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  1. Me, my mum and Parkinson’s

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    Article by Gillian Wilson. My 83 year old mum, struggling as Parkinson’s disease gradually erodes her independence, is a remarkable lady!  Born in Kent, she went to Grammar school, then worked as a secretary.  She married her childhood sweetheart in 1949 and had me in 1954. Mum always worked, finally teaching secretarial skills. Dad left the Navy and became a teacher at the same college. They studied bricklaying at night school so they could build their own bungalow. Shaped like a cross, it was only one inch out of true corner to corner!  This shows real skill and my mum built every single one of the 16 corners!  In her 50’s and 60’s Mum was builder’s mate! Over the years they remodelled an old...
  2. A Mini Guide to Depression

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    Article by Caroline Carr. This week is Depression Awareness Week, so here are a few important points: Depression can come on suddenly, as the result of a trauma or stressful event, or it can build up for years, and a person may experience it once, or have bouts over a period of time. Some people feel sad and gloomy for months or years. In some cases, it never really goes away.   It is likely to be the result of a combination of some of the following: life circumstances – what has occurred, and what is occurring in the person’s life, the type of personality a person has, and how they deal with things generally, whether or not depression runs in the family, genes and DNA   Different types...
  3. Say Goodbye to Glasses with Clarivu

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    Guest Article. Total vision correction procedure to keep you seeing and looking fab after 50! Always reaching for your glasses to read the paper? And then a different set to drive or watch TV? Fed up of losing your specs several times a day? You are not alone!  More and more people in the UK are suffering from presbyopia – the natural hardening of the eyes’ lens – which can lead to long and short sighted vision, and can make increasing reliance on glasses a necessary nuisance. But thanks to leading eye care experts Optegra, there is a solution.  Clarivu™ Total Vision Correction is making a dramatic difference as it means you may never have to wear glasses again. Most common eye complaints which can...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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