Sunday, 16 Dec 2018
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Adopting Mediterranean diet in old age can prolong life, study suggests

People aged 65 or older who adhere to diet rich in fish, nuts and fresh vegetables have 25% lower risk of death, study finds It’s been touted as the recipe for a healthy life, preventing all manner of ills. Now researchers say a Mediterranean diet still offers benefits in older age and could reduce the […]

New treatment for severe asthma cases gets go-ahead for use in NHS

Nice approves use of bronchial thermoplasty, which will help asthmatics who do not respond to drugs Tens of thousands of sufferers from the most serious form of asthma will be able to have a new treatment that experts believe reduces the risk of them ending up in hospital or dying. The National Institute for Health […]

Social care needs for over-85s predicted to double in next 20 years

Research suggests explosion in social care assistance for Britain’s ageing population The number of people in the UK aged 85 or older who require round-the-clock help to eat, dress, wash and go to the toilet will almost double over the next 20 years, research has suggested, highlighting the explosion in social care needs. Related: Adult […]

NHS bosses urge hospitals to send patients to private firms

Warning that announcement from NHS England will waste scarce funding and prompt private providers to increase prices NHS bosses have urged hospitals to send patients to be treated by private healthcare firms in a bid to reduce the increasing number of patients waiting for planned operations. The move has sparked claims that it will waste […]

We must tackle the problems faced by young people in our society | Letters

Jessica Southgate on the mental health crisis among young women and girls, Mike Stein on the plight of young people generally, and Michael Heaton on the use of photographs that aggravate the problems of self-image among girls It is extremely concerning, but unfortunately not surprising, that so many girls are self-harming (Report, 29 August). This […]

The rock star whisperer: how one woman helps A-list musicians survive

Kathryn Frazier spent much of her career raising the profiles of clients like Migos and Daft Punk through publicity but now as a life coach she also helps artists stay on an even keel In the last 15 months, the suicides of Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington and Avicii have reinforced the notion that talent, success, […]

Why modern medicine is a major threat to public health | Aseem Malhotra

Most patients will derive no health improvement from medication. We should tackle the root causes of disease instead When former airline pilot Tony Royle came to see me last year to seek reassurance that it was OK to participate in an Ironman event, having stopped all his medications 18 months after suffering a heart attack, […]

Government to ban energy drink sales to children in England

Move follows health concerns about heavily caffeinated and sugared drinks Ministers will ban the sale of Red Bull, Monster Energy and other energy drinks to children in England amid growing concern about the impact that the high-caffeine, high-sugar drinks are having on young people’s health. A consultation on how to implement the proposed ban will […]