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Older people deserve treatment too
NHS England has said it needs to deliver better services to people in the over 65 age group.

Magnetic stimulation useful for migraines
The British watchdog NICE has said that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may help to ease some types of migraine.

A super food - but only in super quantities!
Swedish scientists say that eating lingonberries theoretically could prevent weight gain even in people who eat a high fat diet.

Cooler rooms help keep the weight down
Researchers at the Maastricht University Medical Centre in Holland have suggested that having the inside of homes warmed by central heating may be adding to our increasing weight.

New treatments for certain bladder cancers
Additional information for the treatment of bladder cancer has come from research undertaken at American’s renowned Mayo Clinic.

Too much protein
More news on the connection between high protein diets and an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

Help from shoulder replacement surgery
Again from America’s Mayo Clinic, new findings from recent research has shown that shoulder replacement surgery could be the answer for patients suffering from shoulder arthritis.

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Lifestyle & Exercise

Home exercise and Rehab - Bunions
Home exercise and Rehab - Knee pain
Home exercise and Rehab - Lower back pain
Home exercise and Rehab - Improving posture to ease a stiff neck.
Home exercise and Rehab - Sore knees and tight lower back
Home exercise and Rehab - Sore and aching hands
Home exercise and Rehab - Helping with Headaches
Home exercise and Rehab - Lumbar Instability
Home exercise and Rehab - Alleviating Shoulder Pain
Home exercise and Rehab - Dealing with stiffness and aches from computer use
Home exercise and Rehab - Ankle Sprain – Reducing the risk of repeated injury
Home exercise and Rehab - Disc Degeneration
Home exercise and Rehab - Tight Knees and Hips
Home exercise and Rehab - Cold Hand and Feet
Home exercise and Rehab - Improving balance
Home exercise and Rehab - Helping with weak or stiff muscles
Home exercise and Rehab - Exercises for dog-walkers
Home exercise and Rehab - Can exercise delay hip replacement surgery?
Home exercise and Rehab - Exercises for pain caused by a disc bugle
Home exercise and Rehab - Exercises to strengthen hands and wrists
Home exercise and Rehab - Exercises to ease the symptoms of degenerative disc disease
Home exercise and Rehab - Exercises to Ease Tightness in your Triceps
Home exercise and Rehab - Exercises to Ease pain in the soles of your feet
Home exercise and Rehab - Improving Posture To Relieve Back Pain

Statins - Should we or shouldn't we?
Are statins a vital life changing medication that will minimise our high cholesterol and save us from early heart disease and strokes; or are they an optional and possibly dubious medication that can cause more side effects than benefits?

Blood test may predict early Alzheimer’s Disease
More and more research is being undertaken to understand this disease and the latest news has just come in from scientists at the Georgetown University Medical Centre in America. They have developed a simple blood test that can detect whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s within three years.

This is the week to get your eyes checked
Everyone over 50 should be aware of the increasing risk of glaucoma which can lead to blindness if left untreated. Nearly 500,000 people in the UK suffer from the disease, about 1 in 50 over the age of 40 have glaucoma and this steadily rises to around one in 10 at the age of 75 and above.

Strokes and iron deficiency
Every year over 150,000 people in England alone suffer a stroke; strokes are the third largest cause of death after heart disease and cancer. People over 65 years of age are most at risk and scientists say that their findings could help with stroke prevention.

Are we overdoing the mouthwash?
There is a debate flying around at the moment on whether it is still safe to use mouthwash after brushing your teeth. Now new reports are coming out that using mouthwash can increase blood pressure by killing off “good” bacteria in our mouths.

Assistance in identifying prostate cancer

With over 10,000 deaths a year from prostate cancer in the UK, a great deal of work is being undertaken to find out more about the causes and also improved ways to treat the disease. Now scientists have found a set of 13 specific gene defects that appear to indicate men who are most at risk of developing the cancer.

Earlier the better NHS campaign for the over 60s
The National Health Service in England has launched a major campaign to help persuade especially the over 60s to seek medical advice earlier. It is a two month project which aims to help nip health problems in the bud and reduce unnecessary stays in hospital.

Another clue in the secrets of a longer healthier life
Is there more to a healthy gut than just feeling comfortable? Now there is some really interesting new information that shows the balance of good and bad bacteria in our intestines is even more important than previously thought.

Milked to extreme
Any big supermarket has shelves and shelves of milk choices, different sizes and goodness me, so many different types. Whole milk, 1% fat, goat’s milk, UHT milk, soya milk, lactose free milk, almond milk - the list simply goes on and on. What does it all mean?

Blame your parents for your bunion
The latest information on bunions indicate that they are linked to genetics and your ancestry and not to bad shoes or flat feet. This goes against a lot of information our generation was given when we were young, although it seems that bad footwear can make bunions worse.

Caffeine may offer Benefits as well as Problems to our Health
Last month many of you will have read the big story carried across many major media on new discoveries showing caffeine is not only bad for you but can really shorten your life expectancy. The main thrust of most of the media stories was that caffeine shortens our telomeres. When a telomere is too short, it is associated with poor health and an increased risk of premature death.

Green Light for Kidney Cancer
Sadly, kidney cancer is still on the rise; it has risen by 68 per cent in the past two decades and nearly 7,400 Britons a year are now affected by the disease. Following ongoing research taking place across the world, some improved methods of treatment have been identified. One new advancement has been developed right here in the UK at St George’s Hospital in London.

Indigestion Links to Dementia
Here at Laterlife we were very concerned when we read a recent report that long term use of antacids can lead to a deficiency in vitamin B12. A lack of vitamin B12 is linked to an increased risk of not only anaemia and nerve damage but also of memory loss and dementia.

Health Benefits of Cannabis
A lot of us were young in the “swinging sixties”. This was the time of flower power and drugs -  everyone had heard of marijuana or cannabis and many sectors of the population as well as a number of high profile celebrities were enthusiastic about its benefits.

Brain Haemorrhages: ongoing support is vital according to new report
There has been a recent study into the care and outcome of people suffering from subarachnoid haemorrhages. To you and me, this really means a brain haemorrhage and this is not something we like to think about. Yet this problem affects 5,000 people in the UK every year and it accounts for around 13% of all strokes.  From Greek roots, the word haemorrhage literally means blood bursting forth, and this is what happens in a brain haemorrhage.

Special Diets for Visitors and Guests
With Christmas coming up, and all the lovely celebratory meals that will be on offer, it seems like a good time to check out what it means when a relation or friend warns you they are on a special diet.

Halitosis: Don't bad mouth someone!
Bad breath is a surprisingly common problem and it really isn’t pleasant.  Often you can be unaware you suffer from oral malodour or halitosis, as it can be officially called, and your friends and even your family may be a little reluctant or embarrassed to tell you.

Key NHS Checks for our Age Group
Once you reach 50, and again once you reach 60, it is worth speaking to your doctor to see what checks are recommended for your specific age group. There may well be some key areas that had not occurred to you.

Are we still at risk from Mad Cow Disease?
Mad Cow disease is once against headline news. A couple of weeks ago, in late October, most of the UK media carried the story that at least one in 2,000 people in the UK carry an abnormal protein linked to vCJD, or what is commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.

Tired with feeling tired
Laterlife had initial contact with the prestigious American National Institute on Aging when we were looking into the research they are undertaken on Alzheimer’s disease. This august institute, part of the US department of Health and Human Services, is dedicated to understanding the nature of aging and supporting the health and wellbeing of older adults. This means that, along with its work on Alzheimer’s, it is also at the forefront of a great deal of research into other aspects of aging. One area which is particularly interesting is its research into tiredness.

Better health - in the blink of an eye!
As many as one in five people in the UK suffer from dry eye syndrome and winter is the worst time for suffers, especially with indoor heating that dries the air. When Laterlife learned of these statistics, we decided to investigate what it is all about.

Don't be sad it's winter
The clocks have changed, the weather is getting colder, and we will have to get used to dark mornings and short days for many months ahead. For some, winter can be a very difficult time because they suffer from SAD. This stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, often known as winter blues, and it is now recognised as a medical problem.

Volunteering is good for here’s a chance to use your skills overseas.
It has already been proven that keeping busy and active is a key to health and happiness in later life. Now more information is coming out on how volunteering can really be good for both mental and physical health.

Move to Monaco if you want to live longer!
In the last few weeks Google has been making various announcements about how it is moving into the healthcare area and especially how it will be focussing on ageing and illnesses that specifically effect older people.

Antibiotics won't cure normal bronchitis
It’s that time of year again! For various reasons many of us are more vulnerable to coughs, colds and other related ailments as winter draws on than in the summer months. Bronchitis is one of the most common types of lung infections and also one of the top five reasons why people visit their doctor. It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by chronic bronchitis and it is most common in adults over 50.

The amazing heart bypass operation
“Oh, he is in hospital for a heart bypass operation.” The words heart bypass, or even triple of quadruple heart bypass, have become so common place it is hard to appreciate the stunning breakthrough this surgery offers compared with what was available when we were young. An amazing 28,000 heart bypass operations are performed in the UK every year, or around 70 operations every day. Most of the patients are over 60 years old and far more men than women undergo this surgery.

842 steps to better hearing
If you know someone who might be in London on Friday October 25th, you might want to encourage them to try the Climb for Hearing Loss!

Opting out of electronic NHS Records.
The NHS has introduced a range of new computer systems and services to improve quality of care and better access to your information so that care can be quicker, safer and more personal. One aspect of these new developments is the Summary Care Record but you can opt out if you wish and here is how.

Gut Feeling: Probiotics and Prebiotics
New words such as probiotics and prebiotics which weren’t around when we were young are now used in normal conversations and supermarkets are full of specialist foods containing probiotics and prebiotics that are marketed as being helpful to our health.

Flu Vaccination may lower heart attack risk
We know that flu can be more than a nasty nuisance however, after being in contact with Professor Raina MacIntyre, the Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales in Australia, Laterlife has now learned all about an additional advantage has been found from flu vaccinations

New Hope for sufferers of macular degeneration
Professor Robin Ali of the UCL Institute of Opthalmology outlines a breakthrough in stem cell use in eyes and tells Laterlife that clinical trials to reverse blindness could start in five years - if sufficient funds are available.

New Alzheimer's Research and a Date to remember
Professor Christos Davatzikosis PhD, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in America, explains to Laterlife how new research is showing a better way to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s. Then see how you can help with the 2013 Memory Walk!

A Matter of Taste
The human sense of taste is incredibly complex and we take a look at some of the processes behind it.

How safe is Hydrocortisone Cream?
Many people are prescribed hydrocortisone creams. They come under a range of different brand names and are recommended for skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis and other skin complaints such as reactions to plants or insect bites, or various skin allergies.

Run for your Life!
Last year’s Olympic fever has diminished but with the warmer weather, many people of our age group are thinking once again that it really is time to get out and get fit.

Actinate Keratosis
You have probably never heard of it, yet millions suffer from the skin complaint Actinate Keratosis - of particular interest to us because it generally affects people over the age of 40.

Don’t underestimate diabetes
Pretty well everyone has heard of diabetes these days, and at our age more than likely we know of at least one person who is suffering from this problem.

Hayfever: From the Big Freeze to the Big Sneeze
Hayfever has become increasingly more common and at present Britain has one of the highest rates of hayfever in the world, with about 15 million people (around a quarter of the UK population) being affected.

Sun Blindness
Throughout our lives there are many occasions when we might have looked at the sun but few people realize just how dangerous this can be.

Cuts that turn bad
The world is full of sharp things! And sometimes a cut, a puncture wound, or even a graze that breaks the skin, can become infected and this can then cause a number of problems.

Generally, one thinks of chickenpox as a children’s disease but adults can catch it and when they do, complications are more commonplace

Vision Breakthrough - Varifocal Contact Lenses
Journalist Mike Ward reports on his first encounter with a new breakthrough in contact lens technology

How Power of Attorney Can Help
We look at how Power of Attorney can be of very real benefit in the face of declining capacity

Feeling Faint
We revisit and update a previous article about fainting

You're only as old as your physiological age
A look at how exercise can keep you feeling younger.

Why old age needn't be a burden
Report from BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle

Volunteering can improve your health
New research from national volunteering charity WRVS

Is glucosamine good for joints?
A look at current advice on glucosamine suphate supplements

Corns & Calluses
Can make walking and standing painful and uncomfortable

Carotid Artery Disease
Explaining the medical terminology

Beauty is only skin deep
A close look at the common ingredients of skin creams

Sleep on it
Sleep gets mentioned with regard to health a lot so how important is it and what can you do to get a better night's sleep?

Slim and Fit for Summer
Tips and advice to get in trim for the summer

Freezing Fat Cells
Looking at a new weight-loss treatment that can target fat cells without damaging the skin

Training to be a doctor
Just how much training do you have to go through before 'Doctor knows Best'?

Pins and Needles
Almost everyone has experienced pins and needles so it rarely gets the attention it deserves, but it's link to underlying conditions means it's worth checking.

An update to our 2008 article about thrombosis, including information about new treatments.

In the UK, on average between 600,000 and one million people suffer from norovirus, or winter vomiting bug, every year and the latest information indicates that numbers are increasing.

Reducing Jet Lag
Winter is a popular time for long haul flights from the UK as people whiz off to the southern hemisphere to take advantage of the warmer weather - but how can you reduce the jet lag?

Exercising in the Cold
It's easy to pop outside for a walk or a cycle ride in the warmer summer monthsbut if you are planning on doing some outdoor activities at this time of year ensure you are properly prepared.

Maternity Update for Grandparents-to-be
When our children announce they are expecting the patter of tiny feet, it always takes us back to the times when we were becoming new parents ourselves.

We do get frostbite in the UK
It isn’t a common problem here in the UK but even so, every year people experience frostbite

What is a Spa
A look at the changing nature of spa treatments and spa customers

Sinus Problems
A lot of people dismiss sinus problems as a symptom of the common cold, but there can be depper problems lurking

Winter First-Aid Kit
What you really really need to have in your first-aid kit this winter

Bottling up might not be so bad for you
Research may show that keeping bad memories hidden rather than bringing them to the surface reduces their effect and also their importance in day to day thought processes.

Inner Ear Infection - Labyrinthitis
An infection of the inner ear is called labyrinthitis. This is because it affects the labyrinth, the innermost part of the ear located deep inside at the point where it connects to the skull.

Keep your hair on!
Investigating hair loss due to ageing and other factors

All white with your smile
Everyone likes a clean smile, so we look at teeth-whitening methods available

Even men need to be aware of eyeshadow
Shadows in your visual field, also known as 'Floaters' can be indicative of underlying problems

Cold Fingers
Winter can mean cold hands. But for nine million British people the problem is also due to Raynaud’s disease.

Bed Bugs
Recently bed bugs and related conditions seem to be on the increase.

Are Hospitals on the brink of collapse?
For many who have worked hard all their lives it can be a shock to find that when they really need health care the NHS may be struggling

Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been in the news recently as cases of vitamin D deficiency and even rickets are increasing.

Going Hot and Cold
Your body temperature and how it can affect your health

Volvulus - Twisted Intestine
Until I realised the symptoms and problems, I didn’t realise what a really serious situation it can be.

Parkinson's Disease
An informative article about Parkinson's Disease: current research, symptoms, treatments etc.

Toxic fish
The most common causes of food poisoning usually involve fish, especially shellfish.

Take a deep breath
Fresh air! Nothing like going outside on a lovely summer’s morning and taking in a deep invigorating breath of fresh air.

Knocking the blues
The medical name for a bruise is a contusion. It is caused when a knock is hard enough on the skin to damage the tiny blood vessels that flow near to the surface.

When your nails aren't in the pink
Many people in late middle age and older notice changes in their nails and sometimes the nails lose their natural pink glow and can take on a dull yellow tinge.

Getting rid of those tattoos of youth!
Tattoos that looked great when we were younger can now look unsightly and even embarrassing.

In a mood about chemicals 
Ongoing research shows that both dopamine and serotonin have surprisingly wide affect on many aspects of our body and therefore our health, and certainly they are both involved in the regulation of our mood levels; but they are not the same.

Answering questions on bunions
The first edition of our new Home Exercise and Rehab column by Registered Osteopath and Pilates Practitioner Gina John

Breakfast is important
Having a good breakfast is very important - some doctors go as far as to claim that it is one of the key aspects of staying healthy

The pancreas has the key role of producing various enzymes to help us digest food.

Omega 3
Omega 3 refers to certain fatty acids that are essential for our wellbeing but something our body can’t make.

Warts and all
Around three quarters of people develop a wart at some point in their lives.

Use it or lose it!
There are a lot of myths about getting older and one is that our muscles naturally deteriorate and lose function.

Are you sitting comfortably?
The average British person spends an astonishing average of over 14 hours a day sitting down.

The amazing technology of a CT scan
CT scans are well recognised now; most people will have heard the term and many will have had one.

Winter walking
One activity that everyone agrees is good for all ages is walking. But now winter is here it is not only more difficult to find the enthusiasm to go for that winter walk, but it is also more dangerous..

Taking a shine to your hair
Even if you suffer from hair loss or hair thinning, it makes sense to make the most of whatever hair you have.

You may not know you have a problem with your kidneys
The scary thing about kidney disease is that you may not know you have a problem for a long time because the early signs can vary enormously and also be very subtle.

No need to cry about watering eyes
Moisture is essential to keep our eyes working properly, but sometimes, and especially for people over the age of 60, this can become excessive.

Long in the tooth!
That old saying Long in the Tooth didn’t mean that teeth were actually growing longer - it was because as gums receded, the teeth looked longer.

Taking your medicine
Now there is a growing market to help everyone who has to take a tablet or medication on a regular basis.

Nothing to worry about
Some people worry far too much, to the point that it dominates their lives and their activities. Even worse, excessive worrying can affect you physically and trigger a range of health problems.

Nose Bleeds
Causes of nose bleeds can vary considerable. Obviously a big bang to the nose can cause a nose bleed, but there are many other causes..

Hair colouring
Few of us know much about how hair colouring is achieved or examine in detail the ingredients of the hair products used.

It is all such a yawn.
As we understand more and more about the chemical make-up of our bodies and brains some more complex theories are being suggested to explain the yawn.  

Is fibre really that fabulous?
Fibre is a very important aspect of diet and it is worth understanding a little about it and why it plays such a role in our overall good health.

On your knees!
Today, knee replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is quite common and has a very high success rate.

Moisturising your skin
Dry skin is best avoided, and today with so many products on the market, it really is easy to keep your skin soft, moist and beautiful.

Browned off for summer
Many of us believe we look – and feel – better when we have a slight suntan on our skin. 

The problem of thinning hair
 It is general knowledge that hair can thin and even disappear with age.

Wake up to modern hypnotherapy
Today, modern hypnotherapy can offer a range of benefits to assist in personal development and help address a wide range of specific problems.

Beer bellies aren't just for men
Beer bellies aren’t necessarily caused by beer – although excess drinking does bring in a lot of extra calories.

Dental implants
Implants today are becoming a normal dental procedure and techniques have improved dramatically from even just a decade ago.

Asbestos - if only we knew then what we know now.
It is a sad fact that when most of us were being brought up , asbestos was stilled being hailed as a wonder material.

Cooking oils are simply purified fats
We hear a lot about the dangers of fat and cutting down on our intake of fat, but generally it is not just the quantity of fat in our diet that is the problem, but more importantly the type of fat.

What exactly is the UV Index?
Summer is on its way, and along with the lovely light evenings will come the warnings about sun exposure and ensuring we are protected.  

A shadowy problem
Dark circles under eyes may not be a health hazard, but they are a nuisance and do nothing to enhance our looks or our confidence.

In normal life, the level of radiation we receive will have minimal effect on our health.

Macrobiotic diets
It is well worth knowing a little about macrobiotic diets, especially as they are becoming more and more popular.

Something to smile about - taking care of your lips
Our poor lips are one of the most ignored parts of our bodies, an area we only consider either when something goes wrong

More than indigestion - stomach ulcers  
The symptom of a stomach ulcer is often pain in the upper abdomen just below the breastbone, something that can come and go and can be eased with normal indigestion pills.

Those sleepless nights
Some people worry unnecessarily about the amount of sleep they need. If someone isn’t getting the famous “eight hours sleep a night” they may feel they are not sleeping well.

An eye on varifocals
Getting used to varifocals is a very individual thing. Some people take to them immediately; others need time to adjust before they feel totally at ease with their new eyesight.

There is nothing mysterious about collagen; it is a type of fibrous protein that occurs naturally in bone, cartilage, skin and tendons.

Coming home from hospital
As we get older, the chances of having to go into hospital for a spell increase.

Every year around 175,000 people attend hospital accident and emergency departments because of burns, and over 15,000 are admitted to hospital because of the seriousness of their injuries.

You don't need a break this winter
Fractures, or a break or a crack in a bone, can occur in any bone in our body. They can also occur in different ways.

Mind the winter
What better time than the dark winter evenings to enjoy fun mental challenges such as crosswords and brain games to help keep the brain active and fit.

Outdoor activities in cold weather
January resolutions – and how many of us have stepped onto the scales over Christmas and thought, right, in the New Year we will lose some weight?

I couldn't eat another thing
Nothing is nicer than tucking into a hearty hot meal in the depth of a big cold spell. The trouble is, our digestive tract may not be quite so enthusiastic.

Spas can offer a wide range of different treatments to improve wellbeing, from massage and simple facials to a host of specialised body and mind treatments.

Magnesium - the in mineral of today
I don’t know if you have noticed, but recently there have been a lot of advertisements for magnesium supplements and stories telling us how good magnesium is for our bodies.

You don’t need to let a fear of seasickness stop that cruise of a lifetime!
Generally with modern cruise ships, seasickness is not a major problem. Most ships will be fitted with stabilizers to help reduce the rocking motion of a ship.

Feeling good with Serotonin
Winter is coming on and for many of us, the damp dark days can be quite depressing.

The danger of herbal remedies
people love the idea that using something natural can alleviate problems, but.....

Seasonal flu jab
One of the things that comes round on an annual basis is the question of a flu jab.

Sunshine and Vitamin D
Doctors are showing concern that we are all shying away from sunshine too much

How much sunshine for adequate Vitamin D
Spending adequate lengths of time outside is very important for lots of reasons including the fact that vitamin D is important for good health, for growth and for strong bones.

Laser eye treatment
Tim Harwood, an experienced optometrist, has kindly prepared some information to help anyone over 50 who might be considering laser eye surgery.

Shoulder pain - that common problem
The shoulder is hugely complicated. Bones, muscles and ligaments all connect and there is a lot of scope for damage and injury.

Thank goodness for modern painkillers
A recent survey indicated that two out of every three women have at least one packet of painkilling tablets in their bag and more often than not, two or three different types

Making a splash!
At last it is summer, and all across Europe and indeed on the beaches and in the swimming pools throughout the UK, people are enjoying the healthy fun of swimming.

Beauty treatments for men
Many men in our age bracket can still be appalled at the thought of applying face creams or, even worse, visiting a beauty salon or spa

Hair today, gone tomorrow!
For so many years most of us take hair for granted, but few of us really spend time understanding what hair is and how it grows

Look after those nails
The condition of our nails reveals a lot about our overall health.

Joining A Gym Over 50 - not as scary as you might think!
Features editor Sally Smith tells of her further experiences joining a gym.

Joining A Gym Over 50 - not as scary as you might think!
Features editor Sally Smith tells of her second trip to a gym.

Joining A Gym Over 50 - not as scary as you might think!
Features editor Sally Smith tells of her experiences joining a gym.

Eye time for a check!
If you are over 50, you have reached the age where the risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration becomes real.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming more and more popular and of course are perfect for people who haven’t enough healthy teeth for a bridge or find dentures uncomfortable or inappropriate for their lifestyles.

Water works
When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, so this is another reason to keep drinking throughout the day rather than waiting until you feel you need a drink.

Keeping your memory
Most people over 50 will begin to notice that they are not quite as sharp as they used to be.

The importance of keeping your throat healthy
It is a part of the body that most of us pay little attention to, yet our throat is incredibly important.

Chill out with your winter clothing
While we haven't had a bitterly cold winter for some years, keeping warm is still a vital factor in these chilly dark months.

Getting cold is never a good idea
Getting cold is not healthy or comfortable.

Natural options for the Menopause
Menopause can arrive at a wide variety of ages and it affects everyone so differently.

Best foot forward for autumn
Because our feet are at the extremity of our body, such a long way down and quite an effort to examine, they are often ignored

Is there too much choice at your local gym?
The choice is too much and for beginners, who simply want to get a bit fitter, it is all too difficult and another reason to give up!

Eggs are key to our diet
It is good to know that today we can be assured that the eggs we buy are fresh and good to eat

Beauty Serums
Serum is a new word on the beauty scene.

Benefits of healthy gums
Healthy gums will give you something to smile about

A peaceful long life
Can peace and beauty help you live longer?

Hear Hear!
How to help people who suffer from hearing loss

A good night's sleep
Lack of sleep is now such a widespread problem that there has been a lot of research into the subject and this means that there is now a lot of expert advice available as well.

Having a healthy brain is something worth thinking about
As we get older, keeping our brain fit and healthy makes a lot of sense.

Feel the beat
The British Heart Foundation has put together some good guidelines about checking your pulse rate. 

The eyes have it
An eye examination will identify problems with our vision, but it can also identify current and potential health problems, so booking that eye test is really important.

The UV problems of summer sun
Most of us will be well aware of all the precautions we can take to help keep us safe.

Jet lag
When we were younger jet lag could be a nuisance; but as we age some people find jet lag a serious problem that can last for days

Salt - a tasty danger
With so many foods laced with salt, it can be difficult to estimate how much we consume every day.

They are after your blood
Despite advertising, requests and general publicity, at the moment only 4% of people regularly give blood.

Spring diets are here again
Putting weight on during the winter months is quite a natural occurrence.

Bedding in

Most of us only buy a new bed when the old one is broken or so uncomfortable that it is disturbing our sleep

Botox lined out!
Botox is a name most people will have heard of by now.

Best Foot Forwards

If the word chiropodist is still in your vocabulary, you haven’t moved with the times.

Health advice when you need it.

For some people, NHS Direct is already an integral part of their lives..

Winter exercise

We all know we should exercise everyday and most of us know we don’t do nearly enough.

Caution with that Christmas Cheer

For many, the Christmas period, with its dark nights and general bonhomie, wouldn’t be the same without a drink or two.

Tea - something we can enjoy without guilt

Last month we mentioned the pleasures of drinking tea; now there is even more good news for tea enthusiasts.

Skin - the new cosmetic for women

Along with all the new technology, there is a host of new products that are turning the whole cosmetic industry on its head.

Now is the time to have a flu vaccine
Winter is on its way

Why are politicians like nappies?
The benefits of a good laugh

Run for your life
With Olympic fever still radiating across the UK, sport and general fitness is again top of people’s minds.

Travelling with Diabetes

Exercise class
Anne Diamond took up kick-boxing on the advice of her local victim support group – and got herself a gorgeous figure......

Party without pain

How to stay well as the oldest swinger at the festival.

Exercising Safely - Incontinence
Sleep School
All about the brain
Medicine Balls
How to beat the bugs

Managing Diabetes
British Heart Foundation urges over 50s:  Be active now and leapfrog into later life
'Golden Agers' at risk of deadly tick disease
Relaxation Exercise


A-Z of Health

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Actinate Keratosis
You have probably never heard of it, yet millions suffer from the skin complaint Actinate Keratosis - of particular interest to us because it generally affects people over the age of 40.

Eating fresh spinach every day can help protect against age-related macular degeneration or AMD.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Asbestos is one of those things that hit the news in a big way and then virtually disappeared from the media.

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrilliation – a condition that causes an irregular, and often very fast, heart beat.

Atrial Fibrillation
Each year in the UK more than 46,000 people are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

Autism - a problem you may not recognise.
Some experts estimate that in the UK one in every 100 suffers from a level of autism, with men being more affected than women.

Bipolar disorder
A person with bipolar disorder can experience vast mood changes from being excited and overactive down to the depths of depression

A very gentle flush can add a charming colour to a pale complexion, but anything more severe is simply a big cause of embarrassment.

Body Temperature

Bowel Cancer

Bunions, a knobbly problem
Summer is here and we all love wearing flip flops and open toed sandals. But all this can be spoilt by the common problem of a bunion.

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is surprisingly common; around one in 1000 people develop it every year, especially in women over 50.

As we age, we become more susceptible to all sorts of problems and one common problem among our age group is cataracts.

Generally, one thinks of chickenpox as a children’s disease but adults can catch it and when they do, complications are more commonplace

In more recent years another key word has entered our vocabulary of essential health words – cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is mainly made by our liver from fatty foods that we have eaten.

Cholesterol - those unwelcome fatty deposits
We are continually warned that if we don’t take action to reduce our cholesterol to the magic 5.2 figure or below, then we are increasing our risk of a heart attack and other problems.

Coeliac Disease
Coeliac Disease is an auto-immune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats.

Colds and Flu
If you are one of the few who have been lucky enough to miss this season’s bout of colds and flu, you are in the minority.

The common cold
It is that time of year again – very soon someone you know will say: “I’ve got a cold”!

The common cold
despite great medical advances, the common cold remains just that - very common and likely to affect every one of us this winter.

Constipation is a very common problem
It is not a health problem we easily talk about, but in fact constipation, or a lack of easy regular bowel movements, affects many people of all ages and is very common.

Deafness - You can say that again

Dementia - a growing problem

It seems more and more of us know someone who has been diagnosed with “dementia”.

Detached retinas
Treatment for detached or torn retinas has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years.

Diabetes - Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is well known and this leads to many people not appreciating quite what a serious condition it can be.

Diabetes - Type 2
According to a recent health survey, by 2020 Type 2 diabetes could rise by as much as 98 per cent

Digestion and Dysmotility
Food travels through our digestive tracts by muscles situated in the gut wall that contract to move the food along.

Dry Skin
One in three of us suffer from a skin condition at any one time and dry skin is one of the major problems

Eczema is the name for a range of skin conditions which can affect people of all ages.

Feeling faint
Fainting is far more common than most people realise.

Christmas is here and at this time of year, with its dark evenings, festivities and celebrations, we often eat and drink more than we are used to.

It isn't common in the UK but it does happen and here's what you need to know

Food Poisoning Don't let it spoil your summer

Genetic inheritance -Taking a family history

Keeping an eye on Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve which is the major nerve of vision.. 

Gout - no laughing matter

Hayfever - Allergic To Summer

Hayfever: From the Big Freeze to the Big Sneeze
Hayfever has become increasingly more common and at present Britain has one of the highest rates of hayfever in the world, with about 15 million people (around a quarter of the UK population) being affected.

Headache - What a headache

Hernias are far more common in men than women and they also occur more in older people.

Hip Replacements
There may be several contributory causes that contribute to the development of hip arthritis but they all lead to symptoms of pain, stiffness and loss of function.

Incontinence - a weakening in the control of your bladder or bowel movements - can be caused by many things.

Indigestion is more complicated than you think


Jet Lag

Keyhole surgery
Using keyhole surgery can result in less pain and trauma plus greatly reduced recovery times and scarring.

It makes sense to understand a little more about these small but essential joints

Knees-Weak at the knees

Labyrinthitis - Inner Ear Infections
An infection of the inner ear is called labyrinthitis because it affects the labyrinth, the innermost part of the ear

Legs-Restless Legs Syndrome

Leg cramp
Around one in three people over 60 suffers regularly from leg cramps and that goes up to half of all people over 80.

Lupus disease
Problems such as extreme fatigue, unexplained fever, kidney problems, skin rashes or swollen joints can all be caused by lupus.

Macular Degeneration
Age related macular degeneration, or AMD, is one of the biggest causes of severe sight loss in older people

ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy)
ME is not one of the most publicised health problems and unless you come into contact with a sufferer, it is very unlikely you know much about it.

When you reach our age, most childhood diseases are simply a distant memory – that is, until the grandchildren start coming along.

The number of people who develop melanoma is continuing to rise and here in the UK nearly 9,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma each year

Migraine, what a headache
It is easy to think that migraine is just another form of headache, but today it is recognised as a neurological disorder.

Motor Neurone disease
Motor neurone disease is thankfully reasonably rare, with it affecting only around two in every 100,000 people in the UK.

Multiple Myeloma
Myeloma, as it is also called, is a type of cancer arising from plasmacell which are normally found in the bone marrow.

Nails are useful, they help protect the ends of our fingers and of course they can look very nice indeed.

Neck pain
Necks are one of those bits of our bodies that we never really think about until things go wrong.

The Winter-vomiting bug

Osteoporosis is a major problem, but in modern society it is very much thought of as a woman’s problem.

Pancreatic cancer
While cancer figures largely in modern media, surprisingly little is written about cancer of the pancreas or pancreatic cancer.

Panic Attacks
A panic attack is when you feel you are losing control. You will suddenly develop an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension, anxiety and depression.

Parkinson's Disease

Paraesthesia - Pins and Needles
Almost everyone has experienced pins and needles so it rarely gets the attention it deserves, but it's link to underlying conditions means it's worth checking.

Phobias such as a fear of open spaces
can totally disrupt lives

Pituitary gland problems
This small oval shaped gland, situated at the base of our brain just below the optic nerve, can have far reaching effect on many areas of our health.

Pneumonia can still take your breath away
Pneumonia is still quite common, it affects around one in ten adults every year, and if not treated promptly it can still be very serious indeed.

Pneumonia is still with us
In the UK pneumonia still affects around 10 in every 1,000 adults, especially in autumn and winter months.

Prostate cancer – the facts

Prostate Cancer - more facts

Raynaud's Disease
Cold hands and fingers can be caused by more than a turn in the weather

SAD - Those winter blues
SAD is now recognised by the World Health Organisation as a medical condition that affects people in the darker winter months.

SAD - Light up your winter moods
For some, winter can be a very difficult time because they suffer from SAD. This stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, often known as winter blues, and it is now recognised as a medical problem.

Sarcopenia - get a grip!
Many people as they get older find that their strength diminishes and often it is a weakness in the grip or the arms that first draws our attention to the loss of power.

Sciatica is quite a common term but it is not until we get older that we realise it can be a dreadful problem that can really affect one’s life.

Sciatica - a pain in the backside!
Scatica, whilecommon, is not a condition to be ignored.

One in five people will have shingles at some point in their lives and it is most common in people over the age of 50

Sleep - The Importance of Sleep

Sinus Problems
Often ignored, but sinus problems can have serious impacts on your health

Sleep - The Importance of Sleep

Stem cell replacements
In recent years, amazing medical advances have been made through the use of stem cells.

Stomach Ulcer
Most of us have heard of stomach ulcers but understanding the symptoms, causes and treatments is another thing altogether.

A stroke is the third most common cause of death in Britain and is also the leading cause of severe disability.

Summer colds
However hot the summer, nevertheless quite a number of us will suddenly find we are suffering from a cold.

Swine flu
There is still a lot of winter weather to come, so knowing more about swine flu can only be a good thing.

Teeth - Talk about a bite

Tennis Elbow
Anyone who overuses the muscles and tendons of their forearm and elbow can suffer from this painful problem.

Thread veins
Small thread veins are usually red and are very unwelcome, especially on the face.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot formed in a vein.

Thrombosis - Don't let a clot ruin your life
Thrombosis - or blood clots - kill more than 25,000 people every year

If you have some unexplained symptoms, especially those that could be related to your metabolism, then it is worth considering your thyroid.

It is estimated that around five million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus.

Tuberculosis is back
Last year (2008) there were 2,938 new cases of TB in London alone and general figures show there was an increase of 18% across the country.

Still a risk from TB
Tuberculosis has not been totally wiped out and today the numbers of people in this country infected by TB has begun to rise..

Vitamin D

Volvulus (Twisted Intestine)


Diet & Supplements

With spring well on its way and summer just around the corner, our thoughts turn to salads and interesting lighter meals.

With so many people travelling to far flung places, mangoes are no longer considered the exotic fruit they were just a decade or so ago.

No, we don’t want to eat too much “bad” fat; no, we don’t want to eat too much salt.

Pickled Vegetables
Pickling is a great way to preserve an abundance of summer and autumn vegetables for seasons when fresh produce is less available. It is thought to have begun around 4000 years ago using cucumbers in India.

Most of us know that the turkey is a large bird, but the species we know today has come from one specific bird, the Meleagris gallopavo or wild turkey, that is native to the forests of north America.

Don't be a lemon about lemons! Because of the sour taste, many people think they must be really acid and so therefore not a good thing to drink neat.

However you spell yoghurt or yogurt, it is undeniably a healthy food that can be a very beneficial addition to our diet.

They are a bit like Marmite! You either love anchovies or can’t stand them. But are they good for you? They can taste very salty which indicates they might not be a healthy food at all.

They have of course been extremely popular in mediterranean countries for centuries, and olives are a key component in the “healthy” Mediterranean diet. But what is it that makes them healthy?

Most of us only add radishes to a salad because of their colour and nice crisp texture. Few of us would think, goodness we must have radish with our salad because of its nutritional value.

Apart from its decorative looks and good flavour, asparagus is actually packed with great nutrition.

A common food, with wide-ranging nutritional benefits

Unprepossessing but tasty and good for you

Recently researchers have found that chocolate really can be useful in a diet

With Chinese New Year approaching, consider the benefits of this popular Chinese fruit.

Incredibly healthy but rarely bought.

Some claim it's good for you, others quite the opposite!

Versatile, delicious, and packed full of goodness

If you thought that lemons are only good for pancakes and gin and tonic, think again!

Blackberries are so good for you that they are often included in the range of foods known as “super fruits” .

Pears are surprisingly nutritious and they also release their energy slowly, which is excellent for maintaining blood sugar levels.

Pecan nuts
One of the main reasons for the increasing popularity of pecan nuts is evidence of their excellent nutritional qualities.

Lettuce? A health food? We all know that lettuce is pretty well nothing, no real flavour, no substance, no goodness.

There has been a recent trend towards Spelt and today many people are choosing Spelt products over traditional flour ingredients.

Beetroot is a very good source of a wide range of useful antioxidants and nutrients

Many people who say they really don’t eat nuts also mention that the one nut they quite like is the walnut.

Despite their size, cherries do seem to contain a number of additional benefits that can help various health problems

Manuka honey
Manuka honey only comes from New Zealand, where manuka bushes grow.

Despite its growing popularity, many people still know very little about spelt, what it is and how to use it.

They are useful in a range of foods from curries to salads, but one main advantage of chickpeas is that they are good for you.

Superfoods are everywhere - but not this superfood! We are talking about fruit powder from the baobab tree

Barley is a member of the grass family and is such a normal part of our everyday life that few of us give it any consideration at all.

Yes, right! I know what you are thinking, chocolate and health can't go together. In fact, it seems they can.  

There is more reason for us all to love strawberries apart from their fabulous flavour. Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse! 

This specialised food comes from the far east where it has been used in a variety of dishes for centuries

Apart from being packed with goodness, celery only has around two calories per stick, so when you are struck by hunger, nibbling a celery stick could be the perfect answer.       

Curly kale
This lovely green vegetable is available practically everywhere, so there is no excuse for any of us to ignore its wonders!

Health food of the month - Sweet potatoes
They are not only incredibly versatile and delicious, sweet potatoes also contain some great nutrients.

Health food of the month - Bananas
Bananas are a great source of energy

Health food of the month - nuts
Nuts are good for us..

Tomatoes, the dramatic health food that was once thought poisonous!

Health food of the month - apples
Apples are just brilliant in helping to keep us fit and healthy.

Elderberries are full of natural goodness such as Vitamins A, B and C and also contain strong antioxidant properties

Interesting herb of the month - Comfrey

Comfrey has also been known for centuries as invaluable in the treatment of various ailments including wounds, sprains, bruises and even broken bones

Health food of the month - Papaya
Recent media reports have been mentioning papaya as a new super fruit

Natural food of the month - Globe artichokes
In the last few weeks shops have been full of globe artichokes. These funny plants are growing steadily in popularity because of their excellent nutritional qualities, but they are also very tasty and fun to eat.

Natural food of the month - coconut water and coconuts
One of the latest health foods to hit the news is coconut water, now being dubbed as nature’s sports drink.

Natural remedy of the month - Coriander  
You can use the leaves as well as the seeds of coriander in many tasty recipes. It is also believed to have a number of health benefits.

Natural remedy of the month - rosemary
It has been known for a long time that this wonderfully flavoured herb can offer a range of great health benefits.

Natural remedy of the month:
Algae - a green surprise!

New research from Japan shows that green algae can help fight major diseases

Natural remedy of the month - Frankincense
Many people claim a variety of health benefits from the essential oils of frankincense

Natural remedy of the month - Fenugreek
Fenugreek is one of those herbs that we have probably heard of but don’t really know much about.

Natural remedy of the month - Anise or Aniseed
Aniseed has a very definite flavour , one of those tastes you either love or hate.

Natural remedy of the month - Dandelions
Dandelions are mainly used to help detoxify the system, the root especially is said to encourage the steady elimination of toxins from the body

Natural remedy of the month - Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is hailed as one of nature's most generous gifts that can help in the widest range of problems..

Natural remedy of the month - Mint

Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2.

Natural remedy of the month - Watercress

The trouble with watercress is that we tend to use it as a salad food.

Natural remedy of the month - Chamomile

The pretty chamomile plant, or chamomilla recutita, seems to have lots of great benefits.

Natural remedy of the month - Cloves

Clove has been attributed with many more properties than just adding flavour and many claim it should be in every medicine cabinet for use as a pain reliever, digestive aid and warming stimulant.

Natural remedy of the month - St John's Wort

This short, yellow flowering plant has played a major part in medicine for hundreds of years.

FLAXSEED- Natural remedy of the month

Flaxseed has been around for more than 4,000 years, it was even known in the days of Hippocrates for its health benefits.

Natural remedy of the month - Rose hip

Natural remedy of the month - TURMERIC
Hawthorn Berries
3 supplements to support health when travelling
Relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints.
Lighter Life for Fred
Health Perception
Is Maca the ‘new Ginseng’?

Ginseng – herb or drug?
Secrets of Manuka honey

Are you eating properly?

Natural Solutions - Questions and Answers In this regular series Nutri Centre answers questions from laterlife visitors

Lack of energy + Exercise aches and pains
Circulation and Diminished Sleep
Piles and Cold Sores
Sexual Wellbeing and Stopping Smoking
Prostate problems and difficulty taking tablets
Constipation and Halitosis
Skin Complexion and Tired around the eyes
Athlete's Foot and Holiday Traveller's Tummy

Migraines and Swollen Ankles
Wheat intolerance and Hay fever

Liver spots and hair loss
Osteoporosis and Chronic fatigue syndrome
Heartburn & indigestion and libido

Sex & Relationships

Menopause Awareness Consultation
Relationships - caring 
How to ease menopause symptoms - Part 11
How to ease the menopause

For articles from Laterlife's Relationship Counsellor Maggi Stamp please see the separate Relationship Counselling index page or for articles prior to 2007 see the archive index 

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