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  • Trinity College autism researchers appeal for participants The Autism Study Research Group at Trinity College in Dublin has appealed for participants to help them with a study to help them find out more about the causes of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).. The team is seeking people with high function ASC  to become part of an MRI study “exploring Theory of Mind in high ...
  • Gardens good for dementia patients Gardens in care homes have non-drug benefits for patients with dementia. A review of 17 different pieces of research has found that outdoor spaces can promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents agitation. It was found that the care home gardens offered spaces where patients could interact with visitors and the gardens also helped to stimulate memories ...
  • Sunshine vitamin halves risks for bowel cancer patients Bowel cancer patients with high levels of Vitamin D in their blood can cut their risk of dying by 50pc compared to those with the lowest levels of the vitamin. Those with with  the highest  levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, a study shows. The study is the first ...
  • Avocados increase Vitamin A value from other foods Fresh avocados are not just good eaten by themselves but enhance the absorption of essential nutrients from other foods. More vitamin A is absorbed from tomatoes or carrots when they are eaten with Avocados. Vitamin A is involved in reproductive health and growth promotion; helps support healthy skin, immune function, and vision; and has antioxidant properties. The research ...
  • Hotter days encourage kidney stones Hotter days increase the number of people seeking treatment for kidney stones and the most dramatic rise for the painful condition is among children. The link has been found in a study of 60,000 patients in areas with different climates. The researchers found that “as daily temperatures rise, there is a rapid increase in the probability of ...
  • Three day mindfulness course relieves stress Just 25 minutes of mindfulness for three consecutive days can alleviate psychological stress. New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that it is not necessary to have lengthy training programmes in mindfulness to get good results. For the study 66 healthy people aged between 18 and 30 years  took part in a three day experiment. Some of them ...
  • Sunbathers could be addicted to the rays Sun worshipers devoted to acquiring a deep tan could actually be addicted to the rays. Chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins which act along the same pathway as heroin and other addictive drugs. The findings could explain why people insist on repeated sunbathing despite the know risk of skin cancer. The ...
  • Junk food common in Irish children’s TV programmes Unhealthy food and drink accounts for almost half of all the food and drink cues in children’s television programmes in this country. Frequently the unhealthy  food is portrayed in a positive light during the programme. Research which looked at TV broadcasting here and in the UK found 1,555 food and drink cues in 82.5 hours of children’s ...
  • Free Grow Your Own Summit online For anyone interested in growing their own food there is an online summit on the subject from July 7-14th. The information is free once you register by email.   Might be worth a look. This is the link: http://growfoodsummit.com
  • Cocoa reduces Alzheimer damage An extract from cocoa may reduce nerve pathway damage for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The extract called Lavado seems to reduce the damage in the nerve pathways in the brain long before they develop symptoms. The study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggests that Lavado prevents a protein from gradually forming sticky ...
  • Music helps babies social development Babies who have barely learned to walk, benefit from moving in sync to music with other people. Bouncing to music with others affects the babies’ social development. Laura Cirelli at McMaster University, who carried out the study found that 14 month old babies were much more likely to help another person after the experience of bouncing up ...
  • Aromatherapy keeps bread fresh Aromatherapy oils have been found to help preserve food. A film made from clove and oregano essential oils has been found to preserve bread longer than commercial additives. Essential oils are already used to replace synthetic cleaning products and in anti-mosquito sprays and medicines. Food scientists have found that the oils can keep bacteria and mold at bay. The ...
  • Light treatment calms Alzheimer sufferers. Light treatment may improve sleep, depression and agitation in people with Alzheimers disease and other dementia. A new study shows that exposure to tailored light treatment during daytime hours for four weeks significantly increased sleep quality and duration. It also reduced depression and agitation. “It is a simple, inexpensive, non-pharmacological treatment to improve sleep and behavior in ...
  • Sleeping late makes it harder to exercise Night owls are more sedentary and less motivated to exercise. People who sleep late have a harder time maintaining and exercise schedule. They are more likely to sit around and are more likely to find barriers to exercising. “Waking up late and being an evening person were related to more time spent sitting, particularly on weekends and with ...
  • Relaxation helps women reduce stress during cancer treatment. Relaxation training helps women reduce distress during breast cancer treatment. Even a five week intervention can have beneficial effects. A study of 183 breast cancer patients  following surgery and before chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments showed that those who had relaxation training had greater improvements in mood and reduced cancer-specific distress. They also reported improved emotional well-being and less ...
  • Cancer patients’ survival improved with sunshine vitamin Cancer patients who have higher levels of vitamin D when they are diagnosed tend to have better survival rates and remain in remission longer. Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body after exposure to sunlight and is also absorbed from certain foods.  Its is needed to help the body absorb the calcium and phosphorous needed ...
  • Milk delays knee arthritis in women Drinking fat-free or low fat milk could delay the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee – but only for women. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint disease that causes pain and swelling of joints in the hand, hips or knee. It is becoming more prevalent and severe in women with evidence pointing to obesity, joint injury ...
  • Beans and lentils battle cholesterol Just one daily serving of beans, lentils or peas can significantly reduce bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. The benefits are even greater for men than women. A study of more than 1,000 people showed a 5pc reduction in the bad cholesterol for those who ate a serving of three quarters of a cup of ...
  • Green tea good for memory disorders Green tea extract can enhance the memory and Swiss researchers are looking at how this could be used for phychiatric disorders like dementia. In the past the main ingredients of green tea have been thoroughly studied in cancer research. Recently, scientists have also been looking at its positive impact on the human brain. Different studies were able to ...
  • Free Angel Meditation course – Co Kildare Tara Wilson Black is offering a free four week Angel Meditation course at her Angelreiki Healing Retreat in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare. The course over four Thursday nights will cover Clearing and Balancing the Chakras, Meeting Guardian Angels and Spiritual Guides, Achieving Goals and Manifesting with the Angles and Letting Go of People or Things that ...
  • Walk your way to creativity Taking a walk is not just good exercise, it stimulates the creative brain. Students taking part in a study consistently came up with more creative solutions to problems after taking a walk. When tested for creativity a surprising 100pc of walkers scored higher than those who just sat on a chair. In subsequent different experiments the walkers were ...
  • Soldiers combat stress with meditation Soldiers are using a combination of meditation and body awareness exercises to help them recover from stressful combat. US Marine Corps personnel took an eight week course and then spent a day in a mock rural Middle Eastern village where an ambush was stages. The scientist found that the heart and breathing rates of those who had ...
  • Economic crash increases heart attacks Heart disease needing hospital treatment increased during the Greek financial crisis. More young people were treated for heart attacks in Greek hospital emergency departments during the financial crisis and the problem was particularly acute among women. Research showing the link between the two was presented at this year’s Heart Failure Congress – the main annual meeting of ...
  • Sleep loss makes young children fat Children who consistently lose sleep when they are very young are far more likely to be overweight by the age of seven. Sleep loss was defined as less than 12 hours a day for babies aged six months to two years, less than 10 hours for those in the 3-4 age group and less than nine ...
  • Edible flowers inhibit chronic disease Edible flowers can reduce inflammation and help inhibit chronic disease. A new study has found that common edible flowers in China are rich in phenolics and have antioxidant, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. The flowers have been used in recipes in China for centuries but renewed interest has now been stired by the study carried out by ...