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Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?
We have no control over our status at birth. Does this dictate our lives or can we change our status? If so, does this improve our health prospects and our life expectancy?
How big a challenge is dementia across the world? How can we improve diagnosis? What research is taking place into possible treatments? What psychological therapies might help? How can we improve hospital treatment and care? What is best practice in end of life care?
An important way of aiding the memory of someone with dementia is through communication. Here are a number of therapies which can be used as an alternative to or alongside medication:
We need fat in our diet. It is a source of energy. It helps the body absorb some of the nutrients we need. And it provides some essential fatty acids (fats) that the body can’t make itself. But which fat is good for us - and which fat isn't?
Can assistive technology help people with memory problems and their carers? ‘Assistive technology’ has been produced especially to ensure that day-to-day life is safe as possible for someone living with dementia.
‘Extremely cold weather increases mortality and poses a high health risk to many, particularly children and elderly, homeless or intoxicated people.’ World Health Organisation.
One in eight deaths in the UK is linked to diseases of the gut, liver and pancreas. CORE is a medical charity devoted to tackling these conditions. Here are some insights from CORE’s November 2013 Science of Digestion conference.
Nearly 50% of older adults complain of sleeping problems. These include difficulties in getting to sleep, waking up at different times during the night and waking up too early in the morning. Over 5 million prescriptions for sleeping tablets are issued each year in the UK to the over 65's!
Regional Diets - Like the Japanese, Mediterranean and Nordic. Do they have health benefits? What are the similarities and differences?
Might there be health benefits, as well as practical benefits, to learning new skills?
Frequent cognitive activity in old age has been associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease – do we know yet why this is?
Our bodies change as we get older – do our brains? If so, is there anything we can do to compensate? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
Skin changes are amongst the most visible signs of ageing - with wrinkling, sagging and "liver spots". What causes these changes? Is there anything we can do to delay them?
What is the Nordic Diet? How does it compare with the Mediterranean Diet? Is it easy to follow outside Scandinavia?
Obesity carries serious health risks. So what can we do to combat obesity – and how important are exercise and diet?
We know too much salt is bad for our health. But what is too much? And how can we reduce our salt intake?
What is stress? Can too much stress make us ill? Might some stress actually keep us healthy?
What does the Mediterranean Diet consist of? Why is it important? Is it the diet or is it the climate? Are there any adverse side effects?
What are the main causes of ill health? Are they preventable? And which countries have the best record for healthy life expectancy?
People seem to live longer in some parts of the world than others. So why are they living longer and what can we learn from them?
We know that people in Japan live longer. How important is diet? Has the introduction of more Western Diets affected Japanese health and longevity? How easy is it to adopt a Japanese Diet if we live in the UK or the US?
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