Autumn Statement: Osborne"s big squeeze: 400,000 more workers to be snared in 40% tax trap

Osborne's big squeeze: 400,000 more workers to be snared in 40 per cent tax trapA record 4.5million could be paying the higher tax rate by the end of this Parliament Chancellor George Osborne announced that the point at which workers start paying higher-rate tax was to increase by one per cent a year. | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 5 December 2012 A record 4.5million workers could be paying higher-rate tax by the end of this Parliament. The number in the 40 per cent band is expected to rise from 3.8million today by another 400,000 over the next three years, the Treasury said yesterday

Having an early night "lowers blood pressure"

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.

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study Test on nearly 9,000 people over 50 have shown lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the bodySmoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 November 2012 Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory Smoking is known to be highly damaging to physical health, being a major factor in cancer and heart disease. Now, however, its alarming effects on the mental well-being of millions of smokers have been outlined by British scientists. Lighting up regularly has been associated with a sharp decline in the performance of the brain, according to their study.