Noticed in the papers during the week ending 25.1.20
The most gripping and sustaining article came from Edward Bullmore www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/19/inflammation-depression-mind-body It tells of the increase in destructive inflammatory activity via cytokines as we get older – This is the mechanism behind many age-related pathologies: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, macular degeneration, dementia, depression and more. There are links to low grade inflammation such as gum disease, to stress and to poverty. This gives us a clearer understanding of the genesis of these problems of later life – and also prospects for reducing their incidence by altered life styles and whole population changes. Letters point out that one of the functions of sleep is to clear inflammation. Others advise on diet – all better and more achievable than searching for illusive magic pills. www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/20/a-good-nights-sleep-helps-repair-inflammation
Related – as giving insight into the biology of age-related phenomena, is the explanation of greying of hair in response to stress: noradrenalin driving melanocytes out of hair cells: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/22/stress-speeds-up-hair-greying-process-science-confirms
Sex and religion are linked in education required in Welsh Schools: Richard Adams – Guardian 22.1.20
Issues of sexual behaviour gain the Church of England another headline as it issues a statement about sex in civil partnerships: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/23/sex-married-heterosexual-couples-church-of-england-christians This is not progressive. It will leave many people bewildered and others distressed
In the world:
It is depressing and challenging to find that those in most need of healthcare are least likely to receive it: England’s poorest ‘get worse NHS care’ than wealthiest citizens Study found stark differences in A&E waiting times and experience of GP services. This is something we could change.
It is encouraging to learn that more young people are becoming able to become home-owners – countering the fears of inter-generational unfairness: Guardian Joanne Partridge 24.1.20
Loneliness – Tony Green wrote a letter to The Guardian on 23.1.20 ‘Going to church on Sunday may be a good way to end loneliness – but only if you are looking for an imaginary friend’. Others have responded to say they meet many people of flesh in their churches
Looking to the future in age: Following the consideration of durability of bags for life, there has been a series of reflections on confidence in the future based on making large quantities of marmalade. Most recent quip is asking for jam tomorrow. This may be too political.