Wellbeing

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…

birds

Just looking at birds may help to keep you happier

The more birds you see on any given afternoon, the less likely you are to be stressed and anxious, according…

cat

Relax, your cat won’t make you mentally ill

Is having a cat bad for your mental health? It’s not as ridiculous a question as it might sound. For…

trippy

Does the drug that ‘fixed’ my diabetes have a dark side?

A while back, I wrote about how dapagliflozin revolutionised my glucose control. Almost overnight, I changed from a morbid and…

18 Jan 2017
PMDD

Women who suffer an intense form of PMS can now blame their genes

A severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) has a specific biological cause, according to research…

brain

A hotel retreat aims to nurture your brain. Here’s what that feels like

Hotels and neuroscience aren’t two spheres that have either natural or immediate overlap. In fact, I have confidence in asserting…

4 Jan 2017
father christmas

Dear Father Christmas: your work life is harming your health

Dear Father Christmas, I was pleased to see you again at your annual health check, which we always do prior…

23 Dec 2016

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

20 Dec 2016

Enjoying life may mean a better chance of living for longer

People who enjoy life are less likely to die prematurely, according to research at University College London. The study, published…

centenarians

Centenarians smoke, drink and eat badly. How do they get away with it?

‘The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that…

Poor mental health raises risk of physical diseases in later life

New research published in the online journal PLOS ONE suggests that depression raises the risk of arthritis and digestive diseases,…

probiotics

No, a yoghurt a day won’t help to beat Alzheimer’s

Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could improve the cognitive skills and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to…

low-carb diet

A low-carb diet may help to prevent diabetes, but this study doesn’t prove it

Eating three low-carb meals within 24 hours lowers post-meal insulin resistance by more than 30 per cent, according to a…

weightlifting

Worried about mental decline? Weightlifting can help

Light weightlifting twice a week could lead to improved memory function in older adults, according to research by the University…

nasal spray depression

A nasal spray for depression? It doesn’t pass the sniff test just yet

A nasal spray can ‘rapidly and significantly’ improve the symptoms of depression in patients who do not respond to other…