Wellbeing

There are plenty of ways to fight dementia. Here are 10 of them

NHS Choices asks: ‘Is there a cure for dementia?’ What it should say underneath, in enormous capital letters, is ‘NO,…

Is screen time wrecking family life? To my shame I know the answer

Every now and then, amid the blizzard of health reports that bombard us on a seemingly hourly basis, one strikes…

16 Sep 2015

The joy of being a hypochondriac

My name is Constance and I am a hypochondriac. I always have been and I always will be — until…

15 Sep 2015

A daily portion of fish is likely to lower your risk of depression

According to researchers from China’s Qingdao University, eating a daily portion of fish could prevent depression. The researchers pooled data…

Test to find your ‘real age’ could be used to predict Alzheimer’s

According to research published in the journal Genome Biology, scientists at King’s College have detected a ‘gene signature’ which could…

Cold water bathing — a Victorian craze that really is good for your health

Flinging someone into a freezing pool might not sound like the best cure for a panic attack. Yet recent research…

7 Sep 2015

Women suffer depression more than men — a poignant report last week suggests why

One morning at dawn earlier this year, Sarah Johnson jumped in front of a southbound train at London’s Victoria station.…

2 Sep 2015

People over the age of 50 ‘becoming smarter, but also less fit’

Older people are becoming more intelligent, but also less fit, according to a study carried out in Germany by the…

Modafinil is being hailed as the ‘world’s first safe smart drug’. Be wary of the hype

Most students will have heard of it, and some will have taken it. Last week, scientists at Oxford University caused…

28 Aug 2015

Media coverage of the Germanwings crash ‘increased the stigma of depression’

On March 24 the Germanwings flight 9525 crashed into the Alps, causing 150 deaths. Rigorous investigation indicates that the co-pilot,…

26 Aug 2015

The approval of the ‘female Viagra’ is nothing short of a disaster

Last week, the United States’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ever drug targeted to enhance libido in…

24 Aug 2015

My battle with the demon drink – ‘healthy’ freshly squeezed orange juice

‘Sugar is your enemy’, said a doctor friend as I was complaining about my waistline, still 35 inches despite a health…

23 Aug 2015

Spicy food ‘might help us to live longer’

There is new evidence which suggests that eating spicy food is linked with longevity. Spice’s active ingredient, capsaicin, has anti-obesity,…

Why do we age? Scientists uncover a small part of the mystery

Why do we age? Scientists at Berlin’s Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology have made a discovery which could help answer…

Why the bacteria in your intestines could be making you depressed

The bacteria in your intestines could be inducing anxiety and depression, according to new research carried out by scientists at…

The search for the holy grail of Alzheimer’s Disease

For scientists investigating Alzheimer’s Disease, a ‘biomarker’ is the holy grail. For example, doctors can test blood for the particular…

Bilingual is better – researchers find bilingual children have more grey matter

A study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex suggests that bilingual people have more grey matter in the ‘executive control’…

Suffering from tinnitus? A trial offers hope of a breakthrough

According to findings published today in the head and neck surgery journal JAMA Otolaryngology, a clinical trial in the US…

Even though I’m a hospital consultant, I was in despair over my diabetes. Then I tried a new drug…

I have been a type 2 diabetic for at least five years. I turned up for work to anaesthetise patients…

13 Jul 2015

New research on ‘brain heritage’ could pave the way for personalised treatment

According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the shape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer…

Common anti-depressant ‘makes people less selfish’. Is this a cure for anti-social behaviour?

According to a study published in the journal Current Biology, citalopram (a common anti-depressant widely prescribed in the UK) has…

Women who want to starve their children: the hidden problem of mothers with eating disorders

Some mothers suffering with eating disorders are tempted to starve their children, according to forthcoming research from City University. Katherine Kalinowski,…

7 Jul 2015

Diabetes: a horrible condition, but look at all this encouraging news

Diabetes and dementia are two of the most frightening challenges facing public health today. In both cases, we don’t know…

Now John Noakes has Alzheimer’s. Is there no hope of curing this disease?

For people of my age, the news that John Noakes has Alzheimer’s is terribly poignant. He was the daredevil of Blue…

1 Jul 2015
The drugs do work

Confusion for diabetes patients as health regulator ditches its ‘bonkers’ treatment plan

Diabetes is on the rise in Britain – at a frightening rate. Yet NICE, the health regulator, doesn’t seem to…

28 Jun 2015

Do antidepressants cause gun massacres? Peter Hitchens wants to know…

In a blog post published after the massacre of black worshippers in Charleston, South Carolina, by Dylann Roof, a young…

26 Jun 2015