Last week in health: Sex obsolete by 2030, naked restaurant in London, and more

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Sex will be obsolete by 2030 because of Netflix. David Spiegelhalter, a professor and statistician at Cambridge University, suggests that TV is causing couples to have less sex.

According to Spiegelhalter, constantly being connected to our phones and the TV is causing people to get it on less often “compared to just a few years ago when TV closed down at 10:30 p.m., or whatever.” And, he says, if this continues, couples won’t be having sex at all by the year 2030.

Food scientists say they’ve found a way to make gluten-free bread taste delicious at last. Anyone who’s gotten curious about the craze and sampled gluten-free bread or cake from the grocery store has probably discovered what sufferers of Celiac disease have long known: it doesn’t taste very good.

Now two inventors and food scientists from the land of pizza, pasta, and pastries may have come up with a quality gluten substitute at last. Italian scientists Virna Cerne and Ombretta Polenghi were honored this week at the European Inventor Awards in Lisbon for their isolation of a protein called zein that is found in corn. Under the right conditions including temperature, moisture, and pH, zein forms an elastic network similar to gluten.

What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Hoping to keep your mental edge as you get older? Look after your heart, a recent analysis suggests, and your brain will benefit, too.

British Olympian freezing his sperm before Rio over Zika fears. A British long jumper is planning to freeze his sperm before traveling to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over fears that the Zika virus could be sexually transmitted.

Greg Rutherford’s partner Susie Verrill announced the news in Standard Issue, writing that she and their child would be staying behind for the games. “We’ve also made the decision to have Greg’s sperm frozen,” she wrote. “We’d love to have more children and with research in its infancy, I wouldn’t want to put myself in a situation which could have been prevented.”

Study finds that driving an hour A day leads to increased weight and wider waists. The study was led by Professor Takemi Sugiyama from the Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Health and Ageing. The study assessed the driving habits of 2,800 adults from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study against health measures including body mass index (or BMI), waist circumference, fasting plasma glucose and a range of cardio-metabolic risk factors. The Australian Bureau of Statistics claims 78 percent of people use a car as their main form of transportation to get both to and from work.

The study says relative to participants who spent 15 minutes or less per day in cars, those who spent more than 1 hour a day (which added up to about 25 percent of the sample) were likely to have a 0.8 greater BMI and a 1.5 cm larger waist circumference.

Comments about childhood weight more likely to give women body confidence issues in adult life. Women who remember their parents’ comments about their childhood weight are more likely to be unhappy with their size as adults, research suggests.

The study also found they are more prone to being overweight in later life.

Scientists are developing fizzy drinks that could help with cancer treatment. Fizzy drinks have gotten a bad rep recently. But new findings from Cancer Research UK could change our minds about the sugar-loaded beverages.

Researchers at the University of Oxford and Ulster University working for the cancer research charity are currently developing a drink filled with oxygen bubbles that could make tumours more receptive to radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

According to a Cancer Research press release, “some tumours have learnt to adapt to harsher, low-oxygen conditions, making them more resistant to drugs meaning chemotherapy fails to penetrate the heart of the tumour.” The research will focus primarily on treating pancreatic cancer, as tumours to the organ are particularly deprived of oxygen and effective treatments are currently very limited.

The universe is expanding up to 9% faster than we thought, say scientists. The universe is expanding faster than anyone had previously measured or calculated from theory. This is a discovery that could test part of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, a pillar of cosmology that has withstood challenges for a century.

Diet lacking in zinc is detrimental to human, animal health. The trace element zinc has an impact on the essential metabolic functions of most living organisms. New research has found that even minimal zinc deficiency impairs digestion, albeit without any typical symptoms such as skin problems or fatigue. Hence, short-term zinc deficiency in the diet should be avoided.

This is why it’s so important to shower before swimming in a pool. Nothing seems better on a hot day than hopping into a cool swimming pool. But, new research might prompt you to shower first and make sure your kids don’t pee in the water.

Researchers from the University of South Carolina report that the disinfectants used to keep pools clean can create dangerous disinfection byproducts (DBPs) when combined with sweat, personal care products, and urine.

Some of these byproducts have caused genetic damage to cells in laboratory tests, while other reports have found higher rates of bladder cancer and respiratory issues in people who are around pools regularly, the researchers said.

Surprising discovery:

A naked restaurant is opening in London and there’s a 45,000-person wait list. According to The Guardian, the city’s first “naked restaurant” promises an experience that is “free from the trappings of modern life”—which means no clothes, no mobile phones, and no electricity. All cooking is done with fire, and the venue is lit by a canopy of candle lights. The furniture is hand-carved, and the food is served on homemade clay plates with edible cutlery.

With the exception of those cooking (for obvious safety reasons), the staff will be clothes-free, and guests will change into a gown and can then disrobe if they so choose. [MindBodyGreen]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates

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