August 2018 health news

Patsy Westcott and Jane Garton / 20 July 2018

The latest research, gadgets and tech for good health.

How reminiscing can help a loved one with dementia

Reminiscing is a powerful way to help people with dementia. Take a loved one on a journey through the sonic history of the past century with the BBC’s Reminiscence Archive (RemArch), a website featuring around 1,000 videos and sound clips aimed to trigger memories. Subjects range from a clip from the Goon Show to Spitfires taking off and much more. Visit to listen or download.

10 tips for better dementia caring

Go for a brisk walk

It’s official – it’s not the number of steps you walk that counts but the amount of time spent walking briskly that matters for health says Public Health England. You need to aim for moderate intensity that makes you breathe faster and raises your heat rate.  Two and a half hours a week, or half that amount if doing vigorous activity such as running, should be your goal.

Which is better for you - walking or jogging?

Help for dry eyes

Eyes always watering? Although it may seem strange, it could be due to lack of moisture. Enter Optase Eye Spray. Containing sea buckthorn seed oil, a natural source of omega-7, it strengthens and stabilises the tear film, the hydrating layer on the surface of the eye, which prevents the evaporation of tears and excessively watery eyes. It has also been shown to moisturise and soothe eyelids as well as boost skin elasticity. Optase Eye Spray £15.99 Boots

How diabetes drug could help people with heart problems

Metformin is usually the first line of treatment for Type-2 diabetes. And now it seems could help millions of people living with heart and circulatory problems too. So says research funded by the British Heart Foundation. This found that Metformin could reverse harmful thickening of the left ventricle - the heart's main pumping chamber. It also helped to bring down high blood pressure and reduce bodyweight in patients who had suffered a heart attack.

Pruning help for arthritic hands

Fingers creaky and arthritic?  A pair of power-assisted, cordless secateurs make light work of pruning branches, thick or thin. Weighing just 490g and easy to hold in one hand, this nifty garden tool was a finalist in this year’s RHS Garden Product of the Year competition at Chelsea Flower Show. Bosch EasyPrune £85

Make water taste more interesting

Staying hydrated is vital in summer. But plain water can become dead dull. Bio-synergy Fruit Infuser could be a simple way to change that. Load the special fruit chamber with your favourite fruits and hey presto - flavoured water with no added sugar. Choose from apples, lemons, strawberries, blueberries, whatever. The choice is yours.  Bio-synergy Fruit Infuser £14.99

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