Couch potatoes can"t help being lazy – they were BORN that way

Couch potatoes can't help being lazy – they were BORN that wayNot getting enough exercise was previously thought to be down to simple lazinessBut new study shows that genes play major role in deciding whether we enjoy a trip to the gym or not By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 15:21 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:31 GMT, 9 April 2013 Laziness may be written into our DNA, say scientists.

Women really DO get a "spare tyre" of fat after the menopause – putting them at higher risk of heart disease

Women really DO get a 'spare tyre' of fat after the menopause – putting them at higher risk of heart disease Women's bodies change shape after the menopause Before menopause, women store excess fat around their legs and hips; afterwards, around the middle But storing fat around the abdomen is riskier for health, raising the risk of heart disease and cancer By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 18:14 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:16 GMT, 28 March 2013 After the menopause women's shapes change to be more like those of men Women really are more likely to develop a 'spare tyre' around their waist after the menopause, say researchers.

Could olive oil be the key to weight loss? Scientists discover even the SMELL of it can make us feel full

Could olive oil be the key to weight loss Scientists discover even the SMELL of it can make us feel fullOlive oil could aid weight loss by making people feel fuller for longer and by staving off hunger pangs During research, aroma extracts from the oil reduced the study group's calorie intake by nearly 200 a dayPeople who ate olive oil infused yoghurt had higher levels of the hormone serotonin in their blood By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 19:09 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:45 GMT, 15 March 2013 Olive oil could aid weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer, according to a new study Olive oil could aid weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer, according to a new study.

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.

Heading a football "can cause brain damage"

Heading a football 'can cause brain damage and affect thinking' Heading a football is classed as a 'minor sub-concussive blow' and can cause brain damageYoung people who play the game are less able to perform some tasks requiring basic thinking skills By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 22:27 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 27 February 2013 It is well known that playing the beautiful game can increase fitness.

Couples who drink together stay together: Divorce less likely if husband and wife consume the same amount

Couples who drink together stay together: Divorce less likely if husband and wife consume the same amount Researchers looked at the drinking habits and divorce rates of nearly 20,000 couplesHighest divorce rate – 26.8% – was in couples where the husband was a light-drinker and the wife binged By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 15:58 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:15 GMT, 8 February 2013 When you toast your other half this Valentine's Day, here's hoping you don't finish off the bottle on your own.

How booze plays havoc with your rest: Alcohol reduces amount of time spent in deep sleep

How booze plays havoc with your rest: Alcohol reduces amount of time spent in deep sleep It helps you get to sleep quicker but rest is disrupted, report findsThe more alcohol consumed, the less deep sleep takes placeAlcohol should not be used as sleeping aid, researchers warn By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 23 January 2013 Alcohol may help you fall asleep but it leads to a disrupted night’s rest, scientists reported yesterday.

A nature walk away from gadgets can boost brain power by half

A walk outdoors away from gadgets can boost brain power by half Researchers found that adults performed much better in a creative test after spending four days outdoors disconnected from modern technology It can boost brain power by as much as 50 per centAdults in Britain spend an average of 3.5hours watching TV – 15 per cent of their life | UPDATED: 01:49 GMT, 13 December 2012 Next time you are confronted with a complex problem, don’t worry – the answer could lie at the bottom of your garden.

Build up of "tangles" in the brain increases risk of dementia more than having the Alzheimer"s gene

Build-up of 'tangles' in the brain increases risk of dementia more than having the Alzheimer's gene Those with greatest number of 'plaques' or 'tangles' saw memory decrease by a fifth over 18 monthsPlaques can appear years before obvious symptoms such as forgetfulness | UPDATED: 19:19 GMT, 15 October 2012 A build up of plaque in the brain may be more harmful than having the Alzheimer’s gene, a study has found.

One in three women "too scared" to check their breasts for cancer

One in three women 'too scared' to check their breasts for cancer Report author says girls should be taught how to check their breasts by the age of 13However, other research suggests that checking too often can cause needless anxiety among those at low risk from the disease | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 1 October 2012 A third of women do not check their breasts for lumps and bumps because they are scared of what they might find, a study has found.