• Vitamin D levels fall in winter and as we age

    Vitamin D levels fall in winter and as we age

    It’s a bit of a quandary – too much sun causes skin cancer, but not enough means inadequate Vitamin D. How do we make sure we are getting enough, why is Vitamin D so important and how do our needs change as we age? Vitamin D is found in small amounts in the diet, the

  • Cold and Flu – Facts or Fiction?

    Cold and Flu – Facts or Fiction?

    Old wives tales and urban myths abound around the treatment of colds and flus. How do you sort out the facts from all the fiction? Sneezing and coughing is the only way infection is spread Fiction: Breathing in the expelled droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze will certainly expose you to the virus

  • ACHING JOINTS

    ACHING JOINTS

    Do you feel your joints more in the cold? As the temperature drops, many people find that their arthritis becomes more painful. Movement becomes harder due to the shorter, colder days and this just makes things worse. Here are some tips for helping painful joints: Anti-inflammatory medicines such as Celebrex (on prescription from your doctor),

  • HEAD LICE – HOW TO GET RID OF THEM

    HEAD LICE – HOW TO GET RID OF THEM

    Nits invade the peace of every young family at some point. They are tiny blood-sucking parasites and they don’t discriminate between dirty or clean hair. Nits don’t have wings or knees so they cannot fly or jump – only crawl. They breed at an amazingly fast rate. Once the eggs are laid, they hatch within

  • FAT AT 50 MEANS SICK AT 70

    FAT AT 50 MEANS SICK AT 70

    Carrying extra weight in your mid-life years means you are more likely to have major chronic disease and physical and cognitive limitations by the time you reach your 70s, according to results published in the British Medical Journal. Long-term research known as the Nurses Health Study showed that every one-unit increase of BMI in mid-life