Dr Rosy Daniel April 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my April news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution

‘Largest scale experiment ever’ shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels. The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity and temporarily slashing air pollution levels around the world, satellite imagery from the European Space Agency shows. One expert said the sudden shift represented the “largest scale experiment ever” in terms of the reduction of industrial emissions.

Read the full Guardian Article:


Coronavirus Alternative Treatments: Can Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbs Help?

Certain herbs and ancient practices might help protect against COVID-19 coronavirus, or ease its symptoms, according to the Chinese government and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. But these claims come with scant scientific evidence, leaving many to wonder whether they work at all.

Read the full Medicine Net Article:


Transcendental Meditation

How transcendental meditation alters the brain

Transcendental meditation (TM) involves sitting with eyes shut for 15–20 minutes twice a day while saying a mantra. The practice has several advantages for mental health but, until now, it was unclear how those effects came about. TM differs from other meditation practices in that it does not require concentration or visualization. Instead, TM practitioners come up with a mantra, which is a word or phrase that has no real meaning.

Read the full Medical News Today article:


The Benefits of Essential Oils for the Flu 

What essential oils are good for the flu?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. In some cases, it can be life threatening. Flu viruses are constantly changing, which can make them hard to treat. Medications can help relieve symptoms, and some people also try alternative therapies, such as essential oils. However, there is no evidence to suggest that essential oils can treat or cure flu symptoms or those of other viruses, including coronaviruses. They also will not prevent a virus from becoming more severe. That said, some people with mild symptoms may find that essential oils help them feel better. In this article, learn more about how to use essential oils, their potential benefits for flu, and some risks associated with them.

Read the full Medical News Today Article:


Sensitive Skin Tips

Sensitive skin: Home remedies and prevention

Sensitive skin is a common issue but not a medical diagnosis in itself. The term generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin may have strong reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in products that come into contact with the skin. They may also get rashes or irritation from clothing or friction. In many cases, sensitive skin is a symptom of an underlying condition. Finding ways to avoid potential triggers and soothe irritated skin may help people with sensitive skin find relief and improve their quality of life.

Read the full Medical News Today Article: 


Upcoming Tantra Exhibition

‘Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution’ Exhibition at British Museum 23rd April – 26th July

The exhibition, ‘Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution” coming up at the British Museum explores Tantra, a set of beliefs and rituals that began in 6th-century India. Ramos said it was a salacious stereotype and misunderstanding of Tantra in any case, similar to imagining the Kama Sutra was part of it. “Tantra is very much about harnessing desire in order to ultimately transcend it and also to embrace all aspects of the body, all aspects of the sensual, to generate power. “It is a very different approach to the erotic and to the idea of desire. It is not about pleasure for its own sake, which the Kama Sutra is.”

Read the full Guardian Article:


To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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