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  1. Burning Questions On Sun Protection, Skin Cancer & Vitamin D

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     By Mr. Paul Banwell Mr. Paul Banwell is one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons and world-wide authority on skin cancer. He has a specialist interest in skin cancer and is the Head of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit (MASCU) at the Queen Victoria Hospital. Q: Can Nutrition Boost Levels of Sun Protection? A good diet with plenty of healthy fruit and vegetables will ensure maximum benefit from antioxidants – try goji berries or blueberry smoothies for a tasty antioxidant fix that will help to strengthen skin. It has also been shown that oral Vitamin D might be beneficial to guard against melanoma, a potentially lethal form of skin cancer. A large clinical trial is currently looking at a variety of lifestyle factors...
  2. Overweight and obese women at greater risk of breast cancer recurrence says new study

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    Article by Dr Sarah Rawlings   “We already know there is a link between being overweight and risk of breast cancer. This study strongly suggests that being overweight at the time of diagnosis increases a woman’s risk of recurrence. “We now need to prove whether losing weight after a breast cancer diagnosis can improve women’s outcome so we can help them at that point. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout life can help to reduce the risk of many diseases and improve general health.” Overweight and obese women at greater risk of breast cancer recurrence even after chemotherapy dose adjustment Vienna, Austria: Women who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are at higher risk of cancer recurrence or related death than are leaner...
  3. How chatting on the phone could save your mother’s life

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    Article by Fabafterfifty The average woman will spend the equivalent of four-and-a-half months of her life chatting on the phone – to her mum, it emerged yesterday. Research revealed most women make at least one call a day to their mum with the conversation lasting 21 minutes. Incredibly, one in ten ring their mother at least three times a day, spending a total of 63 minutes chatting. By contrast poor old dad is lucky to grab a brief chat with his daughter once every couple of days, with the call ending after just 15 minutes. Topics of conversation with mum range from health issues and money worries to what’s happening in EastEnders. Gossip about other family members, work, food and shopping also features prominently, it emerged. The timescale was calculated...
  4. Study finds oestrogen-only HRT continues to protect women against breast cancer

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    Dr Rachel Greig, Senior Policy Officer, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, says,  “This is a strong study which may provide reassurance to women of the effects of oestrogen only HRT, a certain type of HRT that is used to treat menopausal symptoms in women who have had a hysterectomy. However, it’s important to remember that there are different types of HRT and other large studies have shown these can increase the risk of breast cancer as well as other health problems. Before patients and clinicians can make informed decisions about HRT treatment, further research similar to the Breakthrough Generations Study, which investigates breast cancer risk factors, needs to be undertaken. In the mean time we advise women to speak to their GP if they have questions about treatments for the menopause.” The HRT...
  5. Know Your Family Health Story

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    By Elizabeth A. Havey of Boomer Highway Mothers/fathers, sisters/brothers and a variety of wonderful combinations make up families—yours and mine.  We live together and grow together.  Often we form wonderful memories of day-to-day life that sustains us in times of struggle and provides laughter when we gather for birthdays and weddings. And though we may share hair color and skin tone, the shape of our noses or the ability to sing or play hockey, we also share a biological heritage that can sometimes mean a propensity for a certain cancer, or the possibility of inheriting a familial disease.  Though family get-togethers often mean sharing and planning for the future of children and grandchildren, they should also provide an opportunity for remembering the past. The reason: in our mobile...
  6. Could your thyroid be responsible for fatigue during and post menopause?

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    Article by Dr  Eva Cwynar When I was asked if I would like to review ‘The Fatigue Solution’ by Dr Eva Cwynar,  I immediately said yes, as fatigue is an issue that many readers have expressed . I would be the first to put up my hand to say that I start most days feeling absolutely exhausted- and rarely 100%, so any book offering constructive advice and exploring the reasons as to why many women suffer from fatigue in midlife was a must for my reading list.  I would highly recommend this book, and have been given permission from the publisher to  share an abridged  extract covering the impact the thryoid has during the menopause, it may well strike a chord! Check Your...
  7. Joint trouble – Could it be a type of arthritis?

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    Article by Dr Carol Cooper If you have aches and pains, don’t assume it’s just your age. While osteo-arthritis , the most common type of arthritis, strikes more often in mid-life and beyond, it’s by no means the only kind of joint trouble.  There are many different types of arthritis, and you can develop it at almost any age. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women and often comes on between the ages of 30 and 50, though it can start much earlier or much later, and it affects men too.  Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a kind of arthritis that affects the under-16s, including young babies before they’ve even learned to walk.  In both rheumatoid and JIA there’s marked inflammation within the joints, which causes a lot of painful symptoms.  But fortunately there are also many newer drugs...
  8. Do You Want To Drink Less Alcohol?

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    Article by Georgia Foster Many people decide to do a detox in January and often they plan to cut out alcohol to give their liver a break. They make great plans when February hits to drink less, however once back in the routine of drinking the old habits of drinking more than you plan to can creep in. But is the niggling worry in the back of your mind that you’re drinking too much getting ever-more insistent? Alternatively, perhaps you have a general concern that your tolerance to alcohol may creep up even further after the Christmas period because your tolerance to alcohol has increased, so planning to cut back or cut out alcohol for a period of time can be challenging. “There’s definitely more pressure on people to drink...
  9. Eye health. Can diet help combat age-related macular degeneration?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty What is Age-related macular degeneration? (AMD) Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the macula become damaged and stop functioning. There are two types of AMD: Wet AMD & Dry AMD. “Dry” AMD is the most common form of the condition. It develops very slowly causing gradual loss of central vision. “Wet” AMD results in new blood vessels growing behind the retina, this causes bleeding and scarring, which can lead to sight loss. Risk factors for macular degeneration There are a number of risk factors associated with AMD, including: Age – the condition is more likely to appear in older people Smoking – has been linked to the development of AMD Sunlight – a life-time of exposure to the sunlight can affect your retina Based on...
  10. Why Breast Cancer Awareness is about more than Pink Ribbons

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    Article by Hannah Bellamy Once again, Breast Cancer Awareness month has come to an end. And, apart from promoting the ongoing love affair between breast cancer and pink, what have we achieved? The history and mammograms According to Wikipedia, Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, who have since merged with another organisation. The aim of the month was to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. We are now in a time when mammograms and their effectiveness in saving lives are being brought into question- Prof Sir Mike Richards, the government’s cancer chief, is launching an investigation into our screening programme; its benefits and the...
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