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Is your heart in good shape? Take the test to find out
Is your heart in good shape? Take the test to find out

The free Heart Age Test is being offered by Public Health England (PHE) is part of a campaign to reduce the number of people who die from a heart attack or a stroke, which stands at 84,100 annually.

Almost four-fifths (78%) of more than 1.9 million people in England who have taken Public Health England’s online “heart age test” were found to have a heart that is older than their chronological age.

This 32-year-old is on a mission to end loneliness
This 32-year-old is on a mission to end loneliness

"I’m Mike. I’m 32. I’m single. I live with my parents in Doncaster. And I hang out with old people."

Doncaster resident Mike Niles launched the b:Friend service in 2016 after previously working for an older person’s befriending project in London. After returning to his home town, he identified a real need for a similar service in the area.  Mike has recruited 50 volunteers and supports 150 people with the help of Lottery funding.

Healthwatch Central West London Annual Report
Healthwatch Central West London Annual Report

Published today, the Healthwatch Central West London fifth annual report sets out what people think of current care and how HWCWL have helped services hear what works, what doesn’t and what local people want from care in the future.

#OKnottofeelOK
#OKnottofeelOK

A new mental health campaign launched by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has been covered on BBC Breakfast this morning, as part of a new drive to support those struggling to come to terms with the Grenfell Tower disaster. 

Beat cancer by drinking mostly water and avoiding alcohol and processed meats
Beat cancer by drinking mostly water and avoiding alcohol and processed meats

 Avoiding bacon and alcohol, and drinking mostly water could help reduce the risk of cancer up to 40 per cent, experts suggested as they unveiled 10 point plan to beat the disease. 

Out now! Heart n Soul artists Too Hot for Candy release new single ‘Piece of Me’
Out now! Heart n Soul artists Too Hot for Candy release new single ‘Piece of Me’

Part of Heart n Soul’s SoundLab project, this unique collaboration sees the artists using technology from Korg to create brand new music. An official music video accompanies the track, with members of Too Hot for Candy and Grace Savage cast in the role of downtrodden office workers who bring the joy to their daily grind through music.

Disrupting your body clock could increase your risk of mood disorders like depression
Disrupting your body clock could increase your risk of mood disorders like depression

A new study suggests an interrupted body clock cycle is associated with an increased risk of mood disorders like depression.  Our internal body clocks — or circadian rhythms — keep our bodies in sync.  If our cycle is disrupted, this can cause health problems.

Allergy Awareness Week 2018
Allergy Awareness Week 2018

Monday 23 April to Sunday 29 April is Allergy Awareness Week, to raise awareness of allergic conditions (including food, respiratory, skin and children's allergies), food intolerance and the plight of allergy sufferers. This year, the focus will be on travelling with an allergy and the issues that raises.

Want to live as long as possible? You should probably cut back on the booze
Want to live as long as possible? You should probably cut back on the booze

An analysis of more than half a million drinkers from 19 countries suggests that, to lower your risk of premature death from any cause, alcohol consumption should be capped at 100g per week.

Women who are fit in middle age are 90% less likely to get dementia
Women who are fit in middle age are 90% less likely to get dementia

Maybe it's time to squeeze in a workout today? A new 44-year study from Sweden shows that women who were physically fit in mid-life were nearly 90% less likely to get dementia decades later.