Wellbeing

A revolutionary moment for treating depression may be round the corner

Researchers have developed a blood test which can help doctors choose the best drug to treat patients with depression, according…

Charity workers are happier — is it because of doing good, or just feeling good?

A lengthy paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology (54 (2016) 64 – 84), lyrically titled ‘“… Do it with…

7 Jun 2016

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

Researchers have identified a region of the brain that functions abnormally in people with depression, according to a new study…

Dementia: can we do anything to reduce the risk?



Around one in 14 of us will develop dementia at some stage — is there anything we can do to avoid it? Benenden health writer Siân Phillips examines the issue

1 Jun 2016

Workaholics ‘more likely to suffer from ADHD, OCD and depression’

Spending long hours at work may raise your risk of suffering from ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety, according to research…

Type-2 diabetics ‘should be offered weight loss surgery’

Type 2-diabetics should be offered weight loss surgery to cure their condition, according to guidelines backed by 46 international health…

Sorry, a weekly curry won’t prevent dementia

A weekly curry could prevent dementia, according to recent headlines. Sadly the evidence isn’t there yet — but it is…

Magic mushrooms ingredient ‘lifts untreatable depression’

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’, can ease the symptoms of depression, according to a study carried out by…

Paracetamol ‘reduces your level of empathy’

Taking paracetamol makes us less empathetic towards others, according to a study carried out at Ohio State University. The results…

It is time to let the secret out: insomnia is perfectly treatable. Here’s how

A recent Spectator Health headline made two claims about insomnia. First, that insomnia was hell. It is indeed an absolutely…

Why do 80 per cent of intensive care patients suffer from delirium?

No one knows the exact causes but it’s a growing problem in every hospital

5 May 2016

The power of napping… how a daytime doze can boost memory and beat pain

Some of our greatest statesman, ­philosophers, writers and artists were habitual ­nappers

5 May 2016
‘Music is my therapy’: ADHD sufferer Will.i.am performs on television

Why successful people with ADHD refuse to take their medicine

Even high-profile psychiatrists with ADHD do not use the drugs they recommend for their patients

5 May 2016

Repeat offender

I was just as impatient with my late husband… I’m a repeat offender

5 May 2016

Health checkup: on the obesity epidemic, food labelling and overfed toddlers

Plus: asthma’s fashion victims, the burden on GPs, and vitamin D deficiency

5 May 2016

Thinking inside the witness box

The best expert witnesses are seldom the most eminent men in their field

5 May 2016

A single gene is linked to several psychiatric diseases. A study may have worked out why

The death of newborn brain cells may be linked to five major psychiatric diseases, according to research carried out at…

The Queen at 90 is as sharp as ever. What’s her secret?

The Queen turns 90 this week and although there will be no big-scale official celebrations, as there were for the…

19 Apr 2016

A three-day working week ‘is better for the over-40s’

People over 40 should work three days a week if they want to avoid decreased brain function, according to a…

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…