Alex Trebek raised an interesting question when he thanked well-wishers for supporting him in his fight against pancreatic cancer: Do prayers and good thoughts really have a medical effect?
Increasing numbers of older Australians don't own their homes. Whether they are private renters or live in social housing can make a big difference to their risk of loneliness and anxiety.
The World Health Organisation has classified gaming disorder as an addiction. But it involves more than just playing videogames for hours on end. Here's how to spot it and what you can do about it.
The use of electric bikes can be tied to improved clarity of thought, faster reaction times and a boost in mental well-being.
In the late 1970s, 52 percent of 12th-graders hung out with their friends almost every day. By 2017, only 28 percent were doing so.
By trying to tackle just the health impact of loneliness, scientists risk ignoring the underlying causes.
Social isolation is particularly common among early career academics – new research shows 64% of PhD candidates report such feelings.
While the KonMari method will help many people declutter their houses and reassess what they really need, for people with clinical hoarding disorder the process is much more complicated.
Depression, an altered sleep cycle, and hallucinations are some of the effects of living alone in total darkness.
As people have grown closer and more connected, the old definition of loneliness slipped away – and a new one has emerged.
Singles can face mistaken stereotypes and value judgments that they are less happy, or lonelier. For many, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.
Christmas can be a lonely time for older people, particularly the growing number who live in rural areas. Technology could help the crisis of social isolation in old age.
Robots address challenges care systems face -- and could even provide companionship to those who need it most.
The cities we build in turn shape our society. So when so many of us feel lonely, we should aim to apply what we know about the social impacts of design to help people connect with each other.
As part of a new strategy to combat loneliness GPs will be able to prescribe social activities. But is this ethical?
Isolation at work can be unhealthy. But it can also be a good thing – as this researcher found out when he walked solo from Melbourne to Sydney.
Half of Australians feel lonely for at least one day a week, while one in four feel lonely for three or more days. This can impact on sleep, heart health and levels of anxiety.
Ahead of the release of the most comprehensive data on loneliness in Australia, by the Australian Psychologists Society, Labor frontbencher Andrew Giles speaks about this "contagious phenomenon".
UK mired by food 'deserts' and a crisis of loneliness – they should be tackled together.
Green spaces can help to address loneliness. But they are highly vulnerable to austerity.