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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dehydration – are you at risk?

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"If your lifestyle involves a lot of sitting each day, it's important that you watch your posture and move around as much as you can to reduce the risk of muscle, bone and joint problems".
Says Jan Vickery, Head of Clinical Operations here at AXA PPP

Modern life doesn't lend itself to having a healthy back. Long hours sitting all day at a desk or on the road can take its toll. Add to this a whole host of other sedentary behaviours like TV viewing, sitting at a computer, and game console use – and it's no wonder that our bodies start feeling the strain.

With many adults in the UK spending more than 7 hours each day sitting, it's not surprising that 8 out of 10 people will suffer from back pain or some other musculoskeletal problem in their lifetime.



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Health food of the month - Mascarpone


Mascarpone is an Italian cheese made with the addition of certain acidic substances including lemon juice or vinegar. It is thought to originate from an area southwest of Milan over 300 years ago


Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Ice cream
Broad beans
Kiwi fruit
Blood oranges
Sea Bass
Sugarsnap Peas
Brussels Sprouts


Health Insurance

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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?

Sepsis can take hold fast
According to the BBC’s Panorama research team; there are over 44,000 deaths every year in the UK from sepsis. This makes sepsis a major killer...but what is it?

Should we take Vitamin D now summer is over?
Apart from becoming depressed, another real problem that can come with the arrival of autumn and winter is a lack of vitamin D. This is an essential vitamin that we produce naturally when our skin is exposed to the sun.

Is this the start of the end for cancer?
Is this the breakthrough we have been waiting for? Certainly this week’s announcement of the approval of a form of gene therapy that fights individual cancers is being hailed as an “historic” moment.

How much water do we really need?
There is good evidence that not drinking enough water may be associated with lots of physical problems, from heat stroke and kidney disease to constipation and even to a decreased immune function. Dehydration, even mildly, can cause headaches, dizziness and even fainting.

Powered exercise - the gentle way to start toning up
A fitness company offering a whole range of toning tables has opened near us. Toning is a word we probably heard in our youth and it seems to be coming back into fashion. But what does it really mean?

Is it genes that keep Helen Mirren looking so good?
With the huge investments made by leading chemical and cosmetic companies, surely face cream today really does make a difference?

Summer Catarrh
If you live in the UK, we all know about summer cold. But another irritation is a summer cold of the cough and sneeze variety; even worse is when the cold triggers off catarrh. As we age we can become more susceptible to catarrh and it can become a real problem.

Risks identified in developing dementia
Dementia is one of the most feared health problems and something that causes growing concern as we age. Now a major review by the Lancet indicates nine top risk elements connected to dementia.

A pain in the bum!
Most of us lucky enough not to suffer from sciatica think of it as a general back pain. But while that can be a reasonable description, in some cases sciatica pain can be so crippling that it can cause total disruption to normal life.

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.

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.

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.

No easy cure for hair loss
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.

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.

Give blood!
This year World 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.


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