Daily digest August 20 2015

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Working longer hours increases stroke risk, study finds

The likely toll of long working hours is revealed in a major new study which shows that employees still at their desks into the evening run an increased risk of stroke – and the longer the hours they put in, the higher the risk.

The largest study conducted on the issue, carried out in three continents and led by scientists at University College London, found that those who work more than 55 hours a week have a 33% increased risk of stroke compared with those who work a 35 to 40-hour week.

People who work long hours are also more likely to ignore the warning signs, they say, leading to delays in getting treatment.

To read more, go to the Guardian website 

Why eating breakfast on the go really does lead to weight gain

Eating breakfast ‘on the go’ really can lead to weight gain because it encourages people to eat more, a study has shown.

Researchers from the University of Surrey found eating while walking around triggered more overeating compared to eating during other forms of distraction.

They asked 60 women to eat a cereal bar while either walking down a corridor, watching the sitcom Friends or chatting to a friend. Afterwards they were asked to complete a questionnaire and participate in a taste test involving four different snacks, including carrot sticks, chocolate, crisps and grapes. How much the women ate was measured after they left the room.

To read more, go to the Daily Telegraph website

Living wage will 'damage care homes'

The national living wage could result in a ‘catastrophic collapse’ in the number of care homes, according to the five biggest providers.

In a letter to the chancellor, Four Seasons Health Care, Bupa, HC-One, Care UK and Barchester say staffing accounts for 60% of the cost of care.

The companies said they supported the national living wage, but efforts would be needed to rescue the care system.

To read more, go to the BBC website

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