HEALTH NOTES: The risk in rushing to the loo
People with overactive bladders are more likely to suffer potentially deadly trips and falls.
Scientists in the US analysed the gait of 30 older adults with overactive bladders – the most common type of incontinence – to work out their risk of falling while walking to the toilet.
People with overactive bladders are more likely to suffer potentially deadly trips and falls. [File image]
They found that the feeling of urgency caused by a full bladder seemed to result in changes in gait associated with increased risk of falling.
Trips and falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalisation and death in elderly British people, killing roughly 5,000 every year.
One in four Britons say they’d go to work while suffering Covid symptoms, according to a poll of 2,000 workers.
The survey, carried out by the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, found the primary reason for putting others at risk was a fear of job insecurity.
One in four Britons say they’d go to work while suffering Covid symptoms, according to a poll of 2,000 workers. [Stock image]
Two in three respondents said their employer would deny them statutory sick pay, while a quarter said having to self-isolate would ‘push their financial situation over the edge’.
Low earners forced to self-isolate due to Covid infection in England are entitled to a £500 Government grant.
But according to a recent report by researchers at Swansea University, only 40 per cent of Britons are aware that such a scheme exists.
Young men stalled by mental health
Two-thirds of young men say mental health problems have hindered their career, according to poll of 2,000 millennials.
A quarter of the 18-to-30-year-old respondents said emotional problems caused them to experience a lack of motivation to take extra training.
The same proportion of 18-to-30-year-old respondents said the emotional problems became particularly debilitating in the past two years, amid the pandemic.
Two-thirds of young men say mental health problems have hindered their career, according to poll of 2,000 millennials
The results of the new study, by further education enterprise Open Study College, come as recent official data shows that mental health referrals in England have reached their highest point in two years.
Research published last year found that a third of a sample of 500 former students dropped out of university as a result of poor mental health.
Experts say men with poor mental health face a gender-specific challenge, as they are less likely to seek help from friends, family or medical professionals.
Taking sleeping pills can make you more likely to suffer hallucinations after surgery, Australian researchers have found.
Post-surgery delirium, a recognised phenomenon following a general anaesthetic and thought to affect up to half of older people who have hip surgery, is linked to an increased risk of dementia and death.
Taking sleeping pills can make you more likely to suffer hallucinations after surgery, Australian researchers have found
Now, scientists at the University of South Australia have found that people given a common insomnia pill called nitrazepam were more likely than others to suffer the disturbing post-surgery symptoms.
Other medications in the same drug family were also associated with a higher risk of such problems.