Why Facebook friends don"t count: People are happier and laugh 50% more when talking face-to-face

Why Facebook friends don't count: People are happier and laugh 50% more when talking face-to-face Talking on phone does not make people feel as good as sharing a smileStudy suggests quality not quantity of communication is most importantMost satisfying relationships 'come from handful of close friends' By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 23:24 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 9 April 2013 A study has found there is no link between Facebook use and people with larger groups of friends or more emotionally intense relationships (file picture) Facebook friends are no substitute for the real thing, according to psychologists.

Now chocolate can be one of your five-a-day: Scientists create bars without the fat that are made from fruit juice

Now chocolate can be one of your five-a-day: Scientists create bars without the fat that are made from fruit juice Apple, orange and cranberry juice droplets replace half the fat content in the chocolateBars have the same velvety feel as normal bars but a fruity taste, University of Warwick researchers say By Nick Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 18:17 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:08 GMT, 8 April 2013 Struggling to get the kids to eat their five-a-day Scientists may well have invented a novel solution that will certainly provide a small boost to their intake – chocolate made with fruit juice.

Sex is a "better headache cure than painkillers": 1 in 5 migraine sufferers had no symptoms after sex

Got a headache Try a little passion instead of a painkiller: One in five migraine sufferers had no symptoms after sex More than half of migraine sufferers who had sex during an attack experienced an improvement in symptomsOne in five were left without any pain at all, researchers found By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 00:49 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:46 GMT, 4 March 2013 'Not tonight – I haven't got a headache' If you're suffering from a headache, retiring to bed may be the best solution.

Intralipid infusion therapy: Couple have longed-for son following five failed cycles of IVF – all thanks to a drip containing EGG YOLK

Couple have longed-for son following five failed cycles of IVF – all thanks to a drip containing EGG YOLK Hannah and Simon spent five years trying to conceive a childThey decided to try egg and soya solution for final attemptHannah became pregnant and gave birth to Noah in late 2012 and it worked.' Hannah with baby Noah: She was given a drip-feed egg solution, which may have stabilised her immune system Hannah had a condition that meant her body was attacking the embryos, causing her to miscarry.

GPs urged not to prescribe sleeping pills and painkillers over fears millions of Britons are addicted

GPs urged to slash prescriptions of sleeping pills and painkillers over fears millions of Britons are addicted New guidelines advise doctors to consider alternative treatments such as physiotherapy and counselling62 million prescriptions for painkillers written out every year – and another 50 million for sleeping pills By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 16:02 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 17 January 2013 Family doctors are being told to slash prescriptions of painkillers and sleeping pills amid concerns that patients are becoming addicted.

Year of the 10,000 birth: Cost of mum going private soars warns The Medical Protection Society

Year of the 10,000 birth: Cost of mum going private soars Giving birth in a private hospital is becoming unaffordable, warns The Medical Protection SocietyDoctors have had to double their fees because of soaring insurance premiumsInsurance bills have gone up because negligence payouts have risen | UPDATED: 14:20 GMT, 27 December 2012 Giving birth in a private hospital is becoming unaffordable for most parents to be, with the average cost soaring to more than 10,000.

Trying to beat the mid-life bulge? You"ve just got to find the time to walk 6,000 steps a day

Trying to beat the mid-life bulge You've just got to find the time to walk 6,000 steps a day <br>Strapping on a pedometer can lower the risk of conditions associated with the menopause, such as diabetes <br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 10:46 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br><p>It is the bane of many a woman's life once she hits middle age – the dreaded spare type that refuses to shift.</p><p>Now Brazilian researchers say they they have the answer – you just need to find the time to walk 6,000 steps a day.

Having visitors in hospital can help speed up patients" recovery time after surgery

Having visitors in hospital can help speed up patients' recovery time after surgeryResearchers at Ohio State University found patients who have contact with friends while recovering from surgery have less nerve-related painBut contact with companions must be in person and not through social media to have an effect | UPDATED: 06:26 GMT, 17 October 2012 Having a friend nearby can help patients recover quicker from the pain of surgery, according to studies by neuroscientists.

Missing just two hours of sleep can erase memories for ever

Yet ANOTHER reason why sleep is so vital – missing even two hours a night can erase memories for ever Just two hours of missed sleep is enough to stop the brain from laying down and storing memoriesReplay of our memories while we are asleep is essential for their proper storage in the brain | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 16 October 2012 If you sleep badly tonight, you may have no recollection of reading this tomorrow.