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'You are not alone': How to cope with mental illness

<b>As part of the BBC's In The Mind season, we have been asking how you cope with mental illness.</b><p>From listening to music and running, to colouring a picture and spending time with your family, you have sent us your photos and messages of your personal stories and how you manage day-to-day.<p>To bring …

The hangover that led to the discovery of ibuprofen

<b>Dr Stewart Adams knew he had found a potential new painkiller when it cured his hangover ahead of an important speech.</b><p>"I was first up to speak and I had a bit of a headache after a night out with friends. So I took a 600mg dose, just to be sure, and I found it was very effective."<p>Now 92, Dr Adams …

The man who invented relaxation

<b>People suffering from stress can tackle it in various ways - from counselling sessions to yoga classes or listening to mindfulness CDs. But it's only recently that sleeping and doing very little - the ways human beings have always rested - have come to be seen as an insufficient response to life's</b> …

What does rosemary do to your brain?

<b>In folk medicine, rosemary has been associated for centuries with having a good memory. But is it worth investigating whether it really has any powers, asks Dr Chris Van Tulleken.</b><p>In scientific terms there are different kinds of memory.<p>There's past memory - your experiences and what you learned at …

Ageing rates vary widely, says study

<b>A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.</b><p>The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health.<p>Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their …

Sniffing could provide autism test

<b>The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.</b><p>People spend longer inhaling the delightful aroma of a bouquet of roses than the foul stench of rotting fish.<p>The results of tests on 36 children, in the journal Current Biology, showed …

Modern humans and Neanderthals 'interbred in Europe'

<b>Modern humans and Neanderthals interbred in Europe, an analysis of 40,000-year-old DNA suggests.</b><p>The study suggests an early <i>Homo sapiens</i> settler in Europe harboured a Neanderthal ancestor just a few generations back in his family line.<p>Previous work has shown our ancestors had interbred with …

Why is yoga day stressing India?

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Cervical cancer 'not just a young woman's disease'

<b>There is a perception that cervical cancer is a young woman's disease, but half of deaths occur in women over 65, a British Medical Journal report says.</b><p>It argues that the age limit for cervical screening should be raised to 70 and older women should be targeted in health campaigns.<p>There was an …

Nuts 'protect against early death'

<b>Eating half a handful of nuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests.</b><p>Previous studies had already indicated a link with cardiovascular health, but this is the first to look at specific nuts and diseases.<p>Maastricht University researchers found a 23% lower …

Active cities 'boost bottom lines'

<b>Cities that actively promote physical activities enjoy an economic advantage, research has suggested.</b><p>It says areas designed for physical activities have increased retail activity and revenue, and lower healthcare and crime costs.<p>The report's authors describe active cities as urban areas with easy …

Eating placenta 'does not benefit health'

<b>There is no scientific evidence that eating the placenta after childbirth can protect women against depression and boost energy, US research suggests.</b><p>Claims that the placenta contains vitamins which could benefit a woman's health have increased interest in the practice in recent years.<p>But a review …

Artificial leg allows patient to feel

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How 1970s deodorant is still doing harm

<b>Fluorine is an evil gas. And it is also used to manufacture a string of other artificial gases, some of which nearly left mankind exposed to burning ultraviolet light - and are even now warming the planet.</b><p>"Fluorine is the tyrannosaurus rex of the periodic table," says chemistry professor Andrea …

Russians looking for the exit

<b>If Russia is alarming its neighbours with its actions in Ukraine and its anti-Western rhetoric, many of its own people are also uncomfortable with the prevailing atmosphere of bellicose nationalism. Some are preparing to leave, discovers the BBC's Caroline Wyatt, a former Moscow correspondent - and</b> …

Fighting back against helpline harassment

<b>A Facebook post uncovered a hidden world of sexual harassment by cable TV engineers and customer service operators in Brazil - and encouraged dozens to speak out about their own experiences.</b><p>The question was both unexpected and unwelcome.<p>"Are you single?" asked the man from internet company Net who …

A Point of View: The underrated power of courtesy

<b>Courtesy has a quiet power which is often overlooked, says AL Kennedy.</b><p>This week I wanted to talk about courtesy - to discuss the ways in which we seem to have embraced discourtesy. I wanted to talk about how courtesy can make practical sense and ripples out from individuals to change their …

Heavy metal: Life at the world's largest shipyard

<b>To a European visitor, the city of Ulsan on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula seems like a throwback to some lost world.</b><p>At first, it is hard to say exactly why. It is just that something doesn't feel quite right. Ulsan feels like a place you vaguely know but can't quite figure out how.<p>And …

Lung cancer therapy is 'milestone'

<b>A lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a "milestone" trial shows.</b><p>Nivolumab stops cancerous cells hiding from the body's own defences, leaving the cancer vulnerable to attack.<p>The results from 582 people, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, …

Excess caffeine health warning - EU

<b>Drinking more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day may be damaging to health, according to the European Food Safety Authority.</b><p>Heart problems, insomnia and panic attacks were all linked to excess caffeine consumption.<p>The EFSA said many people were consuming more than the safe level as they …

Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer'

<b>A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.</b><p>The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells but when injected into tumours it replicates and releases substances to help fight the cancer.<p>Trial results …

Turkey's religious heartland enjoys AKP prosperity

<b>It zips through the Turkish countryside at 250 kilometres an hour: fast, efficient - and a vote-winner for the governing AK Party (AKP).</b><p>We've boarded Turkey's high-speed train as we continue our election trip across the country. It's still new - this is only the second line, connecting Ankara to …

The generation that tech forgot

<b>These days there is no shortage of technology designed for the older generation - from hearing aids that use GPS data to work out where the wearer is located and adjust volume accordingly, to Toyota robots that can carry the elderly around, and wireless sensors on mats that can alert relatives if</b> …

Prostate cancer gene map points way to targeted drugs

<b>Scientists have unveiled a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer, hailing it as the disease's "Rosetta Stone".</b><p>The study, published in the journal Cell, shows that nearly nine in 10 men had gene mutations that could be targeted with drugs.<p>The study was led in the UK by scientists at …

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: As it happened - BBC News

Live Reporting<p>There we have it - the bookies got the result dead right and I got it dead wrong.<p>The show will be in Sweden in 2016.<p>Will an Australian representative be there? Will the UK?<p>The British result was not unexpected given recent Eurovision history, but still a little deflating …

Brain-reading implant controls arm

<b>A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.</b><p>It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.<p>The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be …

The Brain

Ocean's hidden world of plankton revealed in 'enormous database'

<b>The hidden world of the ocean's tiniest organisms has been revealed in a series of papers published in the journal Science.</b><p>An international team has been studying samples of plankton collected during a three-year global expedition.<p>They have so far found 35,000 species of bacteria, 5,000 new viruses …

Turkey election trip: Izmir looks West amid growing conservatism

<b>The guitar riff builds, the lyrics boom out - and Izmir's music-loving fans roar.</b><p>The alcohol is flowing, the skirts short: this is the epitome of Turkey's most liberal, Westernised city - and my first stop as I travel across the country ahead of Turkey's upcoming election.<p>"You have pepper spray, …

Elderly people who exercise 'live five years longer'

<b>Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say.</b><p>The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary.<p>The authors, writing in the British Journal …

What does your fridge reveal about you?

<b>The contents of your fridge reveal a lot about your life, your family, your job and your standard of living. Whether it's milk, eggs, cake or meat, the food inside tells a story.</b><p>Three quarters of homes around the world have a fridge and about one in five have a freezer, according to market research …