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Bedroom Confidence

Bedroom confidence with Replens

A detailed study among women over 40 found that the mid-thirties is the point at which they felt most confident in the bedroom and that symptoms of the menopause, including vaginal dryness can have a negative effect on sex lives.

The research was commissioned by Replens MD, the UK’s number one GP recommended intimate moisturiser to soothe and treat vaginal dryness.

Kathy Abernethy, menopause specialist nurse, says, “Confidence in the bedroom is really important as for many women, how we feel sexually can have a significant effect on how we feel about ourselves generally, and vice-versa.”

According to the research, the thirties is the time you’re at your sexual peak and typically having more sex compared to women in their twenties or going through menopause. The research of 2,000 women in relationship and aged 40 plus, found around half had been most confident in bed between the ages 18 and 24, whereas 91% said they felt ‘at ease sexually’ aged 35 to 44.

The survey showed that on average women over 40 have intercourse once a week – 52 times a year – yet three in ten admitted to not feeling confident about their sexual ability, whilst 30% feel similarly about being naked in front of their partner.

Amidst this, two thirds of those surveyed, said they have been - or are currently going through - the menopause. As a direct result, half said they had experienced a reduced sex drive and 39% of those surveyed said they had suffered with vaginal dryness, with 42% admitting it made them ‘feel old’.

17% of those surveyed admit they have felt embarrassed talking to their partner about the menopause and any symptoms experienced.

Almost half said their confidence had been affected by the menopause, while 43% said it had specifically affected their confidence under the sheets.

Kathy Abernethy adds, “Although many women appear to suggest their sex life has never been better, many other women said quite the opposite.

“As the research shows, this can be attributed to a number of factors, but perhaps the menopause and its numerous symptoms have a significant impact.

“Half of those surveyed who have experienced vaginal dryness admit they are worried about it, but 80% of sufferers have not sought advice because they think that it’s a natural part of getting older. But conditions like vaginal dryness can be very easily managed and treated.

“During menopause, oestrogen levels drop causing the cells in the vaginal tissue to produce less of the natural moisture which leads to symptoms such as discomfort and pain, often noticed more during intimacy.”

Replens MD Moisturiser

“Products such as Replens MD can soothe and treat symptoms of vaginal dryness, delivering continuous moisture for up to 3 days of relief in just 1 application.

“In a product trial, 94% of women suffering with vaginal dryness agreed Replens provided relief from symptoms for longer than their usual treatment.

“Our research shows that growing older does not mean the end of sexual intimacy. Hopefully this will encourage women to speak to an expert if they are concerned about ongoing menopause symptoms to help find the best treatment available to them.”

About Replens MD

Replens MD Moisturiser

Replens MD is the UK’s number 1 GP recommended vaginal moisturiser, providing immediate and longer lasting relief from symptoms of vaginal dryness such as itching, irritation and discomfort.

Clinically tested, this gel soothes and treats symptoms, delivering continuous moisture for up to 3 days. Immediately after application, Replens MD soothes dry vaginal cells and continues to help replenish moisture in these cells by supplementing the body’s natural lubrication. When used regularly, Replens MD also increases the vaginal wall elasticity and helps to maintain vaginal health.

Oestrogen, hormone and fragrance-free, Replens MD is safe to use with no known risk of side effects. Replens MD can deliver continuous moisture for up to 3 days of relief from Vaginal Dryness in just 1 application. It can also be used with lubricants during intimacy if preferred.

Replens MD is available from Boots and most Independent pharmacies, available in three applicators (RRP £6.26) for up to 1-week supply, six applicators (RRP £10.62) for up to 2 weeks supply and a 35G tube with reusable applicator (RRP £10.62) for up to 4 weeks supply.

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Adam's Chocolate Hits the Natural Sweet Spot

Adam's Chocolate Hits the Natural Sweet Spot

Aiding digestion, encouraging weight loss and giving Adam's Chocolate its unique flavour profile and velvety fudge-like texture, yacon is a natural sweetener that is bringing a new dimension to raw chocolate. A syrup derived from the roots of the yacon plant, which is a member of the sunflower family and native to Peru, this ground-breaking sweetener is low in calories, packed with antioxidants and is the lowest scoring natural sugar on the glycaemic index, scoring between 1 and 5, meaning it won't cause a sharp rise or fall in blood sugar levels.

Discovered by head chef, Adam Farag, while exploring the potential of food to overcome health issues over ten years ago, yacon has become a cornerstone of Adam's Chocolate's brand since Adam became the first chocolatier to master the marriage of this syrup with the rare criollo tree's precious bounty, cacao. Processed at a low temperature to retain more of its nutrients than any other natural sugar, yacon has a subtle pear-like sweetness which allows the natural flavours of this Soil Association and Vegan Society certified cold pressed chocolate to shine through.

Combined with the other 'Lost Crops of the Incas', lucuma and maca, which have been consumed for their medicinal properties for thousands of years, along with colourful superfoods which are woven into the raw cacao to create flavours such as Goji Berry and Pistachio and the Great Taste award-winning Mint, each cube of Adam's Chocolate contains a healthy dose of magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorous and potassium, as well as 17 amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids.

Adams Mint Chocolate

Launching their new look packs, following a year of support from The Seed Fund after taking the philanthropic organisation's top prize in 2016, Adam and co-owner, Mark Claydon, have even have found time to grow their own yacon for the past three seasons. Standing up to two metres tall in their back gardens, as it stores nutrients inside its tubers under the soil in preparation for winter, this Peruvian plant has laid down strong roots in the South West.

Adams Coconut & Banana Chocolate

Each 82g resealable pouch of Adam's Organic Cold Pressed Chocolate is available from independent grocery stores and health food retailers in the South West, as well as online at RRP £5.75.

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Health & Wellbeing

The Best Gifts
Can't Be Wrapped

The Best Gifts Can't Be Wrapped Alzheimer's Campaign

New Christmas campaign is launched
by Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer’s Society is excited to announce the launch of its heart-warming Christmas 2017 campaign entitled ‘The Best Gifts Can’t Be Wrapped.’

Thousands of people have united against dementia this year with Alzheimer’s Society by fundraising, volunteering and campaigning for change, but there are still too many people facing dementia alone.

Someone develops dementia every three minutes so it is critical that we continue uniting in 2018 so dementia doesn’t win. From volunteering with Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service (supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery), joining one of the fundraising events or writing to a local MP, there are so many ways people can get involved in the New Year.

The Best Gifts Can't Be Wrapped Alzheimer's Campaign

This Christmas, Alzheimer’s Society will release a film to inspire others to unite against dementia to make a change to the lives of the 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia The moving film will feature everyday heroes sharing what they have done to support Alzheimer’s Society and why. They will then be surprised by a personal thank you card from a person with dementia which they will read out live on camera.

Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer. Whether a person can give an hour, a day or more, they can make a huge difference to the life of someone living with dementia.

Key facts about 'The Best Gifts Can't Be Wrapped' Campaign

· Thousands of people have united against dementia this year with Alzheimer’s by fundraising, campaigning and volunteering.

· With someone developing dementia every three minutes and no cure in sight, we must continue uniting so dementia doesn’t win. From volunteering with Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service, joining one of our fundraising events or writing to your local MP, there are many ways people can get involved to help beat dementia.

· The best gifts can’t be wrapped so whether you can give an hour, a day or more, volunteer, fundraise or campaign with Alzheimer’s Society. Every action makes a difference to someone affected by dementia. Visit the website by clicking on  to find out how you can unite against dementia.

· Alzheimer’s Society will release a film to inspire others to unite against dementia to make a change to the lives of the 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. The moving film will feature everyday heroes sharing what they have done to support Alzheimer’s Society and why. They will then be surprised by a personal thank you card from a service user, researcher, or service manager which they will read out live on camera

· A £1.35 million award from Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery will help roll out Alzheimer’s Society’s new volunteering service Side by Side so that everyone in the UK with dementia can be supported to live the lives they want. Anyone interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer or would like to access the service should visit  or call 0330 333 0804

Please visit   to find out more about how you can help unite against dementia.

Share Your Own Experiences about Volunteering
Later on in Life

Share your own experiences about volunteering later on in life

People aged over 50 give up a lot of time to help others. This ranges from formal volunteering, like working in a local charity shop or running a community event; to acts of kindness, like helping out a neighbour with shopping or putting out their bins. In fact, 62% of people aged 50–64 and 70% of people aged 65–74 participated in some sort of volunteering in last year.

Although many people are already giving back – which is not only good for our communities but for our own individual wellbeing – a significant number of people are missing out on the benefits of improved social connections and sense of purpose as a result of volunteering.

Share your own experiences about volunteering later on in life

The Centre for Ageing Better wants to hear from people over 50, to find out more about people’s experiences of volunteering and contributing to their communities. They want to understand more about what encourages you to volunteer, as well as what stops you doing it.

The survey is part of a wider review being conducted in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and with the support of the Big Lottery Fund, to encourage more people in later life to contribute to their communities and get involved in volunteering.

Please share your stories, experience and insights into volunteering and contributing to your community.

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Stress Less and Live Better with My Possible Self App

Stress less and live better with My Possible Self App

Emotional health and wellbeing service provider My Possible Self is excited to announce the launch of the UK’s first mobile self-help app which features content clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety and mild-moderate depression.

The My Possible Self app is a personalised self-help tool that helps you meet the stresses and strains in your life head on. The app empowers you to take charge of your thoughts and feelings to create a healthy, happy you. It is the first self-help app to feature content licensed from the world-renowned Black Dog Institute, who are the leaders in e-mental health research, and is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and mild-moderate depression in just eight weeks.

The app uses functions such as ‘Moments’ and ‘Modules’ alongside the ability to monitor symptoms to help you better understand your feelings and recognise any patterns or triggers in your behaviour. ‘Moments’ allows you to capture your thoughts, feelings and experiences through photographs and notes and associate them with an emotion, whilst the clinically proven, self-help modules draw upon established forms of the therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy and problem-solving therapy and are designed to be as personal to you as possible. Modules within the app include, managing fear and anxiety, managing stress and overload, building happiness and wellbeing, managing loss and major life changes and solving problems. The entire app also uses complex algorithms to personalise user journeys according to individual responses, therefore creating a completely unique experience tailored to your own specific needs.

My Possible Self was launched in 2009 by Joanne Wilkinson, whose life was transformed when she experienced emotional difficulties in her adult life and sought guidance from a highly skilled therapist. However, access to a therapist is not always so readily available, and it was from here that My Possible Self was born. Their first-of-its-kind app is an exciting launch for 2017, and Joanne comments, 
We are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of people suffering from mental health problems - especially those who cannot access services due to a lack of resources. We want to start a movement and look forward to people joining us on our journey.

The app has gained support from leading mental health campaigner and former care minister Norman Lamb MP has been previously quoted,
I am confident that My Possible Self can help people improve their mental wellbeing, come through difficult times, and improve their overall quality of life.

Not only can the app transform the lives of individuals, but it could also help employers improve the wellbeing of their workforce. Last year, 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. While counsellors provide invaluable support, offering these services can be costly and time-consuming. My Possible Self could give employees the tools to overcome obstacles and challenges themselves, thus reducing absence, improving wellbeing and increasing productivity.

The launch of the app coincides with the rise in discussions surrounding mental health issues, as it becomes much more mainstream a topic. This is a positive indication of how society is tackling an incredibly important issue, and My Possible Self hopes to provide a solution to help end the stigma of mental health.

Stress less and live better with My Possible Self App

My Possible Self is available from the App Store, Google Play and at  with individual subscriptions priced at £5.99 per month or £60 per year.

 New Emergency Big
  Button SOS Phone

BigTel 50 Emergency Big Button SPS Phone from amplicomms

If you have physical limitations, or an older person wanting to live independently the amplicomms BigTel 50 is an affordable telecare solution that allows you to quickly and easily raise help in an emergency.

Neck or Wrist Pendant SOS Button

If you feel unwell, or have fallen but are conscious, the BigTel 50 comes with a water resistant SOS transmitter, in the form of a pendant, which can be worn around the neck or on the wrist.

The phone operates like any other landline with the benefit of an emergency pendant alarm that is remotely and wirelessly connected to the telephone. When you push the button on your pendant, a red light appears to confirm it is calling three pre-programmed numbers of your chosen relatives or emergency service. When the call is answered BigTel 50 Plus plays a pre-recorded alert message switching to hands free mode so a remote conversation can take place in case of a fall or accident.

Hearing Loss

For people with hearing loss the BigTel 50 Plus has extra loud calls of +40dB, a loud adjustable ring tone and flashing lights for call alerts. The Hearing Aid Compatibility means the phone won’t cause interference to Hearing Aids. There is also a Tone control so the sound can adjusted to suit.

Vision Impairment

The Big Button keypad features large fonts for easy reading so you won’t hit the wrong button. The keypad is Voice Assisted by a clear English voice confirming which numbers are pressed and the large backlit display helps identify names and numbers.

An economical lifeline, that gives you, your relatives and your carers peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy independence.

The BigTel 50 from amplicomms is available for £84.99.

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 Jab Banishes Pain of
 Arthritis and Reduces
   Need for Painkillers

Maureen Pullan, 80, a grandmother from Leeds, who developed crippling pain in her left hand and wrist

An injection could banish the agony of painful joints for thousands of arthritis sufferers. It can reduce the need for painkillers and improve patients’ quality of life.

Around 690,000 people in the UK are affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) an inflammatory condition of the joints.

In the case of Maureen Pullan, 80, a grandmother from Leeds, who developed crippling pain in her left hand and wrist over the last year, the steroid (triamcinolone) injection has given her a new lease of life. When she first started to suffer from the condition in July 2017 the pain, swelling and stiffness severely disrupted her sleep. In the mornings she had to bend the fingers on her affected hand with her other hand to get them moving.

“Some nights I would hardly sleep at all. My hand was so swollen I couldn’t see my knuckles, my normally predominant veins were nowhere in sight and I couldn’t even dress myself without help from my husband,” says Maureen.

Although Maureen is right-handed, she had to adapt to doing everything one-handed, which made daily tasks difficult. She was not able to use a knife and fork so her food had to be cut up for her.

By early September 2017 the pain was so severe she knew she had to do something about it. Maureen visited her GP and learned she would have to wait between 16 and 22 weeks to see a rheumatologist.

“I was in so much pain, I did not want to wait and decided to seek private treatment. I asked my GP for a referral and phoned Spire Leeds Hospital the same day to arrange an appointment with Dr Michael Martin.”

Maureen was already familiar with Spire Leeds as she previously undergone a knee replacement and hernia repair at the Hospital.

Dr Martin, a consultant rheumatologist at Spire Leeds Hospital, organised x-rays, and diagnosed Maureen with severe inflammatory arthritis, sometimes referred to as CPPD (Calcium-Pyro-Phosphate disease) or Pseudogout. He offered Maureen an injection the same day and administered a deep intra-muscular steroid injection into her buttock. The benefits were immediate. Maureen’s hand and wrist felt pain free. She returned home and for the first time in months enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

Dr Martin said, “The steroid injection is administered into the muscle of the buttock where a long lasting effect is needed. It reduces inflammation and pain and helps treat the dysfunction of the affected joint. In some cases it is injected into the joint space to treat inflammation of joints in connection with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis or epicondylitis (tennis elbow).”

Maureen soon felt the benefits. “The next morning I was amazed to find that I could bend my fingers. Instead of struggling to do household jobs with one hand, I could now use both hands. I can use a knife and fork once again and who would have thought I would get so excited about being able to the washing up!” says Maureen, who recently celebrated 60 years of marriage to husband Peter and received a commemorative card from the Queen.

Dr Martin adds, “I was pleased to learn Mrs Pullan had responded well to the treatment and felt the benefits very soon after the injection. The effects of the injection last many weeks or even months. The condition may not flare and may remain dormant for years however, if an attack recurs, similar treatment will once again be effective.”

The condition is common and frequency increases with age. Dr Martin says it is most often seen in patients over 80 although it can affect people as young as 50, and is slightly more prevalent in men than women.

Maureen is now looking forward to wearing her wedding ring once again as it would not fit on her finger when her knuckles became swollen. She is also excited about seeing her son and grandson when they travel over from Canada for a Christmas visit. Maureen also plans to start driving again soon.

“I cannot praise Dr Martin highly enough! I wish I had gone to see him sooner. He has given me back the use of my hand and made life so much better for me now.”

About Spire Healthcare

Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom, with 39 hospitals, 12 clinics and two Specialist Care Centres across England, Wales and Scotland, treating insured, self-pay and NHS patients. The Group delivered tailored, personalised care to more than 270,000 in-patients and day-case patients in 2015, and is the leading provider by volume of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom.

Spire offers in-patient/day-case procedures in areas including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology, neurology, oncology and general surgery and also diagnostic services including imaging and pathology. The group also offers out-patient services, such as consulting, minor procedures, treatments, health checks and physiotherapy.

In 2015, Spire Healthcare was voted Private Hospital Group of the year 2015 by Health Investor Magazine for the second year running.

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  Yellow Monkfish

Yellow Monkfish Curry

This vibrant Yellow Monkfish Curry is the perfect healthy winter warmer and a great way to enjoy monkfish in a stunning sauce.

Ideal for anyone who enjoys curry, but wants to create an authentic dish at home. With lovely fresh green beans and baby corn, it's wholesome and nutritiuos.

This delicious recipe has been created by Waitrose.

Ingredients for the Yellow curry paste

· 1 tsp white peppercorns
· 1 tsp coriander seeds
· 1 x ½ tsp cumin seeds
· 1 tsp sea salt
· 2 tsp ground turmeric
· 1 tsp curry powder
· 1 tsp chilli flakes
· 1 tbsp crushed freeze-dried kaffir lime leaves
· 1 lemon grass stalk, roughly chopped
· 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
· 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
· 5 garlic cloves
· 3 cm piece fresh root ginger, chopped
· 2 tbsp sunflower oil

Ingredients for the Curry

· 1 tbsp sunflower oil
· 250ml chicken stock
· 400ml coconut milk
· 850g monkfish fillets (or any firm white fish), trimmed and cubed
· 280g green beans, trimmed
· 175g baby corn
·1 ½ tbsp caster sugar
· 2 ½ tbsp fish sauce
· 1 lime, juice and zest
· 1 handful basil leaves


1. For the paste, toast the peppercorns, coriander and cumin seeds over a medium heat for 1 minute. Pulse to a paste in a food processor with the other ingredients.

2. Put the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat, add 4 tbsp yellow curry paste (you can freeze any remaining paste) and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the stock and coconut milk; simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Add the monkfish, beans, corn, sugar, fish sauce and lime juice with the zest. Then simmer for 5 minutes until the fish is just cooked. Scatter with the basil. Serve it with rice.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes 35 minutes

Serves: 6

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