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Is boredom bad for your health?

14th October 2012

Society: Mental health | guardian.co.uk

Everyone feels bored now and again, but can it actually have harmful effects?What were you doing before you started reading this? Were you fully focused on another article? Or doing the crossword? Eating breakfast? Organising your day? Or were you staring out of the window, feeling restless and bored?It is more likely to have been the latter. Fleeting moments of boredom are universal, and are often what drives us to stop what we are doing and shift to something that we hope will be more stimulating.But although boredom is common, it is neither trivial nor benign, according to Dr John Eastwood, ...

Florida inmate found fit to be executed despite history of mental illness

14th October 2012

Society: Mental health | guardian.co.uk

Florida judge rules John Ferguson can be put to death despite US supreme court ruling barring execution of the mentally illA Florida judge has ruled that a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who believes he is the "Prince of God" and is convinced that he will be resurrected to sit for eternity at God's right hand is sane and can put to death next week.David Glant, a judge with Florida's eighth circuit, has found that John Ferguson, 64, can be given lethal injections next Thursday despite a US supreme court injunction that prohibits executions of the insane. In his concluding remarks, the ...

Intensive care 'trauma lingers'

14th October 2012

BBC News - Health

More than half of people who survive intensive care treatment go on to develop psychological disorders, according to UK researchers.

'My toddler has arthritis'

14th October 2012

BBC News - Health

Meet two-year-old Blaze, who has an unusual condition for her age

US meningitis death toll rises

14th October 2012

BBC News - Health

Fifteen people have now been killed and nearly 200 others have fallen ill in an outbreak of fungal meningitis in 13 US states, say health officials.

An insider's guide to Tourette's syndrome

14th October 2012

Society: Mental health | guardian.co.uk

Jessica Thom squeaks, swears, beats her chest and laughs. Here she describes living with her complex and mystifying conditionLearning the way I ticNo one really knows what causes Tourette's syndrome, but it's believed to be an inherited genetic condition involving an imbalance in the function of the brain's neurotransmitters. It's thought that between 200,000 and 300,000 people in the UK have Tourette's to one degree or another. When I say people, it's mainly men – about four times more men than women, in fact. So that means I really stand out. All my tics are involuntary and I tic hundreds ...

Savile's role at Broadmoor probed

13th October 2012

BBC News - Health

The Department of Health is to investigate the decision to appoint Sir Jimmy Savile as head of a taskforce overseeing the high security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor in 1988.

VIDEO: How battlefield medicine has advanced

13th October 2012

BBC News - Health

More soldiers than ever are surviving devastating injuries thanks to medical advances on the battlefield.

VIDEO: Health warning over third runway

13th October 2012

BBC News - Health

A third runway at Heathrow would be worse for public health than a completely new airport in the Thames Estuary, according to a study funded by American university MIT.

Saving lives on the front line

13th October 2012

BBC News - Health

How military medical treatment has changed over past 100 years