Ageing & Longevity

How much memory loss is normal with ageing?

Are you finding yourself questioning whether moments of memory loss are normal, or a sign of something more serious? Two experts explain how memory changes as you age.

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We’ve been studying the same people for 76 years – this is what we’ve found out about Alzheimer’s disease

Using cutting-edge imaging and AI technology, a team of researchers have been observing people’s brains, uncovering key insights into how the brain develops with age.

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What are postbiotics and how can they improve our gut health?

Many of us are familiar with probiotics and you might even have heard of prebiotics. But what are postbiotics and what is their role when it comes to gut health?

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Alzheimer’s disease: surprising new theory about what might cause it

In 1906, Alois Alzheimer, a psychiatrist and neuroanatomist, reported “a peculiar severe disease process of the cerebral cortex” to a gathering of psychiatrists in Tübingen, Germany. The case was a 50-year-old woman who suffered from memory loss, delusions, hallucinations, aggression and confusion – all of which worsened until her untimely death five years later.

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Travel therapy: Research reveals why vacations are good for dementia

Home may be where the heart is but it seems travel can (literally) broaden the mind. 

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What’s this ‘longevity’ diet, and will it really make you live longer?

You may have heard about the longevity diet, and its promise of an extended life span – but what exactly is it and is it any different to other diets promoting good health?

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What you can do to support a person living with dementia

Dementia Action Week 2022 is from 19 -25 September. This year’s theme is ‘A little support makes a big difference’.

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Lifting weights once a week linked to reduced risk of premature death – new study

It is well known that aerobic exercise, such as running and cycling, can help you live longer, but less has been known about the effect of lifting weights on longevity. Now, results from a new study suggest that adding weightlifting to your exercise regime, even in later life, is a sensible thing to do if you want to avoid an early death.

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ADHD drug shows promise in treating some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease – new research

The search for a way to treat Alzheimer’s disease has puzzled scientists for decades. This may be why some researchers are shifting their focus slightly, investigating whether treating the systems affected by Alzheimer’s (as opposed to the causes) may better help them find a treatment.

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Headstands and vegetarianism: How Paul McCartney stays fit in old age

Paul McCartney is something of a fitness guru.

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A healthier heart can protect your brain too – 5 lifestyle changes to prevent dementia

When we think of dementia, we often fear a loss of control. But the reassuring news is up to 40% of dementias can be prevented or delayed if we change our health habits.

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A positive attitude to ageing can add 7.5 years to your life

Feeling frail, boring and irrelevant can result in a person dying much younger than if they have a positive outlook to ageing.

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Parkinson’s disease: bad dreams could be an early warning sign – new study

Developing frequent bad dreams or nightmares in older age could be an early warning sign of imminent Parkinson’s disease in otherwise healthy people.

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‘Masked’ cancer drug stealthily trains immune system to kill tumors while sparing healthy tissues, reducing treatment side effects

Many cancer treatments are notoriously savage on the body. Drugs often attack both healthy cells and tumor cells, causing a plethora of side effects.

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Owning a dog could extend your life, says study

Dog ownership could help improve your heart health according to a new study.

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Can science reveal the secrets to a long, happy life?

With life expectancy at record highs, quality of life is more important than ever. Science reveals that staying active and socially connected are just some of the secrets to a long, happy life.

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New Research: Short-sightedness is on the rise in both children and adults

We’ve known for years now that rates of short-sightedness (scientifically known as myopia) are rising globally. Some estimates even suggest that half of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050.

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‘Brain fog’ during menopause is real – it can disrupt women’s work and spark dementia fears

For nearly two-thirds of women, menopause comes with an undesirable change in memory.

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Why it’s still a scientific mystery how some can live past 100 – and how to crack it

A 35-year-old man only has a 1.5% chance of dying in the next ten years. But the same man at 75 has a 45% chance of dying before he reaches 85. Clearly, ageing is bad for our health.

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A grey area no more – can lack of stress un-grey your hair?

Research has revealed how a lack of stress can reverse grey hair.

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How to care for your elderly loved ones during lockdown

Metlifecare’s clinical director, Tanya Bish, shares her tips for caring for elderly loved ones in the coming weeks.

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Tips for managing an autoimmune disease

What is autoimmune disease, why is it on the rise and how can we manage it?

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A guide to detoxing for eczema

A gentle diet could reduce the symptoms of eczema.

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Your 12-Point Health Checklist

Our women’s checklist will help you stay healthy and up-to-date.

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