People Who Snore Have

Bad Sex Lives:

A new survey conducted by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association to launch National Stop Snoring Week has found that people who snore have inferior sex life. According to researchers more than half of those questioned said they would make love more often if they or their partner stopped snoring while a third of couples admitted they hardly ever had sex because one or other of them snored.

Eighty-one percent of the partners of snorers said they do not get enough sleep at night. Seventy percent of snoring couples resort to sleeping in separate rooms. “We have looked at the clinical side of snoring like causes and treatments, but there is very little written about the psycho-sexual effect of snoring”. Mariane Davey, co-founder of the association said. “People say snoring really does affect their sexual relationship. What we can see is that snoring causes arguments which do not make for a happy relationship. This builds up and it can have a devastating effect. The end-result is that relationships break up,” she added.

Thin Chance:

There is a delicious bit of news for those who love to pig out: the arrival of a new drug that cuts down the urge to eat and helps dieters shed pounds and loose inches. In a multicentric study, the drug rimonabant helped a considerable percentage of obese or overweight people loose around 8.6 kg of weight and around 8.5 cm from the waist, reports UK medical journal The Lancet. Moreover, it lowered the participants risk for obesity-linked diseases. But the short-cut to weight loss is not as simple as popping the pill. Participants had to observe strict dietary restrictions as well: knock off 600 calories from your plate daily. Rimonabant, it seems, can only enhance the effect of your diet. Chew on that.

Roads Safer With Cams:

Accidents are a dampener in an age of fast cars and smooth roads. But research published in the British medical journal’s American edition shows that speed cameras are effective in reducing road traffic collisions and related casualties. The camera’s-got-you effect is most powerful in the immediate vicinity. As 1.2 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured or disabled in road collisions, this nugget of public health research is worth a consideration. While many nations in the west have already started using them, motoring associations are apparently not happy. Is it because of the potential for corrupt officials to make a killing here, one wonders.

Cancer-Buster Damper:

Cancer-Busters always generate great interest. It was no different when a couple of pharmaceutical companies announced their intention a few years ago to develop a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer—the Number 2 C-killer after breast cancer. But as the launch gets closer, concerns are being voiced about its ‘social’ and ‘cultural’ repercussions. How one can convince parents to vaccinate prepubescent girls against a sexually transmitted infection in, say, a traditional Indian set-up, wonders Nature magazine. Even if such issues are tackled successfully, how will these families pay for the expensive breakthrough vaccine? In the new patents regime, many companies cannot even destruct in an effort to evolve its own generic variety. Too many questions. Will a medical ethicist attempt to reply?

Ovary-Parkinson’s Link:

There is growing evidence that women who have had both their ovaries removed face double the normal risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Ovaries produce oestrogen, a hormone that protects certain nerve—cells including some in the brain—from toxins. When the oestrogen supply to these brain nerve cells are cut out, our voluntary movements go haywire. However, this news comes with a caveat: women diagnosed with ovarian cancer should undergo ovariectomy. Do not say ‘do not do it to me’ based on this research, say researchers.

An Artificial Nose to tell all about your sickness!

Scottish scientists are in the process of inventing an artificial nose which can tell whether some one is ill from the smell of their breath. The smell of a patient was used in medical diagnosis a century ago, but is now being re-discovered as a useful tool for docpors. The ‘spectral nose’ would use advanced chemistry to detect different odours, and then a computer screen would indicate which disease the patients could have.

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