The 1970’s British Cohort Study (BCS70) has tracked the lives of over 17000 people for more than fifty years. Between 2016-2018 researchers from University College London surveyed 8000 of the cohort on current health conditions, measuring blood pressure and diabetes testing. The findings published in BMC Public Health found thirty-four per cent of people had... Continue Reading →
Do you want to eat healthier without restricting certain foods?
Intuitive eating is a mind-body approach to eating that's good for your health. During midlife and menopause, it's common for women to gain weight. For some women, extra weight gain adds to a lifetime of angst about body image; for others, it may be the first time thoughts turn to dieting. But who wants the... Continue Reading →
Does yoga compare with cognitive behavioural therapy for anxious older people?
The following research may be helpful for people struggling with anxious thoughts or low mood in later life. It’s not uncommon to experience anxiety as we get older. Nagging thoughts fearing the worst loop around in our heads. We may withdraw from family and friends, develop sleep difficulties or physical complaints that stop us from... Continue Reading →
Song for Autumn by Mary Oliver
In the deep fall don’t you imagine the leaves think how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of the air and the endless freshets of wind? And don’t you think the trees, especially those with mossy hollows, are beginning to think of the birds that will come – six,... Continue Reading →
Can a quick hug help reduce stress?
A brief hug with a loved one reduces cortisol and helps women face stressful situations, says research. Social forms of touch are used in all cultures and have important functions in everyday life; shaking hands, greeting, demonstrating love and affection, or consoling and soothing. Previous research has found forms of touch such as massage or... Continue Reading →
What can older people do to boost brain function?
Simple physical activity supports cognitive abilities in later life, says study. We know staying in shape as we age is vital for our physical and emotional health. Keeping active also helps our brain to function better. Marissa Gogniat and colleagues from Georgia University designed a study to measure the effect of physical activity on cognitive... Continue Reading →
“ The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall die someday, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.” ~ Richard Dawkins
Does connecting with the natural world have nutritional benefits?
Time spent in the natural world influences what we eat, says study. In our virtual world, nesting in front of computer screens means fewer people are spending time outside disconnecting from nature, and that's bad news for our health. Doctors in some countries are prescribing nature-based therapies to improve the health of their patients and... Continue Reading →
Does the need for specific nutrients drive our food choices?
According to a new study, humans have in-built wisdom, selecting foods containing specific nutrients that benefit health. Whilst other animals have innate intelligence when selecting the right foods to meet their nutritional needs, very little is known about what drives human food choices. Scientists widely believe that human dietary choices evolved to prioritise high energy... Continue Reading →
Are optimists better at avoiding daily stresses?
Optimism doesn't influence how older men deal with negative situations, but it can help avoid everyday stresses, says research. A growing number of scientific studies have found a sunny outlook has benefits beyond enhancing our mood. For example, more optimistic people tend to live longer and experience better health than those with a more pessimistic... Continue Reading →