How sleep schedules, your commute and where you live affect your health
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German researchers say the sound of your alarm clock in the morning affects your weight. Researchers at the University of Munich studied a phenomenon called "Social Jet Lag." It's similar to jet lag when you travel. People can get Social Jet Lag when they wake up at one time during the week and sleep in on the weekends.
Scientists looked at people 16 to 65 years old. They discovered sleeping patterns, along with other factors, like age and gender, are good predictors of body weight. So experts say try to maintain a regular sleeping schedule. It may be better for you in the long run.
Alarm clocks and long commutes may do more than just fray your nerves. A new study suggests the long haul may add inches to your waistline. An article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows people who have a long drive to work are more likely to be overweight compared to their non-commuting peers.
Doctors say drivers simply burn fewer calories because they sit longer. Previous studies tied serious health risks like cardiovascular disease, cancer and early death to time spent sitting. Experts encourage workers to get moving by taking active breaks at work.
Doctors say they're noticing an increase in throat cancer among seemingly healthy men. USA Today reports, the cause is human papillomavirus, known as HPV. Certain strains of the virus can live in the mouth after being passed on through oral sex.
HPV isn't typically associated with men. You normally hear about it in women because HPV infections can cause cervical cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent HPV.
What country is the best and worst for mothers? An annual survey from "Save the Children" shows moms do best in Norway. The United States came in 25th, right behind Belarus and the Czech Republic. The U.S. is up from 31st place last year. Our country made strides due to better care for teenage moms. Niger ranks as the worst country for moms.
The State of the World's Mothers Report looked at education, health, economic status and the health and nutrition of children to compile the rankings.