This week we have seen crowds of people outside of parliament supporting a call for the funding of a ridiculously expensive drug called Keytruda (Pembrolizumab). You would need to be particularly hard hearted if you were not moved by a young person with melanoma who had a limited time to live, begging for the drug to be funded. We have seen it all before, young women dying of breast cancer with young children demanding the same thing for the drug Herceptin. It’s certainly hard to watch on TV, and it is very easy to want to help these people. I certainly do.
What do you think would happen if a supplement company created a single product, repackaged it a number of times to create a ‘range’, and wrote on each packet that each one was designed to do a certain job, i.e. this one is for back pain, this one for head ache and so on, and of course, charging a lot more for these ‘new’ products formulated to treat ‘specific’ pain types compared to the old, identical product, sold to treat generic pain?
With our beautiful coasts and equally stunning mountains and native bush, most Kiwis are at heart lovers of the outdoor lifestyle. But the natural elements – sun, wind and salt air can be very harsh on your skin and as it’s your body’s largest and arguably most important organ this is really about health more so than simply beauty. So before you head out on your next summer adventure let’s look at how you can offer the best protection for your skin.
This is not so much about weight loss, more about reducing excessive overindulgent behaviour – from eating better, drinking less, moving more all the way to looking at gift giving. Essentially trimming the excess to expose a leaner and healthier way to get through this busy season.
The 206 bones in the adult body that make up the skeleton provide the basic frame upon which the body is built giving us our structure and shape, but your skeleton has a number of other essential functions too. Your bones provide attachment points for your muscles allowing you to move, they form protective structures around your organs and nerves, they’re involved in maintaining mineral and pH balance in the body and the bone marrow is where your red and white (immune) blood cells are produced.
It’s a topic that comes up in the media a lot; it’s something we here at About Health mention frequently too – but just what exactly are we referring to when we talk about heart health?
Did you leap out of bed this morning, refreshed and eager to start your day? No, not so much? Well you’re not alone. Statistics around quality sleep are tricky to find, simply because they are not straight forward to define. But after doing a poll around the office, friends and family, it is pretty clear that too many of us aren’t getting either enough, or good enough quality sleep.
Stress. Who hasn’t been affected at some point in life!! And while I don’t want to add to your stress levels we’re nearly mid-way into October already – Christmas is just around the corner and to-do lists only seem to be growing longer.
But don’t fret – I actually have some tips to help you manage end of year (or any time of the year) stress and have you sailing through the silly season feeling great.
In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group, as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. There are currently nearly 900 million people aged over 60 years living worldwide, by 2025, this number is expected to reach more than 1.2 billion.