Raw-meat dog food 'risk to owners'

Many raw-meat dog foods contain high levels of bacteria that pose a risk to animals and humans, experts warn.

Owners are at particular risk if they let their pet lick them after it has eaten raw bone, meat or offal, they say in Vet Record.

The diets are becoming increasingly popular, touted by some as offering pets a health boost and a glossy coat, according to BBC.

The researchers studied 60 raw samples from 10 manufacturers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and England.

A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn't nap, according to Science Daily.

"Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. For example, salt reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by 3 to 5 mm Hg," said Manolis Kallistratos, MD, cardiologist and one of the study's co-authors, adding that a low-dose antihypertensive medication usually lowers blood pressure levels by 5 to 7 mm Hg, on average.

Drizzling olive oil on your food at least once a week lowers your risk of blood clots, study finds

Adding olive oil to your diet - even just once a week - lowers your risk of suffering clogged-up arteries which can trigger heart attacks and strokes, a new study found.

It's long been known that the Mediterranean diet - of which olive oil is a key component - is associated with good heart health, according to Daily Mail. 

But now researchers have shown why and how. 

Background music disrupts creativity and verbal reasoning, experts say

Thought listening to Mozart helps you to concentrate? Think again! Background music disrupts creativity and verbal reasoning, experts say

 The common belief that music boosts brain function and spurs creativity may be little more than a myth, after researchers found 'strong' evidence to suggest the opposite to be true, according to Daily Mail. 

Music was found to significantly 'disrupt' a host of brain functions that are associated with creativity, including verbal ability and problem solving, a new study has showed. 

Diabetes linked to back pain

People with diabetes have a 35 percent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 percent higher risk of having neck pain than those without diabetes, a review by University of Sydney researchers has found.

Their findings, based on meta-analyses of studies that assess the links between diabetes and back or neck pain outcomes ,according to Science Daily.

Most adults experience low back pain during their lives and almost half suffer neck pain at some stage. Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent chronic condition; an estimated 382 million people live with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of this metabolic disease.