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Actress Miriam Margolyes (pictured) has revealed that she is able to enjoy countryside walks for the first time in years
Actress Miriam Margolyes has revealed that she is able to enjoy countryside walks for the first time in years after a having a knee-replacement operation to tackle osteoarthritis.
The 75-year-old who played Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, has finally recovered after the operation she had last summer and can now exercise again without suffering pain.
She says: ‘Since having my knee op, it means that I can do things I haven’t been able to for a few years. In a sense it has changed my life because I have only recently been able to go out walking and I could never have done it before.’
Last year Miriam underwent an MRI scan which showed that her knee cartilage had worn away. ‘The doctor said my bone was rubbing on bone, which sounds as painful as it was, so we decided on a knee replacement,’ she explains.
Following the op, she was able to take part in Sky Arts channel’s Tate Britain’s Great British Walks. She retraced the steps of her favourite painter, Alfred Wallis, who famously produced landscape paintings of St Ives in Cornwall.
Miriam says: ‘It took three months until I was able to walk without crutches, which is when I went to film in Cornwall. It was so liberating being able to walk without being in pain.’
lThe six- part series Tate Britain’s Great British Walks begins on the Sky Arts channel on May 2.
GPs urge home blood tests
GPs are urging patients to check their blood pressure at home rather than having it done at a surgery
GPs are urging patients to check their blood pressure at home rather than take up valuable time by having it done at a surgery. Patients with high blood pressure account for 12 per cent of all GP appointments in England.
However, advances in monitoring equipment means many of these checks, which can take up to ten minutes to carry out, could now be done just as well at home, say doctors .
Eighty-five per cent of GPs say, when used correctly, home checks can be as accurate as those used in clinics, according to the survey for healthcare company OMRON and backed by the charity Blood Pressure UK.
Four in five family doctors say home monitoring could replace the need for checks to be carried during consultations among the over-45s. Yet currently fewer than half of these patients monitor their blood pressure at home.
Spotting signs of depression
The phrases a person uses can reveal if they are suffering from depression.
New research shows that people with mood disorders are more likely to use first-person singular pronouns – I, my, me, mine – in their speech.
One theory is that those who are depressed pay excessive attention to the things that affect them directly and blame themselves for any perceived failures.
Researchers at Georgia Southern University in the United States used 4,000 men and women in a study. The findings were revealed in Clinical Psychology Psychotherapy.
A new type of sweetener is said to cut sugar intake without affecting the taste. Made from stevia and dietary fibres, Unavoo is also prebiotic, meaning that it nourishes good bacteria in the gut – unlike a better-known probiotic which adds bacteria to the gut.
As stevia, which is derived from the stevia plant, is about 200 times sweeter than granulated table sugar, only a small quantity is required.
Unavoo uses dietary fibre as a bulking agent which, its makers say, enables it to replicate the flavour and ‘mouth-feel’ of white sugar.
Bite-size guide to happiness
I want to be happy covers everything from the science behind contentment and what can be done to trigger our ‘feelgood’ hormones such as serotonin, to what to eat to be happy
If the thought of ploughing through a weighty self-help tome fills you with dread, help is at hand. I Want To Be Happy (£7.99, hardiegrant.co.uk) is a handbag-sized book with chapters short enough to be read during a tea break.
Written by journalist Harriet Griffey, it covers everything from the science behind contentment and what can be done to trigger our ‘feelgood’ hormones such as serotonin, to what to eat to be happy.
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