The whole truth about Van Gogh’s ear, and why his ‘mad genius’ is a myth

A new exhibition asserts Vincent Van Goghs mental illness hampered his work, rather than drove his singular vision and presents fresh medical evidence about his notorious self-mutilation Madness terrified Vincent van Gogh, yet he also wondered if it was inseparable from artistic genius. In letters to his brother Theo that proved him one of the…

‘After, I feel ecstatic and emotional’: could virtual reality replace therapy?

If youve got acrophobia, paranoia, anxiety of flying, PTSD, even depression, software could soon be the solution Leslie Channell admits he’s not a typical case for treatment. Channell, known to everybody as Chann, is a registered pilot who served 24 years in the army working on Apache helicopters. Chann also happens to be scared of…

Magic mushrooms can reduce cancer patients’ anxiety, surveys depict

Magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at a farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands .Image: AP Photo/ Peter Dejong After Tammy Burgess was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 55, she fell into the grips of crippling anxiety. “I would just lay on the couch. I didn’t go to work, ” she recently told researchers…

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research indicates we may be predisposed to speak more than one language, and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing terms backward and forward. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally…

Transgressing bad: how to give up drinking, smoking, nail-biting and other unwanted habits

With Stoptober and Sober October starting soon, we asked readers to tell us how they transgressed bad habits – and how this changed their life. Heres what you said Sunday is the start of October, which means that people across the country will be attempting to give up bad habits; some will try to give…

Should link between dementia and artificial sweeteners be taken with a pinch of salt?

How peoples capacity for forgetfulness and lies may have impacted on research tying stroke and dementia to diet drinks They were supposed to be the healthy alternative to their sugar-rich siblings. But now lovers of diet colas and other low-calorie drinks have been hit by news that will radically undermine those credentials: a counterintuitive analyse…