Wellbeing

Full-fat milk ‘protects against type-2 diabetes’

People who drink full-fat rather than skimmed milk are significantly less likely to develop diabetes, a study has suggested. The…

Virtual reality worlds could soon be available on prescription

Strapping on a headset and playing a game may not sound like the best way to tackle depression. In normal…

6 Apr 2016

The high-horse brigade can get stuffed. Joan Bakewell had a point

You can’t do an interview these days without someone trying to catch you out. This week it was the turn…

15 Mar 2016

What mindfulness gurus won’t tell you: meditation has a dark side

We never intended to be the Richard Dawkins of mindfulness — but, because of our book, we seem to have started…

A stressful pregnancy matters — it can affect a baby’s genes

Everyone has heard of postnatal depression, but not everyone knows that mothers are as likely to be depressed during pregnancy…

‘Vomit up your past’: a truly sick-making ‘detox cure’ for addicts

Puke your guts up in order to keep off drugs. Honestly, I thought the detox industry was incapable of surprising…

9 Mar 2016

‘Worrying’ rise in children being prescribed anti-depressants

There has been a large increase in the number of British children prescribed anti-depressants, according to research published in the…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…

8 Mar 2016

Is your office making you ill? Why open-plan spaces aren’t good for our health

It’s Monday morning, you’re already late and as you look across the open-plan office you see the last spare desk…

4 Mar 2016

What I wish Stephen Fry understood about mental health

The following letter, addressed to Stephen Fry, is written by Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at the University of…

The Times is panicking about a gambling epidemic but its story doesn’t add up

‘Doctors prescribe drugs to tackle Britain’s gambling epidemic’ was the top story on the Times‘s front page on Wednesday. ‘The…

19 Feb 2016

Sitting is the new smoking, says leading NHS expert Sir Muir Gray

Swap your slippers for walking shoes to live a longer and more productive life

18 Feb 2016

When the brain is the battlefield — mental health in the armed forces

Things have improved a lot since the first world war… but not as much as we might wish

18 Feb 2016

Depression linked to lower levels of a hormone that helps resilience

Researchers at McGill University have discovered the first evidence of a connection between noradrenergic neurons — which affect our attention…

Cognitive behavioural therapy can change your brain structure in just a few weeks

After nine weeks of cognitive behavioural therapy, the brain of patients suffering from social anxiety disorder changes in volume, according…

People who value time more than money tend to be happier

It is well established that focusing too much on materialism (at the expense of relationships and experiences) can leave us…

‘Each hyper is like some horrible omen of future pain’: the diary of a type-1 diabetic

Sunday, 10.14am. I’ve been in the garden raking up the autumn leaves when suddenly I start to feel hot; a…

5 Feb 2016

Sad news for those who suffer from SAD: the condition is probably a myth

Would you rather, at this moment, be standing at a bus stop in the rain, on your way to a…

2 Feb 2016

A simulation suit gave me an early taste of what old age feels like

I have had tough days at work, but this is something else. A metal sheet across my back forces me…

28 Jan 2016

My condition affects half of all men — and it is more horrible than you can imagine

I can remember exactly where I was when my chronic prostatitis kicked in. I was 24 and, during a few…

25 Jan 2016

Is seasonal affective disorder just a myth? Study finds no evidence it really exists

There is no evidence that levels of depressive symptoms vary from season to season, according to research published in Clinical…

Welcome to the rehab clinic where sugar addicts learn to go clean

We think we know what an addict looks like. It is the emaciated man on a bare mattress in a…

20 Jan 2016

Arthritis is no old ladies’ ailment: it’s more common (and mysterious) than you think

In the popular imagination the arthritis sufferer is a little old lady with bent hands, loose wedding ring on gnarled…

19 Jan 2016

Eating potatoes often may raise the risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Women who eat more potatoes before they are pregnant may have higher rates of diabetes during pregnancy, according to a…

Type-2 diabetes has a secret: it’s perfectly reversible. Here’s how to get rid of it

Carlos Cervantes used to suffer from severe diabetes. His low point was 2011, when he had a heart attack, his…

6 Jan 2016

Diabetes now affects four million in Britain and poor care is leading to early deaths

For the first time the number of people living with diabetes in Britain has topped four million, according to figures…