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Marathon on Your Mind? Why Running Can Protect Your Brain

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

We're shifting our attention to how exercise in your earlier years may impact your thinking skills later in life. The evidence so far suggests that exercise may have a role to play at every stage of mental development and preservation - from young adulthood through to your elderly years.

Weaning the World Off Salt

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Eating habits in childhood influence eating patterns in later life. Liking the taste of salty food is actually a learned taste preference. Therefore, those who eat little salt taste the natural flavours of food a lot more than those who have a lot of salt. The current focus is wrong.

A Change of Heart for Valentine's Day

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Vast majority of people are consuming much more sugar than they should be. And it could be having a silent but deadly long-term effect on your health. I'm not suggesting that eating a few chocolates this Valentine's Day is going to give you heart disease... But perhaps this year, don't laden the person you love with chocolate, but instead a healthier alternative.

Why Your Toilet and Fridge Could Hold the Key to Your Health

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

The concept of mHealth is nothing new. Smartphones, apps and wearable devices are already successfully helping people to quit smoking, lose weight, manage their diabetes and track activity, such as running and walking.

Type 2 Diabetes: Do You Know The Symptoms?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new survey by Bupa has revealed that 68% of people tend to assume that nothing is wrong with them, even if they have what they consider to be 'minor...

Fat, Sugar or Carbs: Which Is the Bad Guy?

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

So, when it comes to protecting our health, which foods do we need to cut out or even eliminate? If saturated fat isn't the villain in our diets, what is? The editorial goes on to suggest that sugar and carbohydrates could be the key suspects.

Confronting the Elephant in the Boardroom

Dr. Sandra Delroy | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sandra Delroy

Do you remember the last time that someone in your office talked openly about mental health issues? Have you ever heard a colleague discussing anxiety or depression in the work environment? In 2013, mental health continues to be a business taboo - the elephant in the boardroom.

Pushing for More Support for Dementia Carers

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Caring for a loved one with dementia is not easy. I've had countless interaction and conversations with carers over the years. At times, it can be challenging, tiring and upsetting. They carry out difficult and demanding roles, often with minimal training or preparation.

Don't Forget Your Toothbrush: Oral Hygiene Linked to Dementia

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Not only does regular brushing help keep your teeth and gums healthy, it may also hold some protection against a number of chronic disease, with the latest research pointing the toothbrush at Alzheimer's disease.

How Much of a Risk is the Recent Heatwave to Health?

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

The vast majority of deaths during heatwaves are among the eldery and other 'at-risk' groups, which includes the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some medications can make your skin especially sensitive to sunlight or reduce your body's ability to regulate its own body heat.

Is Poor Sleep the Forgotten Risk Factor?

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

We all know how a good night's sleep can do us wonders, and a late night of broken sleep can leave you feeling groggy, irritable and unproductive. But there's a lot more to be said about getting an early night than you may think.

Exercise Your Right for Clean Air

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Will air pollution become partly responsible for sedentary lifestyles in the future? Will people avoid going for a run outdoors or perhaps choose the bus to work instead of cycling or walking, in fear of their health? This has been playing on my mind for the past few days now, as more news stories emerged highlighting air pollution levels across the world.

Sex and Cancer Connection in the Spotlight

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Cancers at the back of the tongue and in the tonsils have become more common over the past 20 years, with many of these linked to HPV 16 infection. Some experts believe that one of the main ways the virus spreads to the back part of the mouth and throat is through oral sex.

Jog Your Way to a Longer Life

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

I eat well, keep the unhealthy stuff to a minimum and exercise regularly. In fact, I'll say with confidence that I run at least three or four times a week, covering a couple of 5km runs during the week and longer ones at the weekends, when time permits. Therefore, as a dedicated runner, a recent study caught my attention, claiming that joggers live on average six years longer than non-joggers.

Join Movember...I Am!

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sneh Khemka

So, Mo Bros, it's time to prepare your skin, your grooming kit, and even your partner for a prickly month ahead. Grow a Mo to spark a lot of fun conversation, raise some money and help change the face of men's health...literally.

Why University Should Come With a Survival Kit

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Sneh Khemka

University is a tough time, financially and mentally, but it should also be a fantastic time. So if you're beginning university this autumn, make sure you know where to seek support or healthcare advice if you need it. Many universities have medical centres on campus and counselling services available.

Who's That Doing Monty Python's Silly Walk?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Comedy

If you're going to find someone to emulate Monty Python's epic Ministry Of Silly Walks sketch, you might as well make it someone with legs as long as...

A Lasting Legacy Or An Olympic Hangover?

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Sport
Dr Sneh Khemka

I think it's safe to say that the London 2012 Olympics Games went far better than anyone could have imagined.

Don't Ask Your Doctor... Ask Your Supermarket

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sneh Khemka

When you use your loyalty card, every item you buy, and how and where you paid for it, is instantly stored in a databank of your purchase history, alongside the personal information you willingly gave when you eagerly signed up. Unlike when you visit your doctor, it's hard to lie to a database about your weekly alcohol intake or if you eat your five a day.

850,000 Do Not Know They Have Diabetes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Almost one in 70 people are living with undiagnosed diabetes and are running the risk of "devastating" complications, the UK's leading diabetes charit...

Men, Get Your Heads Out of the Sand

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sneh Khemka

I'm not going to talk to you about prostate cancer, testicular cancer or erectile problems, which you can't fail to miss in the form of awareness campaigns, TV adverts and your latest issue of FHM. Instead, I want to focus on an equally devastating, less publicised, more taboo topic - mental health.

Brits Heading Towards Bowel Cancer Epidemic By Not Eating Five-A-Day

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

According to recent research by Bupa, Brits are heading towards a potential bowel cancer epidemic, as 60% admit they’re not eating their five-a-day....

Why Breakfast Really is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sneh Khemka

Over the long Easter weekend, the daily papers were more than likely read by many over a leisurely breakfast. And for a lot of men, this came as quite good news, as the weekend headlines delivered the latest diabetes risk factor - men who skip breakfast are more at risk of developing diabetes compared to those who routinely eat when they get up.

The Vegetarians Win Again - Or Maybe Not...

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sneh Khemka

It would be easy for the everyday reader, glancing over the papers, to take away the message that eating a bacon sandwich everyday would give you a one in five chance of dying. In reality, your risks are nowhere near this - once again an example of the daily papers loving a juicy statistic.

The Hazards of Being Healthy

Dr Sneh Khemka | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sneh Khemka

I started thinking - how often do people put themselves at risk in the pursuit of good health? How often do people end up injured, in hospital or left needing long-term treatment because of skiing or other leisure activities? What's the cost of sporting injuries, both to our health and financially, in comparison to being inactive?