A form of meditation could be as effective as anti-depressants at preventing people relapsing into depression, new research suggests.The study, led by(...)

Dr Mary Redmond, who has died aged 64, was a corporate lawyer, academic and founder of a number of charities, most notably the Irish Hospice Foundatio(...)

Research shows that feelings of loneliness increase risk of death by 26 per cent, lack of social connections increases risk of death by 29 per cent and living alone increases risk of death by 32 per cent. Photograph: Thinkstock

Take the case of a young man or woman who is a modest smoker, obese, takes no exercise and has no friends. What is the single most effective step that(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s government put plans for further austerity on hold.  Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

The 2016 United State presidential election is still 19 mind-numbing, soul-killing months away. There is, however, another important election in ju(...)

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has ruled out forming a coalition with Potami. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

It may be a far cry from Oxford University, but as Pavlos Eleftheriadis sat down behind his new desk in a small, bare office in a start-up hub in cent(...)

Room service: the A.L.O. by Savioke delivers fresh towels to a hotel guests’ room. Photograph:  Jason Henry/The New York Times

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items(...)

Recent research suggests that mindfulness meditation can make pain less bothersome to those who practise it. Photograph: Thinkstock

Meditation has never been more popular than it is now. Transcendental meditation (TM), a mind-emptying type of meditation, used to be the most popu(...)

Positive children hold Red Ribbons on the eve of World Aids Day  (December 1st) on the bank of river Ganges, Calcutta, India. Photograph:  Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause Aids, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Afric(...)

Gare du Nord in Paris, described as the “squalor pit of Europe” by Mr Street

The head of British retailer John Lewis has apologised after saying France is such a hopeless country where nothing works that investors should pull t(...)