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HEALTH NOTES: Office workers wired differently as 9 in 10 say they’re ‘neurodiverse’, study claims


HEALTH NOTES: British office workers are wired differently as nine in ten call themselves ‘neurodiverse’, study claims

Nine out of ten British office workers described themselves as being ‘neurodiverse’, according to a study.

It is a term used by some to describe people who have brains that work differently from the average person, encompassing conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and Tourette’s.

Studies suggest that about 15 to 20 per cent of the population are neurodiverse.

However, this new research, carried out by online printing company Instantprint, suggests that the vast majority of people in the UK who work in an office environment claim they have one of these brain conditions.

The survey, which polled 1,000 people, also found that women were far more likely to identify as neurodiverse compared to men.

Nine out of ten British office workers described themselves as being ‘neurodiverse’, according to a study (stock photo)

Bugs lurking in kitchens are safe… mostly

Most of the bacteria found growing in kitchens is harmless, researchers have discovered.

A Norwegian team swabbed everything from sinks and countertops to cutting boards and cloths in 74 kitchens across five European countries.

Their results, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, found the same eight types of bacteria grow in most kitchens, and none are considered harmful to humans.

They concluded the primary source of illness in the kitchen comes from food containing bugs such as salmonella.

Patients with an aggressive form of endometrial cancer can now access a breakthrough drug that significantly extends their lives.

About a quarter of sufferers have a form of the disease which is particularly difficult to treat due to the DNA of the cancer cells. If chemotherapy failed, there used to be no effective treatments available on the NHS – patients lived for an average of eight months.

But in a study of 500 patients, 60 per cent of those given the new drug dostarlimab were still alive two years later compared with 15 per cent of those not on it.

Health regulators last week approved dostarlimab to be used in an unlicensed drug plan expected to benefit 725 patients with the life-threatening cancer next year.

Tesco is selling a test that can spot urine infections in less than two minutes.

The kit, which looks for substances in a urine sample, is designed to reduce the time patients wait to find out if they have the painful infection.

NHS figures show about 40 per cent of people scheduled to see a GP about a urinary tract infection (UTI) wait for more than four weeks.

Left untreated, UTIs can damage the kidney and may become life-threatening if it spreads into the blood.

Tesco is selling a pack of three tests for about £10.



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