HEALTH NOTES: How a new brain-zapping machine can help ex-smokers stay smoke-free

HEALTH NOTES: How a new brain-zapping machine can help ex-smokers stay smoke-free

Zapping the brain with a mild electrical current can help ex-smokers stay smoke-free months after quitting.

Up to one in five people who quit smoking eventually relapse and start smoking again.

But a study at the University Hospital of Dijon, France, found that ex-smokers who had regular sessions of external brain stimulation – using a hand-held gadget that sends a mild current through electrodes attached to the temples – were twice as likely to stay away. cigarettes three to six months after quitting than those who did not.

The technique is believed to work by activating brain cells that dampen nicotine cravings.

The machines – known as cranial electrotherapy stimulation devices – are available online from around £150.

Zapping the brain with a mild electrical current can help ex-smokers stay smoke-free months after quitting

Simply get rid of bugs on planes

If you’re sitting directly in front of someone on a plane with a cough, you’re more likely to catch someone else on board.

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong tested the spread of droplets generated by coughing while seated on an airplane. The results, published in the journal Travel Medicine And Infectious Disease, showed the highest concentration was directly above the seat in front.

The study also found that if the person in front turns on the overhead ventilation, it instantly reduces the risk of infection.

If you're sitting directly in front of someone coughing on a plane, you're more likely to catch someone else on board.

If you’re sitting directly in front of someone coughing on a plane, you’re more likely to catch someone else on board.

One in five Britons with symptoms of bowel cancer are too scared to seek medical help, a survey of 2,000 adults has found.

Commissioned by the charity Bowel Research UK, the survey was designed to measure the success of an NHS public awareness campaign in 2021 about the disease.

Bowel cancer affects 42,000 Britons each year and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the UK. However, most respondents were able to recognize signs of the disease, including blood in the stool, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Lynn Dunne of Bowel Research UK said: ‘If caught early, bowel cancer can be completely cured and is much more easily treated.’

Laughing out loud isn’t just good for your mental health, it can also help you lose weight.

Researchers from Fukushima Medical University in Japan divided 230 men and women into two groups. One had regular sessions with a comedian telling jokes as well as yoga classes involving breathing exercises. The others went about their daily business as usual.

After three months, the laughter group had lost weight, were less stressed and felt mentally stronger than the others, according to results published in the journal BMC Geriatrics.

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