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Putting the ‘can’ into beating cancer, one step at a time

Do you want to stick your middle finger up at cancer? If so, you are not alone. 

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How Rufus the dog puts marathon pair through paces

Team Run For It are preparing to run the London Marathon to raise money for dementia sufferers.   After months of rigourous preparation with “personal trainer” Rufus, an Irish setter who accompanies 52-year-old Stephanie Atkinson of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and her daughter Emily on weekly runs, the duo are ready to take on London. The […]

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Putting the fun into fitness

It’s no surprise that exercise is important, but how can we keep it interesting? Belly-dancing is the answer, claims Maureen Paton, who shares with us its bountiful benefits I came very late to the idea of exercise, having ignored it for decades until I reached an ‘interesting’ age and realised I urgently needed some elder-exercise […]

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It’s good to talk

The health risks associated with being alone, such as depression and Alzheimer’s, are serious and must be tackled head-on Loneliness is bad for your health. Researchers from across 150 separate studies have shown that loneliness is as good an indicator of early mortality as lifelong smoking or obesity. An extensive study by academics in the […]

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Lacking energy? Get a vitamin B boost

Aid stamina and fight off fatigue by eating more dairy, meat and fish With so many exciting sporting events this summer, more and more of us may be getting inspired to increase our own activity levels. For those looking for ways to support their energy levels and stamina, a healthy balanced diet is an important […]

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Too old to break a taboo?

Are you fired up by Fifty Shades and fancy a different way to stay fit? Belly-dancing is the answer, claims Maureen Paton, who shares with us its bountiful benefits I came very late to the idea of exercise, having ignored it for decades until I reached an ‘interesting’ age and realised I urgently needed it. […]

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Society’s ethical dilemma

The high court denied a man suffering from locked-in syndrome the right to die, bringing back to the fore the euthanasia debate The tragic case of Tony Nicklinson has thrust the ethical dilemma of euthanasia back into the limelight. Nicklinson, 58, died from natural causes last week after losing a High Court battle to be […]

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It’s time to update the care system

Policy makers so far haven’t put adult social care anywhere near the top of the agenda and the older generation’s patience is running out. A whole year has passed since Andrew Dilnot published his detailed report on social care funding but ministers have finally responded. Last week, the white paper on tackling the care crisis […]

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To boldly go where no man has gone before

Real men don’t relax, so your intrepid correspondent approached a stay at Champneys with healthy scepticism… but left with a healthier body – and mind. I’m a man, and men don’t relax. We sleep, get over-excited and get tense. Sometimes (women can’t do this) we do all three at once. So when they said “Have […]

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Staying off the statins?

This month our health column explores a plant-based option for keeping cholesterol levels under control Statins are a prescription medication used to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is critical to the function of every cell within the body; however it can also contribute to the development of blocked arteries, reducing the […]

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