New research from the lead scientific advisor of the Healthy Life Foundation, Michael Lisanti and his team at Salford University.
Three recent papers published in Nature, Science and Cell, all present clear evidence that there is cross-reactive T-cell immunity between human coronaviruses (229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1), linked with the common cold, and SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Can we use this information to design and build a new vaccine based on the less pathogenic, common cold coronaviruses, for the prevention of COVID-19? If we look at the history of medicine and vaccine development, from the point of view of Edward Jenner, the answer just might be yes.
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Breast cancer is a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them. However the fact is, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and it is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Most women that are diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50 but younger women also get breast cancer. In fact, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed during their lifetime. If breast cancer is discovered in its early stages, there is a great chance of recovery. This is why it is so crucial for all women to check their breasts on a regular basis for any changes and have their routine Mammograms.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer:
Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. Most breast lumpsare not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by your doctor.
You should also see your GP if you notice any of the following:
- Change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
- Discharge from any of your nipples which may be streaked with blood
- A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
- Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
- A rash on or around your nipple
- A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.
Even if none of these symptoms present themselves, a doctor should be visited to be sure. All women in the UK are invited for a Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram) every 3 years. A mammogram examination is painless and only takes about ten minutes and can often detect cancer before any symptoms arise.
Reducing your risk of Breast Cancer:
Cancer is often unpredictable and the causes of cancer are not fully understood, but there are things everyone can do to help reduce their cancer risk or improve their chances of beating the disease if they do get it. What’s more, some of those same behaviours can also help lower your risk for other serious diseases, and boost your odds of living a longer, healthier life.
- Maintain ahealthy weight
- Exercise reguarley
- Have a low intake of saturated fat
- Limit your intake of alcohol
- Avoid Smoking
- Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution
- Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy
Heart Health – Important tips to have a Healthy Heart.
The most important thing you can do to look after your heart is to have a healthy lifestyle. Making just small changes in your habits can make a huge difference to the health of your heart.
Here are 6 Healthy Heart Tips:
1.) Exercise – Physical Activity is great for heart health. Aim for a minimum of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for 5 or more days a week. If exercise isn’t your thing, just keep it simple, try walking for 30minutes a day or find an activity that you really enjoy that gets you up and moving.
2.) Eat Healthy & Maintain a Healthy Weight – Maintaining a healthy weight is key in controlling your blood pressure and lowering your risk for heart disease. A diet low in saturated fats and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can lower your risk of heart disease by 73 percent. Make sure to eat a balanced diet with a wide range of nutritious foods to ensure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals that you need.
3.) Get enough Sleep –A good nights sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Poor sleep has immediate negative effects on your body. Aim for 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
4.) Don’t smoke – Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases which include heart disease and stroke. Smoking is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease.
5.) Manage Stress – Stress raises the blood pressure which has an immediate effect on your heart. Try to manage your stress levels by using some relaxation techniques such as meditating, yoga, or gentle breathing exercises.
6.) Keep your blood pressure in check – High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for around half of all heart disease and strokes. Therefore, it is very important to get your blood pressure checked regularly by your GP and if its persistently high, it needs to be controlled.
A Healthy Heart is a Healthy you!
Lead Scientific Advisors of the Healthy Life Foundation, Professor Michael Lisanti and Professor Federica Sotgia have made a discovery that could turn cancer into a treatable disease and remove the fear from a cancer diagnosis.
Despite years of research and billions of pounds of investment, there are no MHRA/FDA-approved drugs for the prevention of metastasis. As a consequence, cancer metastasis remains a mysterious, untreatable, lethal disease.
What is cancer metastasis? Metastasis is what happens when cancer cells spread throughout the body, most often to other organs. Metastasis, more often than not, turns cancer into a terminal disease.
Professor Michael Lisanti and Professor Federica Sotgia, who both work in Translational Medicine at The University of Salford, have designed and tested new inhibitors of cancer metastasis that are based on an existing FDA-approved antibiotic, namely Doxycycline. This breakthrough could ultimately change clinical practice, by adding metastasis prevention, as a new, more effective, weapon in the war on cancer. “
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Brain fog can show up in many different ways. Mostly it feels like your head is caught in a dense fog, where you feel hazy and struggle to think clearly. You may feel like you are struggling to concentrate on work tasks, conversations or even making simple decisions. This may result in feeling like you need more coffee to focus, more snacks to stay awake or even more alcohol at night for a temporary relief of that heavy feeling. In severe cases, it can even affect your vision, cause headaches and nausea.
Brain health is not only critical to mental capacity, but it is also essential for our emotional wellbeing. Sometimes, relieving brain fog is a matter of correcting a nutritional deficiency, switching medications, or improving the quality of your sleep.
Here are some of the most common causes for Brain Fog:
Hormonal Imbalance – A common cause of brain fog is when your body is producing too much or too little of a specific hormone. Thyroid hormone imbalances are frequently linked to brain fog. Low thyroid hormone can lead to decreased cognitive function and a blood sugar imbalance that contributes to low levels of glucose that lead to brain fog.
Lack of Sleep – Poor sleep quality can also interfere with how well your brain functions. Aim for 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
Stress or Depression – Chronic stress can increase blood pressure, weaken the immune system, and trigger depression. It can also cause mental fatigue. When your brain is exhausted, it becomes harder to think, reason, and focus. Try to manage stress by knowing your limitations and avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine
Vitamin Deficiencies – Vitamin B12 contributes to the formation of red blood cells and the maintenance of your central nervous system. This is why a deficiency in B12 is sure to impair your energy levels and contribute to an overall feeling of fatigue. A vitamin D deficiency can also be behind brain fog as decreased vitamin D levels are associated with impaired cognitive function.
Food sensitivities – Gluten intolerance can lead to cognitive dysfunction via inflammatory pathways. Advanced blood work that looks at your nutrient levels as well as an elimination diet or food allergy or sensitivity testing can determine if any of these could be contributing to your brain fog. A high sugar consumption can also lead to brain fog.
Dehydration – Water is essential for supplying the brain with nutrients and removing toxins. The brain is approximately 75% water. The exchange of toxins and nutrients are more efficient when the brain is hydrated. This ensures mental alertness and improved concentration.
Some other ways in which you might be able to relieve brain fog is:
- Strengthening your brain power (try volunteering or solving brain puzzles)
- Finding activities that you enjoy.
- Increase your intake of protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats
- Drink plenty of water
Our bodies change with age and not just in how they look, but also in how they work. We have to feed our body good nutrition for it to run like it’s supposed to run. The older we get, the body becomes less efficient in absorbing and using certain nutrients. Therefore, we often need a higher intake of certain nutrients to combat the aging process and to stay as healthy as possible. Studies have shown that following a healthy lifestyle staying physically active and having a nutrition-packed diet can help slow the aging process, and may even reduce the risk of age related diseases.
Here are some great anti-aging foods help ensure optimum health:
Blueberries– Packed with various antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E that keep your cells healthy. Compounds in blueberries mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function.
Fibre Rich Foods –Such as vegetables, whole grains, fruits & legumes. As we age our gastrointestinal functioning slows down so it’s important to ensure a good fibre intake. Fibre helps keep your system moving along and can also prevent other indigestion related problems.
Nuts. Full of omega-3s, unsaturated fats (the good kind), fiber, and protein. Nuts are heart-healthy nutrition in the palm of your hand.
Yogurt & Dairy– Bone loss gets worse as you get older and calcium helps keep it at bay. Yogurt isrich in calcium, which helps stave off osteoporosis &contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut health.There are also non-dairy sources of calcium such as tofu, broccoli, almonds, and kale.
Broccoli& Leafy Greens – These areanti-inflammatory and anti-aging powerhouses as they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
Fatty fish. Heart-healthy all-stars like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that eating two portions of oily fish per week in old age could extend life by more than two years and reduce the risk of a heart attack by 35%.
Importation Vitamins & Minerals to consider in Older Age:
Vitamin B– After the age of 50 your stomach produces less gastric acid making it harder to absorb vitamin B-12 which is needed for healthy nervous system and key metabolic processes.The recommended daily intake is 2.4 mcg from either fortified foods or a supplement.
Water– As we age, we are more prone to dehydration. This is because your sense of thirst starts to decline. So it is vital that you drink enough water. The daily recommended amount is at least eight- 8 ounce cups of water per day.
Vitamin D– The risk of a Vitamin D deficiency increases with age. This is because as people age they lose some of their ability to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. A Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to many age related dieseases. It’s recommended that over-65s take a supplement of vitamin D of 10 micrograms per day.
*Always speak to your GP before taking supplements.
There are 2 main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Eating too many foods high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in your blood. A diet high in saturated fat may raise your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, which will raise your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
So what are Saturated Fats?
Saturated Fats that are tightly packed with no double bonds between the fatty acids are called saturated fats. There are some exceptions, but most are solid at room temperature such as butter.
Sources of saturated fat include:
- fatty pieces of meat such as beef and lamb
- some pork and chicken products
- dairy products including cream, whole milk, butter, shortening, and cheese
- coconut and palm oils
What are Unsaturated Fats?
Unsaturated fats contain one or more double or triple bonds between the molecules. As oils, these fats are liquids at room temperature. They are also found in solid foods. Eating foods that contain unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat can actually help reduce cholesterol levels.
Try to replace foods containing saturated fats with small amounts of foods high in unsaturated fats. High cholesterol levels are a major risk factor for heart disease.
Thankfully, you can lower this risk by incorporating certain foods into your diet.
Here are 10 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods to add to your diet:
- Nuts – Walnuts & Almonds in paticular
- Fruits & Berries
- Vegetables including dark leafy greens
- Whole Grains – Such as oats and barley
- Olive Oil
- Fatty Fish such as salmon
- Flax Seed
We all go through periods of feeling overly tired for reasons as obvious as, too many late nights, a restless night’s sleep or stress. However, if tiredness goes on too long it can really start to affect your performance at work, your overall mood and your ability to enjoy life. Unexplained tiredness can often be caused by underlying health conditions, so it is always important to speak to your GP if you’re experiencing fatigue for a long period of time.
Here are some of the reasons why you might be feeling tired more than normal:
Physical Causes of Fatigue
1.) Anemia: One of the side effects of an iron deficiency is tiredness. A simple blood test will show if you are Anemic.
2.) Underactive Thyroid
3.) Sleep Apnea / or Restless Sleep – Your body does many things while you sleep, including store memory and release hormones that regulate your metabolism and energy levels. If you are not getting enough quality sleep it can cause you to feel extremely tired the next day.
4.) Pregnancy – The hormonal changes while you are pregnant are often responsible for pregnancy fatigue. Your body is also producing more blood to carry nutrients to your growing baby and your blood sugar levels and blood pressure are also lower.
5.) Vitamin Deficiencies – You may be deficient is certain vitamins and minerals that contribute to energy levels. A simple blood test check can test for these deficiencies.
Lifestyle causes of fatigue
1.) Being under or over weight.
2.) Not having a healthy diet – Food Sensitivities or not eating the right types of food can have major effects on our energy levels.
3.) Alcohol – Alcohol consumption can interfere with the quality of your sleep. Try to stick to the guidelines of no more than 14 units a week.
4.) Exercise – Too much or too little can really effect how tired you feel.
Psychological causes of Fatigue
1.) Stress – Excessive, prolonged stress can cause physical and emotional exhaustion.
2.) Depression – Sadness or feeling low can really effect your body and energy levels causing you to lack energy even after you wake up.
3.) Anxiety – As well as feeling worried and irritable, people with anxiety can also experience fatigue from it.
Five Habits to Protect Your Brain and Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 40 million people globally. Science suggests that thedisease develops gradually over time. However, the disease is not an inevitable part of aging. Research offers hope for building a better brain as you age and preventing dementia. By adopting certain lifestyle changes, you can help protect your brain and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimers.
Here are five key habits to protect your brain:
- BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE– Exercise helps activate brain plasticity (the brain’s ability to change its own structure as a result of experiences) and positive growth of connections in the brain while decreasing inflammation. Each week, you should aim for either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as jogging, fast swimming or riding a bike up a hill.
- MOVE IT OR LOOSE IT– Learn new skills and keep your mind active.Research shows that engaging in mentally stimulating activities is an important element in strengthening cognitive reserve, which is the brain’s resilience and capacity to function even when there is damage to brain cells. Stimulating the brain on a regular basis boosts cognitive pathways between neurons and builds resiliency in brain function. Try to find something that you like doing that challenges your brain such as learning a new language, games and crossword puzzles.
- DEVELOP GOOD SLEEP HABITS – Getting regular, adequate sleep is necessary for good brain health. Without adequate sleep, humans experience cognitive deficits of many kinds, including attention issues and declines in the ability to learn and process information. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night.
- EAT A BALANCED HEALTHY, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET– The food you eat can enhance brain function, prevent disease, and improve memory. Although each person is unique and has specific nutritional needs, eating a variety of healthy foods in their whole-food forms provides your body with essential nutrients that protect and nourish your brain.
- STOP SMOKING – Smoking does a lot of harm to the circulation of blood around the body including the blood vessels in the brain. Smoking contributes to a higher risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Studiesshow that people who smoke are at a higher risk of developing all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
10 Healthy Sweet Treats that will feed your sugar craving without the sugar!
Dark Chocolate– Choose a dark chocolate that contains more than 70% Cocoa
Berry Smoothie – Blend together2 cups of organic frozen berries, ¼ cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice), 1 cup Greek yogurt and 1 tbsp of raw honey.
Blackberry & Lemon Chia Seed Pudding: Whisk together 1/3 cup of chia seeds, 2 cups of unsweetened nut milk (of choice). Add ½ tsp of lemon zest, 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice. Let sit for 20min and then re-whisk. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Serve with 2-3 springs of fresh lemon thyme and ½ cup of blackberries.
Dark Chocolate Turtles: Blend pitted dates until they become sticky. Roll them into small balls and press 2-3 pecan halves into the top, freeze for 10min to set. Melt dark chocolate in a saucepan and spoon over the date balls. Freeze for another 10min to set. An instant delicious candy alternative!
Mandarin Oranges & Cottage Cheese: Just mix these 2 ingredients together for a healthy sweet snack.
Roasted Cinnamon Peaches: Slice Peaches in Halves and pit. Put ½ tsp of butter on to each halve. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Bake at 175C for 20-30min until peaches are tender and edges are browned.
Banana & Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Cut up 4 very ripe bananas and freeze. Blend the frozen bananas in a blender, be patient as it takes time for them to get to a creamy ice-cream texture. Add 2 tbsp of peanut Butter and blend again for this delicious ice-cream alternative.
Kefir or Greek Yogurt Parfait: Combine 3 tbsp of kefir or Greek yogurt, 1 cup of fresh fruit (such as pomegranate, banana, apple, and berries) and 4 walnuts, topped with a tablespoon of coconut flakes. This amazing treat is packed with nutrients.
Rice Cake with Nut butter and honey: Simply spread peanut or almond butter over a rice cake and drizzle with honey.
Fruit Salad – A mixture of your favourite fruit