The late writer Christopher Hitchens wrote that when you come to New York, you go to bed an hour later and wake up an hour earlier, and I can confirm this anecdotally myself. Noradrenaline is the key 'wake-up' drug of the brain and it may be that the shear repeated novelty and stimulus of this great city is chemically flooding my brain with this brain-protecting substance.
Chocolate may make the heart grow fonder, but does it make the brain grow larger? This week a New England Journal of Medicine article investigated whether a correlation existed between a countries per capita chocolate consumption (mostly measured through Lindt® dark chocolate consumption) and their cumulative amount of Nobel Prize winners.
A dramatic rise in the use of compulsory admissions over the last two decades does not mean that psychiatric disorders have in their nature got worse, but that the prospects for those who have them seem more bleak. This is because a progressively starved, more disorganised NHS is less effectively caring.