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  • Pomegranates and dates fight heart disease Pomegranate juice and a handful of sticky dates every day are a winning combination in the fight against heart disease. Just half a glass of the red pomegranate juice with the dates is enough. Researchers at the Technion –Israel Institute of Technology, led by Prof Michael Aviram have discovered that the combination provides maximum protection against atherosclerosis ...
  • Huff, puff and sweat for your life Working up a  sweat could save your life. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are overweight, have a heart condition or diabetes,  exercising to the point where you puff and sweat is the key to avoiding an early death. A large study of middle aged and older adults  over more than six years compared people who ...
  • Junk food in pregnancy leads to lifelong cravings Eating junk food late in pregnancy or during adolescence are critical times in development, most likely to set life long cravings for the high fat, high sugar food. Scientists have identified these two crucial  windows when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for girls. They found that mothers who eat junk food late in pregnancy ...
  • Dieters should not watch sad movies  Avoid sad movies if you’re on a diet. Movie-goers watching tear jerking films ate up to 55pc more popcorn in a study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. They ate 28pc more popcorn watching the tragedy Love Story than when watching the comedy Sweet Home Alabama. Those who watched sad movie Solaris ate an average of 55pc ...
  • Eat oysters to avoid inflammation Eat oysters to avoid zinc deficiency which can reduce the body’s power to fight inflammation. Scientists now believe lack of sufficient levels of zinc may play a role in chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. “When you take away zinc, the cells that control inflammation appear to activate and respond differently; this causes the cells ...
  • Sunshine vitamin combats diabetes People with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to suffer from diabetes regardless of how much they weigh. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone and muscle health. The skin produces the vitamin naturally after exposure to sunlight. People also absorb small amounts through foods like fortified milk. The study in Washington DC compared ...
  • Water fluoridation linked to thyroid problems High levels of water fluoridation have been linked to a 30pc increase in rates of underactive thyroid in England. The findings have prompted the researchers to call for a rethink of public health policy to fluoridate the water supply in a bid to protect dental health. They compared the rate of underactive thyroid –hypothyroidism – in two ...
  • Sleeping long hours can increase stroke risk Sleep gives the body time to recover but sleeping more than eight hours a day could increase the risk of stroke. This risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than average. A study at the University of Cambridge  followed just under 10,000 people aged 42-18 years of age over a period of nine and a ...
  • Fast food restrictions fail to cut obesity Restrictions on fast food restaurants have failed to curb obesity in a move by one American City. Bizarely  the numbers of people overweight have actually increased in the areas targeted by the campaign. Los Angeles authorities decided that they would restrict the opening of new fast food outlets in low income areas as part of a bid ...
  • Hybrid diet cuts dementia risk by over 50pc   A hybrid diet mixing aspects of the Mediterranean diet and one known as DASH designed to stop high blood pressure could significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. The new diet – called by the acronym MIND – has been found to lower the risk by as much as 53pc in those who stuck ...
  • Public herbal garden opens in Raheny Dublin A new Physic public herbal garden will be officially opened in St Anne’s Park in Raheny on Dublin’s northside 0n May 23rd this year. The grand opening also marks the start of National Herb Week 2015 from May 23rd-29th which will feature events all around the country promoting the use of herbal medicine. See:  http://nationalherbweek.ie . The Physic garden showcases ...
  • Intense anger increases heart attack risk Hold your temper because it could trigger a heart attack. The risk of heart attack is 8.5 times greater in the two hours following a burst of intense anger. The higher risk is not just confined to when you are angry. It lasts for two hours after the outburst. In the study in the University of Sydney “anger” ...
  • Sweat your way to health in the sauna Frequent saunas could reduce your risk of a fatal heart attack by up to two thirds. Just two sauna sessions a weeks reduces the risk of sudden cardiac death by 22pc while four to seven sessions can reduce the risk by 63pc When it comes to fatal coronary heart disease events, two to three weekly trips to ...
  • Garlic kills lethal bug to help Cystic Fibrosis sufferers Crushed garlic can kill a bug which can cause life-threatening lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis suffered. A new study is the first to show that the ingredient in crushed garlic – known as allicin – could be an effective treatment against a group of infectious bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics. Allicin is produced by ...
  • Sea Mussels ease exercise damage If you exercise sporadically and tend to damage muscles as a result, a new oil from marine mussels could help. The omega oil has been found to have significant positive effects on post-exercise muscle damage. Previously the supplement with the pharmaceutical name Lyprinol or Omega XL has been used to reduce the effects of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ...
  • Power naps bust stress and boost the immune system Power naps are stress busters and help the immune system, particularly for poor night sleepers. Insufficient sleep leads to health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression and can also contribute to road and industrial accidents. Nearly three in 10 adults say they sleep six hours or less a night but a new study shows ...
  • Hospital hand washing causing skin irritation Handwashing by healthcare workers to reduce infection  is leading to an increase in dermatitis among these workers. The incidence of the skin condition is 4.5times greater among healthcare staff . The use of soap and alcohol hand rubs has been hugely successful in reducing infections like MRSA. A study at the University of Manchester, however has uncovered the ...
  • Stressed women find it tougher to recover from heart attacks Young and middle-aged women are becoming more stressed than men because of their roles in family life and work. The increasing stress burden could make it harder for them to recover from a heart attack, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers “Women tend to report greater stress and more stressful life events than men, potentially because ...
  • Celebrities have less influence when it comes to dieting Celebrities have less influence than friends where people want to try a new diet or exercise programme. A friend who is using a successful wellness programme is more likely to get other friends to sign up too. “People want to see that positive influence” says Lora Cavuoto, an occupation health researcher at the University of Buffalo. The research ...
  • Good news for over-weight wine drinkers Despite the price hikes on a bottle of wine planned by Government, the good news is that drinking wine in moderation could help overweight people burn fat better. Dark coloured grapes, whether used in grape juice or wine, are being shown to help people with obesity and related disorders like fatty liver. A molecular biologist at Oregon ...
  • Beat childhood obesity with PE for two hours a week. Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has joined primary school principals in a call for mandatory PE for Irish schoolchildren. Sean Cottrell, CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network made the suggestion which is also supported by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Federation of Irish sport. Said Senator Noone: “we are bottom of the EU league in ...
  • Therapist Meet Up Group in Wexford Alternative therapists are invited to a “Holistic Therapist Meet Up” group in Grangeville Tearooms in Fethard, Co Wexford at 8pm on January 30th. The aim of the “Holistic Wexford” group is to create a place “to meet like minded people, discuss topics related to our field of interest, be supportive to each other and to create ...
  • Creating garden features with living willows in Kerry Weaving living willows into a garden feature is the theme of a workshop with Medical Herbalist Christine Best and Cathy Eastman on February 15th. Participants will cut the rods in Christine’s garden at An Paircin Clinic of Herbal Medicine at Stacksmountain, Kilflynn, Tralee, Co Kerry. They will be shown how to weave them into a feature while ...
  • eReaders at bedtime disrupt sleep Those lucky enough to be given a tablet or an e-reader for Christmas should beware of reading at bedtime. Light emitting electronic devices keep readers awake longer than those people reading conventional print books. E-readers can affect the body’s circadian clock which tells it the best time to go to sleep. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms ...
  • Tai chi improves confidence of heart patients Chronic heart failure patients  respond well to Tai Chi exercise which improves their quality of life , mood and exercise performance confidence. A study of 100 patients with systolic heart failure showed the benefits of the practice. “Historically, patients with chronic systolic heart failure were considered too frail to exercise and, through the late 1980s, avoidance of ...