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Crack is back – so how dangerous is it and why is its use on the up?

There have long been scare stories about drugs so we need to be careful when interpreting new drug use data. But recent reports suggest that crack …

Human Geography

Drug fatalities highest where treatment cutbacks deepest

Reducing funds for councils to spend on addiction services ‘catalyst for disaster’ warn academics<p>More heroin and crack users are dying of overdoses in the areas of England where cuts to drug treatment budgets have been among the greatest, analysis by the <i>Observer</i> shows.<p>The findings have prompted …

City Politics

Prince Harry calls for society to embrace HIV and Aids tests

Prince uses awards night to deliver heartfelt speech about his mother Princess Diana’s impact on people affected by HIV and Aids<p>Prince Harry has called on the public to embrace regular testing for HIV and Aids, as he paid tribute to his late mother’s work in breaking down the stigma attached to the …

Prince Harry

Sing ’til you're grinning: community choirs versus football teams

You’ve just finished your weekly practice. Your heart rate is up and your stress levels are down. You’ve just got your breath back and now you and …

Flute

The ancient clock that rules our lives – and determines our health

Our lives are ruled by time; we use time to tell us what to do. But the alarm clock that wakes us in the morning or the wristwatch that tells us we …

Nobel Prize

Faces reveal a lot – but the science needs to be interpreted with care

What’s in a face? If we are to believe research conducted over the last decade or so, the answer is: a lot. And according to a recent study, facial …

Psychology

Most important meal of the day? Skipping breakfast may be linked to poor heart health

Study suggests those who miss breakfast have a greater buildup of fatty material in their arteries, likely to be down to indirectly linked lifestyle effects<p>From the full English to a continental croissant, the importance of a hearty breakfast has long been debated – now scientists say skipping the …

Holistic Medicine

Drug addiction isn't about bad habits, fear of withdrawal or a selfish search for pleasure -- it's about the brain

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted.<p>It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction …

Drug Addiction

How 'stress' changed from being a diagnosis for the elite to an affliction of the people

Stress covers a broad spectrum of experiences, ranging from a bad day at the office to the psychiatric trauma of military combat. It is this very …

Self-sufficiency

How exercise rejuvenates cells, extending lifespan

New research provides a window into how, on a cellular level, exercise can improve muscle health and, ultimately, exercise capacity, which is "the …

Asking teens about 'Spice' reveals dangerous trend - Futurity

Synthetic cannabinoids, commonly marketed as "Spice" and "K2," are potent and risky psychoactive compounds. And they're still legal.

Psychoactive

HIV rates climbing among over-50s in UK and Europe, researchers warn

Older people more likely to be infected through heterosexual sex and to have more advanced disease when it is finally diagnosed, new study reveals<p>HIV rates are climbing in the over-50s in the UK and across Europe, while the rate of new infections among younger people is dropping, according to new …

Public Health

Why does obesity cause diabetes? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>‘Cause” is a strong word. It means that A results in B happening. Causality is also surprisingly difficult to prove. Most medical studies only show</i> …

Diabetes

Stress and social media fuel mental health crisis among girls

NHS data shows 68% rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in past decade<p>Girls and young women are experiencing a “gathering crisis” in their mental health linked to conflict with friends, fears about their body image and pressures created by social media, experts have …

Mental Health

Immune function might explain why women on hormonal contraception have increased risk of depression

Depressive disorders afflict almost 10 percent of the United States population, but the incidence of depression among women is about twice that of …

Neuroscience

Just like humans, more cats and dogs are living with chronic health conditions

About 15m people in England have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, persistent pain or arthritis.<p>Living with this type of a health …

Pets

New evidence shows that healthy obesity is a myth

There is no such thing as being “healthy at every size”. Our latest study shows that if you’re obese but metabolically healthy (so-called “fat but …

Diabetes

Research sheds new light on the link between gut bacteria and anxiety

Research published in the open access journal Microbiome sheds new light on how gut bacteria may influence anxiety-like behaviors. Investigating the …

Stress, heart health, and the amygdala: Links explained

That long-term stress is linked to cardiovascular disease is not breaking news. However, despite the well-known connection, exactly <i>how</i> the two are …

Brain patterns hold key to stress-related cardiovascular risk

The relationship between stress, cardiovascular health, and the brain is complex. A new study uses brain imaging and computer-learning to uncover …

Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000

Gambling Commission report finds more than 2 million people are addicted to gambling or at risk of developing a problem<p>‘The temptation is always there’: readers on the rise of problem gamblers in the UK<p>More than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction, …

Gambling

The stress of low-paid work is making our country sick

In modern Britain’s zero-hours labour market, unemployment is sometimes a healthier option than taking a job<p>On Tuesday Heather left her desk, locked herself into a toilet cubicle and wept for 30 minutes, covering her mouth with a fistful of toilet paper to avoid being heard by her colleagues. For …

Mental Health

6 million middle-aged people take no exercise

Public Health England’s research suggests large numbers of adults do not walk for 10 minutes at a time once a month<p>The lazy person’s guide to getting (a bit) fitter<p>About 6 million middle-aged people in England are endangering their health by not taking so much as a brisk walk once a month, …

Public Health England

Reducing TV time may be an effective strategy for improving health and academic performance in teens

Watching television for more than two hours a day increases the participation in other sedentary activities in adolescents, according to a study …

Intermittent fasting could help tackle diabetes – here's the science

Intermittent fasting is currently all the rage. But don’t be fooled: it’s much more than just the latest fad. Recent studies of this kind of fasting …

Holistic Medicine

Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchers

Obesity has become a major public health concern, affecting more than a third of adults in the United States. New research, however, suggests that …

Embracing negative emotions could boost psychological well-being

When feelings of sadness or disappointment take hold, most of us do our utmost to escape them. However, according to new research, embracing these …

'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects

A new study on a large population sample has concluded that heavy drinking can have disastrous health effects, whereas light to moderate alcohol …

Emotional support from parents predicts physiological and psychological responses to stress

Parental responses to offspring’s emotion in childhood influences their ability to deal with stressful situations as young adults, according to a …

How 'clean eating' can damage children's health

Clean eating seems ideal for parents who want to establish their children’s healthy habits early on. It’s no surprise really: “clean eating” is the …

Public Health England