Believing in God can help treat depression

The power of prayer: Believing in God can help treat depressionNew research has found that people who believe in a higher power respond better to psychiatric treatmentBenefit is not confined to a specific religion By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 17:23 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:06 GMT, 26 April 2013 A strong faith in a higher power has been shown to improve mental health Belief in God may improve treatment for those suffering with depression, says a new study.

Soldier Katrina Brown dying after exposure to uranium in Iraq must raise 110k because NHS can"t help

Soldier dying after being exposed to uranium in Iraq must raise 110,000 for treatment because the NHS can't help her Katrina Brown, 30, was exposed to radioactive material in BasraDiagnosed with rare systemic sclerosis which is slowly attacking her organs She believes the illness is linked to exposure to depleted uraniumSays her only hope is having stem-cell transplant to regenerate her organs By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:47 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 GMT, 3 April 2013 Katrina Brown is suffering from a rare, deadly illness after being exposed to uranium while serving in Iraq A soldier who developed a deadly illness after being exposed to uranium in Iraq is facing a race against time to raise the money she needs for potentially life-saving treatment.

Just a 15 minute stroll four times a week can reduce the risk of an early death by 40%

Just a 15 minute stroll four times a week can reduce the risk of an early death by 40% Fresh air and exercise can boost the immune system, strengthen bones and reduce obesityRegular walking also means better physical health, better strength and a reduced risk of injuries from falls By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:30 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:35 GMT, 15 January 2013 Even a 15-minute stroll in the open air gives a better chance of extending longevity by a few years Older people who take a short walk just four times a week reduce the risk of an early death by a staggering 40 per cent.

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.

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child"s chance of developing the disease

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child’s chance of developing the disease | UPDATED: 01:24 GMT, 10 December 2012 Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents' second-hand smoke (pictured posed by model) Smoking during pregnancy can treble the baby’s chance of developing meningitis, researchers warn, and children exposed to smoke from a parent’s cigarettes at home are twice as likely to have the deadly illness.

Millions of pet lovers warned: You could pass flu on to Fido

Millions of pet lovers warned: You could pass flu on to Fido! A total of 13 cats and one dog in the U.S are believed to have caught the H1N1 virus in 2011 and 2012 from their owners Researchers say there needs to be greater awareness of the phenomenon | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 4 October 2012 Pet owners have been warned next time they have the flu, they may not just pass it on to friends and family – they might also infect their animals.

Speak to patients for 5 minutes every day: doctors and nurses ordered to carry out bedside visits

'Try actually speaking to patients for five minutes every day': Doctors and nurses ORDERED to carry out bedside visits | UPDATED: 07:24 GMT, 4 October 2012 Doctors and nurses have been ordered to spend at least five minutes talking to each of their patients every day.

An end to the flu? Oral spray "kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs"

An end to the flu Oral spray 'kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs' Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germsSpray protects from any germs breathed in for six hours | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 10 September 2012 The influenza season is a thorn in the side of both employees and employers alike.

A Monster Calls: The heartbreaking children"s book on cancer that every adult should read

The heartbreaking children's book on cancer that every adult should read | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 8 September 2012 Insight: Patrick Ness has been praised for the honesty of his book A Monster Calls A few months ago, the respected medical journal The Lancet published a review of a children’s book.

One in 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness

One in 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness There were 460,000 hospital admissions in England for illnesses attributed to smokingLast year 816,000 set a quit date with NHS Stop Smoking Services | UPDATED: 12:54 GMT, 16 August 2012 Smoking: The habit is related to respiratory diseases and cancer One in every 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness, figures suggest.