Male behaviour is to a large extent driven by testosterone. It’s therefore logical that the age-related decline in testosterone levels with age will bring about corresponding symptoms. However, the concept of male menopause is rarely considered as a potential cause of the physical and psychological changes that occur in men as they age.   Menopause […]

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As our minds and bodies develop and grow in the early years of life, move through young adulthood to full maturity and eventually begin their decline into old age, each and every phase brings with it its own particular challenges. To help you meet them, we present extracts from a series of articles on health […]

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Think of an Aero chocolate compared with a solid bar – the word osteoporosis (from the Greek for ‘bone’ and ‘pore’) tells us that the affected bones have holes in their structure. Osteoporosis has been called the ‘silent disease’, progressing without any outward sign, sometimes for decades, until a fracture occurs. Today, regular bone mineral […]

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‘Look at all the life in this,’ she said. ‘Every pip could become a tree, and every tree could bear another hundred fruits and every fruit could bear another hundred trees. And so on to infinity.’ ~ David Almond, Skellig. The pomegranate is said to be the Tree of Life, and there is speculation as […]

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Some diseases and conditions are commonly considered to be exclusive to the domain of women. Who would ever think of men getting breast cancer, or osteoporosis for that matter? Men often think that their bodies should work like a well-oiled machine, and thus find it difficult to cope when they malfunction – even more so […]

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It is easy to say that menopause is merely a state of mind until it actually happens and you feel there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. Although menopause is a natural process, and you know you are not alone, the symptoms persist year after year, and then it really is not that […]

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It is important to modulate oestrogen metabolism to avoid a variety of health conditions, including life-threatening diseases. The term oestrogen is used to collectively describe the female hormones, the most potent of which is oestradiol. Oestrogen affects the growth, differentiation and function of diverse target tissues – not only those involved in the reproductive process, […]

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Although not generally life-threatening, varicose veins can be compared to a difficult life: long, tortuous, painful and sometimes ugly. Varicose veins are basically twisted, widened veins with incompetent valves, and although they are a long-term problem, symptoms can come and go. COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Common signs and symptoms may include throbbing, aching, cramping, swelling […]

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Caring for ourselves and finding ways to handle our stress are important practices for assuring our long-term health. They are definitely key aspects of Preventive Medicine, along with the right nutrition and exercise programmes for our body, getting proper sleep, and maintaining a positive attitude toward ourselves, others and the world. Learning the individual path […]

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The urinary tract has a vitally important function, but it usually does its job every day without us even thinking about it. We tend to take this essential system for granted – until something goes wrong, that is. You may be surprised at how often problems, particularly infections, affect the urinary tract. It’s estimated that […]

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