Science 

End of alcohol? Scientists find evolving gene which makes us HATE booze

A study of more than 2,500 people across four continents and over a seven year period has revealed that a gene which is responsible for breaking down alcohol is increasing activity which could be bad news for drinkers. Experts say that the group of enzymes known as alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) has undergone genetic variation which increases enzyme activity and produces an “adverse physical response to alcohol consumption”. As a result, the gene is less effective at breaking alcohol down so people are likely to feel a hangover much more, which…

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Japan falls out of love with sake as ‘Western way of living’ takes root

KYOTO, Japan — Sake runs in Tokubee Masuda’s blood. He’s the 14th generation of his family to operate one of the many sake breweries in Fushimi, a small district in Japan’s old capital of Kyoto. Masuda’s passion shines through as he escorts visitors around the Tsukino Katsura facility, explaining how high-quality rice and fresh groundwater is used to produce the traditional Japanese drink, sometimes described in simple terms as rice wine. But passion isn’t enough. There’s a stark problem confronting brewers like Masuda as they seek to ensure that their…

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Lifestyle 

Dementia news: Slashing alcohol intake ‘could curb your risk by up to a third’

Research based on those hospitalised for alcohol abuse showed 39 per cent of early-onset dementia cases were attributable to drinking-related brain damage. Last night experts said even hitting the bottle occasionally can have adverse affects on brain health, warning people to stick to recommended guidelines. The latest analysis reinforces how simple lifestyle changes can help beat a condition that in 2016 killed almost 63,000 people in England and Wales, 12 per cent of all deaths. Study author Dr Michael Schwarzinger, of the French Translational Health Economics Network, said: “Our findings…

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California’s tough laws make gun trafficking lucrative, says ex-smuggler

Despite some of the toughest gun laws in the country, a former gun smuggler tells NBC Bay Area that illegal firearms will continue to flow into the state as long as guns can be purchased with relative ease in other parts of the country. In fact, the wide disparity in regulations creates a lucrative market for those willing to risk running guns from one state to another, he said. “I was out in a different state, and I just saw how easy it was for people from that state to…

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In Tunis suburb, a revolutionary demand: jobs, not freedoms

Here in Tunisia’s own “Paris suburbs,” the unemployed, unrepresented, and unheard young men who led the Tunisian revolution have a message that is both simple and provocative. “We don’t want freedoms, we want jobs,” says Yassin Ben, 24. In neighborhoods like this one at the edge of the capital, Tunis, the very same conditions that led to Tunisia’s 2011 revolution – unemployment, marginalization, urban migration, and police harassment – persist. Recommended: Think you know the Greater Middle East? Take our geography quiz. Economic experts warn that the government must find…

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Science 

We’re evolving a gene that may stop us from drinking alcohol

Alright for some: A gene variant makes drinking alcohol an unpleasant experience for some people in Asia and AfricaWestend61/Getty By Andy Coghlan Humans are still evolving, and alcohol may be helping to drive the process in some places. A variant of a gene that protects us against alcohol addiction, possibly by making boozing intolerable, seems to be favoured by evolution. So are several other gene variants. Novel gene variants are known to have arisen and spread among humans in the recent past. One allows some people to tolerate the lactose…

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‘You pay or we cut off machine’ Briton dies on holiday as family ‘could not pay £7k bill’

Adrian King, 39, was on holiday in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with friend Nicola Wright when he fell ill. The pair were on an organised quad bike and camel riding tour when Adrian said he felt sick and asked to go home, an inquest heard. He eventually fell unconscious and Nicola told a coroner how she had to get a guide to hold him on a quad bike as they travelled back to base. Adrian was treated in a hospital but died on May 29 last year. The…

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Lifestyle 

Low sex drive? You could boost your libido by following these simple tips

Libido is different in every single person, and there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ sex drive, according to the NHS. A loss of libido may be a sign of an underlying medical problem – including reduced hormone levels – but it’s most commonly linked to relationship issues, stress or tiredness. A GP or psychosexual therapist may offer helpful advice for boosting your sex drive. You could also increase your libido by following these helpful tips. You could boost your sex drive by reducing stress and cutting back on alcohol,…

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Lifestyle 

Tom Kerridge weight loss: Best packed lunch recipes to AVOID desk snack temptations

Tom Kerridge, 44, lost a whopping 12 stone he realised at the age of 40 that he had to make a lifestyle change. Weighing 30 stone at his heaviest, he embarked on a weight loss journey which has since seen him show off a much trimmer figure. He has since decided to help other Britons out with his new BBC series “Lose Weight For Good”. This week, Tom is helping people lose weight by giving some low calorie packed lunches to avoid the desk snack temptation. Speaking to Tom and…

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