Drinking too much? Head to the gym: Exercise can repair damage to the brain caused by alcohol

Drinking too much Head to the gym: Exercise can repair damage to the brain caused by alcohol Aerobic exercise such as jogging may alleviate some of the white-matter damage caused by heavy drinkingExercise can slow cognitive decline related with age By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 20:04 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 20:04 GMT, 16 April 2013 Working out can help former heavy drinkers limit the damage alcohol has done to their brain.

Old age is simply a state of mind – and enjoying life to the full can keep you young

Old age is simply a 'state of mind' – and enjoying life to the full can keep you young People who perceive themselves as old are more likely to quit activities which could help keep them youngKey examples include socialising and regular exercise author] PUBLISHED: 15:54 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:00 GMT, 16 April 2013 Age is nothing but a number, according to new research that suggests you're only as old as you let yourself feel.

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.

Average smoker makes four failed attempts to give up the habit before they finally do so

Average smoker makes four failed attempts to give up the habit before they finally do soOf the 2,010 smokers questioned one in ten said they are 'desperate' to stop British Heart Foundation found 82 per cent have unsuccessfully tried to quitReport calls for standardised packaging and local authority assistance By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:48 GMT, 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:17 GMT, 13 March 2013 Tough: Research by the British Heart Foundation found that 82 per cent of smokers have unsuccessfully tried to quit at some stage The average smoker has made four failed attempts to quit and nearly a quarter have lost count of the number of times they have tried to give up.

Having sex can make you BRAINIER – especially in the first flushes of love

Having sex can make you BRAINIER – especially in the first flushes of love People in new relationships had more nerve growth, which boosts alertnessSex may also encourage growth of brain cells in part of brain responsible for memory and learning And protect against mental decline by bringing more nutrients to the brain By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 14:18 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:38 GMT, 5 March 2013 Sex could make you brainier: Researchers have found that couples in new relationships had accelerated nerve growth in the areas responsible for alertness Having sex on a regular basis could boost your brain power, new research suggests.

Why drinking three cups of tea a day can keep you mentally alert in old age

Drinking three cups of tea a day can keep you mentally alert in old age Analysis of six different studies found drinking tea helped the brain to stay sharper Scientists believe some compounds such as theanine could protect against Alzheimer's By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 16:26 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:55 GMT, 12 February 2013 Brain boost: evidence linking a cuppa with a reduction in cognitive decline It's the national drink that millions of us turn to when we need a pick-me-up.

Men"s sperm quality has declined by 38% in a decade – and poor diet and lifestyle could be to blame

Sperm quality has declined by 38% in a decade – and poor diet and lifestyle could be to blame Even in young men, sperm concentration fell by an average of two per cent every yearWent from 72 million spermatozoids per millilitre in 2001 to 52 million/ml in 2011Figures worrying as nearing 'danger level' of 40 million/ml, where conception becomes difficult By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:30 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:10 GMT, 21 January 2013 Sperm counts are falling at an alarming rate – up to 38 per cent in a decade – with diet and lifestyle largely to blame.

Jogging outside could make you stupid – and more likely to suffer mental health problems

Jogging outside could make you stupid – and more likely to suffer mental health problems Exercising in busy, traffic-filled areas could actually cause mental declineCity joggers' brains less able to store new knowledgeAnd have higher levels inflammation, linked to mental decline | UPDATED: 10:38 GMT, 11 December 2012 People who exercise in urban areas have higher levels of mental decline and inflammation in the brain It has long been hailed as beneficial to both body and mind – and if nothing else, a form of stress release after a hard day at the office.

This week TV"s Great Escapes star Monty Halls goes diving with sharks in South Africa

This week, the star of TV's Great Escapes Monty Halls takes a break from the eco-tours business he runs on the Devon coast to go diving with sharks in South Africa | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 23 November 2012 Monty has left Dartmouth for South Africa, a place that keeps drawing him back Despite having done a great deal of travelling, there is one place that draws me back again and again.