I am a UK-based science writer with over 20 years experience. I am the author of two books and countless magazine features for New Scientist, the Guardian, The Times, BBC Earth and the Boston Globe.
ADHD: What's behind the recent explosion in diagnoses?
Cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are rocketing, but what's the cause? Fortunately, we now have a better understanding of the condition - and how to identify those who have it
Inside the future of epilepsy therapy
Voiceover for animation about new epilepsy treatments
Should you take HRT? Here's how to think clearly about the risks
THE mood swings I could handle. Ditto the night sweats, irregular periods and a libido that swung between randy teenager and old maid. Then the menopause came for my brain and enough was enough. If ageing “naturally” meant giving up the job I love because I could no longer think, I was out. Bring on the hormone replacement therapy.
Within weeks, I found energy reserves that I had forgotten I had. The urge to crawl into bed mid morning disappeared and was replaced with a clear head and renewed...
Interoception: This ‘sixth sense’ could be key to better mental health
How our brains interpret signals from within the body has a surprisingly big influence on the mind, an insight that is leading to new ways to tackle conditions like depression, anxiety and eating disorders
Why stretching is so vital for your health (it’s not just about muscles)
You've got to feel sorry for the early anatomists. There they were, diligently cataloguing the organs of the human body, and they managed to miss on of the biggest ones we have.
It's not that they didn't see it, it just didn't look all that important at the time. Fascia, a sticky, slimy, whitish tissue that winds its way through our bodies, was messy and annoying and got in the way of everything else, so they scraped it off and threw it away. And so, for hundreds of years, it was dismissed as nothing more than a natural version of clingfilm...
Fascia: The long-overlooked tissue that shapes your health
SCIENTIFIC revelations come from the unlikeliest of places. Like a rat, in a lab, doing a “downward dog” stretch.
According to the people who found a way to get rats to do yoga, these creatures benefit from a good stretch as much as we do. In the process, they are revealing the true significance of a body tissue that has been overlooked by science for centuries.
Why getting cold this winter could be the secret to better health
Now the temperatures have dropped and the nights have drawn in, the last thing on most people’s minds is finding ways to feel colder.
But according to experts, it might be a good idea to crawl out from under the blanket, turn down the thermostat and teach your body to warm up instead. Studies suggest that as well as providing a way to beat the fuel price rises this winter and doing your bit for the environment, adapting to the cold could also be good for your health, with benefits ranging fro...
Move! The New Science of Body Over Mind
Time to get up to speed with the cutting-edge science of the mind-body connection and discover how just a little bit of movement could shift your own head to a better place
A New Scientist best book of 2021
Shortlisted for the 'Sports Performance Book of the Year' Award for 2022
Blue Monday: How to boost your mood when you're running on empty
It’s early January and like everyone else, I’m shattered. Two cups of tea have barely made a dent in my morning malaise, so I’m forcing down a fizzy ginseng, guarana and green tea drink that promises a “natural boost” to help me make it through the day. Now I feel sick and tired.
The quest for more energy, more zest, more vim and vigour sustains a multimillion-pound wellness industry, which thrives on selling the promise of boundless energy to the worried well. Most of it is anything but evid...
Pandemic burnout: Do you have it and what can you do about it?
As the coronavirus crisis goes on, an increasing number of us are feeling worn out and unable to cope. Here’s how you can tell if this is burnout, and what you can do to protect yourself
Gaslighting warps our view of reality. How to spot it – and fight back
All of us are vulnerable to psychological manipulation, due to quirks in the way our brains create our perception of the world. Understanding how that happens can help strengthen our defences.
Bad balance: why dangerous falls are on the rise around the world
According to a growing body of research, our ability to balance – one of humanity’s hardest-won evolutionary skills – is beginning to fade away. Around the world, falls that lead to serious injury or death are on the rise. Here's why that matters for our mental and physical health and what we can do about it.
How to trick your mind to break bad habits and reach your goals
“JUST do it,” they say. If only it were that easy. It doesn’t seem to matter how much you want to get fit, eat better, spend money more wisely or work towards a promotion, something always comes along to knock you off course. The only thing for it is to game your brain. So here are the most scientific ways to do just that and reach your goals, in spite of yourself.
Fasting power: Can going without food really make you healthier?
Fasting diets are getting ever more popular, amid promises of weight loss and better health, but does the science stand up? We put the latest one to the test...
Running and Singing to Improve Maths and English
Interview with BBC World Hacks about the effects of exercise on the brain.