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Why stress leads to comfort eating, hope for a diabetes cure and the proven medicinal benefits of a long hot bath

Our roundup of the health news headlines on Friday 24 June.

Our roundup of the health news headlines on Friday 24 June.

Shock horror - stress really does lead to comfort eating, today's Daily Mail reports.

According to the paper, a study by the University of Texas published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation links stress hormone ghrelin to the urge to pig out.

Researchers who led the study discovered that a rise in the level of the hormone as a result of anxiety increased the appetite of the mice involved in it.

'Insight into this could provide new targets for the development of drugs to curb this potentially detrimental behaviour,' said study author Dr Jeffery Zigman.

Still on the subject of food, the Mail along with the Guardian and the Independent carry the story that a low-calorie diet could offer hope of a cure for type-2 diabetes.

People who had the condition were cured termporarily for two months by sticking to an eating regime of just 600 calories a day, the Guardian says.

The discovery could be good news for the 2.5 million Britons who have type-2 diabetes - and Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University, who led the study, described the development as 'remarkable'.

The Telegraph, the Times and Independent report that millions of older people could be at risk of death by combining common prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Combining at least two types of certain drugs put people at risk of dementia, according to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, which published the study conducted by the University of East Anglia.

Lastly, the Telegraph and the Mail also bring us the earth-shattering news that a long soak in a hot bath could make you feel better.

Researchers at Yale University found that hot water can be a substitute for company and lessen feelings of loneliness.

The university asked 400 volunteers aged 18 to 65 to keep a diary of their bathing habits. They were later given cold and warm therapeutic packs and their feelings were recorded.

'Findings suggest that physical and social warmth are to some extent substitutable in daily life,' the psychology journal Emotion reported.

'Warm physical experiences were found to significantly reduce the distress of social exclusion.'

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