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Shingles vaccinations are now being offered to older people




Shingles is a bit like gout, a disease we have heard of but something that often isn’t taken very seriously...until one has it oneself. We may be carrying the shingles virus without knowing it.
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Bribing doctors to give a specific diagnosis




The idea of paying doctors additional money to make a specific diagnosis is back in the news again.
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Get in the flow with Tai Chi




This gentle Chinese martial art is now being practised by millions across the world.
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Was an alcohol free January worth it?




Dry January is over, but no doubt there will be other ideas for giving up alcohol before the next big event, MacMillan’s Cancer’s “Go Sober for October”, kicks in. But how worthwhile is all this abstinence?
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Medicinal cannabis is set for a new high




Trials are currently underway to test cannabis-based drugs for other conditions including cancer pain, glaucoma and epilepsy in children.
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Dementia signs, symptoms and diagnosis

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Poor brain function can be down to many things, including tiredness, depression, other illness, alcohol and even medications. But it can be an early warning sign of dementia, so it’s important not to ignore or dismiss it. Knowing the cause of the problem means you can get the right help and treatment.

Unfortunately, there is no one test for dementia, partly because it isn’t a single disease. Dementia is a diagnostic term used by doctors to describe a group of conditions where there is a recognisable deterioration in mental function.

The most common form is Alzheimer’s, which occurs with age (usually over 65 years) and is due to a gradual but progressive loss of brain cells. Other types include vascular dementia, which is caused by blockage of blood supply to important parts of the brain, like after a stroke. Less commonly Lewy body dementia, Picks disease and other rarer brain diseases can cause dementia.

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Health food of the month: Curds and Whey

Bowl of separated milk into curds and whey

Recent research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, suggests that whey protein could be the most effective way for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity caused by illness or other problems.

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Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Goats' meat
Nuts
Goose
Sugar
Pumpkins
Bananas
Gooseberries
Grains
Tea
Edible insects
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

 
 

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Recent Health Articles:

That first conversation about dementia
Having a conversation with a loved one about dementia can be difficult but the CEO of Shift8, a social enterprise organisation that is introducing a Dutch dementia care innovation into the UK, provided Laterlife with some advice.

Increased risk of heart attacks at Christmas
This is not what we want to hear in the fun and busy lead up to Christmas...but evidently for anyone at risk of heart problems, this is the most dangerous time of year.

Can shopping be addictive?
For some of us, Christmas is an especially dangerous time. When we come home laden with parcels, someone might well joke we are shopaholics...but actually this is a medical condition that should not be treated lightly.

Visiting the doctor may not be the best idea this winter
Sometimes, when we feel we have a problem and take ourselves off to see our doctor or even the local A&E department, would we in fact have been better in treating the problem ourselves?

Food allergies need to be taken seriously
It is estimated that over 2 million people in the UK have been officially diagnosed with a food allergy and there may well be many more taking their own precautions against problems they have identified with eating certain foods. 

Keeping track of your health
Today there is a range of excellent online tools to assist you choose the best treatment.

Are you fit to drive?
We need to consider our own driving as we get older, but also that of any elderly relatives. Ensuring medically fitness to drive is a responsibility everyone should take seriously whatever their age.

Cellulitis is an infection that needs immediate treatment
Many people believe cellulitis is something to do with weight and obesity but in fact cellulitis is a potentially dangerous infection.

As we age, how much protein do we really need?
Ensuring adequate levels of protein is easier for meat eaters than vegans and vegetarians

Enough to make you smile
It seems the act of smiling can make us happier and healthier too.

One in 20 may be suffering from fibromyalgia
A new report shows acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Don’t let insect bites spoil your summer
The UK is home to a large range of biting insects including a growing number of mosquitoes

Compression socks need to fit properly to do any good
Compression socks are a great idea for long flights, but a general fit is not good enough.

Keep an eye on your wee
Most of us will remember to water our favourite plants in hot summer weather...but how many of us remember to water ourselves as well?

Medication delivered to your front door
Prescriptions are going electronic: Now you can get your medication delivered directly to your front door.

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.

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.

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.

Eat your way to good skin
A healthy diet can help combat the appearance of lines and blemishes.

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.

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.

 

 

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