March 2018 health news

Jane Garton / 27 February 2018

The latest research, gadgets and tech for good health.

A toothpaste to help relieve dry mouth

A dry mouth caused by medication, nutritional deficiencies, stress and even dehydration can put a real damper on daily life. Enter Biotène, a low-foaming toothpaste designed to relieve symptoms, while helping to protect teeth against decay. (If symptoms persist, seek medical advice to rule out underlying causes such as diabetes.)

Biotène £4.99 or Amazon


Trust me, I’m an online doctor

It can be hard to tell which online healthcare services to trust. But the Care Quality Commission, England’s health and social care quality watchdog, is extending its ratings awards scheme to cover more than 800 new providers – including prescription websites and digital GP apps. This will complement the NHS apps library.

Get carb smart

Watching your carb intake or simply trying to get healthier? Smart’s Retro Electric Spiralizer creates ‘courgetti spaghetti’ in minutes. It also peels other veg in no time. After all, who enjoys preparing spuds?

£49.95 or Amazon

Self-help for back pain

Joints giving you gyp and want to give up the painkillers? A handful of Alexander Technique lessons could be your answer. One study involving NHS patients in Bristol saw more than half stop or reduce their medication after just six lessons. Costing an average £35 a lesson, find out more at

Discover more self-help tips for back pain

Heart beet

Beetroot juice could help keep our hearts healthy as we get older. So says research from Down Under. It found that people who drank a couple of 7 centilitre, nitrate-rich beetroot shots daily had significantly lower blood pressure as well as better blood flow and clotting time. Nitrates are compounds found in beetroot that are converted to a chemical that widens and relaxes blood vessels in the body. Try Beet it beetroot juice from supermarkets.

Love beetroot? You're in luck - we've got lots of brilliant beetroot recipes

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