Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells

Could fasting boost your brainpower? A stomach hormone that stimulates appetite seems to promote the growth of new brain cells and protect them from the effects of ageing – and may explain why some people say that fasting makes them feel mentally sharper. When ghrelin was first discovered, it became known as the hunger hormone. … More Hungry stomach hormone promotes growth of new brain cells

Rise in Anxiety Amongst Girls and Young Women

Figures show that mental health issues for girls and women are on the rise, with young women being three times as likely to experience a common mental health problem as young men. Statistics from the NSPCC have shown a 35% rise in ChildLine counselling sessions about anxiety in the last year. Mental Health Foundation considers … More Rise in Anxiety Amongst Girls and Young Women

Reckless Distribution of Antibiotics by Online Pharmacies

The media has reported that scientists have found antibiotics illegally available on 45% of websites they tested. Researchers looked at whether the online pharmacy was properly registered – and therefore legal – as well as whether they required a prescription before selling the antibiotics and if safety information was provided. The findings are worrying due … More Reckless Distribution of Antibiotics by Online Pharmacies

Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Prepare Children for Scans

Doctors have started using virtual reality to help children overcome their fear of MRI scanners is hospitals. Although not dangerous, the scanners are very loud and some people don’t like being in very small spaces. Doctos at King’s College Hospital in London have been using VR to reassure patients facing MRI scans before they experience … More Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Prepare Children for Scans