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BBC reports 7 portions of fruit and veg "saves life"

Is eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day healthier than the minimum five currently recommended and likely to help you live longer? 

Retirement - Good or Bad for You? 

Can WHEN and WHY we retire affect our health? If so, what happens AFTER we retire? Is retirement likely to be good or bad for our health?    

Is Status a Key to Longevity?

Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?  

Is Status a Life Sentence?

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?

Dementias 2014

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?

Therapeutic Memory Aids for Dementia 

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: 

Good Fats and Bad Fats? 

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?

Memory Aids for Dementia 

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.

What can we do to get a good night's sleep?   

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?

Why is it good to keep stretching our brains? 

Might there be health benefits, as well as practical benefits, to learning new skills?  

Are active brains more resistant to dementia?  

Frequent cognitive activity in old age has been associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease – do we know yet why this is?   

What happens to our brains as we get older? 

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 Ageing - What can we do about it? 

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?   

Preventing Obesity                                 Obesity - Causes and Consequences 

Obesity carries serious health risks. So what can we do to combat obesity – and how important are exercise and diet? 

Spare the Salt                                          Too much Salt? 

We know too much salt is bad for our health. But what is too much? And how can we reduce our salt intake? 

Stress and Health                Stress and Gender                 Stress and Coping

What is stress? Can too much stress make us ill? Might some stress actually keep us healthy?

 

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