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  • Forage for edible seaweed in West Kerry Spend a day foraging and cooking with seaweeds on the shoreline west of Dingle, Co Kerry.  Learn about this free superfood, which can also be used in the bath and in the garden. Darach O Murchu, a former Silicon Valley engineer who moved back to Kerry, will lead this adventure on Sunday August  30th which ends ...
  • Irish seniors among biggest drinkers Irish over 65’s are some of the biggest drinkers. One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at “unsafe levels” with the risk of premature death or serious health effects. Those with greater wealth and higher education are most likely to be in the “unsafe” group. “As the Baby Boomer generation become seniors, they represent ...
  • Chestnut leaves disarm MRSA super-bug The leaves of the chestnut tree may hold the key to dealing with anti-biotic resistant bugs like MRSA. The HSE admits that “antibiotic resistance is an everyday problem in all hospitals across Ireland”. Now European chestnut tree leaves have been found to contain a compound that blocks Staphylococcus aureus, the drug resistant bug which causes MRSA. The compound ...
  • A spoonful makes the medicine go down It has been linked to everything from rotten teeth to diabetes but food scientists have five very good reasons for adding sugar to our food. 1. Taste – the sweet taste makes many food more palatable and also interacts with other ingredients to enhance or lessen certain flavours. 2. Colour and flavour.  Caramelisation is fundamental to the ...
  • Acupuncture reduces blood pressure Acupuncture has helped patients with high blood pressure bring the pressure down. Patients who had the treatment found the drop in their blood pressure lasted up to six weeks. Electroacupuncture was used in the project, which is the first to scientifically confirm that the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can benefit mild to moderate high blood pressure. Electroacupuncture ...
  • Antibiotics link to childhood arthritis Taking antibiotics may increase the risk of a child developing juvenile arthritis. Children prescribed antibiotics have been found to have twice the risk of developing the condition compared to children of the same age who did not take antibiotics. The more antibiotics prescribed, the higher the risk, particularly within one year of taking the medication. Juvenile arthritis is ...
  • Magnolia for head and neck cancers The fragrant Magnolia tree may hold a key to treating head and neck cancers. An active component from the tree has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat anxiety and other conditions. But more recently scientists have been discovering the compound  - Honokiol – found in magnolia bark is an adversary of cancer. It ...
  • Use muscles or lose them Just two weeks of not using your legs causes young people to lose a third of their muscle strength, leaving them on a par with someone up to 50 years older. Both older and younger people lose muscular strength through inactivity but young people lose it faster. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have found that the ...
  • Magnolia tree compound in cancer treatment The fragrant Magnolia tree may hold a key to treating head and neck cancers. An active component from the tree has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat anxiety and other conditions. But more recently scientists have been discovering the compound  - Honokiol – found in magnolia bark is an adversary of cancer. It ...
  • HerbFeast 2015 takes place in Co Carlow Foraging for herbs, exploring the language of plants and practical demonstrations of their use are all part of this year’s 4th annual HerbFeast. Forgotten European Herbs, Icelandic  Herbal Medicine and Appalachian Root Medicine will be discussed by speakers. Participants will also go on herb walks,  attend an Ayurvedic cookery class and a practical workshop to make herbal ...
  • Leaky pipes allow bugs into water system Just when you thought the Water saga couldn’t get any worse, it emerges that leaky pipes – of which we have many – allow contaminants to enter the water system. Viruses and bacteria from faeces are among the contaminants which can be “sucked into” the water system. Up to now it was believed that where a pipe ...
  • Moderate drinking is good for the heart Not all alcohol is bad, drinking in moderation can have heart benefits. Up to seven drinks a week in early to middle age has been associated with a 20pc cut in the risk for men developing heart failure and a 16pc reduction for women. Heart failure is where the heart can no longer pump blood around the ...
  • Beat diabetes with eggs Eating eggs reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Eggs have been found to improve glucose balance and have been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and lower blood glucose levels. Men in the study who ate four eggs a week had a 37pc lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who only ...
  • Drinking affects sleep quality Drinking alcohol to get asleep is a double edged experience. While it may get you off to sleep more quickly, it is also associated with sleep disruption later in the night. The alcohol initially acts as a sedative but “the take-home message here is that alcohol is not actually a particularly good sleep aid even though it ...
  • 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 ...