Memory loss and forgetfulness aren’t an inevitable consequence of getting older—your brain’s ‘white matter’, or neural pathways, continues to change and develop even into old age.
Scientists thought that white matter changes slowed or even stopped as we get older, but a new study has discovered the process continues all our lives.
This makes it even more important for older people to engage in mental activities that ‘stretch the brain’, say researchers from Zucker Hillside Hospital, who made the discovery.
They made their discovery after they set a series of mental tests for a group of 296 healthy volunteers aged from eight to 68 to assess their mental speed, attention, memory and learning capabilities, while monitoring their brains at the same time.
(Source: Biological Psychiatry, 2014; 75: 248)
Doctors have been reminded yet again that the most commonly-prescribed birth control pills increase the risk of life-threatening blood clots. A new warning has gone out to every doctor across the UK after French authorities reported that 14 women have died after using one of the ‘third generation’ contraceptives.
Birth control pills, including Yasmin, Femodene and Marvelon, increase the risk of a blood clot compared to the older generation drugs, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has told doctors.
Doctors need to pay special attention to an individual’s risk factors before prescribing one of the third generation, combined hormonal contraceptives, they say. Women who have a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or very high blood pressure should not take the drugs.
Packaging inserts, which list side effects and adverse reactions, are to be changed to include the increased risk of blood clots, says the MHRA.
However, the agency says the …
If you have been thinking about changing career or interested in gaining new complementary practitioner therapy qualifications, now is the time to do something about it! Alternatively, why not enrol on The Healing Arts 5-week programme and gets some valuable hands-on experience first. Please contact Mariette Lobo through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how Body in Balance Therapies Training Centre can help. Look forward to hearing from you.
A consultation on the provision of specialist residential chronic pain services in Scotland aims at seeking views on the possible options for the future provision of specialist residential pain management services in Scotland. The consultation will close on Sunday 27 October 2013. There may be opportunities for complementary health practitioners within this new facility as all ideas are being considered. Please do express your comments and opinions on this important health decision. By replying and providing intelligent comment on this policy move, complementary therapy could be represented in a positive and inclusive light with regards to the treatment of chronic pain and the future of NHS Scotland. Please do RESPOND and show interest – or else a great move harmed and many years of work wasted.
Here is the link for the consultation paper : http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/07/9995
Here is the link for the consultation questionnaire : http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/07/9995/downloads
Spent the best part of this morning editing my Indian Head Massage DVD for my students starting their Level 3 VTCT Practitioner Certificate course at Body in Balance Therapies Training Centre in August. It’s been a pleasure working with the multi-talented John Gilmour.
Wow! Fantastic Module 7 VTCT Level 3 Reflexology practitioner course at Body in Balance Therapies Training Centre. Liam Baillie, guest business lecturer was an outright hit with the students. What an inspiring seminar. Module 8 in 5 weeks time and the students’ first practical exam. Time sure is galloping ahead. Well done class – and thank you Liam. And here’s a comment from a student: “What can I say – very pleasantly tired! Again thank you for working so well at making module 7 a blooming good session. This student life is not too bad after all!” – Alan.