Wellbeing

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…

Study seeks to end guesswork for diagnosing mental illness

Researchers at the University of Georgia have identified several biological markers for mental disorders. The research, published in the American…

Good news for grumpy people: being unhappy won’t make your life any shorter

Reports in the press have suggested that being unhappy raises your risk of an early death, and is particularly bad…

Feeling gloomy about ageing makes brain decline more likely

People who hold negative beliefs about ageing are more likely to have brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to…

Men with diabetes aren’t so good at taking diet advice and may die earlier as a result

Personally tailored diabetes care reduces mortality in women, but not men, according to research published in Diabetologia, the journal of…

Soon, dementia homes will be full of old people. Visiting their parents

‘How can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?’ That’s the question posed by the latest Charles Street…

18 Nov 2015

For older people, strong legs equal a healthier brain

Researchers have observed a ‘striking positive relationship’ between strong legs and brain structure. The study, which was carried out on…

For depression, omega-3 supplements are likely to be a waste of time

There is insufficient evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements are effective in treating major depressive disorders, according to new research.…

Want to do well at work? Find a job you feel invested in

Workers who feel an emotional attachment to their jobs are more psychologically healthy, according to a study published in the…

Take sugar scares with a pinch of salt

In defence of sugar

22 Oct 2015

We are becoming a dementia nation

For years, the signs have not been promising. But there may be the beginnings of hope

22 Oct 2015