‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

One pupil said: ‘I will never forgive the government for compromising students’ health so seriously.’ Photograph: Alamy Pupils have delivered a damning verdict on the revamped GCSEs, saying they have caused mental exhaustion, panic attacks, crying, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne. About half a million 16-year-olds sat the tougher exams, which were initiated by the former education secretary Michael Gove and tested for the first time this summer, with grades ranging from 9-1 rather than A*-G. As GCSEs drew to a close this week, many who sat them responded to a…

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Extreme heat and cold could be the reason for increasing workplace accidents

Extreme heat and cold could be the reason for increasing workplace accidents

Turns out, hot and cold weather has a major impact on your injuries at the workplace. According to a study conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, moderate and extreme ambient temperatures increase the risk of occupational accidents. The study analysed data on nearly 16 million occupational injuries that occurred in Spain over a 20-year period. Heat and cold are believed to be associated with a higher risk of occupational injury, but the existing scientific evidence consists of only a handful of studies with a small number of cases…

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Getting tonsils removed puts you at risk of flu, asthma and pneumonia

Getting tonsils removed puts you at risk of flu, asthma and pneumonia

If you have had your tonsils removed in childhood, you may want to read this. A new study by the University of Melbourne in Australia and University of Copenhagen in Denmark found that removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the risk of diseases like asthma, influenza and pneumonia. The scientists examined the long-term effects of these common paediatric surgeries for the first time. The adenoids and tonsils are strategically positioned in the nose and throat respectively to act as the first line of defence, helping to recognise airborne pathogens like bacteria…

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Heart attack causes and symptoms, study says it’s more deadly during winter

Heart attack causes and symptoms, study says it’s more deadly during winter

Heart attacks are more common during winter than summer months, suggests a new study conducted by cardiologists at UK’s Leeds General Infirmary on a total of 4,056 people. The study subjects received treatment for a heart attack in four separate years. The study found that the most severe heart attacks were more deadly in the coldest months, compared to the warmest. The overall number of heart attacks was roughly the same in the coldest half of the year, compared to the warmer months, with the most serious heart attacks leading to cardiac arrest and cardiogenic shock….

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Want to keep heart healthy and strong? Avoid travelling to high altitudes

Want to keep heart healthy and strong? Avoid travelling to high altitudes

While the mountain air may be refreshing and offer respite from the heat, it is not so good for your heart. A new study improves our understanding of how the human body adapts to high altitude areas. It reveals that at high altitudes (over 3000 m), the lower amount of oxygen in the air leads to a decrease in the volume of blood circulating around the body, and an increase in blood pressure in the lungs.The findings are important for people who live, travel and exercise at high altitudes. The…

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Vitamin pills are bad for heart and have no health benefits, says study

Vitamin pills are bad for heart and have no health benefits, says study

The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, a study has found. Researchers from the St Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto in Canada conducted a systematic review of existing data and single randomised control trials published in English from January 2012 to October 2017. They found that multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C – the most common supplements – showed no advantage or added risk in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death. Generally, vitamin and…

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Switch off the TV, too much screen time can cause heart disease and cancer

Switch off the TV, too much screen time can cause heart disease and cancer

Spending too much time watching TV can be injurious to health. A new study done by the University of Glasgow and published in BMC Medicine reveals a link between higher risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease. The effect was more among those with low fitness, low muscle strength or physical activity levels. Previous studies linked increased screen time with bowel cancer for men as well as diabetes, obesity and a weak heart. Discretionary screen time, time spent watching TV or looking at a computer screen during leisure time, is an important contributor to…

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This L.A. Mansion Doubled Its Size and Tripled Its Price in Five Years

This L.A. Mansion Doubled Its Size and Tripled Its Price in Five Years

Laurie Cohen and her husband Mark, the founder of Cohen Financial Group, knew they wanted to buy a certain 1930s mansion in Beverly Hills well before it actually came onto the market. The house is on a quiet street in Beverly Hills, overlooking a golf course. Source: William & Williams The house—a longtime residence of actress Ann Rutherford, who died in 2012— sat on a quiet street, directly across from a golf course. “It’s the best street in Beverly Hills,” Laurie Cohen says. “There’s no thoroughfare and, because of the golf course, there’s…

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Anxiety and aggression in young boys may increase due to low iron levels

Anxiety and aggression in young boys may increase due to low iron levels

Iron deficiency and low blood levels of Vitamin B12 in small boys may be associated with behaviour problems, such as anxiety and aggression, when they get in middle school, according to a new study. The findings showed that iron deficiency, anaemia and low plasma vitamin B12 levels in boys at around age 8 were associated with 10% higher mean scores on externalising behaviours such as aggression and breaking of rules. Iron deficiency was related to an adjusted 12% higher mean on internalising problem scores like anxiety and depression. “Some parts…

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Tomato Juice Benefits: From Improving Digestion To Boosting Eye Health And More!

Tomato Juice Benefits: From Improving Digestion To Boosting Eye Health And More!

Tomato makes an indispensable part of the Indian and international cuisine. This beautiful red fruit not just adds a tangy flavour to innumerable delicacies but has several health and beauty benefits to offer. Not just tomato, but its juice is also nutrient-rich and low in calories and fat. So, if you are looking to lose weight, this drink is just for you. In fact, according to the book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, one glass of tomato juice contains 74 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C intake. Other key…

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