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The College of Medicine, why Japanese women live longer and the after-effects of ‘all night partying’

By Laura Passi

Our roundup of health news headlines on Monday 2 August.

College of Medicine born from ashes of Prince Charles’s holistic health charity‘ is a headline in the Guardian today.

Four former fellows or directors of the now-defunct Foundation for Integrated Health will open a new college that ‘aims to raise the acceptance of “an integrated approach to health” among doctors, politicians and the public by running courses and publishing books, journals and films’.

Prince Charles is apparently ‘aware of’ the new college but will have no official role in launching it, we’re told.

For those who don’t get enough sleep during the week, scientists have found that, ‘Lying in at the weekend boosts your brain power‘. The Telegraph reports the results of a study that shows a lie in at the weekend can ‘replenish the brain and boost energy, alertness and attention span’.

Unsurprisingly, scientists warned against ‘all night partying’ at the weekend because it could ‘significantly impair a person’s performance at work the following week’. Of course you could just go out and have fun instead!

One thousand girls on Pill at 11: Huge rise in contraceptive prescription for pre-teens without parents knowing’ The Daily Mail reveals. ‘Doctors prescribed the oral contraceptive to more than 1,000 girls aged 11 and 12′.

So a thousand eleven year old girls on the pill means a thousand girls having sex? Or perhaps, as the article notes at the bottom, doctors also prescribe the pill ‘to treat heavy periods and severe acne’, which isn’t really that shocking at all.

And finally, lets all move to Japan is my advice after reading the Guardian today. According to government figures, ‘Japanese women have enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world for a quarter of a century’ and can expect to live to the age of 86.4.

‘Experts attribute Japan’s extraordinary longevity statistics to a traditional diet of fish, rice and simmered vegetables, easy access to healthcare and a comparatively high standard of living in old age.’ Sayonara!

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