It’s not all about ‘experiences’. Buying stuff makes us happy for longer

Good news, just in time for the January sales: shopping can make you happy. A study published in the journal…

A common sleeping pill helped mice recover from strokes

Mice that had strokes recovered more quickly if they received low doses of the common sleep aid zolpidem, according to…

Have trouble staying awake? Try dieting — less food ‘raises alertness and improves sleep’

Weight loss brought on by a change in diet can improve sleep, according to a study by researchers from the…

Bad habits of ‘Western lifestyle’ blamed for rise of cancer in the developing world

Cancer is becoming more common in the developing world because of the proliferation of a ‘Western lifestyle’, according to a…

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy ‘nearly doubles the risk of autism’

Using antidepressants during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of autism, according to research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Professor…

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…

Two secrets to a longer life: sleep the right amount and don’t sit all day

According to a study carried out at the University of Sydney, there are six main risk behaviours associated with early…

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…

A man’s weight affects the genes he passes on to his offspring

Your health could be influenced by the lifestyle of your parents before you were born, according to a study published…

If you look after your heart, you help your brain: diseases of the two organs are linked

Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam have found a connection between the early stages of brain and…

Scientists discover genes that can delay Alzheimer’s by up to 17 years

Researchers have identified nine genes that play a part in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published…

Mice fed fast food diet suffer ‘scary’ loss of synapses in the brain

A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity provides some of the first evidence that a fast food…

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…

A new pocket device can diagnose a stroke in just 10 minutes

Scientists at Cornell University in the US have developed a device that can diagnose stroke in less than ten minutes…

Medics find pigment in our bile that can protect against heart attacks

Elevated levels of a bile pigment called bilirubin could protect us from cardiovascular disease, according to research carried out at…

Obese children’s brains react differently to the smell of food

For obese children, the smell of food activates the area of the brain associated with impulsivity and the development of…

Higher resting heart rate is linked to an increased risk of death

A higher than average resting heart rate can lead to an increased risk of death from all causes, according to…