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Abortion 'does not raise mental health risks'

Friday Dec 9 2011

Abortion 'does not raise mental health risks'

“Having an abortion does not raise risk of mental health problems,” according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says that “the world’s biggest review of the issue” has found that it makes no difference to a woman's mental health...

Can eating fish prevent Alzheimer's?

Wednesday Nov 30 2011

Can eating fish prevent Alzheimer's?

"Fish could protect against Alzheimer’s" reported The Daily Telegraph today. Several newspapers have reported that people who eat baked or grilled fish once a week are up to five times...

Dreams 'can ease painful memories'

Thursday Nov 24 2011

Dreams 'can ease painful memories'

Dreams are a form of therapy to help us cope with painful memories, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. It said that in deepest sleep the body’s “stress chemistry” shuts down...

Study looks at self-harm in young people

Thursday Nov 17 2011

Study looks at self-harm in young people

“One in 12 people self-harm in their teenage years,” the BBC has reported. For most people the problem will resolve before adulthood, but for 10% it will continue...

Student mental health issues raised

Monday Oct 3 2011

Student mental health issues raised

“Doctors are warning that the current generation of students has a greater risk of anxiety and depression than previous ones,” reported the BBC. The news report is based on an update of a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists...

Postnatal depression 'often unreported'

Monday Oct 3 2011

Postnatal depression 'often unreported'

Rates of postnatal depression may be higher than previously estimated, a children’s charity has claimed today. Various medical sources estimate that around 10-15% of new mothers are affected, but...

Coffee drinkers 'less likely to be depressed'

Tuesday Sep 27 2011

Coffee drinkers 'less likely to be depressed'

“Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed,” said the BBC today, explaining that the caffeine in coffee may alter the brain’s chemistry.

Scale of mental health problems examined

Monday Sep 5 2011

Scale of mental health problems examined

“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

Mice fed yoghurt 'less depressed'

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

Does stress cause grey hairs?

“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...

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