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2017

AXA: Taking care of your feet
Our feet consist of skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. Our skin naturally thins with age and loses its elasticity. Healing may take longer and general wear and tear can affect joints.

Your blood group can affect your health
If you don’t have an O blood group, you may have a slightly increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

The more we know Alzheimer's, the better we can help
Next week is Dementia Awareness Week here in the UK – and how appropriate this is for everyone. This dreadful condition is set to become the biggest killer of the century and one way or another we will all be affected

Statins in the news again
The latest news just out highlights medical concern the thousands of people are dying because they haven’t taken statins due to concern over non-existent side effects.

Dangers of processed meat
Following on from warnings about eating too much red meat, it is worth noting warnings from the respected World Health Organisation that processed meats can also be dangerous.

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 beans
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.

Candidiasis
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?

2016

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.

New toothpaste 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 arthroscopy
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.
Remember DRAB!

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!
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.

2015

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
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 Water
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.

2014

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 Men’s health
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.

Body Temperature
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.

Medical Identifications
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.

Hearing Loss
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.

Health Atlas
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

Gum Disease
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
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.

Are we overdoing the mouthwash?
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
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.

Health Benefits of Cannabis
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.

2013

Brain Haemorrhages: ongoing support is vital according to new report
There has been a recent study into the care and outcome of people suffering from subarachnoid haemorrhages. To you and me, this really means a brain haemorrhage and this is not something we like to think about. Yet this problem affects 5,000 people in the UK every year and it accounts for around 13% of all strokes.  From Greek roots, the word haemorrhage literally means blood bursting forth, and this is what happens in a brain haemorrhage.

Special Diets for Visitors and Guests
With Christmas coming up, and all the lovely celebratory meals that will be on offer, it seems like a good time to check out what it means when a relation or friend warns you they are on a special diet.

Halitosis: Don't bad mouth someone!
Bad breath is a surprisingly common problem and it really isn’t pleasant.  Often you can be unaware you suffer from oral malodour or halitosis, as it can be officially called, and your friends and even your family may be a little reluctant or embarrassed to tell you.

Key NHS Checks for our Age Group
Once you reach 50, and again once you reach 60, it is worth speaking to your doctor to see what checks are recommended for your specific age group. There may well be some key areas that had not occurred to you.

Are we still at risk from Mad Cow Disease?
Mad Cow disease is once against headline news. A couple of weeks ago, in late October, most of the UK media carried the story that at least one in 2,000 people in the UK carry an abnormal protein linked to vCJD, or what is commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.

Tired with feeling tired
Laterlife had initial contact with the prestigious American National Institute on Aging when we were looking into the research they are undertaken on Alzheimer’s disease. This august institute, part of the US department of Health and Human Services, is dedicated to understanding the nature of aging and supporting the health and wellbeing of older adults. This means that, along with its work on Alzheimer’s, it is also at the forefront of a great deal of research into other aspects of aging. One area which is particularly interesting is its research into tiredness.

Better health - in the blink of an eye!
As many as one in five people in the UK suffer from dry eye syndrome and winter is the worst time for suffers, especially with indoor heating that dries the air. When Laterlife learned of these statistics, we decided to investigate what it is all about.

Don't be sad it's winter
The clocks have changed, the weather is getting colder, and we will have to get used to dark mornings and short days for many months ahead. For some, winter can be a very difficult time because they suffer from SAD. This stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, often known as winter blues, and it is now recognised as a medical problem.

Volunteering is good for you...now here’s a chance to use your skills overseas.
It has already been proven that keeping busy and active is a key to health and happiness in later life. Now more information is coming out on how volunteering can really be good for both mental and physical health.

Move to Monaco if you want to live longer!
In the last few weeks Google has been making various announcements about how it is moving into the healthcare area and especially how it will be focussing on ageing and illnesses that specifically effect older people.

Antibiotics won't cure normal bronchitis
It’s that time of year again! For various reasons many of us are more vulnerable to coughs, colds and other related ailments as winter draws on than in the summer months. Bronchitis is one of the most common types of lung infections and also one of the top five reasons why people visit their doctor. It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by chronic bronchitis and it is most common in adults over 50.

The amazing heart bypass operation
“Oh, he is in hospital for a heart bypass operation.” The words heart bypass, or even triple of quadruple heart bypass, have become so common place it is hard to appreciate the stunning breakthrough this surgery offers compared with what was available when we were young. An amazing 28,000 heart bypass operations are performed in the UK every year, or around 70 operations every day. Most of the patients are over 60 years old and far more men than women undergo this surgery.

842 steps to better hearing
If you know someone who might be in London on Friday October 25th, you might want to encourage them to try the Climb for Hearing Loss!

Opting out of electronic NHS Records.
The NHS has introduced a range of new computer systems and services to improve quality of care and better access to your information so that care can be quicker, safer and more personal. One aspect of these new developments is the Summary Care Record but you can opt out if you wish and here is how.

Gut Feeling: Probiotics and Prebiotics
New words such as probiotics and prebiotics which weren’t around when we were young are now used in normal conversations and supermarkets are full of specialist foods containing probiotics and prebiotics that are marketed as being helpful to our health.

Flu Vaccination may lower heart attack risk
We know that flu can be more than a nasty nuisance however, after being in contact with Professor Raina MacIntyre, the Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales in Australia, Laterlife has now learned all about an additional advantage has been found from flu vaccinations

New Hope for sufferers of macular degeneration
Professor Robin Ali of the UCL Institute of Opthalmology outlines a breakthrough in stem cell use in eyes and tells Laterlife that clinical trials to reverse blindness could start in five years - if sufficient funds are available.

New Alzheimer's Research and a Date to remember
Professor Christos Davatzikosis PhD, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in America, explains to Laterlife how new research is showing a better way to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s. Then see how you can help with the 2013 Memory Walk!

A Matter of Taste
The human sense of taste is incredibly complex and we take a look at some of the processes behind it.

How safe is Hydrocortisone Cream?
Many people are prescribed hydrocortisone creams. They come under a range of different brand names and are recommended for skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis and other skin complaints such as reactions to plants or insect bites, or various skin allergies.

Run for your Life!
Last year’s Olympic fever has diminished but with the warmer weather, many people of our age group are thinking once again that it really is time to get out and get fit.

Actinate Keratosis
You have probably never heard of it, yet millions suffer from the skin complaint Actinate Keratosis - of particular interest to us because it generally affects people over the age of 40.

Don’t underestimate diabetes
Pretty well everyone has heard of diabetes these days, and at our age more than likely we know of at least one person who is suffering from this problem.

Hayfever: From the Big Freeze to the Big Sneeze
Hayfever has become increasingly more common and at present Britain has one of the highest rates of hayfever in the world, with about 15 million people (around a quarter of the UK population) being affected.

Sun Blindness
Throughout our lives there are many occasions when we might have looked at the sun but few people realize just how dangerous this can be.

Cuts that turn bad
The world is full of sharp things! And sometimes a cut, a puncture wound, or even a graze that breaks the skin, can become infected and this can then cause a number of problems.

Chickenpox
Generally, one thinks of chickenpox as a children’s disease but adults can catch it and when they do, complications are more commonplace

Vision Breakthrough - Varifocal Contact Lenses
Journalist Mike Ward reports on his first encounter with a new breakthrough in contact lens technology

How Power of Attorney Can Help
We look at how Power of Attorney can be of very real benefit in the face of declining capacity

Feeling Faint
We revisit and update a previous article about fainting

You're only as old as your physiological age
A look at how exercise can keep you feeling younger.

Why old age needn't be a burden
Report from BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle

Volunteering can improve your health
New research from national volunteering charity WRVS

Is glucosamine good for joints?
A look at current advice on glucosamine suphate supplements

Corns & Calluses
Can make walking and standing painful and uncomfortable

Carotid Artery Disease
Explaining the medical terminology

Beauty is only skin deep
A close look at the common ingredients of skin creams

Sleep on it
Sleep gets mentioned with regard to health a lot so how important is it and what can you do to get a better night's sleep?

Slim and Fit for Summer
Tips and advice to get in trim for the summer

Freezing Fat Cells
Looking at a new weight-loss treatment that can target fat cells without damaging the skin

Training to be a doctor
Just how much training do you have to go through before 'Doctor knows Best'?

Pins and Needles
Almost everyone has experienced pins and needles so it rarely gets the attention it deserves, but it's link to underlying conditions means it's worth checking.

Thrombosis
An update to our 2008 article about thrombosis, including information about new treatments.

Norovirus
In the UK, on average between 600,000 and one million people suffer from norovirus, or winter vomiting bug, every year and the latest information indicates that numbers are increasing.

Reducing Jet Lag
Winter is a popular time for long haul flights from the UK as people whiz off to the southern hemisphere to take advantage of the warmer weather - but how can you reduce the jet lag?

Exercising in the Cold
It's easy to pop outside for a walk or a cycle ride in the warmer summer monthsbut if you are planning on doing some outdoor activities at this time of year ensure you are properly prepared.

Maternity Update for Grandparents-to-be
When our children announce they are expecting the patter of tiny feet, it always takes us back to the times when we were becoming new parents ourselves.

2012

We do get frostbite in the UK
It isn’t a common problem here in the UK but even so, every year people experience frostbite

What is a Spa
A look at the changing nature of spa treatments and spa customers

Sinus Problems
A lot of people dismiss sinus problems as a symptom of the common cold, but there can be depper problems lurking

Winter First-Aid Kit
What you really really need to have in your first-aid kit this winter

Bottling up might not be so bad for you
Research may show that keeping bad memories hidden rather than bringing them to the surface reduces their effect and also their importance in day to day thought processes.

Inner Ear Infection - Labyrinthitis
An infection of the inner ear is called labyrinthitis. This is because it affects the labyrinth, the innermost part of the ear located deep inside at the point where it connects to the skull.

Keep your hair on!
Investigating hair loss due to ageing and other factors

All white with your smile
Everyone likes a clean smile, so we look at teeth-whitening methods available

Even men need to be aware of eyeshadow
Shadows in your visual field, also known as 'Floaters' can be indicative of underlying problems

Cold Fingers
Winter can mean cold hands. But for nine million British people the problem is also due to Raynaud’s disease.

Bed Bugs
Recently bed bugs and related conditions seem to be on the increase.

Are Hospitals on the brink of collapse?
For many who have worked hard all their lives it can be a shock to find that when they really need health care the NHS may be struggling

Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been in the news recently as cases of vitamin D deficiency and even rickets are increasing.

Going Hot and Cold
Your body temperature and how it can affect your health

Volvulus - Twisted Intestine
Until I realised the symptoms and problems, I didn’t realise what a really serious situation it can be.

Parkinson's Disease
An informative article about Parkinson's Disease: current research, symptoms, treatments etc.

Toxic fish
The most common causes of food poisoning usually involve fish, especially shellfish.

Take a deep breath
Fresh air! Nothing like going outside on a lovely summer’s morning and taking in a deep invigorating breath of fresh air.

Knocking the blues
The medical name for a bruise is a contusion. It is caused when a knock is hard enough on the skin to damage the tiny blood vessels that flow near to the surface.

When your nails aren't in the pink
Many people in late middle age and older notice changes in their nails and sometimes the nails lose their natural pink glow and can take on a dull yellow tinge.

Getting rid of those tattoos of youth!
Tattoos that looked great when we were younger can now look unsightly and even embarrassing.

In a mood about chemicals 
Ongoing research shows that both dopamine and serotonin have surprisingly wide affect on many aspects of our body and therefore our health, and certainly they are both involved in the regulation of our mood levels; but they are not the same.

Answering questions on bunions
The first edition of our new Home Exercise and Rehab column by Registered Osteopath and Pilates Practitioner Gina John

Breakfast is important
Having a good breakfast is very important - some doctors go as far as to claim that it is one of the key aspects of staying healthy

Pancreas
The pancreas has the key role of producing various enzymes to help us digest food.

Omega 3
Omega 3 refers to certain fatty acids that are essential for our wellbeing but something our body can’t make.

Warts and all
Around three quarters of people develop a wart at some point in their lives.

Use it or lose it!
There are a lot of myths about getting older and one is that our muscles naturally deteriorate and lose function.

Are you sitting comfortably?
The average British person spends an astonishing average of over 14 hours a day sitting down.

The amazing technology of a CT scan
CT scans are well recognised now; most people will have heard the term and many will have had one.

2011

Winter walking
One activity that everyone agrees is good for all ages is walking. But now winter is here it is not only more difficult to find the enthusiasm to go for that winter walk, but it is also more dangerous..

Taking a shine to your hair
Even if you suffer from hair loss or hair thinning, it makes sense to make the most of whatever hair you have.

You may not know you have a problem with your kidneys
The scary thing about kidney disease is that you may not know you have a problem for a long time because the early signs can vary enormously and also be very subtle.

No need to cry about watering eyes
Moisture is essential to keep our eyes working properly, but sometimes, and especially for people over the age of 60, this can become excessive.

Long in the tooth!
That old saying Long in the Tooth didn’t mean that teeth were actually growing longer - it was because as gums receded, the teeth looked longer.

Taking your medicine
Now there is a growing market to help everyone who has to take a tablet or medication on a regular basis.

Nothing to worry about
Some people worry far too much, to the point that it dominates their lives and their activities. Even worse, excessive worrying can affect you physically and trigger a range of health problems.

Nose Bleeds
Causes of nose bleeds can vary considerable. Obviously a big bang to the nose can cause a nose bleed, but there are many other causes..

Hair colouring
Few of us know much about how hair colouring is achieved or examine in detail the ingredients of the hair products used.

It is all such a yawn.
As we understand more and more about the chemical make-up of our bodies and brains some more complex theories are being suggested to explain the yawn.  

Is fibre really that fabulous?
Fibre is a very important aspect of diet and it is worth understanding a little about it and why it plays such a role in our overall good health.

On your knees!
Today, knee replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is quite common and has a very high success rate.

Moisturising your skin
Dry skin is best avoided, and today with so many products on the market, it really is easy to keep your skin soft, moist and beautiful.

Browned off for summer
Many of us believe we look – and feel – better when we have a slight suntan on our skin. 

The problem of thinning hair
It is general knowledge that hair can thin and even disappear with age.

Wake up to modern hypnotherapy
Today, modern hypnotherapy can offer a range of benefits to assist in personal development and help address a wide range of specific problems.

Beer bellies aren't just for men
Beer bellies aren’t necessarily caused by beer – although excess drinking does bring in a lot of extra calories.

Dental implants
Implants today are becoming a normal dental procedure and techniques have improved dramatically from even just a decade ago.

Asbestos - if only we knew then what we know now.
It is a sad fact that when most of us were being brought up , asbestos was stilled being hailed as a wonder material.

Cooking oils are simply purified fats
We hear a lot about the dangers of fat and cutting down on our intake of fat, but generally it is not just the quantity of fat in our diet that is the problem, but more importantly the type of fat.

What exactly is the UV Index?
Summer is on its way, and along with the lovely light evenings will come the warnings about sun exposure and ensuring we are protected.  

A shadowy problem
Dark circles under eyes may not be a health hazard, but they are a nuisance and do nothing to enhance our looks or our confidence.

Radiation
In normal life, the level of radiation we receive will have minimal effect on our health.

Macrobiotic diets
It is well worth knowing a little about macrobiotic diets, especially as they are becoming more and more popular.

Something to smile about - taking care of your lips
Our poor lips are one of the most ignored parts of our bodies, an area we only consider either when something goes wrong

More than indigestion - stomach ulcers  
The symptom of a stomach ulcer is often pain in the upper abdomen just below the breastbone, something that can come and go and can be eased with normal indigestion pills.

Those sleepless nights
Some people worry unnecessarily about the amount of sleep they need. If someone isn’t getting the famous “eight hours sleep a night” they may feel they are not sleeping well.

An eye on varifocals
Getting used to varifocals is a very individual thing. Some people take to them immediately; others need time to adjust before they feel totally at ease with their new eyesight.

Collagen
There is nothing mysterious about collagen; it is a type of fibrous protein that occurs naturally in bone, cartilage, skin and tendons.

Coming home from hospital
As we get older, the chances of having to go into hospital for a spell increase.

Burns
Every year around 175,000 people attend hospital accident and emergency departments because of burns, and over 15,000 are admitted to hospital because of the seriousness of their injuries.

You don't need a break this winter
Fractures, or a break or a crack in a bone, can occur in any bone in our body. They can also occur in different ways.

Mind the winter
What better time than the dark winter evenings to enjoy fun mental challenges such as crosswords and brain games to help keep the brain active and fit.

Outdoor activities in cold weather
January resolutions – and how many of us have stepped onto the scales over Christmas and thought, right, in the New Year we will lose some weight?

2010

I couldn't eat another thing
Nothing is nicer than tucking into a hearty hot meal in the depth of a big cold spell. The trouble is, our digestive tract may not be quite so enthusiastic.

Spas
Spas can offer a wide range of different treatments to improve wellbeing, from massage and simple facials to a host of specialised body and mind treatments.

Magnesium - the in mineral of today
I don’t know if you have noticed, but recently there have been a lot of advertisements for magnesium supplements and stories telling us how good magnesium is for our bodies.

You don’t need to let a fear of seasickness stop that cruise of a lifetime!
Generally with modern cruise ships, seasickness is not a major problem. Most ships will be fitted with stabilizers to help reduce the rocking motion of a ship.

Feeling good with Serotonin
Winter is coming on and for many of us, the damp dark days can be quite depressing.

The danger of herbal remedies
people love the idea that using something natural can alleviate problems, but.....

Seasonal flu jab
One of the things that comes round on an annual basis is the question of a flu jab.

Sunshine and Vitamin D
Doctors are showing concern that we are all shying away from sunshine too much

How much sunshine for adequate Vitamin D
Spending adequate lengths of time outside is very important for lots of reasons including the fact that vitamin D is important for good health, for growth and for strong bones.

Laser eye treatment
Tim Harwood, an experienced optometrist, has kindly prepared some information to help anyone over 50 who might be considering laser eye surgery.

Shoulder pain - that common problem
The shoulder is hugely complicated. Bones, muscles and ligaments all connect and there is a lot of scope for damage and injury.

Thank goodness for modern painkillers
A recent survey indicated that two out of every three women have at least one packet of painkilling tablets in their bag and more often than not, two or three different types

Making a splash!
At last it is summer, and all across Europe and indeed on the beaches and in the swimming pools throughout the UK, people are enjoying the healthy fun of swimming.

Beauty treatments for men
Many men in our age bracket can still be appalled at the thought of applying face creams or, even worse, visiting a beauty salon or spa

Hair today, gone tomorrow!
For so many years most of us take hair for granted, but few of us really spend time understanding what hair is and how it grows

Look after those nails
The condition of our nails reveals a lot about our overall health.

Joining A Gym Over 50 - not as scary as you might think!
Features editor Sally Smith tells of her further experiences joining a gym.

Joining A Gym Over 50 - not as scary as you might think!
Features editor Sally Smith tells of her second trip to a gym.

Joining A Gym Over 50 - not as scary as you might think!
Features editor Sally Smith tells of her experiences joining a gym.

Eye time for a check!
If you are over 50, you have reached the age where the risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration becomes real.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming more and more popular and of course are perfect for people who haven’t enough healthy teeth for a bridge or find dentures uncomfortable or inappropriate for their lifestyles.

Water works
When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, so this is another reason to keep drinking throughout the day rather than waiting until you feel you need a drink.

Keeping your memory
Most people over 50 will begin to notice that they are not quite as sharp as they used to be.

The importance of keeping your throat healthy
It is a part of the body that most of us pay little attention to, yet our throat is incredibly important.

Chill out with your winter clothing
While we haven't had a bitterly cold winter for some years, keeping warm is still a vital factor in these chilly dark months.

2009

Getting cold is never a good idea
Getting cold is not healthy or comfortable.

Natural options for the Menopause
Menopause can arrive at a wide variety of ages and it affects everyone so differently.

Best foot forward for autumn
Because our feet are at the extremity of our body, such a long way down and quite an effort to examine, they are often ignored

Is there too much choice at your local gym?
The choice is too much and for beginners, who simply want to get a bit fitter, it is all too difficult and another reason to give up!

Eggs are key to our diet
It is good to know that today we can be assured that the eggs we buy are fresh and good to eat

Beauty Serums
Serum is a new word on the beauty scene.

Benefits of healthy gums
Healthy gums will give you something to smile about

A peaceful long life
Can peace and beauty help you live longer?

Hear Hear!
How to help people who suffer from hearing loss

A good night's sleep
Lack of sleep is now such a widespread problem that there has been a lot of research into the subject and this means that there is now a lot of expert advice available as well.

Having a healthy brain is something worth thinking about
As we get older, keeping our brain fit and healthy makes a lot of sense.

Feel the beat
The British Heart Foundation has put together some good guidelines about checking your pulse rate. 

The eyes have it
An eye examination will identify problems with our vision, but it can also identify current and potential health problems, so booking that eye test is really important.

The UV problems of summer sun
Most of us will be well aware of all the precautions we can take to help keep us safe.

Jet lag
When we were younger jet lag could be a nuisance; but as we age some people find jet lag a serious problem that can last for days

Salt - a tasty danger
With so many foods laced with salt, it can be difficult to estimate how much we consume every day.

They are after your blood
Despite advertising, requests and general publicity, at the moment only 4% of people regularly give blood.

Spring diets are here again
Putting weight on during the winter months is quite a natural occurrence.

Bedding in

Most of us only buy a new bed when the old one is broken or so uncomfortable that it is disturbing our sleep

Botox lined out!
Botox is a name most people will have heard of by now.

Best Foot Forwards

If the word chiropodist is still in your vocabulary, you haven’t moved with the times.

2008 and previous

Best Foot Forwards

If the word chiropodist is still in your vocabulary, you haven’t moved with the times.

Health advice when you need it.

For some people, NHS Direct is already an integral part of their lives..

Winter exercise

We all know we should exercise everyday and most of us know we don’t do nearly enough.

Caution with that Christmas Cheer

For many, the Christmas period, with its dark nights and general bonhomie, wouldn’t be the same without a drink or two.

Tea - something we can enjoy without guilt

Last month we mentioned the pleasures of drinking tea; now there is even more good news for tea enthusiasts.

Skin - the new cosmetic for women

Along with all the new technology, there is a host of new products that are turning the whole cosmetic industry on its head.

Now is the time to have a flu vaccine
Winter is on its way

Why are politicians like nappies?
The benefits of a good laugh

Run for your life
With Olympic fever still radiating across the UK, sport and general fitness is again top of people’s minds.

Travelling with Diabetes

Exercise class
Anne Diamond took up kick-boxing on the advice of her local victim support group – and got herself a gorgeous figure......

Party without pain

How to stay well as the oldest swinger at the festival.

Exercising Safely - Incontinence
Sleep School
All about the brain
Medicine Balls
How to beat the bugs
Managing Diabetes
British Heart Foundation urges over 50s:  Be active now and leapfrog into later life
'Golden Agers' at risk of deadly tick disease
Relaxation Exercise


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