Wellbeing

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…

Psilocybin ‘reboots’ the brain and reduces symptoms of depression

Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity, according…

Diabetes drug could be used to promote weight loss

There is an effective medical alternative to surgery that physicians can offer to patients with obesity, according to new research…

Can sleep deprivation be used to treat depression?

Sleep deprivation – typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings – ‘rapidly’ reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of patients,…

Artificial sweeteners increase diabetes risk in just two weeks

Artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research by the University of Adelaide…

We shouldn’t teach children about mental health

Is it necessary for children as young as eight to understand mental health? I’m not convinced, having worked with children…

12 Sep 2017

Diabetes and high blood pressure increase Alzheimer’s risk

People with vascular health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure, have a greater chance of dementia later in life,…

Does sleep deprivation really cause the brain to eat itself?

Our brain starts to ‘eat itself’ when we are deprived of sleep, researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy…

Can probiotics treat depression? This study suggests yes

Probiotics could relieve the symptoms of depression, according to research published in the journal Gastroenterology. The study, at McMaster University…

Exercise appears to slow the rate at which our cells age

Cell ageing appears to slow down if we keep fit and active, according to research at Brigham Young University in…

Could HRT be affecting your hearing?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with a higher risk of hearing loss, according to new research published in Menopause,…

Prince Philip retires at 96 — what lies behind his remarkable longevity?

There have been many words written about Prince Philip in recent days following his announcement of retirement from public duties…

9 May 2017

Retirement might not be the stress-buster you’d been hoping for

Retirement is associated with lower levels of stress, but only in those with high-status jobs, according to a new paper…

An MRI scan can reveal if your brain is older than it should be

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed an algorithm that is able to predict a person’s ‘brain age’ based on…

depression

Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

When the journalist Bryony Gordon wrote about her struggle with depression she was taken aback by her readers’ reaction. In…

18 Apr 2017