Peter Dazeley/Getty Images More than 79 million adults are obese in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Blame your dad for being fat. Obese men carry sperm with modified genes that can be passed on to their young — predisposing them to trouble with weight gain, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers in Denmark found “epigenetic marks” — or heritable changes in genetic material — in the sperm cells of obese men, suggesting that children can derive obesity-related traits from overweight fathers. “Men need to consider what they put in their bodies and how they live their life as it may have an impact on sperm development and consequently offspring health,” said Dr. Sarah Kimmins, Associate Director at the McGill Centre for the Study of Reproduct
Maximkostenko/Getty Images/iStockphoto An Australian study found that people who live alone eat less fresh food. If you live alone, you probably eat like crap, according to a new study. Researchers in Australia found that people in solitary existences tend to cook less and eat less fresh food. "People who live alone have a lower diversity of food intake and a lower consumption of ... fruits and vegetables and fish," said Katherine Hanna, one of the co-authors of the Queensland University of Technology study. Hanna said a number of factors — including loneliness — could be responsible. "Economic factors also explain lower consumption of foods like fruits and vegetables and fish,” which are more expensive, she said. Other possibilities include lack of motivation to cook and lack of encourage
Sam Ryley/Getty Images/iStockphoto A CDC study found that drinking too much costs the U.S. economy around $ 249 billion a year. Glug-glug-glug — that’s the sound of America drinking away $ 249 billion a year. A study, released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that excessive drinking — mostly binge-drinking — cost the U.S. $ 249 billion in crime, health care costs and lost productivity in 2010. The study breaks down the cost by state, and California comes out in the lead at $ 35 billion. At close to $ 19 billion Texas is next, followed by New York with $ 16 billion. In cost per capita, D.C. leads the pack, followed by Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. Overall, the numbers represent a sizable increase of more than $ 20 billion since the last s
People who donate to charity tend to be healthier and happier than those who don’t, the study said. Giving to others not only makes us happier but can help lower our blood pressure, while humans are most miserable in their forties for deeply rooted biological reasons, researchers told a conference in London on Thursday. Experts from Britain and Canada were debating the latest research on happiness and altruism, as part of a conference on "nudging" — using psychological insights into human behavior to get people to make good decisions. Happiness is highly subjective, and cultures have very different conceptions of what it means, making it difficult to study and measure — but an increasing number of organizations think it is an important subject to focus on. The United Nations uses a Human D
Vladimir Demin/Shutterstock Goth kids were more likely to be depressed and harm themselves, the study said. Teenagers who identify as "goths," a subculture known for its members' black clothes and makeup, have a three times higher risk of depression than non-goth peers, researchers said Friday. But they could not be sure whether it was a case of depression leading kids to join this particular subgroup, or being caused by it. "Our study does not show that being a goth causes depression or self-harm, but rather that some young goths are more vulnerable to developing these conditions," said the study's lead author Lucy Bowes from the University of Oxford. In a years-long study of over 2,300 British teens, Bowes and a team found that 15-year-olds who identified very strongly with the goth subc...
Ingram Publishing/Getty Images/Ingram Publishing Symptom checkers typically missed the severity of the situation in one of every five cases requiring emergency treatment. Online symptom checkers often misdiagnose patients’ problems, often encouraging people to seek care for minor issues that don’t need immediate attention and other times incorrectly telling people with true emergencies that treatment can wait, a U.K. study suggests. Researchers tested 23 online and mobile apps used by millions of people trying to find out if their symptoms are serious and what might make them feel better. The apps were imperfect at best, offering the correct diagnosis on the first try only about a third of the time. For triage — assessing the urgency of the problem — the apps were too cautious in situation