Wellbeing

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

Can eating too much fruit trigger gestational diabetes?

Women who eat large amounts of fruit during pregnancy may have a higher risk of gestational diabetes. A new study…

killifish

Can a gut bacteria transplant make us young again? It worked for fish

Older fish live longer if they consume microbes from the faecal matter of younger fish, according to a study by…

The joy of giving up the internet for Lent

Like many great love stories, ours ended on a train. A stranger tapped me on the shoulder to ask if…

6 Apr 2017
Marmite

Could a teaspoon of Marmite a day protect your brain?

New research suggests that eating a teaspoon of Marmite a day may improve brain function and potentially ward off neurological…

exercise

Being active and staying thin help to protect the ageing brain

Insulin resistance, which is more common in overweight people, is linked to an increased rate of cognitive decline, according to…

A test has revealed my body’s ‘real age’. The result was delightful

They say that age is just a number. Except, of course, we all know it isn’t. It’s a source of…

17 Mar 2017

Are gambling addictions more common than previously thought?

Around 1 in 20 people waiting to see their GP in Bristol report having a gambling problem, according to a…

Worried that violent video games might affect your brain? Don’t be too concerned

A major new study has found that playing violent video games does not make people any more aggressive or less…

mice

Adding good bacteria to the gut lifts mice out of depression

‘How YOGURT can treat depression,’ ran the headline at Mail Online. Similar stories popped up elsewhere. Most readers no doubt…

exercise

Short bursts of intense exercise ‘best at delaying the ageing process’

As we age the amount of energy our cells can produce gradually wanes. A new study shows that short bursts…

st john's wort

Robust evidence is in: this herbal remedy is as effective as antidepressants

People tend to like good news, and I am not much different. I am constantly searching the recent medical literature…

exercise

Exercise wards off heart disease whatever your weight

Overweight or obese people with low levels of physical activity are a third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, according…