Arthritis may NOT be due to 'wear and tear'

High-fibre diets significantly reduce the risk of developing arthritis, according to new research.

Those with the greatest fibre intake are up to 61 per cent less likely to develop the condition than those consuming the lowest amounts, a review of two studies found.  Eating lots of fibre, found in brown rice, potato skins and other vegetables, may also prevent existing knee pain from worsening, the researchers said. 

These findings may debunk the theory that arthritis occurs due to 'wear and tear' as damaged cartilage is unable to properly repair itself.  Researchers from Tuft University, Boston and the University of Manchester conducted a review of two studies.  These included the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) trial, which had 4,796 participants and the Framingham Offspring Osteoarthritis Study, which comprised 1,268 people. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Are YOU depressed? Take up Tai Chi

Taking part in Tai Chi could help to combat depression, new research claims.

Going to classes in the ancient Chinese martial art for 12 weeks significantly reduced symptoms of the blues. It can work independently of treatment, suggesting it can scupper the need for an antidepressant prescription, the small study shows.  The findings hold promise amid soaring rates of depression worldwide, with drugs and therapy often proving ineffective. 

The meditative practice, which has been used for more than 1,000 years, combines deep breathing and slow and gentle movements. Those given Tai Chi were taught basic traditional movements and asked to practice three times a week.

All 17 volunteers in the martial art reported significantly greater improvement in depression symptoms than the other two groups. Follow up assessment after six months showed sustained improvement, the report published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry states.

Source  - Daily Mail

Three quarters of rice products sold as baby food found to contain illegal levels of arsenic

Parents should avoid giving rice to young children, scientists have said, after a new study found almost three quarters of rice-based products sold as baby food contain illegal levels of arsenic.

A maximum level of arsenic allowed in rice used for baby food was introduced by the EU in January 2016 to reduce children’s exposure to the harmful
toxin. But when researchers at Queen’s University Belfast tested 73 different rice-based products often given to babies, they found almost 80 per cent of rice crackers, 61 per cent of baby rice and 32 per cent of rice cereals flouted these regulations.

Inorganic arsenic contaminates rice while it is growing as a result of industrial toxins and pesticides and can impact the development of young children, Andy Meharg, who led the study, told The Independent.

“We’re talking about immune development, growth, IQ. They’re all impacted at the levels of consumption you’d get from rice consumption,” he said. “I’m not scaremongering. EU laws have been passed, and what we’re doing is saying these laws aren’t being met.”

Source - Independent

Just 10 minutes of meditation does wonders for your brain

Sitting down to clear your mind for just 10 minutes is enough to overcome stress and anxiety, a study claims.

New research revealed that a short stint of meditation will help block out the internal thoughts of restless people and allow them to concentrate. The report from the University of Waterloo in Canada is the latest to demonstrate the benefits of meditation. Past studies have found self-reflection and deep thinking can even slow ageing and help to fight off disease.

Source  - Daily Mail

Students can boost their exam grades by smelling Rosemary

Children facing exams could enhance their recall by inhaling the smell of rosemary.

The woody herb often used to add flavour garnish lamb has long had a reputation as being helpful to the memory. In ancient Greece, scholars wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests to give their recollection a boost. Shakespeare also credited the herb with memory - enhancing powers, writing the line 'Rosemary, that's for remembrance' in Hamlet.

Now researchers at Northumbria University found that rosemary essential oil is helpful to children's recollection, following on from previous research that it boosts adult memories. Dr Mark Moss and Victoria Earle will outline their findings at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Brighton later this week.

Dr Moss said: 'Our previous study demonstrated the aroma of rosemary essential oil could enhance cognition in healthy adults. Knowing how important working memory is in academic achievement we wanted to see if similar effects could be found in school age children in classroom settings.'

Source  - Daily Mail