Health news September 2017

Jane Garton / 22 August 2017

The latest medical research and gadgets – on everything from prostate cancer to a new device to ease arthritis.



Ditch the drink to save your brain

Even a couple of glasses of wine a night could affect problem-solving in later life. So says a 30-year Oxford University study. The highest risk was in heavy drinkers, but even moderate tipplers (14-21 units a week) had around a three times higher chance of brain shrinkage than non-drinkers. For advice on how to cut down, visit drinkaware.co.uk

Do you drink more than you think?

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Stretch it out

Prone to the blues? Try hatha yoga. Research in Psychological Medicine found that although participants showed no improvement after a ten-week stint, in a six-month follow-up their depression symptoms had reduced by 50%.

Find a yoga class at bwy.org.uk

Learn more about yoga's health benefits

Buzz off, pain!

Arthritis and backache can be seriously debilitating. Studies show that microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulation could provide a soothing answer. Enter Arc4Health, a portable device that passes electrical currents into the body via self-adhesive electrodes within an arm strap.

Arc4Health £249.99 arc4health.com

10 foods that fight aches and pain

Calling Parkinson’s sufferers

Path Finder, an innovative shoe attachment to help overcome bouts of freezing in Parkinson's disease, is now available to buy. A laser is placed at the front of each foot and projects a green line on the ground in front of the wearer. This provides visual cues to stimulate better gait.

£400 (excluding VAT) from walkwithpath.com/wwp-shop

Find out more about Parkinson's disease

Gen up on jells

Want to take a multi-vitamin to support general health or boost immunity for the colder months ahead, but don't fancy tablets or tinctures?  Enter Alive! Immune Support Soft Jells. They contain 100% or more of the amount of vitamins A, D and B6 you need daily, along with vitamin C and zinc.

From £10.04 for a pack of 60, hollandandbarrett.com or natures-way.com

10 ways to boost your immune system

Glaucoma breakthrough

A pioneering eye test, led by Professor Francesca Cordeiro of the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, could help detect glaucoma before it starts to affect vision and allow earlier treatment. The condition is the second most common cause of visual impairment in the UK, accounting for 9-12% of registrations in people aged 65+. The new test uses a special fluorescent ‘marker’ to reveal cells that are dying.  It’s early days, but watch this space. 

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