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Mental Health

Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

"Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to other types of commuters.

The study was well designed as it included more than

Posted On April 21, 2017
Mental Health

Loneliness may make cold symptoms feel worse

"Colds feel worse to lonely people," The Guardian reports. A US study, where participants were infected with the cold virus, found people who said they felt lonely also reported more severe symptoms – even though an objective measure of how bad their cold was didn`t find the same association.

This US study i

Posted On March 31, 2017
Mental Health

Can playing Tetris help prevent PTSD?

"Tetris can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder," reports The Daily Telegraph. An early stage study found that people who`d been in traffic accidents who played the popular computer game while waiting in A&E for treatment had fewer intrusive memories during the following week.

Researchers believe the brain

Posted On March 29, 2017
Mental Health

Can yoga and breathing really help `cure` depression?

"Taking yoga classes can help ease depressive symptoms, a new study says," reports the Mail Online.

A small study from the US found yoga was associated with a clinically significant improvement in depression symptoms.

Researchers recruited 32 people

Posted On March 16, 2017
Mental Health

Worrying about work out-of-hours `may be bad for the heart`

"Taking work home can be deadly," the Daily Mail warns.

A small study of London-based office workers found those who reported being frequently troubled by work-related issues had patterns of heart activity associated with stress and anxiety.

Researchers interviewed 195 adults aged between 20 and 62 (70%

Posted On February 20, 2017
Mental Health

Eating disorders in middle-aged women `common`

"Eating disorders…affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s," BBC News reports. While often regarded as a "disease of the young", a new survey suggests 3.6% of middle-aged women in the UK are affected by an eating disorder.

Researchers also l

Posted On January 18, 2017
Mental Health

Want to feel happier? Take a break from Facebook

"Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study," BBC News reports after a Danish study found regular users who took a week-long break from the social media site reported increased wellbeing.

The one-week trial assigned Facebook users to either give up using the site for a week, or go on using it usual.

Posted On December 23, 2016
Mental Health

Some psychotic episodes `may be triggered by immune disorders`

"Sufferers of psychotic illnesses `may have treatable immune disorder`," The Independent reports.

Researchers from Oxford University found around 9% of people presenting with psychotic symptoms also had signs of immune dysfunction.

They found these people had antibodies in their blood linked to a condition

Posted On December 09, 2016
Mental Health

Can a high-tech treatment help combat some of our oldest fears?

"Scientists have raised hopes for a radical new therapy for phobias," The Guardian reports.

Brain scanners were used to identify brain activity pinpointing when people are most receptive to the "rewriting" of fearful memories. The scanners used functional MRI (fMRI) technology

Posted On November 22, 2016
Mental Health

Scouts and Guides `grow up to have better mental health`

"Scouts and guides provide `mental health boost for life`," BBC News reports. A study of adults with a scouting or guiding background found they were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life.

But the difference in average mental health scores was quite small (2.2 points on a 1 to 100 scale). About

Posted On November 10, 2016
Mental Health

Anti-inflammatory arthritis drugs may help with depression

"Arthritis pills could help beat depression," The Sun reports. A review of studies suggests anti-cytokine drugs, currently used to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, could have a role in treating depression.

Cytokines

Posted On October 19, 2016
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Antidepressants `double suicide risk` says controversial study

"Antidepressants could double the risk of feelings that could lead to suicide, according to a new study which has triggered furious rows," The Daily Telegraph reports.

Critics have attacked the study as "fatally flawed" because researchers extrapolated certain side effects, such as anxiety, as being a risk

Posted On October 13, 2016