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Blueberries

B is for blueberries

Although blueberries are available all year round, if you’re conscious of your carbon footprint, you will go for European-grown berries which are available mainly in late summer and early autumn,  writes Dr Susan Aldridge, guest blogger, who is a freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. […]

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Organic farming is sustainable

Denmark wants to go 100% organic and is planning to turn over vast swathes of land to organic farming. Bhutan (with a population of fewer than 1 million) is also on the same path, banning the use of pesticides.   Why choose organic? Buying organic is more expensive so why would anyone want to do […]

Superfoods or balanced diet

Superfoods or balanced diet?

Diet is the most important factor in maintaining a healthy and long lasting life. A balanced diet is essential to reduce the chance of illness, obesity, and diabetes. A healthy diet benefits you in all aspects of your life from home to work. Yet not all foods are equal in their nutritional benefits. But are […]

SAGE

At home test proves beneficial in Alzheimer’s detection

A team of researchers of the Ohio State University has recently offered up an alternative to comprehensive cognitive testing with the Self-administered Gerocognitive Exam, now known as SAGE. The SAGE test was specifically designed to detect early signs of cognitive impairment, like those inherent to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as a tool in fighting the […]

nectarines

N is for nectarines

When I was a child, Peach Melba was always a favourite family dessert, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, guest blogger, who is a freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. I’ve retained a fondness for the combination of peaches and raspberries. Nectarines are, in fact, smooth-skinned peaches, […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Women’s Health

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Cystitis tips

One in three women get cystitis in their lives and some get recurrent attacks, but doctors can only provide antibiotics as a solution. There are plenty of ways of trying to prevent it and natural solutions when you’ve got it.  At its worst cystitis can be excruciating.There are a number of symptoms and some can […]

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Therapies for pregnancy, labour and afterwards

Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy  ‘If a pregnant women is suffering from a debilitating condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, excessive swelling, or severe back ache they are referred to the complementary therapy team for reflexology, massage, aromatherapy and shiatsu massage,’ according to Wendy Gadsden, midwife specialist and complementary therapists co-ordinator at the Barratt Maternity Home […]

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Early menopause on the increase

‘A leading women’s health expert, Dr Marilyn Glenville, claims that more and more women are having an early menopause – before 40 and sometimes in their 20s.  The normal age for ceasing periods is between 45 and 55 with an average of 50 years old. ‘The numbers are increasing and now around one in 20 […]

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Sleep tight

Almost of half of women in the UK don’t get a good night’s sleep.*  Sleep is a very precious thing and we only think about its quality when we aren’t getting enough. A key reason for not sleeping well is worrying. It keeps the brain whizzing round and round at night, while all we want […]

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Coping with menopause without HRT

It can start in  your early 40’s (or even before) or you may be 50 or even 60. Some people sail through the menopause, particularly those women in the far east who eat a lot of soya. While HRT is very popular it has been found to increase the likelihood of both breast cancer and […]