AXA: Sexual health in the older adult
People may assume that as we become older sexual desires diminish, but this isn’t always the case. Everyone will have their own sexual desires and needs. Good physical and mental health, along with a positive attitude to sex in both parties enables continued sexual activity.
Smoking still a threat
When we were young smoking was still fashionable; indeed for many of us taking that first puff was the entry to a new sophisticated world! How wrong we were...it is well documented now the terrifying harm smoking does to our long-term health.
WHO warning that measles is spreading across Europe
Warnings are coming in this month from the World Health Organisation that measles is spreading across Europe. Overall 559 cases of measles have been reported in Europe in January this year, with 474 of these reported in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Ukraine.
Prepare your health for the holiday season
Summer is coming and thoughts often turn to travel! But as we get older we know health becomes an important consideration as we can be more vulnerable to sickness and problems while travelling.
Bursitis hit out of the blue
An active friend rang suddenly to say she was stuck in a chair all day after being diagnosed with bursitis. Neither of us had ever heard of this before and the problem came on so suddenly, with no early warning signs, that here at Laterlife we thought it worth investigating.
Drugs may make osteoporosis worse
News released late this week indicates that drugs used long term to treat weak bones, especially in older people suffering from osteoporosis, may in some patients cause the bones to weaken instead.
AXA: Teeth for life
If you’re scheduled for a check-up, your dentist should conduct a thorough history and dental examination. It’s even more important to attend your dentist regularly in later life, so your dentist can investigate any changes that may occur.
Night creams are for health as well as beauty
It is not just women who use night creams these days…and night creams are not used just so we can keep looking as young as possible…although of course that is always a great bonus!!
Clinical trials are going ahead for breakthrough cancer treatments
News of new ideas on causes and treatments come in regularly, but it is what happens next that is the important aspect. Certain ideas are sound enough to warrant further testing and eventually some of these will make their way into official clinical trials.
Natto comes from Japan where it has been a traditional food for centuries. Natto beans are simply soy beans that have been specially treated.
So what is alcohol?
Alcohol is now being presented as a drug rather than a drink, and there are constant warnings about drinking limits and the damage it can do.
AXA: 5 ways to help build resilience
Resilience is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Resilience can also help you manage various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, and can help offset factors that increase the risk of mental ill health, like lack of social support, being bullied or previous trauma
Denied life-saving drugs
because of cost
It seems almost unbelievable to people in our generation that fabulous cures are available for medical problems but we can’t have them because they are too expensive.
Most people especially women have heard of thrush, a common yeast problem that can be unpleasant and very uncomfortable. Less known is that thrush can affect men too.
New reports show
malaria treatment fails
Travel is fun and for modern day retirees and those on part time work, travel to more distant parts of the world is becoming more and more commonplace. But of course with travel there can be risks, and malaria is definitely one of them.
More important than ever to keep your hands clean
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued advice on washing hands in an attempt to bring down infection levels.
In the red
Blushing is not something we welcome. While a very gentle flush can add a charming colour to a pale complexion, anything more severe is simply a big cause of embarrassment. For women who have been through the menopause and suffered hot flushes, they will understand the discomfort that comes with the hot and sometimes even burning sensation of flushes.
AXA: Give your brain a workout
Experts say that the key to preventing Alzheimer’s may lie in being physically active. Personal trainer Jason Anderson reveals the exercises that give your brain a workout as well as your body.
New teeth for old
It is the news we have all been waiting for...that there is a way to regrow our teeth! This exciting news has been announced by a team from King’s College in London who say the research has been long and arduous but is now showing some exciting results.
You can see the doctor...
in a month!
We have all heard the stories, and many of us will have had personal experience of the problem of trying to get an appointment with the local doctor.What has gone wrong?
High risk of norovirus this winter
Most people will have read that the norovirus vomiting bug is at a very high level this winter, with more people than usual suffering from this illness.
Can Prosecco really be good for us?
It’s party time again and Prosecco, with its champagne type flavour and sparkly tingle, is still a top favourite among our all age groups. Recently there have been some great reports saying Prosecco is good for us. For many, this is exciting news with the promise of great celebrations ahead! Sadly though, like the news about the health benefits of red wine, this news has to be treated with a bit of caution!!
AXA: Act fast and you can help stop bunions in their tracks
If you think you might be developing a bunion – or already have – there are steps you can take to help slow down the process. We ask podiatrist Lorraine Jones, member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, about the causes of bunions and how to prevent their development.
Don't waste your medication
News has come in this week that the major drugs company Pfizer has been fined for overcharging the NHS for an anti-epilepsy drug. The amount it is said they overcharged was £84 million which of course is appalling. But in fact it pales into insignificance when you look at the amount of medicines we throw away or waste every year.
Don't keep your cool
Trying to over fight cold weather is not always the best thing. According to Spring Chicken, experts in products for the over 60s, this hearty hardiness is not good for everyone.
Chemotherapy and Hope for Tomorrow
Diagnosis and treatment for cancer has progressed incredibly in recent years and today we know that there are many different types of cancers and they generally require different treatment.
AXA: Top cancer-fighting foods
One in 10 cancers could be prevented by eating a balanced diet, according to Cancer Research UK. But deciphering how what you eat affects your chances of developing cancer can be really confusing – it’s hard to know if the research is strong, some foods are good in one way but bad in another, and there always seems to be a new superfood cure.
Don't catch that cold from your grandkids
For older people, it is all too easy to catch the germs and illnesses from young children and then suffer a lot more because our resistance and recovery ability may be lower.
to prevent heart disease
may not be as radical as thought
In recent weeks there has been a lot of news about a study which showed that a special new toothpaste helps to prevent heart attacks because it identifies areas of plaque that needs to be cleaned. The story has attracted wide attention.
Is this the beginning of the end of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of people diagnosed, and until now there has been no cure. Even delaying the onset of dementia by five years would halve the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year, but until now the fight to find a cure or treatment has been elusive.
Defibrillators save lives
A warning has just been issued that a number of defibrillators in public places may be defective. While this is mostly the concern of the organisations and groups which have installed them, nevertheless it made us here at Laterlife think about heart problems.
AXA: Keeping your heart healthy
Being active at all ages is great for your overall health but has particular benefits for the heart. The heart is a muscle and needs a good supply of exercise to help it stay in good shape and be able to pump blood around the body.
The healthy sound of silence
We definitely live in a very noisy world - and this is not good for our health. As long ago as the mid 19th century, famous British nurse Florence Nightingale reported that unnecessary noise can cause distress, sleep loss and alarm, and modern scientific reports have proved her right.
Don't get knocked out by flu this winter
You will probably have already seen signs or pamphlets saying flu jabs are now available. It is a nasty virus that can strike us at any age, but as we get older sometimes our resistance to it can be reduced, meaning we will suffer more.
Being too sweet is bad for your health
Sugar is bad for us. Most of us know this now and recently the media and health authorities have been upping their voices to ensure everyone knows the danger of too much sugar in a diet.
Driving in the dark
With the nights drawing in and the weather deteriorating, driving can become more difficult. But as we age, many of us find that driving after dark can become a real challenge and it is quite common for older people to say that they don’t really drive at night.
Have fun cycling in the great indoors
As the weather cools and the nights draw in, going outside for exercise and activities seems less and less appealing. This is when an indoor gym and pool would be wonderful. But sadly many of us can’t achieve that, but it is within the grasp of most of us to invest in an indoor exercise bike.
What does Lutein do for your eyes?
Vision can decline with age for a lot of reasons, and after a visit to an optician, we may well be told about supplements to help maximise the health of our eyes. These supplements are usually based around three chemical compounds, lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin, but what do they actually do?
AXA: Empty nest syndrome
Tips to help you fly through empty nest syndrome – Dr Mark Winwood. For many parents, the emotions they feel when a child leaves home, either to go to university or to move into their first flat or house, can be quite positive ones – a sense of their child progressing in their life. Yet for others this can be an overwhelming and anxious time.
All white in the mouth
We live in a fortunate age teeth wise. Only a few generations ago many people our age would have lost all their teeth, often endured enormous pain in the process, and as they aged had to resort to soft mushy food. Today with good care and treatment, many of us can expect to keep at least most of our teeth until a good old age, and theoretically forever.
A life-saving chat with a friend thanks to Silver Line
It is not surprising that Silver Line is often described as the lifeline for seniors. This fabulous telephone helpline offers 24 hour confidential information, friendship, advice or just a human voice to chat to.
Unintentional weight loss as we age
Weight is a big subject these days; no one can have missed the warnings of the serious problems of obesity and being overweight and almost everyone seems to be on some sort of diet or other.
But for many of us, as we age, this problem diminishes and in fact, as the years roll past, a lot of people can begin to lose weight unintentionally.
Knee problems becoming increasingly common as we age but isn’t it wonderful that today there are so many medical procedures right up to a full knee replacement that can be done to get us moving and active again?
AXA: The benefits of gardening
Regular exercise has a host of benefits, including keeping your heart healthy and strong. Getting fit doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. Everyday activities such as gardening have huge physical benefits and can support mental wellbeing too.
Health risks in the garden!
At this time of year, many of us spend lots of time in the garden. It is one of the joys of the warmer months here in the UK. But few of us are aware of the risks that hover just outside our back door!
No one likes leg ulcers
Nearly half a million people in the UK suffer from leg ulcers and, as with so many health problems, leg ulcers affect people more as they age.
Can a summer glass of bubbly be good for you?
Summer in the UK is wonderful...celebrations and weddings and Wimbledon (although perhaps we can’t guarantee Andy Murray will win every year!); Henley, Cowes...the list goes on of venues and events where it makes perfect sense to drink champagne! But now there is even better news as there appears to be growing thought that a glass or two of bubbly also offers certain health benefits.
The health benefits of turmeric
Old Dyak and Kayan tribes used to use turmeric as a medication to cure all sorts of ills. So it was interesting to see new reports out recently about the “wonderful” discovery of the health benefits of turmeric.
There is more to cleaning teeth than a toothbrush
Along with information and all the improvements in dental practices, toothpastes and brushes, flossing is a key addition in today’s armoury of tooth care.
AXA: 7 Steps to deal with loneliness
According to the Office for National Statistics, Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe, with many Brits unlikely to know their neighbours or feel they have friendships that they believe they can rely on in a crisis. This is particularly a problem among the older generation.
Living with pain
According to a new report in the British Medical Journal, around 43% of the UK population lives with chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis.
Another problem comes to light as governments look to legalise cannabis
If you can remember the 60s…you weren’t there! That and other popular jokey sayings give a good idea of the fun of the Sergeant Pepper era when the mantra was life was for living and drugs were cheap and available.
Breaking news...Pimm's may be good for you!
Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, mixed with lemonade and decorated with mint and strawberries, has to be Britain’s most quintessential British drink and it is enjoying a huge renaissance in popularity across the country. So it is great to learn that Pimm’s can offer some key benefits as well as a fabulous flavour. For a start, Pimm’s No. 1 is based on gin.
AXA: The best ways to look after your joints
Every day, we carry out hundreds of physical actions that involve using our joints. Whether it’s a trip to the supermarket to do the shopping, or a strenuous session in the gym, the body’s many joints are working hard for us – allowing us to make all the movements we make in our day-to-day lives.
Ensure your hearing is
a cut above the rest this spring
The sun is beginning to come out from behind the clouds again and many of us are desperate to get back in the garden to get them looking their best for summer.
Lawn mowers and hedge trimmers will be running at full throttle throughout the warmer months as we do our best to ensure our backyards and gardens look great ahead of entertaining family and friends at barbeques and social gatherings.
Hearing the birds sing is part of what makes spending time in the garden so enjoyable but many people don’t even think about how their hearing is affected by everyday gardening tasks such as mowing the grass - you could be damaging your hearing without even realising it.
Vaccinations for Holiday
The British are great holidaymakers, and wherever you go in the world now it won’t be unusual to meet another person from this country. The over 50s and 60s are the group that travel the most, according to recent statistics. Thanks to better health and cheaper travel, we can explore the world in a way that would astonish our parents and earlier generations.
But while internet bookings, fast and more reliable aircraft and increasing options are all making travel easier and easier, there are also downsides.
A tick for Lyme Disease
A report from the NHS says the number of cases of Lyme disease has quadrupled in the last 12 years or so, plus news from the vets charity PDSA suggesting there has been a big increase in pets suffering from the disease as well as humans. So we at Laterlife decided it was time to find out more about Lyme disease.
AXA: Social activities to improve heart health
Being diagnosed with a heart condition can be a daunting experience leading to anxiety and concern about the forthcoming treatments, and worries about coping with home and family life.
A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Older people worrying themselves to death
An over emphasis on Alzheimer’s is causing unnecessary concern among thousands of older people in Britain.
Leading British doctor and recognised expert on ageing Sir Muir Gray says too many older people are over concerned about developing Alzheimer’s disease when they may well just be experiencing short term memory loss.
Diabetes drug warning
Worrying news...it seems a drug used widely to treat diabetes could raise the risk of developing cancer.
Recently published data shows problems with the anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone; this is used widely to help control blood sugar levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. Information published by the BMJ (British Medical Journal) shows that taking the drug is linked to a 63 per cent increased risk of cancer of the bladder.
A third of us will die before we reach 75
We can’t help it. As we get older, suddenly the idea of our own mortality raises its head. Inevitably we encounter death among friends and relatives and the idea that we don’t live forever begins to become more prominent in our thoughts. Despite the tremendous advances in diagnosis and treatment, one in three deaths in England for instance are before the age of 75.
That terrifying moment when someone collapses
When someone collapses panic can easily set in; many of us may have attended various first aid courses throughout our lives, but when an emergency occurs much of that can go straight out of one’s head.
AXA: Social Activities
This is the perfect time in your life to get interested in a new hobby, gain new skills and make new friends, all of which can improve your physical health and mental wellbeing. Social activities can be anything from leisure and culture, to creative or recreational.
AXA: Active Minds
If we stop exercising our brains they may slow down, become muddled, forgetful, confused and we may end up not being able to look after ourselves. The old saying “use it or lose it” is so true when it comes to our brains. If our brains are fit and active our bodies will feel better too.
Stick Your Tongue Out At Cancer
The world of cancer is changing. While just a decade ago a diagnosis of cancer was totally devastating and generally thought to be a death sentence; today around half of all adults diagnosed with cancer survive for ten years or longer.
Sight loss patients with depression are "routinely overlooked"
New study by Guide Dogs charity and Cardiff University
A new study has revealed that nearly half of people attending NHS low vision clinics for help with sight loss suffer from symptoms of clinical depression - but they are not being diagnosed or given the treatment they need.
Alcohol and Cirrhosis
Anything that helps prevents alcohol doing damage to our body has to be good and it is worth noting that alcohol is a growing problem among our age group. According to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, since 2009 there has been a 44% increase in those aged 50 and over accessing alcohol treatment.
AXA: Tips for managing cravings
Cravings can be triggered in many ways, such as being with others, or going to a place you associate with the activity. Feeling angry, anxious or even happy can also trigger cravings. Understanding how cravings work and planning how you will deal with them is the key to managing them.
Zika is not the only problem from mosquitoes
Alarm is setting in everywhere about the Zika virus. Certainly for younger women who are starting to have children, the concern is very serious and it is good news that the World Health Organisation and other organizations around the world are now looking at this with real urgency.
Magnesium plays a key role in our every day health and it may be because of its complex involvement in so many areas of our well being that it is not talked about a lot.
AXA: Eating well now can boost your health in later life
You are what you eat - and that's particularly true in your 40s and 50s when diet and weight can affect your risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure,diabetes and cancer. Research shows that a good diet can help you reduce these risks and add to your healthy years in later life.
Six activities that could shorten your life
An Australian study has come up with six deadly sins.These are not a shortened version of those original seven deadly sins, but are activities that could actually take years off your life.
Earphones and Coffee to help Tinnitus sufferers
Anyone who has not suffered from that endless hum or background noise will find it difficult to understand the affect and disturbance this problem has on life.
AXA: Alcohol...considered cutting down?
If you regularly drink more than the recommended daily limits of alcohol (3 or 4 units of alcohol per day for men, and 2 or 3 units per day for women), then cutting down may be good for both your mental and physical health.
Cancer wonder drug not available on NHS
NICE (Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has announced that the new cancer wonder drug Nivolumab is too expensive and so won’t be available in England and Wales.
Seasonal fun – and no embarrassing problems
Good news that this year could be the most uninhibited Christmas and new year yet for millions of older British people who suffer from some form of incontinence.
Join the stars and stay well this winter
Some of the country’s famous faces, including Joey Essex, Barbara Windsor, Alan Davies, Ainsley Harriott, Tina Hobley, Arlene Phillips and Sunetra Sarker are supporting Stay Well for Winter, a major drive to keep the nation well over the coming winter months.
AXA: How To Eat Well Over 60
In your 60s and 70s you may think about retiring or taking more of a back seat, but there are many ways you can make a big difference to your health.
Your metabolism slows down as you age, so you don’t need to eat as much as you used to. But that doesn’t mean you should skip meals.
GORD is one of the most common digestive problems in older people
Digestive problems are incredibly common in the over 50s, with around 40% having at least one or more age-related digestive symptom each year. For many people, and certainly for people as they reach their 60s and 70s, digestive problems become a regular occurrence.
Look After Your Kidneys
Kidneys are scary. We know they are incredibly important but we don't feel them, we don't see them and ask most people what they do, and they will say something about water and going to the loo.
Eat a Carrot To Help Prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration
A recent major study at America's renowned Harvard University has shown the carrots really can help our eyes and in fact the pigment that gives the vegetable its colour can also slow age-related vision loss.
Butter vs Margarine: The Debate Continues
Recently there have been reports that butter is not a problem and all this fuss about replacing it with margarine was nonsense.
Honey May Not Be As Healthy As We Think
Generally, if you are asked which is better for you, honey, white sugar or high-fructose corn sweetener, most people would plump for honey.
A new safe and quick solution for ear wax
At our age, we might think hearing problems are part of growing older; but for many, reduced hearing can be caused simply by a build-up of wax in our ear canals.
White coat blood pressure
High blood pressure is a big problem, we all should know that now. But the trouble is how can we gain an accurate reading of what our pressure really is?
AXA: It’s never too late to get fit
Less than 3% of us take regular exercise over the age of 65. But this is actually when we need it most to make up for the effects of slowing metabolism and declining muscle density.
New drugs to help lower cholesterol
Here at Laterlife we have been following the discussions on statins for a long time, reporting on the continuing argument over their overall benefit against possible bad side effects.
Day time sleeping
It has been all over the media in the last few days – having a midday nap can bring serious health benefits such as reducing blood pressure and preventing future heart attacks
Incontinence and still look great
A fashion show featuring incontinence lingerie? How things have moved on from our youth when these so called “embarrassing” problems were never talked about and hidden away behind a secret pile of washing.
Health news to smile at
Yes, some may think you are crazy, but you might just be surprised how many complete strangers will smile back at you
Don't put Rheumatoid Arthritis down to general aches and pains
Rheumatoid arthritis was one condition which was often used to be put down to general "aches and pains", especially because it can come and go, and flare up at different times.
Tongue tests for alzheimers
There is an easy new test being talked about that could help to determine if you are at risk of alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
Pacemakers and ICDs help thousands continue their normal lives
Scary news has come out about pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
AXA: How to curb your enthusiasm for sugar
We all know that fizzy drinks tend to contain a lot of sugar, but are you aware of less obvious foods and drinks that contain the sweet stuff?
Rationing food was good for us
We won't remember ration books, but many of our parents will have done. Today, there are often reports that people generally were healthier during World War II than they are today
Wandering Dementia Sufferers
One of the big problems that can be associated with people suffering from dementia is when they take off for no apparent reason. With memory and orientation problems, it can be hard and often impossible for them to return home on their own
AXA: Tech for your Ticker
Wearable heath technology can empower patients to take control of their own health. Here, we look at three devices to manage cardiac health.
The healthy taste of grapefruit juice
Heart disease in Britain's biggest killer so anything that can be done to help combat this problem is great news.
Malaria - Still a problem for holiday makers
Malaria is such a familiar problem that sometimes we can forget how serious it can be. If malaria is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
Are you a real Neanderthal? –
online genetic testing
Genetic testing is all the rage – who are we, who are we related to, where did we come from and what illnesses are we likely to develop are just some of the exciting areas that are mentioned by the various companies that are offering these services.
Lenses that correct your vision when you are asleep
When many of us were young, contact lenses were only just coming into regular use. However the latest development is orthokeratology.
Don't let a phobia spoil your life
Phobias such as a fear of open spaces or a fear of flying can cause real problems and even less intrusive phobias such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders) can play havoc with emotions and confidence.
AXA: Take control and curb your memory loss
Whether it's forgetting your keys or to send a birthday card, we've all caught ourselves wondering what happened to that fine-tuned machine that was our childhood brain.
Nuts are good for you
It really wasn't that long ago that people were being advised to watch their consumption of nuts. We were told nuts were high in fat and to eat them with care.
Checking men's health
It is a widely known belief that men are more reluctant to discuss health issues and visit a doctor than women.
Rise in Huntington's Disease In Scotland
Recently there has been news about a dramatic 55% increase in people suffering from Huntington’s disease in the last year.
Pooing the right way!
Constipation is not an easy subject to talk about yet it is something that generally affects people as they age.
National crisis - many patients now have to wait two weeks or more to see their GP
The media is full of information about Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to boost NHS funding and create a “seven day” health service.
AXA: Start Your 10,000 Steps Journey Here
We all know exercise is great for staying fit and healthy as well as being a powerful mood booster.
Blood tests detect ovarian cancer earlier
News has come out this week that 86% of ovarian cancers can be detected by blood tests.
Does the NHS’s breast screening programme do you more harm than good?
All women aged between 50 and 70 are offered a free mammogram every three years to detect early signs of cancer. The screening programme has been hailed as saving well over 1,000 deaths a year from the disease
New triggers for Alzheimer's found
Two stories from America show that research into Alzheimer's is progressing fast across a number of levels...
Battle for Best Eye Treatment
The disease of wet age-related macular degeneration affects at least 26,000 people every year in the UK and without careful treatment can cause blindness.
AXA: 5 fun ways to keep your memory sharp
With around 500,000 Brits currently living with Alzheimer's, here are some fun ways to keep your brain sharp right into old age.
Poor Sleep and Chronic Illness Go Hand-In-Hand
A lack of sleep in otherwise healthy individuals can start them on the road to future health problems. Those health problems can, in turn, negatively affect sleep due to changes in the body.
The Right use of Antibiotics
There has been a lot of concern in recent months about the over use of antibiotics.
Getting the Point about Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Its origins lie in the mists of Chinese history; and certainly during the last two thousand years it has played an important role in traditional Chinese medicine.
AXA: Young at heart ‘have longer lives’
This month Jelf’s healthcare specialists provide some insight, developed by AXA PPP Healthcare*, into research that suggests that those people who are young at heart ‘have longer lives’.
Don't swap that visit to the gym
for a glass of red wine yet!!!!
Lately in the UK media you may have read the news we have all been waiting for. A report that has been picked up by several mainstream media says that a glass of red wine is equal to an hour in the gym.
Should smoking be banned altogether?
A row is looming over whether we should be allowed to smoke outside in public places such as parks
Leukaemia is when cancerous cells in the bone marrow spill out into the bloodstream. There are several types of leukaemia but most types arise from cells which normally develop into white blood cells.
Birch trees certainly add dignity and beauty to a landscape, but here in the UK we have been slow to become enthusiastic about the health benefits they can offer.
AXA: Why growing your own could boost your health
Maybe it's a reaction against our indoor/online lifestyles but the simple outdoor pleasure of gardening is definitely back in vogue.
Don't overdo the Jogging!
At last! As we sit here in our cosy rooms thinking that despite the freezing weather we really do need to get outside and do some exercise, there is some good news!
AXA: Improve your mood with feel-good food!
A sustained feeling of wellbeing depends on having a varied, well-balanced diet that includes all of the essential nutrients our body and mind need to function optimally.
Heartburn a sign of cancer
Indigestion? Slight stomach discomfort? These are really common problems in our age group and many of us assume that our digestive system weakens a little as we age.
Blood check and NHS local service to help smokers quit
According to the NHS, every cigarette smoked is harmful. They say that smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year. Half of all smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.
Soil provides breakthrough in antibiotics
No one can have failed to have missed the growing concern by doctors and scientists over the "over-use" of antibiotics.
Flu vaccinations may not guarantee protection
Here in the UK flu is a constant threat every winter because of the prevalence of “seasonal” flus which are caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract, the nose, throat and lungs.
So much you can still do with a stoma
Adapting to life with an ostomy can be a challenging time, and the thought of exercise may well be the last thing on your mind as you recover from surgery. But getting fit and being active could actually be the key to a faster recovery and a better quality of life in the long run.
Cancer can be bad luck
While some of the most common and deadly cancers are still influenced by lifestyles, it is interesting to see a new authoritative report suggests that most types of cancer can be put down to simple bad luck.
Ten ways to help families live with dementia
The number of people with dementia in the UK is currently over 800,000 - which means that millions of other people’s lives are also directly affected by the condition… families, friends and neighbours.
Enjoy safe food this Christmas
This is the time of year when many of us eat out; but the last thing you want is to end up with sickness or food poisoning after a visit to a restaurant.
Air pollution is not just a summer problem
This week there are reports that new schools, care homes and hospitals should be built well away from major roads because of the risk of air pollution. The Environmental Audit Committee is also arguing that air pollution is now a public health crisis causing nearly as many deaths as smoking.
Light on a cure for Alzheimer’s
It won’t be this year, but perhaps one day we will get the best Christmas present of all – confirmation of a cure of Alzheimer’s disease. So many people are already affected by this disease and estimates that there will be around 1 million sufferers by 2025.
More research on treatments for age related Macular Degeneration
Discussions are once again underway on whether an affordable and effective drug for a major eye problem should be routinely made available on the NHS.
Boost to make Vaccinations more Powerful
The researchers say that a new drug based on this compound could give a 90 year old patient the immune system of a 20 year old.
Regular short exercise can help prevent breast cancer
Interestingly only around 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, so it is of special interest that a study just released from Oxford University says that just 15 minutes of vigorous exercise every day can cut the risk of breast cancer by one fifth.
Get Lippy for
Since the movement began over 10 years ago, the organisation has raised nearly £350 million and funded more than 800 research and aid programmes across the world.
Atchoo! It’s that time of year again – the common cold
With more recent news about the problems of overuse of antibiotics, we thought it was worthwhile revisiting the basic information about the common cold; something that is not helped by antibiotics.
Levels of awareness found in
people in a vegetative state
Getting older brings many new worries about changing life styles and also our health. But one thing that many older people say they dread is going into a vegetative state yet still being conscious.
Most of us will have read about the ebola screening that is being undertaken at certain airports, train stations and other locations. A main aspect of this testing is taking the temperature of the person.
Lung Cancer Can Stay Dormant For 20 Years
Lung cancer is devastating. It is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK - over 40,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year - but treatment is difficult and the rates of survival are low.
A smell test indicates
how long you might live
At our age, any indicator of life span is of interest of major course, so when at Laterlife we heard about new research that indicated a poor sense of smell might predict a shorter life span, we wanted to find out more.
Antiobiotics no longer the super cure
With winter just around the corner, we need to be especially vigilant against asking our doctor for antibiotics to treat some of the common winter ailments. Most of us will have already read warnings that there is a risk antibiotics are being oversubscribed, causing them to lose effect.
Shape up around the waist!
How many of us women share the same waist size we had in our twenties? Very very few, I would think; after all as we age it is pretty well accepted as normal that we would add a few inches around our waist, even if we are still fit and within the recommended BMI limits.
Salt may not be as
bad as we think
The latest is a report of a new study published in the respected American Journal of Hypertension that indicates that there is no clear link between salt and high blood pressure.
Soy may not be the
superfood we thought
Soy beans, soya milk, tofu - there are lots of food items that many of us now buy because we think they are healthy rather than because we simply prefer the flavour.
Hear Hear to the Great Big Hearing Check!
Hearing is one of the big silent problems of ageing. Hearing problems can come on so subtly and slowly that we don’t realise there is anything wrong.
New light on stroke treatment
A lot of research is being done across the world on all aspects of stroke and one of the latest findings involved the use of beams of light.
Help Still Needed For Cancer Research
Today in August I received news from Cancer Research UK of a new video they have put together. The incoming message said that thanks to supporters and of course the medical teams, survival rates have doubled in just 40 years, from one in four to two in four.
New Process to help Identify Mental Decline
A new indicator of the risk of declining mental activity in later life has been announced by researchers at Edinburgh University.
Back pain is really common. According to the World Health Organisation, it seems one in three of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives; it is one of the world’s most common conditions.
The perfect figure for your BMI index
Many of us just need to look in a mirror to know we are carrying a few excess pounds; but a good way to check the level of excess weight is the BMI index.
Nail Infections Afoot This Summer
As the weather warms and we turn to sandals and lightweight shoes, and perhaps even go barefoot on the lawn or the beach, any foot problem really shows.
Risk of Alzheimers
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, and Dr Jeffrey Cummings and his team at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas have been researching clinical trials that took place during the ten years between 2002 and 2012 and found some depressing results.
Link between Vasectomies and aggressive Prostate Cancer?
A new study has shown that men who have undergone a vasectomy have a 10 per cent increased risk of developing prostate cancer plus a higher risk of contracting the most aggressive form of the disease.
Can Retiring to a warmer climate really help your pain?
Back pain is really common. According to the World Health Organisation, it seems one in three of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives; it is one of the world’s most common conditions.
Can beer really be good for you?
In the news this week is the sort of story that we all love - beer drinking can actually be good for you. After constant nagging about what we eat, how much exercise we do, how to live our lives, someone telling us that drinking beer can be beneficial offers a welcoming relief.
PM Leads New Fight Against Dementia
The Prime Minister is speaking at London’s Guildhall on plans to encourage research into drugs to help fight dementia. Advancement on treatments for dementia is desperately needed.
More on Statins
What do statins actually do? We have been keeping you up to date on the continuing debate on whether statins are good for us or not.
Is Fasting Really Good For You?
New research is showing that even just three days of fasting can kick start the body into a regeneration programme, producing new white blood cells which fight off infection.
Could this drug really be the answer to obesity?
Wonder drugs have come and on with regular monotony recently, but the name liraglutide might be one worth remembering.
New Cause Identified in High Blood pressure
It is estimated that nearly 9 million people in the UK suffer from high blood pressure and many more are undiagnosed. It is more common as we age so any research in this area is particular relevant to our age group.
Did you know that most of the ten million people in the UK with hearing loss developed it as they got older?
Implants and Surgery for Heavy Snorers
Snoring can become a major problem as people age - not only for their frustrated tired partners, but also for the snorers themselves.
The Satins Debate Continues
Debate on Statins continues to heat up, PLUS a new anti cholesterol cereal to hit the market.
Explaining Strokes to your Grandchildren
Medikidz, a medical education company specifically for children, has published a special book aimed at helping children understand and cope with life during this hugely challenging time.
Track health risks where you live. The online Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales has just been launched and it is a fascinating site.
Choosing the right Fat
There has been so much news about the dangers of fat that many people live in terror of oil and fat; some avoid it altogether. The problem is the different fats available.
Sunscreen for Darker and Black Skin
Despite all the information around now, there are still lots of misconceptions about sunscreen. One aspect is that if you have skin than tans very easily, or if you naturally have dark or black skin, then you won’t get sun burn or skin cancer.
Benefits of Green Tea
Reports have emerged that green tea can really help brain power and has particular effect on working memory, something of real interest to many of us as we get older.
Risk of Painkillers
News is coming in of a link between common painkillers and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Researchers from as far apart as Holland and Taiwan are releasing information from separate studies that indicate concern over these medications.
A Wake Up Call For Insomniacs
Only a couple of weeks ago a new report came out showing that lack of sleep could be more serious than previously thought, causing permanent loss of brain cells. Now scientists are looking at whether it might be possible to develop a drug to protect the brain from the side effects of lost sleep
Teeth often become a major concern as we age. While treatment of dental problems has advanced significantly in recent years, looking after our teeth and ensuring we have adequate bite through our senior years still takes time and often quite a bit of money as well.
Statins - Should We or Shouldn't We?
Are statins a vital life changing medication that will minimise our high cholesterol and save us from early heart disease and strokes; or are they an optional and possibly dubious medication that can cause more side effects than benefits?
Help on Hand for Carers of People with Dementia
We all know dementia is a major problem in the modern world. At the moment in the UK it is estimated that around 800,000 people are suffering from the disease. With many living at home, this means there are also hundreds of family members and friends acting as carers.
Blood test may predict early Alzheimer’s Disease
More and more research is being undertaken to understand this disease and the latest news has just come in from scientists at the Georgetown University Medical Centre in America. They have developed a simple blood test that can detect whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s within three years.
This is the week to get your eyes checked
Everyone over 50 should be aware of the increasing risk of glaucoma which can lead to blindness if left untreated. Nearly 500,000 people in the UK suffer from the disease, about 1 in 50 over the age of 40 have glaucoma and this steadily rises to around one in 10 at the age of 75 and above.
Strokes and iron deficiency
Are we overdoing the mouthwash?
Every year over 150,000 people in England alone suffer a stroke; strokes are the third largest cause of death after heart disease and cancer. People over 65 years of age are most at risk and scientists say that their findings could help with stroke prevention.
There is a debate flying around at the moment on whether it is still safe to use mouthwash after brushing your teeth. Now new reports are coming out that using mouthwash can increase blood pressure by killing off “good” bacteria in our mouths.
Assistance in identifying prostate cancer
With over 10,000 deaths a year from prostate cancer in the UK, a great deal of work is being undertaken to find out more about the causes and also improved ways to treat the disease. Now scientists have found a set of 13 specific gene defects that appear to indicate men who are most at risk of developing the cancer.
Earlier the better NHS campaign for the over 60s
The National Health Service in England has launched a major campaign to help persuade especially the over 60s to seek medical advice earlier. It is a two month project which aims to help nip health problems in the bud and reduce unnecessary stays in hospital.
Another clue in the secrets of a longer healthier life
Is there more to a healthy gut than just feeling comfortable? Now there is some really interesting new information that shows the balance of good and bad bacteria in our intestines is even more important than previously thought.
Milked to extreme
Any big supermarket has shelves and shelves of milk choices, different sizes and goodness me, so many different types. Whole milk, 1% fat, goat’s milk, UHT milk, soya milk, lactose free milk, almond milk - the list simply goes on and on. What does it all mean?
Blame your parents for your bunion
The latest information on bunions indicate that they are linked to genetics and your ancestry and not to bad shoes or flat feet. This goes against a lot of information our generation was given when we were young, although it seems that bad footwear can make bunions worse.
Caffeine may offer Benefits as well as Problems to our Health
Last month many of you will have read the big story carried across many major media on new discoveries showing caffeine is not only bad for you but can really shorten your life expectancy. The main thrust of most of the media stories was that caffeine shortens our telomeres. When a telomere is too short, it is associated with poor health and an increased risk of premature death.
Green Light for Kidney Cancer
Sadly, kidney cancer is still on the rise; it has risen by 68 per cent in the past two decades and nearly 7,400 Britons a year are now affected by the disease. Following ongoing research taking place across the world, some improved methods of treatment have been identified. One new advancement has been developed right here in the UK at St George’s Hospital in London.
Indigestion Links to Dementia
Health Benefits of Cannabis
Here at Laterlife we were very concerned when we read a recent report that long term use of antacids can lead to a deficiency in vitamin B12. A lack of vitamin B12 is linked to an increased risk of not only anaemia and nerve damage but also of memory loss and dementia.
A lot of us were young in the “swinging sixties”. This was the time of flower power and drugs - everyone had heard of marijuana or cannabis and many sectors of the population as well as a number of high profile celebrities were enthusiastic about its benefits.