Wellbeing

New research offers hope of a blood test for Alzheimer’s

Tiny snippets of genetic material called microRNA may help with early detection of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to…

Not just a Hollywood film plot – psychiatric patients are being institutionalised for profit

A recent exposé showed what seems to amount to unethical practice in accepting referral fees by psychiatrists. One stated he…

29 Jun 2018

Can religious belief make you live longer?

Those with religious affiliations live an average of almost four years longer than those with none, according to new research…

How to interact with relatives with dementia

Over the past few years, awareness surrounding dementia has steadily increased. There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition…

24 May 2018

Eating more fish ‘could prevent Parkinson’s’

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, prevents the formation of protein structures closely associated…

New ‘bloodless’ patch for diabetics could end the need for finger-prick tests

Researchers from the University of Bath have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which can measure glucose levels through the skin…

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s early with 86 per cent accuracy

Researchers at Ruhr University in Germany have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease and found that it can detect…

Higher protein intake has no effect on lean mass in older men

Many experts in nutrition recommend a higher intake of protein for older adults. However, few rigorous studies have evaluated whether…

Slow walking speed ‘could be sign of dementia’

Older adults with slower walking speeds seem to have a greater risk of dementia, according to a new study published…

Food supplements ‘could be used in early treatment of psychosis’

Nutrients found in food may help reduce the symptoms of psychotic illness, when used in the early stages of treatment,…

A high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients

Eating a high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss, improves diabetes and decreases the need for insulin, according to new research by…

We have a drug that’s effective against depression – now the government needs to let us use it

The case of young Alfie Dingley, who has to live in Holland to obtain cannabis medicine for his severe epilepsy,…

19 Mar 2018

Trump wants to end the opioid crisis. But what if he is himself its prime symptom?

In October 2017, Donald Trump declared a public health emergency in response to what he called a ‘national shame and…

5 Mar 2018

Depressed people have lower levels of arginine, study finds

People with major depressive disorder (MDD) have reduced arginine levels, according to a new study by the University of Eastern…

For older men, total volume of exercise matters more than consistency

Exercising for just a few minutes a day is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, according…

Pioneering neuroscience identifies molecular pattern of psychiatric disorders

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are define…

Pets improve your mental health, new study suggests

It is estimated that there are 10 million cats and 11.5 million dogs kept as pets in the UK –…

Acne linked with increased risk of depression

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada have found that patients with acne have a significantly increased risk of…

High-salt diet ‘increases risk of cognitive decline and dementia’

A diet rich in salt is linked to an increased risk of cerebrovascular diseases and dementia, according to new research…

How stress could be making you ill

Certain types of stress interact with immune cells and can regulate how these cells respond to allergens, ultimately causing physical…

Diabetes drug ‘significantly reverses memory loss’ caused by Alzheimer’s

A drug developed for diabetes could be used to treat Alzheimer’s after scientists found that it ‘significantly reversed memory loss’…

Brain scans show physical signs of depression

Researchers have discovered a common pattern of structural abnormalities in the brains of people with depression and social anxiety, according…

Drinking tea and red wine ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’

People who consume foods and drinks that are rich in antioxidants have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes,…

New type of antidepressant shows promise in trials

Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a new type of antidepressant that could be developed as an alternative…

We aren’t doing enough for veterans with PTSD

Former army medic Sarah Bushbye, one of only four women ever to have been awarded the Military Cross, is recalling…

25 Oct 2017

New diabetes drug ‘twice as effective’ as other anti-obesity treatments

A drug that targets the appetite control system in the brain could bring about significant weight loss in people with…