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Prescribing holidays 'could help fight infections'

Scientists are investigating whether prescribing holidays, music or a change of scene might boost our immune system and help us to fight off disease.

In tests on mice, they discovered that sprucing up their living space, with a running wheel, toys and a colourful box, did wonders for their T cells, according to BBC.

These cells are essential for immunity and help to protect against disease.

Do you really need eight glasses a day?

A multi-institute study has revealed for the first time the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking, which can cause potentially fatal water intoxication. The study challenges the popular idea that we should drink eight glasses of water a day for health.

The study showed that a 'swallowing inhibition' is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body.

Breast cancer risk 'not increased' by night shifts

Working night shifts has "little or no effect" on a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, new research suggests.

In 2007, a World Health Organization committee said shift work "probably" had a link to breast cancer, based on studies of animals and people, according to BBC.

But this new work by leading UK cancer experts looked at data on 1.4m women and found there was no association with night shift work.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) said it hoped the findings would reassure women.

Taste for high-fat food 'in our genes'

Some people are genetically wired to prefer the taste of fatty foods, putting them at increased risk of obesity, according to UK researchers.

The University of Cambridge team offered 54 volunteers unlimited portions of chicken korma, followed by an Eton mess-style dessert.

Some of the meals were packed with fat while others were low-fat versions.

Lose fat faster before breakfast

People can burn up to 20% more body fat by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach, according to new research.

In a study, academics sought to find out whether the known benefits of exercising after an overnight fast were undermined by an increased appetite and eating more food later in the day.

Researchers, led by Dr Emma Stevenson and PhD student Javier Gonzalez, asked twelve physically active male participants to perform a bout of treadmill exercise at 10am, either after they had eaten breakfast or in a fasted state having not eaten since the evening before.