Dementia: Lifestyle changes that could lower your risk

Nearly everyone can lower their risk of dementia, even if it runs in the family, by living a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. The study of nearly 200,000 people showed the risk fell by up to a third. The team at the University of Exeter said the results were exciting, empowering and showed people were not doomed to get dementia. The findings were revealed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

What counts as a healthy lifestyle?

The researchers gave people a healthy lifestyle score based on a combination of exercise, diet, alcohol and smoking.

This is an example of someone who scored well:

  • Doesn’t currently smoke
  • Cycles at normal pace for two-and-a-half hours a week
  • Eats a balanced diet that includes more than three portions of fruit and vegetables a day, eats fish twice a week and rarely eats processed meat
  • Drinks up to one pint of beer a day

And an unhealthy one?

  • Currently smokes regularly
  • Does no regular exercise
  • Eats a diet that includes less than three servings of fruit and vegetables a week, and includes two or more servings of processed meat and of red meat a week
  • Drinks at least three pints of beer a day

To read more, go to: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48963215

Beware of the sun! Dermatologists share sunscreen tips as Europe copes with heatwave

As Europeans cope with a record heatwave suffocating much of the continent, the importance of sun protection cannot be overstated.

Why should we be careful? How to choose and apply sunscreen properly? Euronews gathered a few tips from dermatologists.

There is no such a thing as a healthy tan, dermatologists say.

“A tan is actually a sign that our skin has been harmed by UV radiation and is trying to defend itself against further damage. This kind of damage can, in turn, increase your risk of developing skin cancer,” the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) warns.

There were over 140,000 new cases of melanoma of the skin across Europe In 2018, according to the Global Cancer Observatory, a majority of which is due to extensive sun exposure.

“In more than four out of five cases skin cancer is a preventable disease,” BAD said.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/30/beware-of-the-sun-dermatologists-share-sunscreen-tips-as-europe-copes-with-heatwave

New film helps nurses to find healthier ways to cope

The NHS should heed the clear message from a powerful new film: look after the nurses you’ve got. By nurses for nurses, the timely film No Yeah Buts explores their stress, anxiety and fatigue and ways in which unhealthy coping mechanisms can be replaced by healthy ones. The aim is to deliver a clear message to NHS employers and to encourage more nurses to sign up for the NURSING YOU programme, which includes a weight management app and resources for nurses to make changes at their workplace.

At the launch of the film in London on 17 June, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE, President of the Royal College of Nursing said ‘This really speaks to the dilemmas that nurses are wrestling with on a day-to-day basis. It’s an intelligent approach to try to design out some of the unhealthy habits and replace them with ones that are healthier, giving nurses back some form of control and the sense that we can change and be in charge of our destiny. And when we do it collectively we’ll all benefit, and less fatigued nurses will impact on patient safety’

To watch the film go to: https://www.c3health.org/blog/new-film-helps-nurses-to-find-healthier-ways-to-cope/

Europe’s Environmental Pollution & Children’s Brain Development

During pregnancy and infancy, environmental chemicals have a stronger influence on the human body than at any other time. What does that mean for brain development? What is the link to environmental, social, and economic inequality? 

Toxic environmental chemicals have been in the European public eye for decades. Think of Chernobyl, the clean-up of asbestos, or before that, the industrial revolution: biology textbooks still use the example of peppered moths in England which changed colour from light to dark during the 19th century, as pollution from burning coal in cities darkened their environment.

Researchers have uncovered important links between our health and what we are exposed to in our environments, such as air pollution, heavy metals, pesticides, and hazardous waste. A critical factor is at what age these exposures take place. Pregnancy and the first years of life are the most sensitive for exposure to toxic chemicals.

To read this article in full, go to: http://eurohealthnet-magazine.eu/europes-environmental-pollution-childrens-brain-development/

A new PATH to perinatal mental health

Our recently funded Interreg 2Seas project PATH is aiming to enable women, families, healthcare professionals, and employers to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues, leading to happier and healthier families. This year’s focus for the EuroHealthNet magazine is ‘Children and Young People’ and an article all about PATH has been published in the latest edition of the magazine, to read it in full go to: http://eurohealthnet-magazine.eu/a-new-path-to-perinatal-mental-health/

NHS Nurses save 87 minutes a day in revolutionary trial

In a busy hospital setting, innovative technology makes medication rounds safer and more efficient, helping NHS nurses save 87 minutes each, per day, in ground-breaking trial.

PillTime uses the latest robotic technology and artificial intelligence to dispense medication. When implemented in Salford Royal hospital, the PillTime method saved NHS nurses an average of 87 minutes a day by making medication rounds more efficient. Key benefits included safer administration, better patient care and a calmer working environment for nurses.

As pressure mounts, nurses are under a huge deal of pressure to maintain standards of patient care. With nurse resources stretched and workloads soaring, the Royal College of Nursing expresses concern about safe staffing levels within the profession.

To read this story in full, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/nhs-nurses-revolutionary-nhs-trial/92251/

1,000 life-changing days

The first 1000 days of life are extraordinary. It is when the foundations of the rest of our lives are created. The brain develops more than at any other time. It is when our surroundings affect us the most.

Those days shape the adults we become, our future health and wellbeing, and our ability to raise happy and healthy future generations. In those first 1000 days and beyond, not all children have the same opportunities to grow and thrive. 

EuroHealthNet have produced a new video exploring the effects of social, emotional, and physical environments during the first three years of life on long-term health and wellbeing. It looks at the actions needed to create solid foundations for later life.

To watch the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3FhN-mfFw&feature=youtu.be


Alcohol brands are marketing their booze as ‘wellness’ drinks in a desperate bid to recapture the market

Millennials are spending less money on alcohol than both baby boomers and Generation X, according to a Nerdwallet analysis of a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey. The analysis notes, however, that they’re spending roughly the same percentage of their income – 1% – on alcohol. When they do drink, millennials tend to opt for wine and spirits as their drink of choice, which has created a crisis in the beer industry, as Business Insider’s Kate Taylor previously reported

Some millennials are flirting with giving up alcohol altogether, or at least drinking it more mindfully. This ties into the generation’s enthusiasm for wellness and self-care, which has prompted a boom in businesses like luxury wellness centers that offer vitamin IV drips for glowing skin, cryotherapy for workout recovery, and infrared sauna sessions to de-stress. For millennials, wellness is the ultimate modern luxury.

To read more about this, go to: http://eucam.info/2019/06/04/millennials-are-spending-less-money-on-alcohol-than-previous-generations-now-brands-are-marketing-their-booze-as-wellness-drinks-in-a-desperate-bid-to-capture-the-market/

€250 to support healthy eating

Millions of children across the EU will receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU’s School Scheme in 2019/2020. This programme reached over 20 million children across the EU during the school year 2017/2018.

The national budget allocations for the EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes for the 2019/2020 school year was adopted today. €145 million are set aside for fruit and vegetables, and €105 million for milk and other dairy products. The distribution programme is complemented by educational measures that teach children about agriculture and promotes healthy eating.

To read more about this, go to: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1848_en.htm

How much exercise do you do in a week?

Around 28 % of the European Union (EU) population aged 16 or over did not do any exercise outside working time in 2017, in contrast with the rest of the EU population, who undertook some form of sports, fitness or recreational activities in their leisure time.

In a typical week, just over one quarter (27 %) of the EU population exercised for up to 3 hours, 17 % for between 3 and 5 hours and 28 % for 5 hours or more.

Source: How much exercise do you do in a week? – Product – Eurostat