Anti-ageing

Arthritis is no old ladies’ ailment: it’s more common (and mysterious) than you think

In the popular imagination the arthritis sufferer is a little old lady with bent hands, loose wedding ring on gnarled…

Feeling gloomy about ageing makes brain decline more likely

People who hold negative beliefs about ageing are more likely to have brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to…

Soon, dementia homes will be full of old people. Visiting their parents

‘How can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?’ That’s the question posed by the latest Charles Street…

For older people, strong legs equal a healthier brain

Researchers have observed a ‘striking positive relationship’ between strong legs and brain structure. The study, which was carried out on…

Alas, poor Yorick. And spare a thought for the rest of us

The art of dying well

Do we want to live as long as modern medicine allows us, or only so long as life is sweet? By Margaret McCartney

From potions to pills, the biggest anti-ageing myths (and scams) revealed

Nobody likes getting old. It’s one of the first things we figured out about ourselves, when we started writing down…

Test to find your ‘real age’ could be used to predict Alzheimer’s

According to research published in the journal Genome Biology, scientists at King’s College have detected a ‘gene signature’ which could…

People over the age of 50 ‘becoming smarter, but also less fit’

Older people are becoming more intelligent, but also less fit, according to a study carried out in Germany by the…

Spicy food ‘might help us to live longer’

There is new evidence which suggests that eating spicy food is linked with longevity. Spice’s active ingredient, capsaicin, has anti-obesity,…

Why do we age? Scientists uncover a small part of the mystery

Why do we age? Scientists at Berlin’s Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology have made a discovery which could help answer…

Now John Noakes has Alzheimer’s. Is there no hope of curing this disease?

For people of my age, the news that John Noakes has Alzheimer’s is terribly poignant. He was the daredevil of Blue…

Juice your way to good health

Juice cleanses seem to be all the rage nowadays, with fresh juices popping up everywhere from Pret a Manger to…

Shore thing: leave sunbathing to reptiles or end up looking like one

Sunshine on wrinkles

Nothing concentrates the mind of a 23-year-old medical student more than the failure to buy a drink in a bar.…

Mr El-Amir in his surgery

Vision of the future

On the wall in Ahmed El-Amir’s consulting room in the Harley Street Eye Clinic is a framed antique poster depicting…

Acne as an adult? It really isn’t fair

At some time in our lives we all hark back to blissful, carefree teenage years. We conveniently forget the tricky…

Communal fun and games: a grandmothers’ outing sets off from the East End, 1933

Home shopping

Speed dating on morphine probably isn’t the best way to choose a long-term partner. But it’s a bleak necessity for…

Ordinary pain

Treatment for lower back pain is undergoing a sea change. Why? Well, mainly because it has to: according to a…

Vidago Palace, Portugal

Spring awakening

Although spas have been around for centuries, they soared in popularity towards the end of the Victorian era, when it…