December 2018 health news

Patsy Westcott and Jane Garton / 26 November 2018

The innovations, research and products you need to stay in good health.



Music to our ears 

Unforgettable.org is a treasure trove of products and gifts for people with memory loss, dexterity problems and more, plus support and advice for carers. Readers get 20% discount on a simple, stylish Music Player and Digital Radio (so just £76.79 rather than £95.99). Quote code SAGA20 at checkout.

All the world’s a stage

Thumbs up to the National Theatre for its pioneering smart caption glasses for people with hearing loss. Captions are projected in real time onto the lenses of the glasses, which can be worn over specs. Planning a trip to the NT? Visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/smartglasses to book your pair.

Floss before you brush

Brush before you floss? Do your oral health a favour and switch it round. A new study reported by the Oral Health Foundation shows flossing before brushing loosens bacteria and food debris, enabling brushing to be more effective in banishing plaque.

Share stories and connect with others

Bury your head in a book. Reading Friends a new launch from the Reading Agency is designed to encourage us to share stories in groups or one-to-one. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, it’s great way to connect with others.

What day is it again?

You’ll never have to ask that question again with a 2-in-1 Calendar & Day Clock. It shows the exact time, day and date or just the day, plus if it’s morning, afternoon, evening or night. Perfect for anyone who is a bit forgetful, has vision problems or dementia. £37.49 from unforgettable.org

The health benefits of organic food

People who put organic food on the menu most often have a 25% lower risk of several cancers than those who do so the least. So says a study of almost 70,000 French men and women reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.  It’s not known exactly why, but, as well as avoiding pesticides, organic food eaters tend to eat more healthily as well as being more active than non-organic eaters. Watch this space.

Easy as 1-2-3

The path to a healthier lifestyle starts with one small change. That’s the message of The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Here’s how to take the first steps:

  1. Find a trigger. Choose something you do every day like brushing your teeth
  2. Establish a new habit – a step at a time. if you want to do squats, for example, do oneevery time you brush your teeth
  3. Celebrate your achievement. Reward yourself every time you do it and share your success with friends.

Visit bslm.org.uk/1change/ or enter #CHANGE on Twitter and pledge to change just one thing in your life.

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