ISLAMABAD - Experts have said that smoking could be a sign of psychiatric illness.They added that doctors should routinely consider referring people, who smoke to mental health services, in case they need treatment, the Independent reported.The controversial recommendation from the charity British Lung Foundation has come in response to a major report, Smoking and Mental Health, published this week by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists with the Faculty of Public Health. The report said that almost one in three cigarettes smoked in Britain now is smoked by someone who is suffering from a mental disorder.The reason the report gave is that smoking rates have more than halved over the past 50 years, but the decline has not happened equally in all parts of society.According to the report, of the ten million smokers in Britain, up to 3 million have a mental disorder and up to 2 million have been prescribed a psychoactive drug in the past year and approaching 1 million have longstanding [mental] disease.While smoking rates have fallen dramatically, from 56 percent in men and 42 percent in women in the early 1960s to 21 percent in both sexes today, they have hardly changed among people with mental disorders and remain at over 40 percent.Professor Stephen Spiro , deputy chair of the British Lung Foundation, said that persuading people with mental disorders to give up smoking was a major challenge but so was identifying smokers who could need psychiatric treatment. Sip green tea to protect your heartScientists say green tea and coffee, if made a regular part of the diet, could benefit the heart, according to research conducted in Japan. Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet, according to research.“This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks,” said Yoshihiro Kokubo, lead author of the study at Japan`s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Centre.“You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.” They found that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risks.“The regular action of drinking tea and coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming,” Kokubo said.Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks in the world after water, suggesting that these results may apply in other countries too.It’s unclear how green tea affects stroke risks. A compound group known as catechins may provide some protection. Catechins have an antioxidant anti-inflammatory effect, increasing plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic (anti-clotting) effects.Some chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, thus cutting stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Further research could clarify how the interaction between coffee and green tea might help further lower stroke risks, Kokubo said.Early-onset balding linked to prostrate cancerResearchers have claimed that there is a connection between early-onset balding and prostrate cancer.In the new study of African-American men, 318 men with prostate cancer and 219 men without the disease were examined, and researchers found that baldness was associated with a 69 percent increased risk of prostate cancer.And people who had frontal baldness were more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, Discovery News reported.The connection was found to be stronger among men, who had been diagnosed before age 60. According to Time, hormone changes could be the culprit; a byproduct of testosterone has been linked to both a higher risk of prostate cancer and thinning hair.Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, research assistant professor at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said in a statement that the team focused on African-American men as they are at high risk for developing prostate cancer and are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than other groups in the US.