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A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Vision becomes blurred because the cataract interferes with sight, like a veil in front of the eye. Many individuals over 60 have cataracts and most of these can be treated successfully. The risk for cataracts increases as we age, but the average age for cataracts is dropping. Around one to two per cent of all cataract surgery patients are in their 30s or early 40s, but many young people are unaware that they already have a developing cataract.


The lens is a clear structure behind the iris, which is the coloured part of the eye. The lens helps to focus light on the retina...

in Health on April 02, 2019 .

Many people experience anxiety about driving, and this can impact daily life choices, career options and self-confidence.

Everyone knows know that when we get into the driving seat of a car, we are taking on a task of great responsibility, with the safety of ourselves and the public at large to be considered. We should never feel that we are above such thoughts of vulnerability when we drive.

However, excessive anxiety about driving may cause us to be less competent in driving skills. So we need to gain a balance of self-assurance of driving safely, borne of having a definite skill-set and a mindset of alertness at all times we...


We all worry at certain times. It would be strange if we did not.  A challenge in our work, an exam, an unwell friend or relative or a fear about the future - these worries are perfectly understandable and cannot be avoided from time to time.


However, constant worrying can have an immobilising effect on the mind, drawing on emotional energy, raising anxiety levels, and interfering with daily life and sleep patterns, leaving you feeling restless, ill at ease and with excessive stress hormones in your body.


Worrying has been defined as the misuse of imagination, and for people who listen to your worries, it may seem...

We all ask and answer questions as part of our daily living. The ways that questions are asked can be helpful or otherwise in gaining the best responses and the cooperation of those involved in the interaction. This is especially true if we are aiming to help another person. ‘Control’ and ‘authority’ seem to be strong words, but these things are important to consider when discussing good questions a therapist or counsellor may ask. If you are aiming to help someone, why are you doing it? Do you think you know what is best for that person? Or do you believe that they can be trusted to know what is best for them? Can your questions...

in Health on February 01, 2019 .

In simple terms, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease affecting the brain and its many complex functions. It is characterised by the degeneration of nerve cells (neurons) in several areas of the brain. It is the commonest form of dementia, accounting for at least 60 per cent of dementia in older people. It is named after the German physician, Alois Alzheimer who first identified the condition in 1907. 


Alzheimer’s disease involves large numbers of nerve cells in the brain dying. During the progression of the condition, protein deposits, known as amyloid plaques and tau tangles, appear, and spread throughout...


You are probably aware that sitting down for long periods of times is not great for your health. Back in the 1950s, researchers found that London bus drivers were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than their bus conductor counterparts. From this point on, the link between inactivity and increased chances of diseases and illnesses was made. So how does this affect you as a learner and how can you offset this unhealthy practice and improve the quality of your study sessions?

One answer is exercise.


Does Exercise improve Concentration?


The simple answer is yes, it does!  Exercise promotes healthy blood...

in Study Tips, Health on January 18, 2019 .

Now that we're back in the swing of our daily lives, you may have been thinking about really knuckling down to some serious study. And if you're like us, you need a few snacks along the way to help you avoid a hangry rampage because you became so engrossed in your lessons that you forgot to eat. Never fear, here are a few snack ideas for the dutiful student!


For the short study session

You have finally completed all other jobs for the day. It's 4pm and you've got a couple of hours to go before dinner. What do you do? Grab an hour or so for study!


Dark Chocolate

If you know you can only spare an hour or two for...

in Health on January 17, 2019 .

If you like to combine healthy living, science and food the career of a Nutritionist might just be for you.  As their name suggests nutritionists are all about nutrition – the food we eat. As professionals, they advise individuals and other professionals about the right sort of food they should be eating.  Depending on your particular role you may also be involved in conducting the science to further improve nutritional knowledge.


Becoming a Nutritionist

A Nutritionist is a professional role and, while not legally required in the same manner as nursing or doctor careers practically every client or employer will require a...


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