Babies who hear their parents arguing are more sensitive to stress – even when they"re asleep

Babies who hear their parents arguing are more sensitive to stress – even when they're asleep In order to develop, babies' brains are malleable – but this also makes them vulnerable to extreme stressBabies from 'high-conflict' homes respond more to angry tones than those from low-conflict homesThe response is in the area of the brain linked to stress By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:54 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 26 March 2013 Babies who hear their parents arguing are more sensitive to stress, new research has found.

Short-bursts of exercise boost your self-control and could be used as treatment for ADHD and autism

Short-bursts of exercise boost your self-control and could be used as treatment for ADHD and autism Review found short bouts of physical activity improved self-control in children, teenagers and young adultsMay increase oxygen flow to pre-frontal cortex in brain Other studies have found short bursts of exercise as effective at warding off heart disease as 90minute jogs , which looked at the impact of short bouts of exercise on brain function in 586 participants aged from six to 35 years old.

Sex is a "better headache cure than painkillers": 1 in 5 migraine sufferers had no symptoms after sex

Got a headache Try a little passion instead of a painkiller: One in five migraine sufferers had no symptoms after sex More than half of migraine sufferers who had sex during an attack experienced an improvement in symptomsOne in five were left without any pain at all, researchers found By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 00:49 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:46 GMT, 4 March 2013 'Not tonight – I haven't got a headache' If you're suffering from a headache, retiring to bed may be the best solution.

Man catches smallpox-like virus through sex with someone who had been vaccinated against the disease

Man catches smallpox-like virus through sex with someone who had been vaccinated against the disease U.S military are vaccinated against smallpox before they are deployed abroadCan pass on related form of the disease via close contact if injection site is left uncovered Virus causes rash and fever and can be deadly to those with compromised immune systems By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:13 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:41 GMT, 1 March 2013 A man has become infected by a smallpox-like virus after coming into close contact with someone who had been recently vaccinated against the deadly disease.

Children who get a good night"s sleep "have better memories"

Children who get a good night's sleep 'have better memories' The findings could explain why children who do not sleep well do not do as well at schoolResearchers found that children were more effective at converting 'implicit' knowledge into 'explicit' than adults after a good night's sleep By Alex Ward PUBLISHED: 18:33 GMT, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:35 GMT, 25 February 2013 Sleep tight: Researchers found that children who slept well had a boosted memory which could explain why children who do not sleep well do not do as well in school Children who get a good night’s sleep have a boosted memory according to new research.

Sitting at your desk for six hours a day dramatically increases the risk of cancer and diabetes

Sitting at your desk for six hours a day dramatically increases the risk of cancer and diabetes People who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetesOffice workers and drivers in particular danger of suffering from poor health By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 14:50 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 GMT, 20 February 2013 Men who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, researchers have warned.

Speaking two languages from childhood keeps brain in good shape as we age

Trs bien! Speaking two languages from childhood keeps brain in good shape as we age Pensioners who spoke two languages from childhood were far quicker at switching between mental tasksBilinguals also expended less mental energy, suggesting they were using their brains more efficiently By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 10:57 GMT, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:23 GMT, 9 January 2013 Hours spent in language classes struggling with masculine and feminine nouns and upside down punctuation may all be worth it, say scientists.

Fat benefits claimants told to go to the gym or face having have handouts taken away by local councils

Fat benefits claimants told to go to the gym or face having have handouts taken away by local councilsThe initiative could see obese people prescribed activity sessions by GPsThey would be penalised if they failed to turn up or rewarded if they doWestminster City Council back report which could make 'significant' savings for the public purse By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 01:56 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:21 GMT, 3 January 2013 Obese benefits claimants have been warned they could lose handouts if they refuse to get fit.

Refuse to exercise and we could cut your benefits, fat claimants are told

Refuse to exercise and we could cut your benefits, fat claimants are toldThe initiative could see obese people prescribed activity sessions by GPsThey would be penalised if they failed to turn up or rewarded if they doWestminster City Council will publish a report on the scheme today By Rosie Taylor PUBLISHED: 01:56 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 GMT, 3 January 2013 Obese benefits claimants who refuse to exercise could have their payments cut under plans being considered by a local council.

Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than reducing it, say scientists

Cannabis makes pain more bearable instead of reducing it, say scientists Patients took a combination of a placebo or a cannabis pill and had a normal cream or a painful chilli cream applied to the skin They felt same intensity of pain from chilli cream when taking cannabis rather than placeboHowever, they did report that the pain bothered them less after taking the cannabis pill Scans revealed cannabis reduced brain activity in areas linked to emotional reactions | UPDATED: 14:22 GMT, 24 December 2012 Cannabis can make patients feel less bothered about pain, according to a study.