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Housing Secretary unveils green housing revolution

A new green standard for new build homes will bring an environmental revolution to home building.   A new green standard for new buil...

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Newcastle UNI-Health Programme - A brief summary of the week

This last week we finally enjoyed the second edition of UNI-Health program held in Newcastle University! The topic of this very special...

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UNIHealth: A Personal Perspective - Barbara Douglas

Barbara Douglas of Elders Council of Newcastle participated in two visits to the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid as part of the UNI H...

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Countdown to the UNI Health Newcastle Programme begins!

We’re now just a few days away from the start of Newcastle UNI Health programme week on 30 September. “UNIversity exchange programme cr...

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Type 2 diabetes: losing even a small amount of weight may lower heart disease risk

People with type 2 diabetes are often encouraged to lose weight. And recent studies have shown that losing a lot of weight can reverse ...

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Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim ...

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Anger linked to illness in old age

Not all negative emotions are necessarily bad. In fact, they can direct your behaviour in useful ways. If you’re stuck in traffic and r...

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The grandmother effect suggests that proximity is a factor in family size

The human species is one of the very few, along with orcas and pilot whales, where females cease to be fertile after approximately 45 y...

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Creative arts therapies can help people with dementia socialise and express their grief

People with dementia can flourish and show creativity in ways they, their caregivers and loved ones never thought possible. Under the g...

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Isabel Allende: How to live passionately—no matter your age

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers...

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Why cheese may help control your blood sugar

Mmmm, cheese – a food as nutritious as it is delicious. Or is it? On the one hand, cheese is an excellent source of minerals like calc...

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Longer lifespans are changing the shape of the world’s population pyramid

The world is in the midst of a notable period of demographic transition. Back in the 1960s, global population growth peaked at a 2.1% ...

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Corporations are funding health and nutrition research – here’s why you should be worried

For the health-conscious consumer, it’s hard to keep up with the dizzying array of products on offer. Consumers want unbiased informati...

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How Japan can take the lead with an ageing workforce

Japan, like many countries around the world, faces the transformative effects of Globalization 4.0, as Fourth Industrial Revolution tec...

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Jane Fonda: Life's third act

Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren't just a footnote. Jane Fonda ...

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Newcastle experts lead €6m international trial into rare bone disease

Genetic specialists are spearheading a multi-national study which aims to develop a new treatment for rare bone disease. Experts at Ne...

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Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

A doctor friend – let’s call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of nons...

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Dementia: The greatest health challenge of our time

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our time, the charity Alzheimer's Research UK has warned. Dementia was first described by...

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Susan Pinker: The secret to living longer may be your social life

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why...

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Some bodies contain mysterious variations – here are some examples

Scientists in the UK recently reported that a bone that was thought to be lost to evolution is making a comeback. The little bone, know...

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Dixon Chibanda: Why I train grandmothers to treat depression

Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would nev...

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UK law on medicinal cannabis changed six months ago – what have we learned?

On November 1, 2018, the UK changed the law on medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis products were moved from schedule 1, meaning they...

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Antibiotics: why asking doctors to prescribe fewer is futile

An 85-year-old woman with dementia is admitted to hospital with worsening confusion, new urinary incontinence and constipation. These s...

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Think you should slow down as you get older? Think again!

Muscle strengthening exercises are important for building bone strength and preventing osteoporosis, but new research shows that even j...

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatr...

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Thousands of Londoners hospitalised in three years due to harmful air pollution

We have recently released a new opportunity on VOICE where researchers from Imperial College London are inviting VOICE members to vote ...

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Major study finds no conclusive links to health effects from waste incinerators

Researchers have found no link between exposure to emissions from municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) and infant deaths or reduced foet...

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Let's end Ageism!

It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and...

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Feel like time is flying? Here’s how to slow it down

Sometimes it seems as if life is passing us by. When we are children, time ambles by, with endless car journeys and summer holidays whi...

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Antibiotics: beneficial side effects are starting to come to light

The discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s has contributed to longer and healthier lives, and they are now being used more widely than e...

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Why 30 is not the new 20!

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade....

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To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

New WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age Children under five must spen...

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Uprooted: older people as refugees

  By Hulian Zhang Knowledge Exchange Intern for VOICE In 2017, every day, 44,400 people were forced to leave home countries due to c...

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Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics "trading on hope", the fertility watchdog has warned. Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the...

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Housework could keep brain young, research suggests

Even light activity such as household chores might help to keep the brain young, researchers say, adding to a growing body of evidence ...

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WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions

WHO today released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, table...

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World-leading academics receive highest honour

Two world-leading academics at Newcastle University have been given a prestigious honour for their outstanding work in health research ...

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Have a 'Good Book' suggestion on personal experience of health & care? Add it to our list

To celebrate World Book Day (23 April) this year, staff from the Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) tweeted a list ...

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Calls for bowel cancer screening access for over-74s in Wales

A bowel cancer charity is calling for more older people in Wales to be able to access free screening kits. Currently, only people aged...

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Dietary supplements 'do not help improve health outcomes'

"Taking vitamin supplements does not help you live longer but may actually cause you harm, study suggests," reports the Sun. A US stud...

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8 ways to keep your brain young and stave off mental decline

THE studies are cruelly consistent: by the age of 45, your basic cognitive abilities begin to slip. As we get older, the crucial brain ...

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Electric bikes can boost older people’s mental performance and their well-being

Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the...

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Vacuum cleaner for the brain: doctor’s first-hand account of using groundbreaking stroke treatment

Thrombectomy is a revolutionary stroke treatment where the offending clot is literally sucked out of the patient’s brain. I performed m...

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How our sense of taste changes as we age

Taste is a complex phenomenon. We do not experience the sensation through a single sense (as we would when we see something using our s...

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Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

In 1950, men and women at age 65 could expect to live about 11 years more on average. Today, that number has gone up to 17, and the Un...

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Lab-grown blood vessels given to people who need dialysis

Human blood vessels grown in the lab have successfully been added to circulatory systems in people. The blood vessels are grown from th...

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Ageism may increase people's risk of ill-health, study finds

A quarter of older people in England say they have recently faced ageism, researchers have revealed in a study suggesting discriminatio...

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In Japan, if you're 76 you're biologically 65

People experience the health problems of the average 65-year-old at different ages around the world, with citizens in some countries su...

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NHS dental budget needs reform to meet patients’ needs

Routine scaling and polishing of teeth should be stopped as the NHS dental budget would be better spent elsewhere, experts warn. A stu...

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Uneven access to health services drives life expectancy gaps: WHO

Where women can access health services, maternal deaths decrease, lengthening women’s life expectancy.  In many circumstances, men a...

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Poetry in motion to encourage mobility and drive wellbeing

Moving poetry has hit the road as part of a creative project to promote inclusivity amongst city residents. Co-Motion Poems by Newcas...

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Links with community and business to build a strong chain

The North East Cluster for Healthy Ageing and Independent Living (NE-CHAIN) has won early-stage funding from UK Research and Innovation...

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Even light physical activity has health benefits – new research

Most people probably don’t think of everyday activities – such as hanging out the washing or putting away the groceries – as having an ...

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As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need

The Royal Commission into Aged Care has unleashed a spate of claims of system failure within the residential aged care sector. Now, as...

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Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment."...

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Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

It’s hard to keep up with the message on eggs. Are they good for you or not? In the 1960s, people were told: “Go to work on an egg”. Bu...

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Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says

A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain has warned that a significant proportion of people are at risk of spending later li...

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Health Check: what should our maximum heart rate be during exercise?

You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering...

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The exercise conundrum: sometimes active people put on more weight than couch potatoes – here’s why

Governments are always telling us to eat less and exercise more to be healthier, but this presents an obvious problem. Being active is ...

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Expert in ageing receives damehood

Professor Dame Louise Robinson was recognised at Buckingham Palace for her services to Primary Care and for improving older people's qu...

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Does eating two teaspoons of nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?

Dementia is a cruel disease that robs people of their memory, their judgement and their identity. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and ...

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What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term fo...

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Can sitting less decrease your risk of heart disease?

Too much sitting has long been criticized for contributing to premature mortality, Type 2 diabetes, and a host of other illnesses. In a...

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Countries are spending more on health, but people are still paying too much out of their own pockets

Spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy, accounting for 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). A ...

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Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Last month the aged care minister Ken Wyatt announced he would introduce regulations to address the use of “chemical restraint” in resi...

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How do we save ageing Australians from the heat? Greening our cities is a good start

Heatwaves have killed more Australians than road accidents, fires, floods and all other natural disasters combined. Although recent res...

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A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 91-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The sponta...

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Explainer: what is a home care package and who is eligible?

During the first round of hearings in the aged care royal commission, we heard many Australians would prefer to receive help at home th...

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What our new study reveals about the genetics and biology of suicidal behaviour

More than three quarters of a million people take their own lives every year, to devastating personal, social and economic cost. Recent...

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More visits to the doctor doesn’t mean better care – it’s time for a Medicare shake-up

Over the last 35 years, Medicare has given Australians access to high-quality health care at a reasonable cost. But, despite our justif...

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Understanding body signals could be a key factor in eating disorders

Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we feel tired and nee...

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Education and more awareness campaigns are key to tackling raised blood pressure

Less than half of the population with raised blood pressure are aware they have the condition, says an Imperial expert. Professor Neil...

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Why the meat industry could win big from the switch to veggie lifestyles

One of the largest meat processors in the UK, supplying supermarkets across the country with beef, pork, and lamb, has launched a plant...

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Researcher urges food industry to reduce salt in food

The food industry must do more to lower the amount of salt in their products in order to tackle high blood pressure, says an Imperial e...

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Younger adults with inflammatory disease at greater risk of anxiety and depression – new study

The often painful and stigmatising nature of chronic inflammatory disorders, such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, can take a tol...

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Weight loss puts Type 2 diabetes into remission for at least two years

More than a third of people with Type 2 diabetes who took part in a weight management programme delivered by the NHS through GP surgeri...

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Her burden to bear – women, aging, and depression

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You are speaking to someone, who says “this is just the way it is”, or “I didn’t have a choice”, or pe...

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Making Conversations Count Newcastle University is improving communication between people with dementia and their loved ones

An estimated 50 million people around the world are living with dementia. Caused by a breakdown of the connections in the brain, dement...

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Newcastle University's findings could benefit millions of people across the globe

The World Health Organization estimates that, in just over a decade, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. As ...

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As pharmaceutical use continues to rise, side effects are becoming a costly health issue

The use of pharmaceuticals is on the rise and, globally, the expenses for drugs are projected to reach US$1.5 trillion by 2021. The ag...

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A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

Loneliness affects people of all ages, young as much as old. It’s now seen as so serious it’s classified as a public health problem. It...

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Health Check: do we really need to take 10,000 steps a day?

Regular walking produces many health benefits, including reducing our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression. Best of a...

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Vegan or Mediterranean diet – which is better for heart health?

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for more than 30% of the total number of deaths worldwide, and every year more people are being d...

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I had whooping cough as a GP trainee – the experience informed my academic work and clinical practice

During my first year of training to be a GP, I developed a dry cough. I coughed in fits and at the end of a fit, I felt sick. It interr...

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Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being – new study

It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it mi...

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Tackling the obesity crisis by shrinking fish and chips

A smaller portion of fish and chips has been embraced by takeaway owners and customers, research has found and may well be healthier fo...

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Physical restraint doesn’t protect patients – there are better alternatives

It’s an uncomfortable image to consider: an elderly person – perhaps somebody you know – physically restrained. Maybe an aged care resi...

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Rethinking Health, Wellness & Aging in America Today

This fun, informative and engaging talk presents a crash-course in health living via a Blue Zone lifestyle. Listeners are challenge...

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Alzheimer’s is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today, might ...

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Northern millennials less likely to live into their 50s than their southern English counterparts

There is a stark disparity in wealth and health between people in the north and south of England, commonly referred to as England’s “no...

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How to mend broken hearts

Dr Richard Jabbour’s mission is to fix broken hearts. But he doesn’t dispense relationship advice or provide a shoulder to cry on – ...

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So you went vegan in January – now what?

Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan i...

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Skype hospital appointments are coming – but don’t hold your breath

The NHS published in January its long-term plan in which it promised to redesign services so that, by 2024, up to a third of hospital o...

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9 things I have learnt about Public Involvement – A service user’s perspective.

Originally published 4 January 2019 on the NIHR Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) Blog.   I am a recent mature g...

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