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Scale of mental health problems examined

Monday Sep 5 2011

“Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38% of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia...

Mice fed yoghurt 'less depressed'

Thursday Sep 1 2011

Bacteria found in yoghurt could stave off depression, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper says that “good” bacteria found in the dairy product have the potential to alter brain chemistry and may help in...

Does stress cause grey hairs?

Tuesday Aug 23 2011

“When the going gets tough, the tufts get greying,” according to The Sun, which was among many newspapers that today reported that stress causes hair to go grey by damaging people’s DNA. The...

Depression and stroke link unclear

Monday Aug 15 2011

“Depressed women have increased risk of stroke,” BBC News has today reported, saying that depression increases risk of stroke by 29% in women. The Daily Mail also presents this figure...

Schizophrenia genes 'not always from parents'

Monday Aug 8 2011

“Scientists say they have ‘fundamentally transformed’ the understanding of the genetics of schizophrenia,”, BBC News has reported. The news is based on a study looking at “sporadic schizophrenia”...

Music therapy for depression

Monday Aug 1 2011

BBC News has reported that “music therapy can be used to improve treatment of depression, at least in the short term”. This story was based on a trial in which people being treated for depression...

Bad sleep 'may impair memory'

Tuesday Jul 26 2011

“A continuous night's uninterrupted sleep may be the essential requirement for a good memory,” The Independent has reported. The newspaper added that it isn’t just the amount of sleep that is important for...

Suicide increase after financial crash

Friday Jul 8 2011

“Suicide rates have risen sharply across Europe since the banking crisis,” The Independent today reported. The newspaper says a study has found that Britain has been affected particularly hard...

Work-related burnout studied

Wednesday Jun 29 2011

The risk of feeling run-down and “burnt out” is increased when you work more than 40 hours a week, reports the Daily Mail. The Daily Telegraph adds that simply “having a boring job can leave you just as vulnerable...

City living, stress and mental health

Thursday Jun 23 2011

People who live in the country are happier, according to the Daily Mail. The article said: “city dwellers think differently from people who live in the country – and are more likely to suffer mental illness as a result.” The news is...

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