June 2018 News Round-Up

Heatwave

As the heatwave deepens in the UK there are warnings of shortages of lettuces as farmers struggle to cope. (The Independent, Jun 30th) Other farmers are concerned about their cows (The Guardian, Jun 28th)

Meanwhile the Manchester Evening Post (Jun 28th) tells of a ‘Mum’s miracle cure for sunburn’ which turns out to involve the application of menthol (mint) foam shaving cream.

We find fresh aloe vera gel is brilliant for burns including sunburn. See: Aloe vera plants – why every home should have one

Paleo, Gluten-free and Low-Carb diets

Greatist.com, Jun 21st, tells us how one woman accidently discovered a Low-Carb Paleo diet was right for her.

Whilst Today, May 31st, provides an account of several women’s coeliac stories reminding us that symptoms can include weight loss, anemia, B12 deficiency, brain fog, neuropathy, numbness of hands and feet, arthritis, osteoporosis infertility or frequent miscarriages and skin conditions, not just (or even) the classic gut symptoms of bloating, cramping, diarrhoea or constipation.

Daily Mail, Jun 29th reports a study that found daily walnut consumption linked to lower risk of diabetes.

Food and the Environment

In a recent analysis farmed salmon and many kinds of shellfish were found to be ‘more environmentally friendly than going vegan’ (Salon, Jun 24th)

Herbal Medicine

A professor of neuroscience and a pharmacognosist sing the praises of herbal medicine in a new book.  (Daily Mail, Jun 11th) The article explains how sage, rosemary, chilli and willow bark are effective for pain control and memory enhancement, and how you can use mint, sage and pine essential oils for household cleaning.

Mother and Baby

A recent study shows that babies in the womb respond more to Classical music than Pop or Rock, with Traditional (Folk) music somewhere in between. (Daily Mail, Jun 12th)

Environmental Toxins

air pollution from cars and industrial sources and even household chemicals must be considered as “important risk factors” for cutting lung cancer deaths.

Triclosan, a common antiseptic in deodorants and some toothpastes has been found to mess with the gut microbiome. (Popular Science, May 31st)

Global cancer cases rise by a third in a decade as life expectancy and unhealthy habits increase, finds major study (The Independent, Jun 2nd)

And whilst most of these increases are in developing countries, closer to home, rates of colorectal cancer are rising fastest amongst the young. “Someone born around 1990 is now four times as likely to develop rectal cancer as someone born around 1950”. (Business insider May 31st)

However, higher Vitamin D levels dramatically lower colorectal cancer risk. (Daily Mail, Jun 14th)… something about where the sun don’t shine?

Good for You

Hot baths and saunas have many health benefits. Adding to this is new study in which participants taking an hour long hot soak were found to burn calories equivalent to a 30 minute walk! Furthermore their blood sugar control improved more than participants that undertook an hour of cycling. Other studies have shown significant reductions in blood pressure and peripheral circulation. (The Conversation)

In one of the most recent studies it was found that people taking hot baths 5 times per week had significantly improved cardiac health markers (Medical News Today, Jun 26th)

Cauliflower: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts (Live Science, May 31st)

NHS Woes

The main NHS scandal to hit the headlines this month was the use of ‘medically unjustified’ opiates at Gosport Hospital during the 1990s which led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths. (ITV News, June 20th)

In the latest European League Tables, the UK’s health service performed worse than average in the treatment of 8 out of the 12 most common causes of death, including deaths within 30 days of having a heart attack and within five years of being diagnosed with breast cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer. (The Guardian, Jun 25th)

Weird

Mice given an antibody found in the blood of criminals turns them nasty. (The Times, Jun 26th)

Domestication has led to the brains of rabbits shrinking. (The Independent, Jun 26th)… well, am I the only one that assumed that already?

Have fun in the sun!

 

 

 

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