Feeling anxious or depressed "dramatically increases" the risk of dying from a heart attack

Feeling anxious or depressed 'dramatically increases' the risk of dying from a heart attack Even those with mild depression had an almost 60% increased risk of dying over the following 18 monthsHigh blood pressure is strongly linked to anxietyDepression is associated with behavioural risk factors, such as smoking and not taking medication By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 20:12 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 19 March 2013 Feeling depressed or anxious dramatically increases the chances of heart patients dying, new research suggests.

Being anxious about your relationship can make you ill – by damaging your immune system

How a bad relationship can make you ill – by damaging your immune system People stressed about their relationship produced 11 per cent more of the stress hormone cortisol They also had fewer T-cells, an important part of the immune system's defence against infection By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:49 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 19:03 GMT, 18 February 2013 Feeling anxious about close relationships could make you fall ill – by damaging your immune system.

Hugging can lower your blood pressure and boost your memory

How hugging can lower your blood pressure and boost your memory Hugging a loved one releases the hormone oxytocin that gives you a physical boost But effect only works if you hug someone you trustEmbracing someone you barely know increases stress By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 12:12 GMT, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 GMT, 22 January 2013 U.S.

Doctors "failing the elderly on dementia": Jeremy Hunt blames "grim fatalism" for low diagnosis rate

Doctors 'failing the elderly on dementia': Hunt blames 'grim fatalism' for low diagnosis rate Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said GPs are refusing to send patients for crucial tests to spot dementia because they believe there is no pointFigures revealed nearly 400,000 dementia sufferers in Britain have never been given a formal diagnosis By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 01:03 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:09 GMT, 15 January 2013 'Grim fatalism': Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says GPs are refusing to send patients for crucial tests to spot dementia because they believe there is no point GPs are refusing to send patients for crucial tests to spot dementia because they believe there is no point, according to the Health Secretary.

Heartbroken woman aborts baby due to rare phobia of pregnancy

Heartbroken woman aborts baby after traumatic loss of first son leaves her terrified of pregnancy Charlotte Arnold, 24, lost her first son just weeks before he was due to be bornShe was desperate for a child, but terrified of going through the distress againShe terminated her second child at eight weeks – but after counselling she and her partner are now considering trying for another | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 27 November 2012 Charlotte Arnold took the decision to abort her unborn baby after losing her first son just weeks away from his due date.

Hypnosis: Why quick decision-makers and people with a higher attention span do better

If you can't nod off then your brain could be to blame! Scientists discover why some people just can't be hypnotised Those with a high attention span do better But people with precise habits and a judgmental nature tend to struggle By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 11:13 GMT, 5 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:35 GMT, 5 October 2012 It is certainly one of the more mysterious medical treatments.

PRENATAL depression: It strikes one in eight pregnant women, driving some to abortions or even suicide

The agony of PRE-NATAL depression: It strikes one in eight pregnant women, but many of us don’t even know it exists By Rachel Ragg PUBLISHED: 22:09 GMT, 3 October 2012 | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 3 October 2012 When Emma Gallagher first felt her baby kick inside her, it should have been a joyful moment, but it left her angry, tearful and dreading the prospect of becoming a mother.

Millions of patients are hooked on tranquillisers with some using pills for 20 years

Millions of patients are hooked on tranquillisers with some using pills for 20 yearsPsychiatrists say some patients are begging for repeat prescriptionsPills increase the risk of dementia by 50%, according to BMJ study | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 2 October 2012 Addicted: More than a million patients are taking potentially harmful tranquillisers, with some hooked for more than 20 years (posed by model) More than a million patients are taking potentially harmful tranquillisers, with some hooked for more than 20 years, experts have warned.

One in three women "too scared" to check their breasts for cancer

One in three women 'too scared' to check their breasts for cancer Report author says girls should be taught how to check their breasts by the age of 13However, other research suggests that checking too often can cause needless anxiety among those at low risk from the disease | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 1 October 2012 A third of women do not check their breasts for lumps and bumps because they are scared of what they might find, a study has found.

People struggling to pay loans are "three times more likely to have mental health problems"

The true cost of debt: People struggling to pay loans are 'three times more likely to have mental health problems'People with debt problems find stress and anxiety spills over into other areas of their livesMore severe mental health effects are found among people who are late with housing or rent paymentsIn parts of the country where bankruptcy and repossession are more common, the impact of debt on people’s mental health is less severe | UPDATED: 09:07 GMT, 13 September 2012 Hard-up people struggling to pay their debts are more than twice as likely to have mental health problems or suffer with severe anxiety, according to a study.