As average ages of death continue to rise in most developed countries, the idea that humans may one day live extraordinarily extended lives is no longer fantastic. Scarcely a day goes by without a report on the latest studies that … Continue reading Who Wants to Live Forever?
Educational TV producers often include messages about good and bad behaviour in programmes for children, designed to help them learn about positive social interaction. But pre-school children don’t understand TV plotlines in the way adults do, and don’t make the … Continue reading TV – Where Children Learn to Misbehave
Humans are becoming more mobile as people leave family and friends behind in their search for jobs and new lives elsewhere. At the same time, aging populations in many developed countries mean more older citizens are surviving long after their … Continue reading Lonely at Health Risk
It’s long been known that having an active lifestyle helps you live longer, but does activity contribute to longevity or is it just an indication you have a longevity gene? Researchers have recently found a link between genetics and longevity … Continue reading Longevity: Which Came First, Behaviour or Genes?
Many of you will remember the tragic story of Christopher Reeves, the actor most famous in his role of Superman, a blockbuster film of the 1980s. Reeves broke his neck in a horse-jumping accident, and spent the remaining years of … Continue reading Dreams of Superman
If you’ve ever wondered whether your mind has a mind of its own, you may be right. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Israel have found evidence that we unconsciously work on language and mathematical problems before alerting the conscious … Continue reading The Mind Within
It may not be nice, but people suffering from chronic diarrhea nowadays are sometimes offered a feces transplant as treatment. The gut is inhabited by trillions of bacteria, more than there are cells in the human body, in fact. These … Continue reading Poop Saves Lives
If you dislike the bitter aftertaste of artificial sweeteners and you’re looking for a good reason to switch back to real sugar, this may be it. Researchers at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, fed rats yogurt … Continue reading Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain
We’re used to reading that we need to take care of our diet. More and more studies are showing a link between the type of foods we eat and our long term health. But few suspect that our dietary intake … Continue reading You Are What You Eat?
The image of the mad scientist is common in stories, as is that of the deranged or alcoholic artist. Now we know there may be some truth in fiction. A forty-year study has confirmed a link between mental illness and … Continue reading Mental Illness in the Workplace