Robin Williams and his wife, Susan

The death of Robin Williams offers salutary lessons for students of modern media. In the aftermath of the announcement, reporters were quick to specul(...)

‘Awe walks’ could amplify the mental health benefits of exercise. Photograph: iStock

Consciously watching for small wonders in the world around you during an otherwise ordinary walk could amplify the mental health benefits of the strol(...)

Fasting became popular for health reasons after small studies suggested it promotes longevity and a wide range of metabolic benefits. Photograph: iStock

Intermittent fasting is a trendy weight-loss strategy. But a new study found that a popular form of intermittent fasting called time-restricted eating(...)

Novaerus has developed technology that not only clears the coronavirus from the air but also kills it using a plasma discharge. Photograph: Nexu Science Communication via Reuters

If the coronavirus pandemic has shown us one thing, it’s how quickly things change. From the economies that almost ground to a halt to the ever-evolvi(...)

 Climb a flight or two of steps, which provides a brief but effective aerobic workout and some leg strengthening. Wear gloves if the stairs are public, and hold tight to the banister

Past science suggests that any health impacts from prolonged home confinement are likely to be greatest among older people. In multiple studies, when(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: AP

US president Donald Trump has claimed he was being sarcastic and testing the media when he raised the idea that injecting disinfectant or irradiating (...)

‘It’s 00.53 am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant.’ Photograph: Basak Gurbuz Derman

It’s 12.53am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant. I’m scanning the horizon of my consciousnes(...)

Embracing more situations that are scary but don’t pose any serious threat – riding rollercoasters, public speaking, job interviews – is strongly encouraged.

Stress has become a defining feature of the 21st century, contributing to the mental-health crisis, fuelling a boom in mindfulness apps and even, scie(...)

If cooking, at least of starches, can alter the ecology of the gut, then have humans been shaping our microbiomes ever since we learned to put prehistoric tubers in the fire?

It was a challenge unlike any other the chef-turned-graduate student had faced: Vayu Maini Rekdal had to create a menu in which every ingredient could(...)

There are also some concerns that Apple, which has already reshaped how people live, communicate and entertain themselves, is pursuing yet another way to influence society, this time through health. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images)

In 1976, the Harvard School of Public Health and two other major medical institutions started a study on nurses that has become one of the largest and(...)

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