Articles by Thomas Hoffmann

  • Air pollution hospitalises small children

    Rising numbers of small children are hospitalised with asthma when air pollution increases, new study shows. One surprising finding is that ultra-fine particles from road traffic play only a little role.
  • Voluntary sex causes as many vaginal injuries as rape

    New research surprises by showing that vaginal injuries are just as common after regular intercourse as after a rape. The findings could have great implications for forensic investigations into rape cases.
  • Climate towers in the Faroes?

    An eminent UK engineer has asked the British government to start constructing towers that can spread seawater into the atmosphere. He says the Faroe Islands are an ideal location. Nonsense, says Danish researcher.
  • New theory: CO2 makes you fat

    Danish researchers have announced a rather wild hypothesis: Perhaps we are getting fatter and fatter because of the increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
  • Redheads feel a different kind of pain

    Redheads are more sensitive to some kinds of pain and less sensitive to others. The explanation for these differences could be found in their genetic makeup.
  • A big butt can be a great asset

    Fat on the hips and thighs is not unhealthy – it helps you live longer. It’s the belly fat you should worry about, say scientists.
  • Poor sleep linked to premature death

    People with sleeping problems have poorer health and a shorter life expectancy. Research indicates that poor sleep is a problem to be taken seriously.
  • Diesel fumes can affect a foetus for generations

    Diesel engine particles can make DNA mutate over generations, mouse trials show. Humans may also be affected.
  • Women get the worst hangovers

    Women experience more hangovers than men, a study shows. It also indicates that we should eat while we drink and that we readily drink more than the authorities recommend.
  • Frequent sex can prevent pregnancy complications

    Having sex more often can reduce the risk of developing a serious medical condition called pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Sperm contains a special protein that increases the chances for a successful pregnancy.

Thomas Hoffmann

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