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Why is it good to keep stretching our brain?

Might learning a new language, being a musician or meditation protect our brains

Prebiotics - What are prebiotics and are they good for our health? What is the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks?

Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks? 

Stress and health

What is stress? Can too much stress make us ill? Might some stress actually keep us healthy?

What can we do to get a good night's sleep as we get older?  

Nearly 50% of older adults complain of sleeping problems. These include difficulties in getting to sleep, waking up at different times during the night and waking up too early in the morning.  

Having a purpose in life

Is having something to live for good for our health? Does having a purpose in life help us live longer? What if we feel we don’t have a sense of purpose?

Stress and Coping 

What can we do to help us cope with stress, so that it doesn’t lead to health issues?


What is flu? Is it ever fatal? Who is most vulnerable? What can we do to avoid getting it? Should we be worried about a flu pandemic?  

Can we dance our way to health?

Is dance different from other types of exercise? Can it help protect both our physical health and our mental health? What about Zumba? What if we have two left feet? 

Retirement - Good or bad for you?

Can WHEN and WHY we retire affect our health? If so, what happens AFTER we retire?

Japanese longevity 

Why are Japanese people living so long? Can we learn any lessons from them? 

Adult Education

There hasn’t been much direct research into the effect of Adult Education on health. However, three different types of research point in the same broad direction:

Blue Zones 

Are there parts of the world where people seem to live longer than others? If so, why? What can we learn from the people in these areas? 

Where do people live longest in the UK? 

Does your postcode really affect how long you might live? Do we need to move home to live longer? Or can we stay and find ways to improve our longevity?

Health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet 

What is the Mediterranean Diet? Can it reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer? Can it help manage Type 2 Diabetes? Might it reduce the risk of getting Parkinson's or Alzheimer's?

What is the Mediterranean Diet? 

What does the Mediterranean Diet consist of? Why is it important? Is it the diet or is it the climate? Are there any adverse side effects?

The Childhood Obesity Strategy

The government’s long delayed Childhood Obesity Strategy was finally published in mid-August – and immediately ran into a barrage of criticism. Why? Is the criticism justified?

Different gender agendas at the gym

Going to the gym is one popular way of exercising. Here we look at whether men and women have different agendas at the gym. 

Health Action Campaign

95% of NHS resources are committed to treating people when they fall ill or have accidents. That leaves just 5% to help prevent people falling ill or having accidents. Yet we all know that prevention is better than cure. So what should we be doing?  

How to reduce Obesity

Obesity is a clear and present danger. It is a growing threat to public health, the NHS, government finances and the economy – costing over £45 billion a year according to a 2014 McKinsey report. So what can be done to reduce obesity?

Tackling Obesity 

Over the last 30 years, obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled - putting us at the top of the obesity league in Western Europe. What can we do to tackle this major health problem?

Stress and Gender

Do men and women have different reactions to stress, biologically and psychologically? If so, does how does this affect their health and longevity? 

Ageing - Why and How?

We know that ageing is inevitable but why do some people age faster than others? Is it due to our genes or can biological, psychological and social factors affect how quickly we age? 


Heart attacks, cancer and strokes are the three main causes of death in the developed world. As we age our chances of developing dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses such as osteoarthritis can also increase. What can we do to reduce the risk of age related illness?


We all know that exercise is supposed to be good for us. But what difference can it really make to our health – or how long we might live? 

Age and Gender

Why do women live longer than men in almost every country? And why is this longevity gap between men and women starting to close? Are modern lifestyles having a negative impact on female life expectancy? 

Secrets of longevity

Where do people live longest – both in the UK and in the rest of the world?

Organic Food - Is it Healthier?

What is organic food? Is it safer or more nutritious than conventionally farmed food? What food safety tips should we be following? 


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