It’s not me, it’s evolution

Valentines feeling a little stale? Is your eye still roving? Is it ‘Dad’ or ‘Cad’? Psychologists Raj Persaud and Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm examine why our lust for new flesh could be evolutionary. (Warning: do not attempt to use this to justify yourself when you’ve been caught with your pants down.) A...

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Can we delay Alzheimer’s disease?

At the age of 60, only about 5% of adults suffer from dementia, but by the age of 80, the proportion rises to a worrying 20%. Most cases of dementia are due to Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms are general memory loss followed by progressive irreversible loss of intellectual function. Unfortunately,...

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Creeping Cancer

The funny thing about cancer is that it is not always painful. I laughed, joked and chatted my way through life for more than two years; normal behaviour for a sixty-something-year-old married man in London. I was unaware that something was steadily growing inside me, eventually developing to resemble, “a...

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Thamesbrook closure inspires fightback.

The imminent closure of Thamesbrook Nursing home on Dovehouse Street has angered residents to the extent that they have started a petition with global campaigning website 38 Degrees. The closure, as we reported here, threatens to put greater strain on local hospitals by taking nursing beds out of local council responsibility....

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Latest Council property sell-off will put ‘unbearable’ strain on local hospitals

Residents asked to act now to save provision for Dementia patients. Local NHS services are set to be stretched to breaking point by RBKC Council’s apparent eagerness to sell off a prime Chelsea property with 56 nursing home beds. Though the Council are proposing to build more ‘Extra care housing’ (flats for the...

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Residents reminded to make use of 7 day GP access

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea and Queen’s Park and Paddington are being reminded that many GP surgeries now offer seven day access as winter pressures continue to affect A&Es across the country. The following surgeries in the area are all open between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays: Knightsbridge...

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Living with it

Alongside birthdays and wedding anniversaries, my calendar has a new significant date.  On the 9th July 2014 I found out I had breast cancer. My family was due to take the trip of a lifetime to Borneo just 7 days later, and I had just started a new job that...

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City walks: Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick

A quiet amble along Hammersmith Mall is simply divine with superb views of the whole expanse of this vast river. Hammersmith Bridge is elegant and an impressive testimony of the engineering excellence of the Victorians. This great green cantilever bridge links Hammersmith on the north side with Barnes on the...

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Is good health the end of the world?

  While walking recently through the narrow streets of medieval Ludlow in the Welsh Marches, my nostalgic eye was caught by an old-fashioned sweet shop, with every kind of colourful bon-bon on offer, all attractively housed in traditional large glass jars on shelves lining the walls. Being of a curious...

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Mental and physical health services equal by 2020

Mental and physical health services will be given equal priority by 2020 according to a new government policy announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The five-year plan sets new standards for mental health services including implementing maximum waiting times and will use a £40 million funding boost to kick-start...

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