Could one glass of red wine a day keep bowel cancer at bay?

Raising a glass of red wine and offering a toast to ‘good health’ may be far more than merely a charming tradition.
British scientists have discovered that a ‘miracle ingredient’ in red wine called resveratrol protects against bowel cancer. And what’s more, one large glass contains enough to have ‘amazing’ effects.
In fact, the tiny amount of resveratrol in a single drink is even more powerful than the much higher doses found in supplements sold in health food shops.
Researchers from Leicester University said some compounds may work best when taken at the sort of doses found in nature.
Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes and gives the fruit its colour, is credited with a host of other health benefits, from staving off heart disease to keeping the mind sharp.  Animal studies have even hinted that it can extend life.
But although human trials are being carried out, the results have been mixed.

Source  - Daily Mail

Kale: The toxic truth!

Did you know that all those green leaves you are spending so much of your salary on could actually be causing you more harm than good?  
Kale, the world's trendiest vegetable thanks to the PR firm it hired a few years ago, is actually not as great for you as they want you to believe. 
Here, yoga and wellness guru Lauren Imparato, who runs I.AM.YOU.Studio in New York, reveals three reasons why...

It does to your insides what a cactus does to your skin when you rub up against it. 
Eating it in mass quantities and raw, as we are all doing in salads and juices nowadays, makes the problem even worse. By problem I am referring to that abdominal pooch, what I call 'Alien Baby': bloating, stomach, and/or gas. It is uncomfortable, and probably from the kale.

Source  - Daily Mail

Meet the doctor who physically FEELS what his patients are going through

It is an expression widely used... 'I feel your pain'. But for one doctor, the saying is uttered with complete sincerity.
For Dr Joel Salinas, who works at Massachusetts General Hospital, is in a rare position - he can physically feel what his patients are going through.
The neurologist suffers the rare condition mirror-touch synesthesia, a condition which means he experiences the same sensations he observes others going through.
He told WBZ-TV: 'When I see people, I have the sensation of whatever touches their body on my own body.'
Dr Salinas first noticed the condition when he was a child. When he watched other people hugging, he said he would feel as though he was being hugged. And, while less pleasant, when he watched a person being hit, he felt their discomfort.
Though he escapes feeling a person's pain, Dr Salinas described the sensations as 'unsettling'.

Source  - Daily Mail

Anxiety and depression caused by stress linked to gut bacteria living in intestines, scientists find

Anxiety and depression could be linked to the presence of bacteria in the intestines, scientists have found.
A study on laboratory mice has shown that anxious and depressive behaviour brought on by exposure to stress in early life appears only to be triggered if microbes are present in the gut.
The study, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates a clear link between gut microbiota – the microbes living naturally in the intestines – and the triggering of the behavioural signs of stress.
"We have shown for the first time in an established mouse model of anxiety and depression that bacteria play a crucial role in inducing this abnormal behaviour,” said Premysl Bercik of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, the lead author of the study.
The scientists called for further research to see if the conclusions applied to humans, and whether therapies that that target intestinal microbes can benefit patients with psychiatric disorders.

Blowing balloons 'treats glue ear'

Using the nose to inflate a balloon helps heal glue ear, University of Southampton research suggests. The act increases the pressure in the ear to clear it of sticky mucus.
Three times a day, 320 children with glue ear used nasal balloons. A month later, 47% were clear of the condition, compared with 36% of those untreated. Glue ear affects about four in five children by their 10th birthday. Antibiotics, steroids, decongestants and antihistamines are all ineffective.
The Eustachian tube carries air from the back of the nose to the middle ear. This space, just behind the eardrum, contains three tiny, delicate bones critical for passing sounds waves through the ear.Glue ear stops the bones moving and impairs hearing.

How acupuncture 'really can ease pain'

Fans of acupuncture may have a point – as research suggests the treatment really can reduce pain.
A new US study of the ancient Chinese art – which involves inserting thin needles in different parts of the body – has been described as the strongest evidence yet that it can have genuine benefits. Study author Ladan Eshkevari claimed the research demonstrates how acupuncture may ‘reduce stress and pain, and potentially depression’.

Dr Eshkevari, of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, said: ‘The benefits of acupuncture are well known by those who use it, but such proof is anecdotal.
‘This research, the culmination of a number of studies, demonstrates how acupuncture might work in the human body to reduce stress and pain, and potentially, depression.’
Her work will provide a sense of vindication for those who have spent hundreds of pounds on acupuncture for bad backs, sprained ankles and other aches and pains. However, the study is likely to be picked over by those who say the benefits of acupuncture are all in the mind.

Source  - Daily Mail

Marijuana can heal broken bones, says new study

Marijuana helps broken bones heal faster, a new study has found.
The Times of Israel reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University found that rats with broken bones healed much quicker when given the non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD.
The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research on Thursday found that the bones not only healed quicker, but were also stronger and more resilient against a repeated fracture, meaning the bones treated with marijuana were much less likely to break again.
The scientists behind the research believe that this is due to a connection between cannabinoid receptors in the human body and the stimulation of bone growth.

What does rosemary do to your brain?

In folk medicine, rosemary has been associated for centuries with having a good memory. But is it worth investigating whether it really has any powers, asks Dr Chris Van Tulleken. In scientific terms there are different kinds of memory.
There's past memory - your experiences and what you learned at school. There's present memory, which is your working minute-to-minute memory. And there's future memory or "remembering to remember".
This is for many of us the trickiest one. When it fails bad things happen - we forget to take our vital heart medicine or worse still to buy our spouse's birthday presents. It's the reason letters decompose in my back pocket over months even though I cycle past a postbox every day.
There are plenty of examples of people who have enormously improved their past memories, committing decks of cards to memory or whole new languages. But remembering to remember is more complicated. Like most people I would do almost anything for an improved future memory.

How ultrasound helps wound heal three times faster

Wounds can be healed three times faster by treating them with ultrasound , scientists have found.
Around 200,000 people are treated every year for chronic wounds, particularly bedsores and leg ulcers costing the NHS £3.1billion. The high frequency soundwaves – commonly used to scan pregnant women – have been found to stimulate the body’s natural healing process in wounds. They could be ready to use in the NHS within three to four years.
University of Sheffield scientists found that ultrasound was especially effective at treating diabetics and the elderly.
The researchers said the innovation could help millions of people for whom wounds heal more slowly. There are 11 million over 65s, three million diabetics and 10 million smokers in the UK, all of whom have problems with wound healing.

Source  - Daily Mail

Revealed, the foods that help ease the agony of arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 8.75 million people in the UK, according to Arthritis Research UK.
Osteoarthritis is the wearing away of the cartilage, which cushions the joint.  As it erodes, it becomes roughened, reducing mobility. Sometimes fragments of the joint break off and cause catching, locking and pain in the joint.
In the extreme, when osteoarthritis (OA) becomes advanced, the bones can start to rub together which can become incredibly painful. With this friction, boney growths called osteophytes sometimes develop creating more pain and reducing the mobility of the joint further. 

There is a common belief that OA is simply an inevitable part of the ageing process with nothing to be done to prevent or ease it, particularly if it ‘runs in the family’.  However this is simply not true. Scientific research is providing evidence to show that lifestyle has a bigger influence than genes on the progression OA.  In other words, just because your mother and grandmother had painful, swollen joints does not mean this has to be your reality too. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Sorry, coconuts may not be good for you after all

From a sprinkling of desiccated coconut on sponge cake or coconut milk in creamy curries, it hardly seems the stuff of super-healthy diets.
Yet coconut has had something of a reinvention as a health food, with coconut-based products becoming increasingly popular, fuelled by growing numbers of people cutting out dairy. 
Sales of coconut water in Britain soared by 120 per cent in 2014, while Sainsbury's reported a 400 per cent rise in sales of coconut oil. Devotees claim coconut contains 'healthy' fats, which are better for the heart and can even aid weight loss.

But Helen Bond, a dietitian and spokesman for the British Dietetic Association, isn't convinced.
'People think that because coconut is natural it must be healthy - unaware it carries surprising amounts of calories and saturated fat,' she says. Here, she assesses the most popular coconut products...

Coconut oil is touted as a good alternative to other oils because it has a slightly higher smoke point, meaning that when it's heated it produces fewer harmful free radicals - molecules linked to ageing and disease - and loses less of its nutrients.
It is also been claimed to speed weight loss; a Brazilian study in 2009 found obese women on coconut oil supplements lost more weight around the abdomen than those on a soy bean oil supplement.

Source  - Daily Mail

Herbal food supplement labels 'can be misleading'

Some herbal food supplements do not contain what they claim on the label, a study has found.
The BBC health series 'Trust Me, I'm a Doctor' teamed up with experts from University College London to test a selection of products bought from high street shops or online retailers. Of 30 ginkgo products tested, eight contained little or no ginkgo extract. In one case of milk thistle, unidentified substances were present in place of milk thistle. All the evening primrose products performed well.
The UCL team tested around 70 products overall, using two methods - nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and high performance thin layer chromatography - to study their composition.
Herbal products can be sold either as food supplements, or as Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) remedies. In every THR tested, the product contained what was claimed on the label. However, the food supplements showed a wide range of quality. Whilst many contained high amounts of the herbal ingredient as claimed, several had none at all.

Is the elixir of life as simple as two cups of tea?

Forget expensive pills and exotic potions. The elixir of life could be as simple as a cup or two or tea.
Women in their 70s and 80s lived longer if they had the equivalent of two cuppas a day, research has found. They were 40 per cent less likely to die during the five years studied than other females of a similar age.
Tea, or more specifically, the flavonoids in it, also seemed to protect against the ravages of heart disease and cancer. Flavonoids are health-boosting plant compounds that are found in chocolate, fruit, red wine and coffee. However, tea made the biggest contribution to the flavonoid count in the women studied.
The Australian researchers analysed the health records of more than 1,000 women aged 75-plus. Detailed information about their diet, including the amount of tea and coffee drunk, was used to work out what level of flavonoids they were consuming.
Some 88 per cent of the women were still alive by the end of the study – and those with the most flavonoids in their diet were particularly likely to have survived.
Deaths from heart disease and cancer – the two biggest killers of elderly women – were down, as well as the overall risk of death. Crucially for those looking for simple tips for a longer, healthier life, the amount of flavonoids that provide protection is achievable.
The Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that required amount of 350mg a day can be found in two cups of tea.

Source  - Daily Mail

Why the fabulously popular supplement may not be so healthy after all

For anyone wondering about whether to take a fish oil pill to improve your health, the Web site of the National Institutes of Health has some advice.
Yes. And no.
One page on the Web site endorses taking fish oil supplements, saying they are likely effective for heart disease, because they contain the “beneficial” fatty acids known as omega-3s.
But another page suggests that, in fact, the fish oil pills seem useless: 'Omega-3s in supplement form have not been shown to protect against heart disease.'
“I can see how you might think that there is some inconsistency,” Paul R. Thomas, a scientific consultant in NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements wrote in response to questions about the NIH pages.
Few issues better reflect the American confusion over diet. People in the United States spend about $1.2 billion annually for fish oil pills and related supplements even though the vast majority of research published recently in major journals provides no evidence of a health benefit.

Going for a countryside walk really DOES reduce stress and anxiety

They say a dose of fresh air is good for the lungs and the skin.  But it may also be good for the brain, scientists claim.
Taking a walk in a natural place can ease depression, according to new research.
A study found strolling around a green place stops people dwelling on negative repetitive thoughts. However, walking around an urban setting, such as a city or a town, did not have the same effect. 

Previous research has linked such negative thoughts, called rumination, to higher levels of mental illness. Those who ruminate dwell of negative aspects of themselves, replaying embarrassing or disappointing moments in their mind.
It is known from former studies that people who live in cities are more prone to rumination, and therefore more likely to become depressed, although it is not yet known why.
The new study shows taking a walk in a green place could help ease the rumination that is linked to living in an urban place, the researchers concluded.

Source  - Daily Mail

How being a nation of pill poppers is making us ill.

Dave Fisher will never forget the day he watched his mother die in agony from a cardiac arrest in a hospital bed. 
Nor will he forgive the doctors who prescribed the combination of two drugs he believes killed her in just 28 minutes as her family could only watch in horror.
‘She was very distressed and gasping for breath,’ recalls the marine surveyor. ‘It was horrendous.’
In April 2010, Joan Fisher, an 83-year-old former nurse, was taken to hospital after suffering chest pains. 
She’d initially been rushed by ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary, but because of a bed shortage was transferred that evening to nearby Castle Hill Hospital.
Unsettled by the late evening transfer, Mrs Fisher became increasingly anxious.

Worse, she was somehow separated from her regular medication — drugs for conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, angina, raised cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart failure. So at Castle Hill, the missing medication was reordered from the hospital’s own stocks — but a registrar also decided to add bisoprolol to the list.
Bisoprolol, like the diltiazem Mrs Fisher was already taking, is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. 

Source  - Daily Mail