers. Their study revealed a significant link between feelings of solitariness – rather than having no friends – and the risk of having the degenerative brain disease.
Treat them mean, keep them keen: Playing hard to get really is the secret for winning a partner, scientists say Men and women play hard to get to test their loved one's commitment Report from researchers at the University of Western Sydney and Singapore Management University found 59 different ways both genders manipulate their partners Sarcasm, withholding sex and flirting with others among top tactics used | UPDATED: 08:27 GMT, 10 December 2012 Treat 'em mean: Researchers say there are evolutionary reasons why we are standoffish to loved ones For generations, suitors have suspected that playing hard to get is a feminine wile dreamt up solely to try their patience. It seems, however, that there are sound evolutionary reasons why treating a man mean is the best way to keep him keen.
Is infidelity written all over a man’s face Angular jaw, square chin and prominent brow suggest man is prone to cheating | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 5 December 2012 Ladies, if you want to know if the man of your dreams will be faithful, look him in the jaw…or the chin or forehead. Research shows that women are able to judge a man’s fidelity simply by studying his face. Signs of a male who is prone to cheating include classic masculine features, such as a wide, angular jaw, a square chin and a prominent brow
Going to bed an hour earlier each night 'lowers blood pressure in just six weeks' Researchers found people showing early signs of high blood pressure could restore readings to healthy levels by sleeping an extra hour every nightThe study looked at people who slept only seven hours or less who were beginning to have borderline high blood pressure readings | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 4 December 2012 Going to bed an hour earlier than usual could help to ward off high blood pressure, according to a new study.
On a diet Filling up on fruit and vegetables WON'T trick you into eating lessBeing on a fruit- and vegetable-heavy diet made no long-term difference to fullness, researchers foundAdding fruit juice before meals actually boosted hunger and weight gain It goes against the theory that people should 'fill up' on lots of fruit and veg to help them feel full for longer | UPDATED: 16:24 GMT, 3 December 2012 The dieters among us are often advised to fill our plates up with fruit and vegetables at meal times to avoid gobbling down calorie laden fare later in the day.
Friends with health benefits: How couples in casual relationships are more likely to practice safe sex More likely to use condoms, study revealsBut less likely to be satisfied or able to talk about sex | UPDATED: 04:01 GMT, 2 December 2012 They may be an emotional minefield to negotiate – but it seems 'friends with benefits' relationships do at least have one advantage.