Can"t quit smoking? Your GENES might be to blame, rather than a lack of willpower

Can't quit smoking Your GENES might be to blame, rather than a lack of willpower Scientists have found genes that make some people more likely to smoke Those affected are more easily hooked as teenagers and then smoke moreAs adults, they find it harder to quit the habit than those with different genes By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 20:00 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:01 GMT, 27 March 2013 Scientists have found that some genes increase a person's likelihood of becoming a heavy smoker Genes, rather than feeble willpower, may be the reason why some people just can't stop smoking.

New mums need more post-natal depression checks to make sure they are bonding with their baby

New mums need more post-natal depression checks to make sure they are bonding with their babyMidwives and health visitors check on new mothers for up to six weeksAfter, they face months without a formal appraisal of how they are coping Child abuse charity The Wave Trust carried out the researchFound babies of depressed mothers likely to be 'aggressive and break law' By Andrew Levy PUBLISHED: 23:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 New mothers should be interviewed three to four months after they give birth to check they are bonding with their babies, according to a Government-commissioned report.

New drug that may help reverse autism is to be tested on children for the first time after successful clinical trials on mice

New drug that may help reverse autism is to be tested on children for the first time after successful clinical trials on mice Drug called suramin is already used to treat sleeping sickness in AfricaScientists in the U.S.

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.

Why praising your child may do more harm than good: Psychologist claims "empty" comments makes them unhappy

Why praising your child may do more harm than good: Psychologist claims 'empty' comments makes them unhappyStephen Grosz says that praise could hinder children's school performanceHe has written a book about human behaviour called The Examined Life By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:19 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 GMT, 14 January 2013 Praising children with phrases such as ‘well done darling’ may damage their confidence, a leading psychologist has warned.

Sex addiction: Online pornography and poor sex education is to blame, says leading expert

More than 40% of children under 12 have watched pornography – and experts say it's turning teenagers into SEX ADDICTS The majority of sex addicts begin experiencing problems before the age of 16, says addiction expert 40% of those questioned had watched porn under the age of 12 Broken homes, single-sex schools and poor sex education also to blame | UPDATED: 19:41 GMT, 11 December 2012 Scroll down for video Easy access to online pornography and poor sex education are largely to blame for teenagers suffering from sex addiction, a leading expert has said.

Binge drinking "can harm brains within months": Tests show a little each day is far safer

Binge drinking 'can harm brains within months and turn social drinkers into alcohol abusers'Teenagers and young people are the most vulnerable to early changes in brain | UPDATED: 00:39 GMT, 16 October 2012 Binge drinking can damage the brain within months and turn social drinkers into alcohol abusers, researchers warn.

Gonorrhoea cases jump by 25% in one year as government "safe sex" campaign is criticised

Gonorrhoea cases jump by 25% in one year as government 'safe sex' campaign is criticised There were almost 21,000 new cases of the disease in 2011, up from just under 17,000 in the preceding year | UPDATED: 12:59 GMT, 12 September 2012 The government's campaign to persuade teenagers to have 'safe sex' has today been criticised after it emerged that new diagnoses of gonorrhoea have jumped by 25 per cent in one year.

Sex shakes up female genes as single sperm molecule "affects female fertility, behaviour, eating and sleeping"

Sex shakes up female genes as single sperm molecule 'affects female fertility, behaviour, eating and sleeping' Scientists discovered that a single protein found in semen generates a wide range of responses in many genes in females | UPDATED: 08:17 GMT, 12 September 2012 Sex can trigger 'remarkable' responses in women – including altered fertility, immunity, libido, eating and sleep patterns – by the activation of diverse sets of genes, according to a study.

Aggressive behaviour doubles risk of stroke as much as smoking

Aggressive behaviour 'doubles risk of stroke': It's as big a danger as smoking, claim researchers Personality traits can raise the risk of strokeBeing aggressive, quick-tempered and impatient can increase the risk of stroke as much as smoking Spanish scientists looked at participants' chronic stress levels and biological risk factors | UPDATED: 21:30 GMT, 29 August 2012 Aggressive, quick-tempered people are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke, a study has shown.