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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Breast Reconstruction For Life: New Plastic Surgery Procedure Gives Hope To Breast Cancer Survivors

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    Article by Fabafterfifty A new procedure gives hope to thousands of women suffering the trauma of breast cancer and mastectomy, with a technique for breast reconstruction which reconstructs a natural looking breast. Liberate Cosmetic Surgery, the UK’s largest network of BAAPS* and/or BAPRAS**-accredited cosmetic surgeons, has introduced a pioneering micro-surgery that removes excess fat from the inner thighs to reconstruct the breasts following mastectomy procedures. The new technique, known as a TUG (transverse upper gracilis) Flap. Liberate cosmetic surgeon Anita Hazari an expert in the TUG Flap procedure explains. “The TUG Flap uses tissue from the upper thigh, just under the groin crease to reconstruct a naturally shaped breast. Patients get an ‘inner thigh lift’ and the skin and fat with the gracilis muscle is detached from its blood supply in the...
  7. Can Exercise Help Cure Depression?

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    Article by Anne Elliott  Depression is such a difficult thing for our society to talk about, though with more and more people falling pray to it, the stigma of suffering with it lessens and discussion becomes easier. In fact, in these dire economic times, more and more people have been presenting at their GP with symptoms looking for a medical answer. In mid July a story was reported in the press that the Office for National Statistics showed that doctors in England issued 39.1 million prescriptions for anti-depressants in 2009, four times higher than in 1991 (Telegraph 14/7/11). Perhaps it’s not surprising when we consider all the pressures most of us live under nowadays. But is there any realistic alternative to just popping some pills? In the 1990’s at...
  8. Tips to help Prevent Osteoporosis

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    Article by The Lifestyle Guy The Causes of Osteoporosis The great news about osteoporosis is that it is reversible with a little effort and dedication and some lifestyle changes on your part. The main cause is generally an imbalance of magnesium and calcium however it is possible that the long time use of steroids will also contribute to wipe out bone density. Extreme hormonal imbalance can wreck havoc too. When you have severe hormonal changes going on in your life another factor in the loss of bone density is low levels of oestrogen. What you also have to take into consideration is this. Western countries have a high intake of dairy products so the average calcium intake is about 1000 mg. There is 6 to 8 times more calcium than magnesium...
  9. New Line of Attack in the Fight against Cancer

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    Article by Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research   Scientists have uncovered a new way of killing cancer cells, opening up a potentially highly effective avenue of attack in the fight against all forms of the disease. In an important step towards personalised medicine, the findings from the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London shed light on why cancer patients can fail to respond to some chemotherapy drugs and reveal a new way of targeting resistant tumours. Until recently, it was thought cells could only die through a process called apoptosis. Because apoptosis is often blocked in cancer cells, drugs frequently don’t work, allowing tumour cells to grow and spread. In work published today online in the Molecular Cell journal, the team found some chemotherapeutics actually worked through a newly-discovered form of...
  10. Bowel Cancer Symptoms and Treatments- Early Detection is Key

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    Article by Bowel Cancer UK Early detection is key to successfully treating bowel cancer. I have several friends and family members who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer- they have all been successfully treated following early diagnosis.  The over 50s are most affected.  I asked Bowel Cancer UK to explain the symptoms and treatments. 1. What is the bowel? The bowel (also known as the large intestine) is divided into the small bowel (small intestine) and the large bowel (colon and rectum). Nearly all bowel cancers develop in the large bowel. Two-thirds of these are in the colon and one-third in the rectum. Bowel cancer is also referred to as colorectal, colon or rectal cancer. Cancer of the small bowel is rare with only just over 700 people diagnosed in the UK each year. The bowel is part of our...
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