Can science cure a broken heart?

    Can science cure a broken heart?

    Nothing is quite as shattering as a broken heart. A bad breakup has been known to trigger a range of psychological and physical symptoms, from nausea and insomnia to clinical depression. In more extreme scenarios, broken heart syndrome –…
    How to check yourself for breast cancer

    How to check yourself for breast cancer

    There is no evidence to suggest that a particular technique works best, but checking your breasts regularly is vital; the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment may be. All breasts are different, so women…
    The filth factor: how to draw up the perfect cleaning rota

    The filth factor: how to draw up the perfect cleaning rota

    Anyone who has messy children, a lazy partner or revolting flatmates will be impressed by the resourcefulness of Katrina Neathey, the co-owner of a cleaning company in West Sussex, who has made her three teenagers sign a contract…
    How to stop the spread of fake news? Pause for a moment

    How to stop the spread of fake news? Pause for a moment

    For a while now, I’ve been struggling to find words for a certain kind of mental state I keep experiencing, and of which I see signs in others. It’s not “being distracted”, but it’s not not “being distracted”, either.…
    It’s time to tune in: why listening is the real key to communication

    It’s time to tune in: why listening is the real key to communication

    When people find out I’m a journalist, they typically tell me they used to write for their school newspaper or that their child wants to be a journalist, or that their cousin is a blogger. Or they…
    Human hibernation: the restoring effects of hiding away in winter

    Human hibernation: the restoring effects of hiding away in winter

    I sometimes think that winter doesn’t truly start until February. Once the final sunny moments of autumn have gone, I’m bounced along by preparations for the festive season. Even after the final New Year corks have popped,…
    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part VIII

    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part VIII

    Reading for pleasure One thing that many people who feel they have lost the ability to concentrate mention is that reading a book for pleasure no longer works for them. We have got so used to skim…
    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part VII

    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part VII

    Sleep Poor sleep and being chronically under-slept affects concentration, while also reinforcing those stress hormones to compensate, making it a bit of a vicious circle. Improving sleep cannot happen overnight, particularly if it is a chronic problem,…
    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part VI

    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part VI

    Physical exercise For any extended period of exercise – whether it be yoga, playing a team sport or dancing – the engagement of the brain with the body is also an exercise in concentration. Regular exercise also…
    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part V

    The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world Part V

    Watching the clock An old-fashioned clock face with hands and a second hand is needed for this. Starting with the second hand at the 12, focus intently on its progress around the clock face without allowing any…

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