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Medical emergencies on a cruise




Things can go wrong! Even on a lovely holiday such as the ever growing popular cruises, there is no guarantee of full health. As most of us know, unexpected problems and health issues can strike unexpectedly at any time.
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Patch up your inoculations




No one likes having injections but in a few years the mere idea of jabbing the skin and body with sharp needles may seem primitive indeed as scientists look at improved ways of introducing drugs into the body.
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New alkaline solution burials




Funerals are not what they were! In my grandmother’s day few would have had the ability let alone the idea to play Elvis or My Way at a funeral. But now there is a new baby on the block...a green funeral.
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No easy cure for baldness




It has long been accepted that baldness, especially in men, is a natural part of ageing. For some, it starts very early but for most as the years roll past hair thickness starts to decline and many suffer from severe hair loss.
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My guide service launched by guide dogs




LaterLife have always supported Guide Dogs...what an amazing job they do. Now there is a new service from Guide Dogs called My Guide. This is aimed to help blind and partially sighted people to get out and about and do the things they want to do.
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Ten top tips for a better night’s sleep

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Sleep is essential to good mental health. You probably already know that when you sleep well you feel and work better.

In general, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep but the exact amount varies from person to person. Different people need different amounts of sleep, and this depends on your age, your lifestyle, your genes and what you’re used to.

A good night’s sleep won’t rid your life of emotional problems, but it can mean that you’re able to deal with difficult or stressful situations more easily.

If you’re not getting enough sleep you tend to feel moody and irritable and lack focus. Obviously, this problem is likely to affect your relationships with people, your work and your mental wellbeing if ignored.

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Health food of the month - Apricots

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Summer in the UK is wonderful time for fresh fruits and apricots are one of the best.

These fabulous little yellow and orange velvety balls are full of fragrant flavour and adapt so well to deserts and savoury recipes too. They are affordable, the skin is edible and the inside large kernel drops out easily making apricots one of the easiest fruits to eat or cook with.

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Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Broad beans
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Venison
Noodles
Blood oranges
Dates
Partridge
Milk
Celeriac
Sea Bass
Figs
Quinoa
Aubergines
Crab
Chocolate
Oats
Sugarsnap Peas
Turkey
Brussels Sprouts
Duck

 
 

Health Insurance

As well as living a healthy lifestyle, there are many plans and policies that you can put in place to give you added protection of your health and wellbeing.Click here for a handy overview of the choices available. If after reading this, you want further information or a quote specific to your needs, please contact healthcare specialists, Jelf, who are experts in this field and will be delighted to help you.

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Give blood!
This yearWorld Blood Donor Day was held on June 14th. This is a global campaign organised by the World Health Organisation who work in over 150 countries with local governments trying to help people have better, healthier lives.

When breathing is a problem
COPD is sadly quite common. The letters stand for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which actually covers quite a few problems including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Keep that shady look
Wearing sunglasses can add glamour to a look, and most of us know that by protecting our eyes from bright sunlight is a good idea. It makes it easier to see without squinting and this of course can add lines to our face.

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
It was recently 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

 

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