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Cleo’s world was darkened by depression. Reconnecting brought back some colour | Gill Straker and Jacqui Winship

The very act of talking about it in a supportive environment can provide some comfort for many who are depressedThe modern mind is a column where experts discuss mental health issues they are seeing in their workGet our weekend culture and lifestyle email and listen to our podcastOn the face of it, there seemed little to explain the misery Cleo* was exuding. Nevertheless, it was clearly...

‘Phones are like a scab we know we shouldn’t pick’: the truth about social media and anxiety

Although connecting with friends online has positive benefits for mental health, overdoing screen time can lead to a catastrophic emotional crashMost people think that phones are a bad thing for anxiety. Parents, in particular, believe phones are terrible for the mental health of children, teenagers and young adults. So, what is the truth? While I was writing my book You Don’t Understand Me,...

More monkeypox cases detected in UK ‘on daily basis’, says scientist

Twenty cases confirmed in UK amid reports of child being admitted to intensive care in London hospitalMore monkeypox cases are being detected in Britain “on a daily basis”, a senior doctor has warned, amid reports that a child has been admitted to intensive care with the disease.Dr Susan Hopkins, a chief medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said an update on confirmed...

What, if any, are the evolutionary purpose of toenails?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsWhat, if any, are the evolutionary purpose of toenails?Gerard MarksPost your answers (and new questions) below or send them to nq@theguardian.com. A selection will be published next Sunday. Continue...

‘My life was ruled by panic attacks’

Author Tim Clare spend a year learning how to tackle the problem. This is his seven-point guide to what worked for himI’m pinned to the floor, screaming. From two rooms away comes the sound of nursery rhymes, playing at full volume – my wife’s attempt to drown me out, so I don’t frighten our baby daughter. I’m having a panic attack. I am terrified and, beneath the fear, burning with...

Does turmeric’s reputation translate into real health benefits?

Clinical trials show that curcumin, present in the spice, may help fight osteoarthritis and other diseases, but there’s a catch – bioavailability, or how to get it into the bloodWhile Kamal Patel was probing through the reams of user data on examine.com – a website that calls itself “the internet’s largest database of nutrition and supplement research” – before a planned revamp...


SATURDAY 21. MAY 2022


Human skull found by Minnesota kayakers 8,000 years old, experts say

Skull discovered in drought-depleted Minnesota River last summer to be returned to Native American officialsNative American officials will be given a partial skull discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old.The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River about 110 miles (180km) west of Minneapolis, Renville...

We will see more cases of monkeypox, warn British scientists

The range and number of cases has puzzled doctors, who are asking why the virus has spread to the westScientists have warned that they expect monkeypox cases to continue to rise this week as more infected people are traced by health authorities.More than 80 cases have already been reported in Europe, the US and Australia, including 20 in Britain. The global figure is unprecedented for a disease...

How to recognise the symptoms of anxiety and get help

From OCD to agoraphobia and PTSD, there are almost as many types of anxiety disorder as things to worry about. Here’s how to spot the signs and find the relevant supportMany people will be familiar with the dry mouth, intrusive thoughts, and fluttering heart and stomach that are the hallmarks of anxiety. Often a temporary, and completely natural reaction to threat, these responses can be helpful...

As a psychologist helping Ukrainians, I am a witness to the terrible traumas of war | Anna Shilonosova

We can support those trapped in shelters or struggling with survivor’s guilt. But some emotional damage is irreparableAll four of my grandparents survived the second world war, and all four were scarcely willing to talk about it, having either survived the siege of Leningrad or come back from the frontline wounded. On the rare occasions they did, their memories would leave them devastated.The...

Cambridge University astrophysicist loses space project role amid Brexit row

Nicholas Walton gives up leadership of €2.8m pan-European research after dispute over Northern Ireland protocolA Cambridge University astrophysicist studying the Milky Way and hoping to play a major part in the European Space Agency’s (Esa) next big project has been forced to hand over his coordinating role on the scheme after the row over Northern Ireland’s Brexit arrangements put science...

Statue of fossil-hunting pioneer Mary Anning to be unveiled in Dorset

A nine-year-old pointed out what was missing in Lyme Regis. Her long campaign has now borne fruitIt all began with a curious nine-year-old and a question that she asked her mother. Where in their hometown of Lyme Regis was the statue of Mary Anning, the pioneering Victorian fossil hunter who, she had recently discovered, had lived and worked there?There wasn’t one, Anya Pearson was forced to...

Boeing’s Starliner capsule docks for first time with International Space Station

High-stakes test follows two years of delays in a program designed to give Nasa another vehicle for sending astronauts into orbitBoeing’s new Starliner crew capsule has docked for the first time with the International Space Station, completing a major objective in a crucial test flight into orbit without astronauts aboard.The rendezvous of the gumdrop-shaped CST-100 Starliner with the orbital...


FRIDAY 20. MAY 2022


‘Smooth brain, just vibes’: what is life like for those who refuse the news?

Fewer Australians are following the headlines – but there’s a fine line between switching off and staying connected to the worldGet our weekend culture and lifestyle email and listen to our podcastIt was during the second Sydney lockdown, in 2021, that Cass decided to unplug.“I was finding myself really anxious about the state of the world. And when I looked at the news, I was like,...

‘Now we have to deal with it’: what’s going on in the UK with monkeypox?

It’s not the first time the virus has been found in Britain but now there are chains of transmission The person was sick when they boarded the plane. Five days before leaving Nigeria for Britain, they noticed a rash that spread into a scattering of fluid-filled bumps. When the plane touched down on 4 May, they wasted no time. The person attended hospital where doctors, alerted by their recent...

Student helps reveal Anne Brontë’s active interest in geology

Sally Jaspars says writer’s rock collection shows she ‘was in tune with the scientific inquiry of the time’A student has helped reveal that one of Britain’s most famous authors was not only a talented writer but also a skilled rock collector with an active interest in geology.Anne Brontë, the youngest of the three Brontë sisters, built up a collection of attractive specimens before her...

Glowworms bred in captivity to be released in southern England

More than 500 larvae will be released in Hampshire and Cornwall as part of a four-year project to revive the declining speciesThey once lit up summer nights, people read by their luminescence and they’ve been celebrated by everyone from William Shakespeare to Crowfoot, a 19th-century North American chief.But glowworms have had their lights dimmed by a cult of tidiness in the countryside, the...

Recovery of mice raises hopes drug could help people with spinal injuries

Condition of rodents with spinal cord damage improved after they had lung disease drug, say researchersMice with spinal cord injuries have shown remarkable recovery after being given a drug initially developed for people with lung disease, researchers have revealed, saying the treatment could soon be tested on humans.It is thought there are about 2,500 new spinal cord injuries in the UK every...

Attenborough series sinks teeth into fruits of ‘dinosaur revolution’

Makers of Prehistoric Planet say it was perfect time to make show as new species are found at rate of one a weekA “dinosaur revolution” is taking place with a new species being discovered every week, the makers of a groundbreaking new docuseries exploring life on Earth 66m years ago have said.Prehistoric Planet, produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and premiering on Apple TV on...

Stonehenge builders ate undercooked offal, ancient faeces reveals

Intestinal parasites recovered from prehistoric rubbish dumps shine light on lives and diet of buildersParasite eggs found in 4,500-year-old human faeces suggest the builders of Stonehenge took part in winter feasts that included the internal organs of animals, researchers have revealed.Stonehenge is thought to have been built around 2,500BC, with evidence suggesting the builders were housed at a...

Boeing hopes third time the charm for Starliner test flight

The company hopes to send a manned crew to the International Space Station later this year after two prior test flights failedBoeing’s crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft.Only a test dummy was aboard. If the capsule reaches the International Space Station on Friday and...


THURSDAY 19. MAY 2022


The Guardian view on low Covid vaccination rates: not just North Korea | Editorial

Pyongyang has left its people highly vulnerable to this outbreak. But rich countries have a responsibility for the lack of protection in other placesWhen Covid-19 first emerged, the “Hermit Kingdom” lived up to its nickname – shutting its borders in January 2020, long before most of the world had taken real heed of the disease spreading in China. With healthcare already on its knees and a...

Pharmacy in the sea: Dolphins ‘use coral as medicine for skin ailments’

New research suggests the cetaceans may be self-medicating for their skin ailments, adding to evidence of the medicinal properties of some corals and spongesWho doesn’t like a bath scrub? Dolphins definitely do: they are known for being clever, playful, tactile animals, and they like to rub against rough surfaces, nap in coral beds and soak on sponges like guests at an underwater spa.However,...

‘Some things can’t be repaired’: how do you recover when a friend betrays you?

With the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial poring over the destruction of a celebrity friendship, four people share their experiences of treachery and traumaAs the libel suit between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney rumbles on in the high court, the public has heard weeks of claims and counterclaims about Instagram stings, paparazzi ambushes and phones lost in the sea. But one thing has been clear from...