EXERCISE AND LUNG DISEASE

EXERCISE AND LUNG DISEASE

Lung disease The secret of longevity is to keep breathing. Sophie Tucker Lung disease encompasses a large collection of widely varying chest pathologies. The most frequent include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD – what used to be referred to as chronic...
EXERCISE AND THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA

Does exercise improve brain function in dementia? Maybe. There are theoretical reasons to believe that the failing brain might be benefitted by regular exercise. The hippocampus is an area at the base of the brain which is concerned with memory and the processing of...
EXERCISE AND THE PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND THE PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

Dementia, a modern pandemic Dementia is an advancing modern scourge and has recently been reported to have overtaken coronary heart disease (CHD) as the most frequent cause of death for women in the UK. For men it is still in second place after CHD. The two most...
MENTAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

What is mental health? Last week I described some of the benefits of exercise in preventing and treating the commonest mental illnesses – anxiety and depression. This week it is Mental Health which I am addressing. Just as physical health is not defined as the...
MENTAL ILLNESS

MENTAL ILLNESS

How common is mental illness? Psychological illnesses are extraordinarily common. The most common forms are anxiety and depression. A European study of depression found prevalence rates varying from 2.5% in Santander to 17% in Liverpool, while a worldwide study found...