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

Dispatching dementia

Scientists are finally making breakthroughs in the search for a cure.

22 Oct 2015
Alas, poor Yorick. And spare a thought for the rest of us

The art of dying well

Do we want to live as long as modern medicine allows us, or only so long as life is sweet? By Margaret McCartney

22 Oct 2015

The surprising gains of weight loss surgery

Bariatric or weight loss surgery has in recent years been hailed as the solution to the obesity epidemic. As more…

22 Oct 2015

Healthier ways to fly

Long-haul can take a toll on us all. But there are things you can do

22 Oct 2015
Unhealthy attitude

Workplace stress can prove lethal

Past research has shown that stress can increase the risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease,…

22 Oct 2015

My nail-bar nightmare

I just needed some flashy fingers for my new sitcom. I got more than I bargained for

22 Oct 2015

Wi-Fi and the scare that won’t die

Very probably not, says Tom Chivers, but the symptoms of people who believe that it is are perfectly real

22 Oct 2015

In (partial) defence of adultery websites

Sometimes playing away saves marriages

Dropping off after lunch is good for you

Apparently the siesta — so beloved on the Continent — might actually be good for you. New research has found…

22 Oct 2015
Placebo pills: safe only insofar as they contain no active substance

A little goes a long way, that’s if it works at all

Homeopathy divides people into those who are credulous enough to believe in it and everyone else, says Professor Edzard Ernst

Over-eating food that is high in fat ‘may cause anxiety and depression’

Over-eating foods that are high in fat could be a cause of anxiety and depression, a study has suggested. The…

Diabetes drug taken by millions has unexpected benefit: making children taller

A common diabetes drug taken by millions of people seems to have an unexpected side effect: it makes children slightly…

30 Sep 2015

Belief in your own willpower is likely to make you happier

A study published in the Journal of Personality has found that people who have more faith in their own willpower…

From potions to pills, the biggest anti-ageing myths (and scams) revealed

Nobody likes getting old. It’s one of the first things we figured out about ourselves, when we started writing down…

24 Sep 2015

Game-changer for diabetes: insulin ‘dimmer switch’ discovered

Research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation has identified a ‘dimmer switch’ that controls the amount of insulin produced…

Don’t blame smartphones for young people feeling depressed. The problem goes deeper

At a student bar a few weeks ago, a friend told me they’d been struggling with depression for some time.…

21 Sep 2015