In this week’s news round-up; it has been reported that being 70-years-old can make you feel happier, with a greater sense of self-worth. Elsewhere, drones have been causing more chaos for airports, this time in Dublin.
Also, a new study has revealed that hip and knee replacements are lasting much longer than originally believed.
The Happiest Ages are 16 and 70!
A Resolution Foundation paper which was published last Wednesday announced that people living in the UK are happier, more satisfied and feel a greater sense of self-worth when either at 16-years-old and 70-years-old. The study ran for seven years and displayed that anxiety levels take a massive increase when a person reaches their mid-20’s and continue to rise until their late 50’s! The link has been linked to an individual’s working life.
The most important determinants of well-being revolve around good health, a person’s job and their partner! This was a positive find to reveal that there is still plenty of happiness and satisfaction to be had as you get older, with many people reaching their 70’s and reporting they are the happiest they have ever been!
Drone Sighting Suspends Flights Again!
Dublin Airport was forced to halt all flights on Thursday, due to a ‘confirmed sighting of a drone’. Many people were thankful the drone sightings over the London Airports have finally stopped! However, many travellers were presented with the distressing news that their flights will be delayed due to the very same reason.
The airport released a statement stating:
“For safety reasons we are temporarily suspending flight operations Dublin Airport due the confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield.”
Passengers were told they should check their airline’s website for flight updates throughout the day. The runways were reopened around 30 minutes after the initial closure, however this is just another example of how dangerous drones can be, and the huge impact they can have on air travel.
Hip and Knee Replacements Last Longer than Expected
A new study from the University of Bristol has revealed that eight out of 10 knee replacements, and six of 10 hip replacements last as long as 25 years. These results were much longer than expected according to the researchers involved.
It’s is hoped that the study will help surgeons to answer more questions from patients about the procedures, which are two of the most common forms of surgery in the NHS. Thanks to an ageing population, almost 200,000 knee and hip replacement operations were carried out on people aged between 60 and 80-years-old.
Speaking about the results of the study, Dr Jonathan Evans, orthopaedic registrar and lead study author and research fellow at Bristol Medical School, said:
“At best, the NHS has only been able to say how long replacements are designed to last, rather than referring to actual evidence from multiple patients’ experiences of joint replacement surgery. Given the improvement in technology and techniques in the last 25 years, we expect that hip or knee replacements put in today may last even longer. As the ageing population grows, and life expectancy rises, this becomes even more important.”
You can read more about this study on the BBC News website.