Research

Million workers have drugs in their system, study finds

A study has stated that millions of working people in England are going to work with drugs in their system.

According to a drug-testing firm, narcotics were taken by about one in 30 employees who were tested at work last year. The most commonly used drugs found were cocaine, cannabis and opiates.

From 2007, the use of drugs among employees was up 43 per cent rising to 3.23 per cent of the workforce last year.

Earlier in 2012, it was stated by the country's most senior police officer that to stem UK's cocaine trade, drug-testing middle-class professionals should help.

5 mn test tube people exist in world

An estimate that is released recently has stated that since the world had its first test-tube baby, in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has given the world about five million new people. And it was about 34 years back when world had its first IVF baby in England.

According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), every year about 350,000 babies that are conceived in petri dishes are born.

And this makes an annual addition of about 0.3 percent of the 130-million-odd babies added to the world.

Study: Animals are more intelligent and more social than earlier perceived

According to a Duke University study which adds to the increasing evidence that animals - especially primates - are more intelligent and more social than what humans have perceived them to be, it has been found that apes have the ability to plan ahead, share, as well as show empathy.

57 per cent women have big waistlines

Experts have stated that waistlines of about 57 per cent women are bigger than they should be and this is a cause of concern. Citing this as a reason for cancer and infertility, doctors have said that women must make an attempt to keep their waistlines in check.

The healthy size is 80cm but researchers found that the average waist measurement for women is 4.9cm larger.

Experts have stated that larger waistlines are a problem because this can lead to an array of problems like type 2 diabetes, heart problems and infertility along with cancers.

Reovirus can help fight cancer

Cancer can be fought by a bug that normally gives children the sniffles.

Tumors can be reduced by reovirus and this is what the researchers are hopeful about. Reovirus usually causes mild colds or stomach upsets.

It can be possible that diseases like breast cancer and skin cancer are fought with by the virus, which would be given to outpatients through a drip.

Researchers stated that the way the reovirus works is by killing a cancer cell by entering it and replicating within it. As compared to conventional cancer treatments, this seems to produce fewer side effects.

Smoking, drinking doesn’t have much impact on sperm counts

Researchers from the UK have stated that there is very little effect of lifestyle choices on sperm count and other options can also get delayed due to lifestyle advice given to tackle male infertility.

The semen quality is not affected by smoking, alcohol consumption and being obese, their study said.

It was also stated that it is better to avoid them as avoiding them was still `good health advice'.

It was however stated that a link with higher sperm levels was established with wearing boxer shorts rather than tighter underwear.

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