July 2018 health news

Patsy Westcott and Jane Garton / 21 June 2018

The latest research, gadgets and tech for good health.

White coat syndrome…?

Blood pressure (BP) shoot up at the sight of a doctor with a monitor? It could be ‘white coat hypertension’. According to a Spanish study, these spikes could herald serious cardiovascular problems. And one-off readings by the GP can underestimate BP by up to 50%. Home blood pressure monitoring gives a truer picture of artery health. For more on high blood pressure, visit bloodpressureuk.org.

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Oral health after a heart attack

Brushing up oral hygiene could help recovery after a heart attack, according to a recent cardiology congress. The bacteria that cause gum disease produce an enzyme that can slow down blood vessel repair (at least in mice). So brush and floss your teeth twice a day – and visit the hygienist.

How oral health affects both body and brain

Multi-purpose glasses

Imagine having one pair of glasses that deliver perfect vision whatever close work you’re doing. Enter Eyejusters. With the turn of two dials hidden behind the frame, you can switch focus according to your task. They won’t correct distance vision, though. Available in 14 styles (+0.50 to +4.00 strength). From £69, eyejusters.com. Do check with your optometrist, however, if you have a complex prescription.

Fitness for both body and brain

Struggle with those tip-of-the-tongue moments –when you can’t quite remember the name of a book you’ve just read or TV programme you watched? Amping up your fitness routine could be the answer.  So says research published in the journal Nature, which found that being fitter helps protect against language decline as we age. Another good reason to lace up those trainers.

Five ways to supercharge your memory

Keep moving to live longer

It’s long been thought that moderate to vigorous activity is the best way to improve health and boost longevity. But now research suggests that doubling the amount of even light activity can cut the risk of premature death by almost 30%. What’s more getting up and moving a bit, for example taking a slow walk, can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, aka cardio-metabolic disease. The message? Move more at any intensity – the more the better. Good news, if you find it hard to get seriously hot and sweaty. 

Two minutes activity an hour to improve your health

Why women need to keep eating their greens

It makes a change to read something about Brussels that doesn’t relate to Brexit. We’re talking Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veg – think broccoli, cauli and cabbage – which according to new research are especially good for women’s heart health. The research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that women aged 70+ who ate the most cruciferous veg had thinner artery walls than those who ate fewer. Thickened artery walls (atherosclerosis) are an underlying cause of heart disease and stroke.

Superfoods for women over 50

A driving service for faraway relatives

‘We’re family when the family can’t be there.’ That’s the slogan of Driving Miss Daisy (drivingmissdaisy.co.uk), a community companion driving service inspired by the film of the same name, starring Morgan Freeman as chauffeur to a stubborn Southern matron. Known affectionately as ‘Daisies’, all drivers are qualified first aiders and are currently doing dementia and Alzheimer’s awareness courses. Journeys are individually priced and vary from area to area.

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