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Plants’ reproductive systems cause summer havoc




Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen and it is incredibly common, probably affecting about one in five people in the UK. Men and women are equally affected.
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Your blood group can affect your health




Blood types and how they affect our general health are a big new area of study, and recent research at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital indicates that blood type O can be a potential risk factor for haemorrhage.
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Today preservatives are part of our everyday food




Preservatives help to ensure we can buy a wide variety of food and drinks that are fresh and haven’t gone off. But how safe are all these additives?
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Eat your way to good skin




A healthy diet can help combat the appearance of lines and blemishes
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Vodka is a popular drink these days, often because people believe it is the healthier option

Na zdorovie! But is vodka as pure as they say?




Vodka is a popular drink these days, often because people believe it is the healthier option.
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Top tips for ageing well

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There’s no holy grail of anti-aging, though it’s safe to say that medical breakthroughs, improved living conditions and better lifestyle choices are a few of the factors we can thank for their role in increasing life expectancy in the UK, now at its highest ever rate.

According to the Office for National Statistics(i) , a newborn baby boy can on average expect to live 79.2 years and a newborn baby girl 82.9 years, with the gap between genders likely to close even more.

But how can we ensure we enjoy these extra years to the max? Is it possible to stave off the onset of some age-related conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s – or should we just accept the decline in physical and mental health as part and parcel of the ageing process?

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Health food of the month - Insects

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Is it time we started looking at these protein rich food sources?

The high protein and nutritious contents of various insects are increasingly being confirmed by scientists and there is even talk of insects becoming the next top trend food. After all, they are cheap and readily available.

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Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Sour bread
Eggs
Coconut Flour
Haggis
Mincemeat
Mascarpone
Chesnuts
Seaweed
Ice cream
Apricots
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

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Our sense of smell is not to be sniffed at
Our smelling capability is based around two small odour detecting patches high up in the nasal passages. They are made up of around five or six million yellowish cells.

A spring in your step
According to many areas of research, we do really feel happier when spring is on the way, even if the temperatures aren’t noticeably warmer.

Heart-beating progress in new micro pacemakers
Nearly 500 pacemakers are fitted with a pacemaker each week, or around 25,000 a year. That is a staggering number and clearly indicates the importance of these amazing little machines.

Hidden dangers in a kitchen
The BBC have reported, in conjunction with their Trust Me I’m a Doctor programme, that an American microbiologist says it could be safer to make a salad on a toilet seat than on the kitchen cutting board.

Icy welcome to new pain relief
Interesting news from researchers in the UK...evidently a short plunge in cold water can work as an effective treatment to combat serious pain.

Is this the cancer breakthrough we have been waiting for?
Right across the world highly skilled teams are working on finding treatments for cancer and out of all the research that is going on, occasionally something that really does seem a game changer comes to light.

Fit and healthy? You may still be knocked over by Aussie flu
The flu virus that is hitting so many people in the UK right now has been termed “Australian” flu. Australian’s say the problem has now subsided over there but sadly it is beginning to take its toll over here.

Sit up straight and walk tall! Posture is important!
One thing so many people suffer from as they get older is poor posture. For those lucky enough not to have any back pain, slouching is still a really bad idea that can be setting up problems for the future.

Can the NHS survive?
Most of us have lived all our lives with the National Health Service and it can be a surprise to realise that until it was introduced some people simply couldn’t afford medical treatment. Can you imagine what that would be like?

Huntington’s drug - implication for Alzheimer’s
The development of a new drug that stops Huntington’s disease is now being talked about as one of the biggest medical breakthroughs in half a century.

Understanding vegans and their food
Christmas is not as easy as it was thanks to today’s individualism over food. One thing that can cause a degree of panic at this time of year is when someone announces they are vegan.

Nailing the right varnish!
Today men need to take care of their nails as much as women...but however we care for our nails, covering them with paint and varnish is not necessarily the healthiest way to go.

A way to reduce the risk of developing dementia
Treatment used to help prevent strokes has been found to greatly reduce the risk of dementia.

Relax – music is good for us
Most of us like listening to music of one sort or another, but in fact there is more to music that just enjoyment.

Give your feet some TLC!
Feet are often underestimated yet they are just so important. These tiny platforms at the bottom of our legs carry our whole weight as we stand or move along.

New understanding on how cancer starts
The latest news is from researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute who say for the first time ever, scientists have manage to work out the number of mutations needed for cancers to develop.

Treatment with the magic mushrooms of the 1960s
Generally magic mushrooms as they were called in the 1960s enjoyed a period of popularity among the young. Now a new study has found that the same fungi can help rewire the brains of people suffering from untreatable depression.

Telling doctors about your sexual orientation
In a couple of years doctors and health professionals will be expected to ask their patients about their sexual orientation. Some are now asking if this new standard recommended by NHS England really isn’t a step too far.

Keeping fit in bad weather
As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, it can be harder and harder to work up any enthusiasm for that lovely walk along the country lanes, or that jog in the local park.

Even retirees should know about morning sickness
If you are ever involved with grand children coming along, or friend’s children becoming pregnant, then it is worth knowing about severe morning sickness; or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) as it is now called.

If you have a problem with the NHS, you are not alone
Too little money, too many people, great advances in health care and knowledge – so many factors have today made the NHS a struggling often criticised organisation.

Increasing malaria problem in Asia
Alarming reports have come from the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok. They have issued a report that a new strain of malaria has now evolved that is spreading fast and is pretty well untreatable.

Chilling out in cooler weather
On some days you can walk down a street seeing people happily shopping in t-shirts or flimsy clothes while others are well covered up. What makes us feel cold and why aren’t we all the same?

 

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