Mind

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

How happiness gurus can ruin your life

When David Cameron announced plans to measure nationwide happiness he was mocked. The thought of the government asking how happy you are is ridiculous…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…