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Most Recent Entries

Apr 19, 2016

facial exercises

facial exercises

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Apr 19, 2016

osteoporosis prevention

This page on osteoporosis prevention is part of a whole section on age-well.org devoted to osteoporosis, signs and symptom, prevention as well tips on how to live with the disease

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Apr 11, 2016

Eye Care as we Age

You only have one pair of eyes - learn how to keep your eyes in good health for the rest of your life, with links to age-related eye disease and how to recognize, treat and prevent it.

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Apr 11, 2016

Useful Overview vitamins - A to Z

Overview Vitamins from A to Z, with links to more in-depth information on specific vitamins

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Apr 11, 2016

Stay well - Preventing Age-related diseases

Stay well by following our advice on the prevention of age-related diseases

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Apr 11, 2016

stress management and relaxation

stress management and relaxation tips

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Apr 11, 2016

Healthy Meals to Age Well

Do you want to know how to eat healthy meals to age well - all about healthy eating, nutrition, vitamins, minerals, fiber, calories - everything you ever wanted to know about healthy eating

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Apr 11, 2016

acupuncture for lumbago and other types of pain

Acupuncture for lumbago -The use of acupuncture in the treatment of lumbago and lower back pain

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Apr 11, 2016

Looking After Your Back

Looking after your back to prevent back problems as you age and keep your spine in good order

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Apr 11, 2016

Anti-aging-developments, June 2013

Anti-aging developments - June-2012

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Nov 24, 2015

I love your site

I just love your site. Use it constantly

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Sep 23, 2015

Tuna Salade Surprise

Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 6 1/2 oz cans of light tuna, drained 1/4 cup finely diced celery 3 TBS chopped walnuts 3

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Feb 16, 2015

prevent falls as You Age

prevent falls as you age, accident prevention and preventing breaking bones as you age

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Jan 28, 2015

Eat Well Forum

Visit our eat-well forum if you want healthy meal recipes to help you age well - share your healthy recipes and get new dishes here

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Nov 18, 2014

Healthy Tostadas

Ingredients 8 corn tostada shells 2 cups sliced mushrooms, button or crimini 1 cup onion, diced ½ teaspoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil

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Nov 18, 2014

Healthy Tostadas

Ingredients 8 corn tostada shells 2 cups sliced mushrooms, button or crimini 1 cup onion, diced ½ teaspoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 14oz.

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Nov 18, 2014

Ginger Pumpkin Bisque

This soup is spiced up with ginger root and many other herbs and spices including cinnamon. Both ginger and cinnamon are known to help prevent memory loss

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Oct 28, 2014

Healthy Mediterranean Shrimp Casserole

• 2 cups, whole wheat penne pasta • 3 cloves organic garlic, crushe • 1-1/4 lbs. organic plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped • 1/3 cup white wine • 5

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Oct 23, 2014

Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS for two loaves of bread 1/2 cup dairy-free margarine 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana 3 tablespoons water 2

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Oct 23, 2014

Banana Bread

Ingredients 2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup of sugar (can easily use 3/4 cup, or drop it down to 1/2 cup if you want it less

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Apr 10, 2014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

ngredients: 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups water 1/4 cup red onion, diced 1/2 - 3/4 lemon, squeezed 1/4 cup (about 10) kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

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Mar 06, 2014

How to cook quinoa

Easy recipe for cooking quinoa

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Mar 05, 2014

Quinoa - Superfood by excellence

Quinoa or promoted by United Nations, UN Year 2013

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Mar 05, 2014

Apple and Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Special

NGREDIENTS 1/4 cup red quinoa 1/4 cup steel-cut oats 1/2 cup almond milk, plus more for serving 1 pinch kosher salt 1 pinch ground

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Mar 05, 2014

Healthy Quinoa with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS 1 cup quinoa 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups water 1 cup canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained 1 tomato, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced

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Mar 05, 2014

Vitello tonnato

In English - Veal with a tuna sauce Ingredients 500 gr of veal loin 3 dl dry white wine 1 bay leaf 2 sage leaves 1 tablespoon olive oil Battuto:

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Dec 20, 2013

amazon xmas gateway on age-well.org

Amazon Christmas Gateway on age-well.org

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Dec 20, 2013

Colds and Flu

Colds and Flue - Prevention

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Dec 18, 2013

Anti-aging discoveries

Anti-aging discoveries - longevity, and anti-ageing research, new breakthroughs in the field of anti-aging research

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Aug 28, 2013

stress management,

stress management

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Aug 28, 2013

Piriformis syndrome, the lesser known cause of sciatica

Piriformis syndrome what it is and how to cure it

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Aug 18, 2013

The Digestive System

the digestive system

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Aug 07, 2013

What is Sarcopenia

What is Sarcopenia and how can we prevent and treat this age-related condition?

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Jul 13, 2013

New treatment for high blood pressure

A new minimally invasive procedure is now available to treat high blood pressure. A device that resembles a paper clip is implanted into the patient’s thigh through a thin flexible catheter that is inserted into the femoral artery under local anesthetic. The device, called the ROY Coupler is inserted through the artery wall and the wall of the adjacent vein in the groin in order to allow blood to pass between the two blood vessels. This lowers the resistance of the flow in these vessels and is hoped, that by doing it will lower the patient’s blood pressure.

The procedure, which takes 40 minutes, could offer hope to thousands with hypertension, who do not respond to drugs to control their condition. It is being tested at the Bart’s Hypertension Clinic, part of the Bart’s Health NHS Trust.

Blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries that keeps blood flowing from the heart to the rest of the body. Narrowing of the arteries or arteriosclerosis increases the resistance to blood flow, which increases blood pressure and strains the heart. Treatment includes changes in life style, limiting alcohol and salt and exercise. There are many medications available but often high blood pressure does not respond to these drugs and many live in fear of a stroke or heart attack as a result. ‘Around 750,000 people in the UK have resistant hypertension, meaning at least three different medications have failed to control it,’ says Dr Lobo, Director of Bart’s Hypertension Clinic.

Until recently there have been no alternative treatments.

If you would like to enroll in the trial of the device, email whri-clinical-trials@qmul.ac.uk.

(Source: various articles in the Daily Mail, UK)

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Jul 04, 2013

Anti-aging-developments, July-2013

Anti-aging-developments from July-201, including new DNA test for post natal depression (PND)

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Jul 04, 2013

B Vitamins Shown to Slow Cognitive Decline

Research has shown that high doses of B Vitamins may dramatically slow cognitive decline in elderly patients. This appears to indicate that vitamin supplements may be the key to curbing the onset of Alzheimer's disease by slowing down deterioration in the medial temporal lobe, which is the part of the brain that shrinks causing the cognitive decline in this type of dementia.

A team of researchers from Oxford University (UK) led by Gwenaelle Douaud, conducted a two-year trial on a small group of elderly patients in which supplements of vitamins B12 and B6 and folic acid were given to half the group and a placebo was given to the control group, They observed that the brain degeneration in those receiving the vitamins was considerably less than those who did not. The most important observation was that the rate of decline of plasma homocysteine levels was 29 per cent less in the group receiving supplements.

Because the trial numbers were so small the results are not conclusive and the authors emphasize that "further B-vitamin supplementation trials focusing on elderly subjects with high homocysteine levels are warranted to see if progression to dementia can be prevented."

(Source: World-health.net, Longevity Magazine)

Jul 03, 2013

New Blood Test for Post-natal Depression

A new DNA test has just become available which can detect whether or not a woman has genes which make it more likely for her to develop post natal depression or (also known as post-partum depression).

The simple and inexpensive blood test could help doctors identify which women are at risk and help to treat the condition even before babies are born in mothers who have the genetic variation.

A team at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and Warwick Medical School led by Professor Dimitris Grammatopoulos, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, uncovered evidence of a predisposition to post-natal depression in DNA.

This predisposition is caused by variants in the genes of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is believed to regulated stress.

Professor Grammatopoulos emphasise that PND is a complex condition influenced by many environmental factors such as the woman's financial situation and support network. But says that the research shows the ‘baby blues’ and has a strong genetic component.

“This discovery has the potential to revolutionize our care for expectant mothers by screening them before the devastating symptoms of PND set in” he states.

He has contributed a paper on the findings of his team in 'Journal of Psychiatric Research'.

Previous studies have identified multiple molecular signatures linked to depression.

Hopefully, this new research and the resulting blood test, will not only help mothers and their families, but also lead to further understanding of all types of depression and help in the treatment and prevention of this debilitating condition.

(BBC News, Yorkshire Post, July 1, 2013)

Jun 28, 2013

Women at Risk in the UK to get Breast Cancer Drug

Women with a family history of breast cancer are soon to be given a daily pill to prevent the disease, according to a recent report in the UK Daily Mail.

Health Editor, Jo Wiley reports that up to half a million women will receive either tamoxifen or raloxifene which could cut their chances of developing the life-threatening disease dramatically.

The move comes after new guidelines were issued by the National Health Service watchdog National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The CEO of Breast Cancer Campaign, Baroness Delyth Morgan is reported as saying that this was a truly historic moment in the treatment of women at increased risk of breast cancer.

The cost is reported as less that 7 pence a day per patient and the move was described as a "game changer" by experts in the medical profession. The treatment is already being prescribed for women after treatment for breast cancer to prevent the disease from returning.

However, while it can save lives, the new treatment is not without side effects. As the drugs inhibit the production of oestrogen, they mimic the effects of the menopause, causing hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness, and other conditions which effect women during menopause, including an increased risk of developing post menopause depression and osteoporosis. This poses a dilemma for women who have been prescribed the drug as a preventative measure and some experts believe this is too high a price to pay for a healthy woman who may never contract the disease.

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Jun 18, 2013

Red Wine Helps Achieve a Healthy Gut

Did you know that drinking red wine in moderation (1 to 2 glasses daily) is good for you? You might have heard that the antioxidants and resveratrol‎ in red wine are anti-aging, but did you know that it can also have a beneficial effect on your gut.

Mike Geary from TruthAboutAbs writes in a recent issue of Lean-Body Secrets Ezine about a recent study (published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:1323-1334). This study found that drinking 2 glasses of dry red wine per day can increase the level of beneficial bacteria and lower the level of harmful bacteria in the gut. This will help digestion, immunity, metabolism and skin health. The study also found that red wine decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and CRP (C-reactive protein) LDL and triglycerides. CRP indicates the overall inflammation in your body, so it appears that red wine reduces inflammation when drunk in moderation.

The polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine are responsible for the beneficial effects, according to the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but there also appears to be a a synergistic effect of the alcohol and other compounds in red wine as a control group consuming de-alcoholised red wine did not have as much decrease in their hypertension as those who were drinking the alcoholic version.

Mike suggests wines like Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir or Shiraz as good choices because of their high content of polyphenols and resveratrol and notes that, while white wine share some of the health benefits, it is not nearly as powerful as red wine due to the lower antioxidant levels.

Red wine has a beneficial effect when consumed with a meal because it controls the blood sugar levels which result from eating, helping to keep hormones balanced, control insulin levels and the appetite, thereby protecting against obesity.

Cheers!

Jun 17, 2013

Improve Outcomes in Public Health

A conference with the theme Working together to improve outcomes will be held on 2nd October 2013, The Barbican, London.

The organizers of this event believe that following recent public health reforms local authorities must play a leading role in improving the health of their communities

Newly formed health and well-being boards are expected to coordinate local strategies that improve people's health and lead to more positive outcomes

They are hoping to attract people who want to improve the health of local communities and reduce inequalities in health care by delivering innovative approaches.

Confirmed speakers include:

Tim Baxter
Head of Public Health Development
Department of Health

Dr Janet AthertonPresident, Association of Directors of Public Health

Simon GillespieChief Executive, British Heart Foundation

David HerneDeputy Director of Public Health, NHS Salford

Subjects to be discussed on the day include:

Improving Public Health Outcomes: Developing integrated and locally tailored solutions

Tackling health inequalities – What progress since the Marmot Review?Meeting complex needs, tackling local problems

Local action: Tackling obesity and related conditions

Alcohol-related harm

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Jun 15, 2013

Longevity and Anti-Aging Strategies

longevity strategies and anti-aging therepies, treatements and techniques

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Jun 15, 2013

The Aging Process Explained

The aging process is natural and can be slowed down if you know how - this site will give you the key to longevity

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Jun 15, 2013

Weight Loss Tips

Weight loss tips - lose weight gradually by learning how to eat healthily, exercising regularly, and leading a balanced life in order to avoid obesity and age well.

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Jun 15, 2013

Disease Prevention Links

Disease prevention links - sites about prevention of age-related conditions

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Jun 15, 2013

Disease Prevention, Prevent Age-related disease

Disease Prevention - How to prevent age-related diseases

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Jun 14, 2013

Prevent Presbycusis

Prevent Presbycusis

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Jun 14, 2013

alcoholic liver disease is one danger of alchohol dependence,

Alcoholic Liver Disease: Too much alcohol can lead to three types of liver condition ; fatty liver, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. Stem cell treatment offers new hope to patients.

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Jun 14, 2013

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia, Alzheimer's and other forms

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Jun 14, 2013

Arteriosclerosis Prevention or Prevention of Hardening of the Arteries

How to prevent and treat Arterioslerosis or hardening of the arteries

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