10 minutes of brisk walking each day can help combat inactivity in people over 40

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International evidence and the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMOs) guidelines support the idea that general health benefits will be achieved with 150 minutes of physical activity each week, equating to just under 22 minutes of exercise each day.

While supporting these guidelines, researchers from Public Health England recently looked at the benefits of brisk walking for people over the age of 40 who were physically inactive. Their research revealed that just over 40% of people between 40-60 had not walked at a brisk or fast pace for 10 minutes or more in the previous month.

Furthermore, brisk walking for 10 minutes each day, for seven days, was shown to provide a number of health benefits for people who are currently inactive. This included improvements in physical fitness, mood, quality of life and ability to perform everyday physical activities. In addition, it can increase body leanness and healthier weight, as well as reduce the risk of early death by 15%.

Public Health England suggests that the 10 minutes of brisk walking could form a valuable part of a weekly 150-minute programme of physical activity.

Read the summary of evidence



Eczema may be triggered by deficiency in the skin barrier

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Scientists from Newcastle University and Stiefel have discovered that a protein in the skin barrier could be key to triggering eczema.

The protein, called filaggrin, is said to impact other proteins and pathways in the skin, leading the development of eczema.

Atopic eczema affects up to 10% of adults and 20% of children in the UK and often leads to severe itching, which can have a significant effect on wellbeing and sleep.

The above-mentioned research is said to have built on an important discovery in Dundee, which indicated that a lack of filaggrin in the skin could cause a skin condition called ichthyosis vulgaris, which is ‘strongly linked to the development of atopic eczema, as well as other allergic diseases such as hayfever and asthma’.

Access the study here




Increasing cases of knee osteoarthritis could be due to more than age and weight

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Cases of osteoarthritis of the knee have dramatically increased in prevalence since the mid-twentieth century, which is largely believed to be due to rising obesity rates and people living longer.

However, not convinced with this, a group of scientists recently conducted a study, comparing skeletons of people from the early industrial era (who died between 1905 and 1940) with those from the modern day (who died between 1976 and 2015). The BMIs and age at death of both groups were documented, so like for like comparisons were able to be made.

The study, published in PNAS, revealed that incidences of osteoarthritis of the knee had, in fact, doubled.

The significance of these findings are that there may be risk factors for osteoarthritis of the knee, aside from increased BMI and longevity,  that are not widely documented.

The scientists who conducted the study suggest that our bodies are not well adapted to modern environments. This may mean that people could be more at risk now because they spend a lot more time sitting than those living in early industrial times.

In addition, the scientists believe that other diseases that have significantly increased in prevalence in recent years could be risk factors, such as hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Access the full study



Leamington Spa: Your guide to an amazing evening

You’ve read up on our FHT Excellence Awards finalists, or possibly are one (in which case, congratulations!). You’ve seen the posts on social media…sparkling drinks reception, three course meal, a winter theme and a dance floor with your name on it. Maybe you’ve even already booked your tickets, to take advantage of the early bird pricing. But now what? It’s time to think about travel, accommodation, dress code, and so much more! That’s where we can help. We’ve got leads on hotels, details on the venue, and parking information, all right here!



There are a number of hotels easily walkable from the Royal Pump Rooms:


Many of the above mentioned hotels have their own parking, but may charge a fee. There is limited parking directly outside the Royal Pump Rooms. Parking is reserved for disabled visitors approximately 10 metres from the entrance. There is a drop off point for coaches on Newbold Terrace. St Peter’s car park is 5 minutes’ walk from the Royal Pump Rooms. You can find out more about Leamington Spa’s car parks here.

Public Transit

Leamington Spa is serviced by a well connected train station located just across the River Leam from the Royal Pump Rooms. A ten minute walk is all that separates the two, so feel free to ditch the car and enjoy the fresh air! There are also numerous bus routes to get you around the local area. Check out Warwickshire County Council’s route map here.


While we’re sure you’re going to love our sumptuous three course meal, there are breakfasts and lunches to think about, too. Leamington Spa has over 50 pubs, restaurants and bars to choose from. They also offer a wide range of special offers, which are found here.

Make a weekend of it!

Leamington Spa isn’t just a landmark on the map of therapy history. It’s also a thriving city with plenty to do. So now that you know where to stay, take advantage of our dinner being on the Friday and turn our celebration into your weekend getaway! Rent a boat on the river Leam, take a geological tour, or visit Jephson Gardens. There’s a robust list of twenty things to do in Leamington Spa here.

What are you waiting for?

Now that you know your way around the location of our prestigious evening of therapy achievement, don’t hesitate to reserve your place at the table. Space is limited, and prices are set to increase in just one week, so be sure to get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.


Anti-pollution skincare sales surge by 30%

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Sales of prestige anti-pollution skincare in the UK have grown by 30% in the past six months, according to the NPD Group, a global information company.

Furthermore, sales of anti-pollution face masks have increased even more dramatically, by as much as 112% in the first half of this year, while a 62% growth was reported for anti-pollution moisturiser.

June Jensen, Director, NPD UK Beauty says: ‘The trend for anti-pollution skincare emerged a couple of years ago and has made a significant impact in the prestige beauty market. At first, just a few brands launched targeted anti-pollution products, but now, as the market develops we are seeing more brands introducing products that are specifically designed to protect the skin from pollution.’

Read an article about anti-pollution skincare in the FHT online reading room