Forget popping pills – the best way to boost brainpower is to do a crossword and play sudoku

Forget popping pills – the best way to boost your brainpower is a crossword or sudokuSupplements such as fish oils and the herb gingko biloba do not prevent cognitive declineBut simple brain-training games might, say researchers who reviewed 40 years of research By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 11:53 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:09 GMT, 16 April 2013 Useless: New research says that taking pills for cognitive decline is a waste of time Supplements such as fish oils and the memory-boosting herb gingko biloba do not prevent cognitive decline, according to new research.

Donated blood older than three weeks could be "as harmful as fatty food or smoking"

Donated blood older than three weeks could be 'as harmful for health as fatty food or smoking' Six weeks considered maximum storage time for blood used in transfusionsBut experts say blood older than THREE weeks lacks nitric oxideThis helps blood vessels to expand and transports oxygen to tissuesDifference in blood quality is similar to that of eating a fatty meal or having a heart disease risk factor such as smoking or diabetes By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:36 GMT, 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:58 GMT, 11 March 2013 Blood stored for more than three weeks could could be harmful to health Using donated blood that is more than three weeks old for transfusions could harm health as much as eating fatty foods or smoking, new research suggests.

Stomach blockages are being treated with Coca

How doctors are using Coca-Cola to treat painful stomach blockages The drink's chemical ingredients do a similar job to gastric acid, by helping to digest fibreThe bubbles also help speed up the process By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:59 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:59 GMT, 7 January 2013 Doctors have discovered that Coca Cola is highly effective at treating stomach blockages Doctors are using Coca-Cola to treat a painful stomach condition, sparing patients from surgery.

Middle-class professionals are turning to legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users, warns leading expert

Middle-class professionals are turning to legal highs 'to avoid being classed as illegal drug users' Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, a leading consultant psychiatrist, said many educated young people mistakenly think the drugs are not harmfulSays people use them to avoid stigma of drugs such as cocaine and heroin His specialist hospital unit has been inundated with referrals from those taking legal highs | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 27 December 2012 An increasing number of young professionals are taking legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users (posed by model) An increasing number of young professionals are taking legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users, a leading expert has warned.

Anti-depressant eases symptoms in just over an hour

Ground-breaking anti-depressant eases symptoms in just over an HOUR Drug worked within an hour and 20 minutes – current anti-depressants take weeks to have an impact It works in a similar way to the Class C drug ketamine but without causing serious side-effectsHowever, the effects may be short-lived | UPDATED: 17:15 GMT, 13 December 2012 An experimental drug has been found to lift depression in just over an hour in people who haven't responded to other treatments.

Drinking beer: Can it really stave off a cold?

Cheers! Could drinking beer really stave off a winter cold Humulone, the bitter-tasting chemical compound found in hops, is said to be effective against cold and flu virus Now, a Japanese beer company plans to create humulone-containing food and non-alcoholic beverages | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 12 December 2012 You'd be forgiven for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold, but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking back to beat the dreaded lurgy.

So THAT"S why slimming makes us depressed: Ditching fat and sugar is similar to drug withdrawal

So THAT'S why slimming makes us depressed: Ditching fat and sugar is similar to drug withdrawal Consuming a high-fat diet was linked with greater anxiety, say experts This could make dieters vulnerable to a cycle of bingeing and fasting By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 12:39 GMT, 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:46 GMT, 12 December 2012 The sight of a solitary carrot on your plate while your friends tuck into bags of crisps and chocolate is enough to make anyone feel glum.

Smoking cigarettes DOES make your hangover worse

Another reason to rethink that late-night cigarette: Smoking DOES make your hangover worse People who smoke before drinking more likely to experience a hangover and more intense symptoms than those who don'tCigarette smoke contains the chemical acetaledhyde, which is also present in alcohol and has been linked to hangoversResearchers suggest the nicotine in cigarettes could have a negative effect on the nervous system | UPDATED: 12:19 GMT, 5 December 2012 You could regret it tomorrow: Smoking was found to worsen hangover symptoms among students in a U.S study For anyone who has had one too many drinks on a night out, a dry mouth, pounding head and nausea will be all too familiar symptoms the morning after.

How exercise could stop money grabbers from craving cash

How exercise could stop you craving the finer things in life – and even wanting more money 'Natural high' associated with aerobic exercise, dampened the desire for a financial reward in the studyConfirms previous research that found a workout temporarily reduces junk food cravings | UPDATED: 17:26 GMT, 16 October 2012 Running gave all participants a 'natural high' which dampened their desire for other rewards Those who are never satisfied with their lot in life could find contentment by heading to the gym, say scientists.