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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.
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Clinical trials are going ahead for breakthrough cancer treatments




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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Teeth for life

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Mrs Davies (81) is due to have her teeth checked. 'Your teeth are good for the next 50 years.' the dentist beamed. To which she replied, 'What will they do without me?'

It’s important to remember that the aging process does bring about its own set of medical problems including oral disease.

For example, if you’re a regular drinker of alcohol, and/ or smoke tobacco products there’s an increased risk of oral cancer.

This means it’s even more important to attend your dentist regularly in later life, so your dentist can investigate any changes that may occur.

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Health food of the month - Venison

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Venison is the meat of a deer. In the 1950s and 1960s this meat was still considered a rare treat for most households, and associated very much with the aristocracy.

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Previous Health Foods of the Month...

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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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.

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.

New teeth for old
It is the news we have all been waiting for...that there is a way to regrow our teeth!

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?

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?
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!

Don't waste your medication
The major drugs company Pfizer has been fined for overcharging the NHS for an anti-epilepsy drug. But the amount 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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