I suffer with severe asthma and I use a steroid inhaler to keep it under control. My doctor says I am overweight so I need to do exercise to keep my weight down. The only problem is that I get terribly out of breath and have to stop. What can I do instead? Exercise, as we know, is hugely beneficial for easing symptoms of a number of common health problems, asthma included. Asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing and struggling to breathe, often improve when patients have lost some weight through exercise. But getting the heart racing can also worsen breathlessness, usually temporarily. So, it’s a catch-22 situation. First, it’s important to make sure asthma is managed correctly. A blue ‘reliever’ inhaler should be used whenever symptoms come on, and it can be effective to use it prior to exercise to prevent breathlessness. A blue ‘reliever’ inhaler should be used whenever symptoms come on, and it can be effective to use it prior to exercise to … [Read more...] about DR ELLIE CANNON: Asthma makes me wheezy… so how can I get fit?
Hate trips to the dentist? Spare a thought for a young man from Tuscany some 13,000 years ago. His remains, found in the 1990s, revealed one of the earliest ever examples of a dental filling – made from hair, vegetable fibres and an oily substance similar to bitumen (now used to surface roads). Dental treatments have come a long way since then. But due to sugary diets and poor brushing techniques, more than three-quarters of British adults have lost at least one tooth, and 80 per cent have fillings. However, medical advancements are set to revolutionise the field of dentistry. ‘Regrowing our own damaged teeth could even be possible in future,’ says Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association. From drugs that fix decaying teeth to a jolt of electricity to replace fillings, here are the dental innovations of the future. New developments in oral healthcare could see the dentist's drill consigned to history Pill gets teeth to fix … [Read more...] about The innovations which may mean no more drilling at the dentist
Professor Lorna Harries of Exeter Medical School said: 'Many age-related diseases and ageing itself may happen because of a failure of a few, very basic health-maintenance mechanisms in our cells' It may sound like science fiction, but you might one day be able to pop a single pill which delays or reverses ageing, and fights heart disease and even dementia. Instead of dealing with the effects of illness, this drug could prevent the diseases that blight old age. This is the goal of scientists working in the fast-moving field of anti-ageing – and it might be coming sooner than you think. ‘We used to think that all of the different diseases that people get as they get older had their own individual causes,’ explains Lorna Harries, Professor in Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School. ‘But that may not be the case. ‘Actually, many age-related diseases and ageing itself may happen because of a failure of a few, very basic … [Read more...] about Can a single pill reverse ageing?
When people hear that I spend my free time visiting 100-year-old women, I’m met with the same response every time. ‘Well done you!’ they say. ‘Your visits must cheer them up.’ But in truth, I have to fit in around their busy schedules. Over the past three years, I’ve competed with keep-fit classes, lunch dates and university lectures during my quest to discover the anti-ageing secrets of six women born at least 100 years ago. I call them the Century Girls. Tess Dunlop, pictured with her daughter Elena and 101-year-old Pamela Rose. In her youth Pamela worked at the famous Bletchley Park code breaking centre. Despite her great age, Pamela is in remarkably good health, having avoided illnesses such as cancer and heart disease The mission was initially inspired by my 101-year-old friend Pamela Rose, a former actress and war veteran who worked at the famous Bletchley Park codebreaking centre. I was so intrigued by her exceptional longevity that I sought … [Read more...] about We reveal the secrets behind a long and healthy life
Dr Michael Mosley, pictured with his GP wife Clare, said everyone's brain can be manipulated to have a transformative effect on our bodies We've all, at some point or another, put our faith in a new-fangled lotion, potion or lifestyle regime that promises to turn back the body clock. After all, anti-ageing is big business – a global industry said to be worth about £70 billion a year. Biotech firm Juvenescence, for example, recently ploughed £130 million into the ultimate biological challenge – prolonging life for at least 50 years. Its long-term goal is to develop drugs and therapies to help us have healthier and longer lifespans. It’s tremendously ambitious but even if it succeeds, it probably won’t benefit my generation or even my children’s. But the good news is there is a great deal we can all do right now to increase our chances of living longer – beyond the tried-and-tested lifestyle advice of exercising regularly, not smoking, … [Read more...] about DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: How to think yourself into living longer