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Losing Dad to Alzheimer’s

Losing Dad  to Alzheimer’s

When my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s it was common for him to forget the names of family, his grandchildren and friends.We would put it down to old age and joked about it. But it was when these signs started to be more frequent that it hit us as something serious, and dad was diagnosed [...]

Canistel: Take a bite of yellowy, pulpy goodness

Canistel: Take a bite of yellowy, pulpy goodness

How about trying something similar to slightly sweetened cooked egg yolk. Just bite into a ripe, yellow, nutrition- overloaded canistel and you will be in for a surprise. The taste of the meaty pulp is somewhat musky and very similar to egg yolk and hence its colloquial name “egg fruit”. Canistel (Sinhala – lavulu, Tamil [...]

Healthy diet for a healthy brain

This month the world commemorates World Alzheimer’s Month with the focus on better awareness and research about the disease. With Sri Lanka’s fast ageing population (currently 147,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia in the country) the time is ripe for a discussion on lifestyle choices that can perhaps prevent or even delay [...]

Don’t sit too long in front of the TV

Don’t sit too long in front of the TV

Watching TV for too long puts people at just as much risk of suffering deadly blood clots as a long-haul flight, according to new research. Sitting in front of the TV for an average five or more hours a day leads to twice the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism – blood clots to the lungs [...]

Foodie-way to fight breast cancer

Foodie-way to fight breast cancer

Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women. With 55,000 cases diagnosed every year in the UK, an estimated 1 in 8 women face the prospect of developing the disease at some point in their lives. As consultant breast cancer surgeon at London’s Royal Free Hospital, I know first-hand the impact of [...]

Mind drills to keep your grey cells ticking

We recognize that our physical wellbeing is bound to a large extent to regular, sensible exercise. What is not always realized is that this has a counterpart in the healthy development of the mind. Mental exercise is as necessary to the mind as physical exercise to the body especially if you are a senior citizen. [...]

Albert Ellis: Father of cognitive therapy

Albert Ellis, the American psychologist died in 2007 at the age of 93. He is recognised as the father of cognitive therapy, now one of the main therapies for the treatment of a number of psychiatric disorders ranging from depression, anxiety, obsessive disorder and eating disorders to post-traumatic disorder.


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