Health

Health Insights Series: Eye deterioration - the five main causes

By Alan Mushin, December 3, 2015

Our eyes and vision can develop problems as we get older. Here are five of the most common causes.

Cataracts

● This is a clouding of the lens which some people develop in their 40s and others not till their 90s.

If you are told at a routine sight test that you have signs of cataracts, don't worry - it may take years before they reach the stage where surgery is needed.

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Why boredom's my best therapy

By Bonnie Estridge, November 26, 2015

For a man who worked for 10 years in a family business retailing computers and calculators in the 1980s, the leap to becoming a successful specialist in the field of therapies such as Clinical Hypnotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and counselling has been a remarkable one for Michael Cohen.

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Health Insights Series: Why joint exercise is a great way to keep arthritis at bay

By Dr Huw Beynon, November 26, 2015

It was the American comedian George Burns who said: "You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

As a rheumatologist, I would agree: it is not necessarily your chronological age, but your biological age that matters.

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Health Insights Series: Cure hope for Parkinson's sufferers

By Professor Tony Schapira and Dr Stephen Mullin, November 12, 2015

The treatment and understanding of Parkinson's disease have evolved over the past 50 years. But the most important discovery - a drug that slows or stops the progress of the condition, with its symptoms of tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement - has remained elusive.

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New, improved test for Ashkenazi genetic diseases

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

A new method to identify Ashkenazi disease carriers will be significantly more effective than traditional tests, a US genetics company has announced.

Good Start Genetics (GSG), a Massachusetts-based biotechnology firm, said that the new technique was 30 per cent more successful than established methods.

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Terminally ill Jewish woman ends life at Dignitas

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A Jewish mother from Manchester ended her life at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after battling a debilitating illness for almost 20 years.

Rachelle Linz, 50, took a fatal dose of drugs at the assisted suicide clinic in Zurich after saying that the neurological condition had “destroyed everything I loved so much about my life”.

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Health Insights Series: It's time we did more to combat strokes, a disease that kills the brain

By Professor Tony Rudd, October 14, 2015

The term "stroke" is far too gentle a word to describe what can be a devastating disease that kills or maims the patient and can ruin the lives of the carers.

It is also not a term that everyone understands, with surveys still showing that many members of the public confuse stroke with heart attack.

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I broke the fast - and have never been happier

By Charlotte Oliver, September 24, 2015

Last Yom Kippur, I ate more than I had eaten in a very long time. While friends and relatives endured parched mouths and grumbling bellies, I shovelled heaped forkfuls of food down my throat at breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus at three separate snack times that garnished my day’s platter.

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Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

By JC Reporter, August 30, 2015

Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died in New York after a battle with liver cancer.

The London-born academic's 1973 book ‘Awakenings’, about patients who woke up after years spent in a coma, inspired an Oscar-nominated film starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.

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Health Insights Series: We have a diabetes epidemic, but lifestyle changes can combat it

August 6, 2015

Many argue that diabetes is the public health crisis of our time and as the national clinical director for obesity and diabetes at NHS England, I am inclined to agree.

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