Watching too much TV may increase risk of early death

Adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less, according to new research.

"Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors," said Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez. "Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality."

Processed meats do cause cancer - WHO

Processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its report said 50g of processed meat a day - less than two slices of bacon - increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

Meanwhile, it said red meats were "probably carcinogenic" but there was limited evidence,BBC reported.

The WHO did stress that meat also had health benefits.

Shorter sleepers are over-eaters, study in children shows

Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study.

The study found that 16 month-old children who slept for less than 10 hours each day consumed on average 105kcal more per day than children who slept for more than 13 hours. This is an increase of around 10%.

Why more women Suffer from heart disease than men

Heart disease is normally considered to be a man's problem.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, smoking and drinking too much are all common health issues for men of a certain age - but the reality is that women suffer more.

So why are women at risk and how can they protect themselves from the biggest killer of women .

Dr Jane Flint, a consultant cardiologist, has been caring for women with heart disease for more than 20 years.

Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes

A drug-resistant malaria parasite found in South East Asia can also infect mosquito species in Africa, a study shows.

The transmission experiments were carried out in a laboratory, but they suggest the spread of this deadly strain into the continent is possible.

The scientists say the consequences of this would be dire, putting millions of lives at risk.

The study is published in the journal Nature Communications,BBC reported.