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Sugary sodas and energy drinks can rob you of sleep. Drinking too many cans of the drinks every day can cut the amount of time you sleep to just five hours or less.
More than 450,000 condoms were distributed in the athletes’ village during the recent Rio Olympics—suggesting that abstinence before playing sport is yet another urban myth. In fact, sex before a marathon helps the runners, new research suggests.
Drinking up to a pint of beer a day helps slow the decline of levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein)—the ‘good’ cholesterol—as we get older, a new study claims. It’s a Goldilocks amount: abstain or drink more than a pint a day and the fall in levels becomes twice as rapid as for the moderate drinker.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have replaced heart problems as the major killer in the UK—at least for women. A similar pattern has been seen in the US, too, where the rate of coronary heart disease has fallen by 20 per cent since the 1980s.