Hating your job is as bad for your health as being unemployed, researchers warn

Hating your job is as bad for your health as being unemployed, researchers warn A demanding job, nasty boss and poor job security are as bad for your mental health as being out of workOnly those who enjoy their jobs fare betterAlso linked to increased risk of heart disease<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 12:50 GMT, 23 November 2012 </p> <p>Having a job you hate is as bad for your mental health as being unemployed, Australian researchers have claimed.</p><p>They say that people with poor working conditions suffer just as much as those out of work.<br></p><p>And they weren&#8217;t just referring to a dusty factory or dimly lit office, but psychological factors such as a demanding job, nasty boss and poor job security.

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSISThere are 10million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and 1m per square inch on a dish clothBacteria found on them can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can lead to loss of movement <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 14:32 GMT, 20 November 2012 </p> <p>It may come as a surprise to the houseproud and 'clean freaks' among us but the kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home – 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Unsupervised children having more accidents because parents are too busy playing on their smartphones

Playground children having more accidents because parents are too busy playing on their smartphones Number of children admitted to hospital after playground falls has risen by a third in five yearsExperts blame the sharp rise on parents being distracted by text messages and emails Children also more inclined to take risks or misbehave when they know their parents&#8217; attention is diverted <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 17:33 GMT, 23 November 2012 </p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/23/article-2237034-1263F290000005DC-293_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Children are having more accidents in playgrounds because their parents are too busy checking their smartphones to look after them properly (picture posed by model)" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Children are having more accidents in playgrounds because their parents are too busy checking their smartphones to look after them properly (picture posed by model)</p> <p>Children are having more accidents because their parents are too busy checking their mobile phones to supervise them properly, researchers warn.</p><p>They blame a sharp rise in playground falls and mishaps in the home on their mothers or fathers being distracted by text messages and emails.<br></p><p>The number of children being admitted to hospital having fallen from playground equipment has risen by a third in the last five years, according to NHS data.</p><p>Parenting experts and doctors specialising in emergency departments believe the rise is partly fuelled by the growing use of smartphones and BlackBerries.</p><p>They also point out children are more inclined to take risks or misbehave when they know their parents&#8217; attention is diverted.</p><p>Figures from the NHS show that last year some 9,564 children were admitted to hospital having fallen from playground equipment, up from 7,232 in 2006/7.</p> <p>Researchers point out that this rise coincided with the increasing availability of BlackBerrys and smartphones, such as Apple&#8217;s iPhone, which went on the market five years ago.

Doctors withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they think it is "futile"

Doctors 'are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they think it is futile to continue'<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 10:14 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236148-028B4207000005DC-10_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Shocking: Doctors are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they do not think it worthwhile, a report warns" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Shocking: Doctors are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they do not think it worthwhile, a report warns.

Luck? No, it was fabulous first aid that saved my life, says footballer Fabrice Muamba as he praises heroes at first aid awards

Luck No, it was fabulous first aid that saved my life, says footballer Fabrice Muamba as he praises medics who brought him back from the brink of deathBolton Wanderers player was only given a five per cent chance to surviveFabrice Muamba has made a full recovery and thanks the emergency service staff's swift action <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 22:17 GMT, 24 November 2012 </p> <br><p>Of all people, one would expect Fabrice Muamba to believe in the power of luck.

Muscular boys will "live longer than their weaker friends", a new study claims

Muscly boys aren't just a hit with the girls – they live longer, too Researchers tracked more than one million Swedish male adolescents over 24 yearsThey found stronger boys lived longer, even if they became overweight adultsPhysically weaker people might be more mentally vulnerable, it was suggested<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 11:05 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br><p>After a summer witnessing crowds of screaming girls jostling to catch a glimpse of Olympic diver Tod Daley's toned torso, there can't have been many young men who didn't feel a twinge of jealousy.

Asparagus – the trendy vegetable that also "fights diabetes"

Asparagus is latest weapon in the fight against diabetes as study reveals it controls blood sugarHigh doses of asparagus extract had a significant effect on insulin production in tests UK consumption of asparagus is at record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 17:31 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236322-137AAC1D000005DC-350_233x334.jpg" width="233" height="334" alt="Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britains looming diabetes crisis" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britain's looming diabetes crisis</p> <p>Asparagus could be a powerful new culinary weapon in the fight against diabetes.</p><p>Scientists have found regular intake of the increasingly popular vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the body&#8217;s production of insulin, the hormone that helps it to absorb glucose.</p><p>UK consumption of asparagus has soared in recent years to record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year.</p><p>As well as its delicate flavour, it now appears it could have a vital role to play in combating Britain&#8217;s looming diabetes crisis.</p><p>Type two diabetes, which accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases, is emerging as a major health burden.</p><p>According to the charity Diabetes UK, at the current rate of increase, the numbers affected will rise from around 2.5 million to four million by 2025 and five million by 2030.</p><p>More than a million people are already affected by the condition but do not realise they have it, perhaps because they do not recognise symptoms, such as fatigue, thirst, frequent urination, recurrent thrush and wounds that are slow to heal.</p><p> </p><p>Left untreated, type two diabetes can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation.