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HEALTH NOTES: Being Unwell Adds Years To Your Face, New Research Shows

Poor health can make people look older, researchers claim.

In a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, an independent team was asked to look at photos of more than 2,500 participants who had agreed to hand over their medical histories, and then guess their ages.

People judged to look older than their age are usually those with cognitive problems, lung disease, osteoporosis, cataracts or age-related hearing loss.

Lead author Professor Tamar Nijsten, from Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, said: “Factors that cause structural changes in facial tissue also affect tissue in other parts of the body. Evidence that reflects internal aging.

In a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, an independent team was asked to look at photos of more than 2,500 participants who agreed to hand over their medical histories, and then guess their ages

Gym for mind training

A gym chain has launched hypnotherapy sessions to help its members stick to their New Year’s resolutions.

Gymbox, which has ten London locations, is now offering a six-week “promise therapy” course that promises to “use the subconscious mind” to “eliminate fitness and quit smoking”.

According to a recent study, 80 percent of people who made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier had abandoned it by February.

Led by life coach and hypnotherapist Hannah Apperley, classes begin with a “sharing circle” where exercise goals are discussed before a 30-minute hypnotherapy session.

Gymbox, which has 10 locations in London, is now offering a six-week 'commitment therapy' course that promises to 'use the subconscious mind' to 'eliminate quitting the gym'

Gymbox, which has ten locations in London, is now offering a six-week “promise therapy” course that promises to “use the subconscious mind” to “eliminate fitness and quit smoking”

Dementia Britain’s free helpline saw a surge in calls last January as concerned families sought help after Christmas.

The charity’s latest figures show a 17 per cent surge in calls to its specialist nurses in January 2022 compared with December 2021.

Nearly 70 percent of the calls were from caring children of people diagnosed with or suspected of having the disease.

Some 40% of callers wanted to know what support is available for people with dementia, while almost one in five wanted a diagnosis for themselves or a family member.

group One trial found that therapy involving up to 20 people was as effective as one-on-one therapy for anxiety and depression.

Researchers at the University of Manchester recruited 156 people who had been referred for treatment. Half received one-on-one therapy, while the others received group therapy. The study, published in the Journal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, found no difference in outcomes between the two groups.

Experts believe the findings could help overcome long waiting times in the NHS for therapists and provide people with alternatives to traditional treatments.

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