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:

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 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel March 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my March 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

Health Tech Advances

This machine 3D prints bones for better, healthier implants 

As a nurse in Denmark, Casper Slots got used to seeing the pain that ill-fitting artificial bone implants caused in patients. Some were left in permanent discomfort, or had their faces disfigured by “one size fits all” models. In 2012, he enrolled in a masters course in medical technology and welfare, where he met Martin B Jensen. They began work on a better solution, and in 2017 founded Particle3D, a startup with a single mission: printing bone.

Read the full Wired Article:

World’s first ‘smart’ yoga mat – YogifyFI

The world’s first interactive yoga mat which promises to reduce back pain, ease anxiety and help you lose weight has launched in Australia. YogiFi, a ‘smart’ exercise mat created by Indian technology company Wellnesys, is made with pressure sensors which record and provide real-time feedback on your posture, strength and flexibility to help you improve as you work out.

Read the full Daily Mail Article:

Turmeric Health Benefits 

Turmeric May Improve Heart-Related Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

A study finds that Curcuma longa, more popularly known as turmeric, can alleviate certain symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, namely arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction, that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The findings strengthen scientific evidence that turmeric, used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, has an important place in wellness and healing today. Curcuma longa (C. longa), commonly known as turmeric, is a plant native to South Asia. A source of a bright yellow spice and a member of the ginger family, it is used as a dye, as an ingredient in Asian dishes such as curry and as herbal therapy. Dubbed “the Golden Spice,” it has been used to alleviate the symptoms of digestive disorders and to treat a variety of ailments, including cancer and diabetes.

Read the full Green Med Info Article:

Human Rights 

Female Genital Mutilation Hurts Women and Economies

Female genital mutilation (FGM) exacts a crippling economic as well as human cost, according to World Health Organization (WHO). “FGM is not only a catastrophic abuse of human rights that significantly harms the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women; it is also a drain on a country’s vital economic resources,” said Dr Ian Askew, Director of WHO’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research. “More investment is urgently needed to stop FGM and end the suffering it inflicts.”

Read the full WHO Article:

DNA Sequencing & Cancer 

Targeting cancer is about to get easier – thanks to DNA sequencing

The greatest knowledge of cancer genetics yet will help advance the field of precision cancer medicine – in which the genome of a patient’s tumour is sequenced, and drugs are designed to target its vulnerabilities. Cancer is a genetic disease that occurs when mutations in DNA cause cells to divide and grow uncontrollably. Some cancer treatments already target specific genetic mutations – Herceptin for HER2-positive breast cancer is a well-known example. But the majority do not, and the mainstays of cancer treatment, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can damage healthy cells in the body as well as the cancerous ones. In many cases, a person’s cancer may not respond to a particular treatment at all.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

Green Fashion 

Do you have it in green? The living fabrics that can help clean the air

Mushroom, pineapple and algae: it sounds like the topping for a rather unusual pizza. In fact, they could be the crucial ingredients in the wardrobe of the future as growing numbers of designers try to create fashion that doesn’t harm the environment. Examine a garment’s care label and you may find that it was made out of pineapple stalks or cactus leaves, or a tote bag was woven with thread made from banana trees. From mushroom leather to algae T-shirts, the search is on for alternative materials with smaller carbon footprints. And the latest result are carbon-negative clothes made with algae that absorb carbon dioxide from the air.

Read the full Guardian Article:

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 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel February 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my February 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

Recent Advances in Cancer Research

Immune discovery ‘may treat all cancer’

A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists. The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have “enormous potential”. Experts said that although the work was still at an early stage, it was very exciting.

Read the full BBC News Article:

HPV infections nearly eliminated in England under vaccine scheme

Figures boost hopes that cases of cervical cancer will fall, but separate study questions link. Very few sexually active young women are now getting infected with the virus that causes most cervical cancers following the introduction of a mass HPV vaccination programme in schools, Public Health England has said. In 2008, the year vaccination began, 15% of young women were infected with HPV (human papilloma virus), which circulates among sexually active people. Two types, HPV16 and 18, cause the vast majority of cervical cancers.

Read the Guardian Article:

Australia Bushfires

Australia fires: ‘Incredible’ signs of life return to burned bush

Australia’s bushfires have burnt through 10 million hectares of land, and it is feared some habitats may never recover. But in some worst-affected areas, the sight of plants growing back and animals returning to habitats is raising spirits.



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The Touch Test

Exploring touchy attitudes

A new survey commissioned by Wellcome Collection to explore people’s attitudes towards the physical experience of touch launches today on BBC Radio 4. The Touch Test is an online questionnaire developed by researchers in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. It creates a unique opportunity to understand the similarities and differences in our experiences of touch, with the aim of increasing our understanding of its role in health and wellbeing. The Touch Test will be launched in a special programme, hosted by All in the Mind presenter Claudia Hammond,  on BBC Radio 4, with the results set to be explored in a new series, The Anatomy of Touch, in the autumn.

Read the Psychologist Article:


Veganism: Why are vegan diets on the rise?

Across Britain, people are spending more money on vegan products, and plant-based diets are trending online. With major supermarkets catching on and stocking up on vegan-friendly food – BBC News asks what’s behind the rise? The number of vegans is on the up. A vegan diet involves cutting out animal products like meat, fish, dairy and eggs. According to the latest research by the Vegan Society, conducted in 2018, there are around 600,000 vegans in Great Britain.

Read the full Psychologist Article:

Acupuncture Easing Neuropathy

Cancer patient trial finds acupuncture lessens chemotherapy neuropathy

Acupuncture can help cancer patients who suffer with neuropathy as a result of chemotherapy, a study has found. A trial at Manchester’s The Christie found 68% of patients getting the treatment, which sees needles inserted into the skin, reported that symptoms of the nerve condition had lessened. One patient with the condition said he could “walk now without any trouble”. Professor Andrew Wardley said it was hoped the findings would “lead to a new standard of care”. The three-year study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Manchester hospital’s charity, involved 120 patients, half of whom were offered weekly hour-long acupuncture sessions over a 10-week period.

Read the full BBC News Article:

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 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel January 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my January 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

Acupuncture & Cancer 

Christie research shows acupuncture helps chemo patients

Pioneering research by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester has found that acupuncture can help more than half of patients who suffer from neuropathy, a debilitating numbness, which can be caused by chemotherapy. Believed to be the largest study of its kind ever undertaken, the aim was to discover if acupuncture, added to standard of care medication for patients experiencing severe chemo-inducted peripheral neuropathy, can significantly improve the condition for many.

Read the full Oldham Evening Chronicle Article:

Acupuncture as a Complementary Therapy During Radiation Treatment Can Reduce Dry Mouth

During radiation therapy, up to 80% of patients with head and neck cancer will experience dry mouth, a side effect of treatment that can affect quality of life. However, acupuncture delivered during treatment can reduce the incidence and severity of dry mouth, according to study findings from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “The radiation is there for curative intent but it’s also damaging the salivary glands. This is really quite a debilitating side effect of radiation treatment,” principal investigator, Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, professor of palliative, rehabilitation, and integrative medicine and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson, said in a press release. “The symptoms severely impact quality of life and oral health, and current treatments have limited benefits.”

Read the full Cure – Cancer Updates, Research & Education Article:

Tobacco Decline 

WHO launches new report on global tobacco use trends

For the first time, the World Health Organization projects that the number of males using tobacco is on the decline, indicating a powerful shift in the global tobacco epidemic. The findings, published today in a new WHO report, demonstrate how government-led action can protect communities from tobacco, save lives and prevent people suffering tobacco-related harm. “Declines in tobacco use amongst males mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “For many years now we had witnessed a steady rise in the number of males using deadly tobacco products. But now, for the first time, we are seeing a decline in male use, driven by governments being tougher on the tobacco industry. WHO will continue working closely with countries to maintain this downward trend.”

Read the full WHO Article:

Air Pollution and Climate Change 

Pollution Pods at COP25 show climate change and air pollution are two sides of the same coin 

Air pollution and climate change are two sides of the same coin: both are largely caused by the same sources and have similar solutions. Ambitious climate action has the potential to both safeguard our health and future, and to reduce the yearly seven million premature deaths from air pollution. This immersive art installation at the COP25 UN climate conference in Madrid encourages negotiators, observers and world leaders attending the summit to walk through the pods, letting visitors experience the daily reality of air pollution lived through by millions. The installation aims to help drive ambitious action for health and climate, and was brought to COP25 by the World Health Organization (WHO), Cape Farewell, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition Spain, the Clean Air Fund and key partners of the BreatheLife Campaign.

Read the full WHO Article:

Weight Loss and Breast Cancer

Weight loss linked to lower chance of getting breast cancer for women over 50

“Women over 50 should lose weight to cut breast cancer risk,” reports The Daily Telegraph. Previous research has shown that the chances of getting breast cancer are higher for women who are overweight or obese. This may be because overweight women produce more oestrogen. Oestrogen can cause breast cells to grow, which could lead to cancer if the cells grow uncontrollably. However, there is not much evidence about whether losing weight, especially in later life, can lower this increased chance of getting breast cancer.

Read the full NHS Article:

Virtual Reality and Health

How VR is letting palliative patients ‘complete their bucket list’

Last November, Darrell Johnson was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the deadly disease that took the lives of Ottawa Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar and the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie. The first thing that came to his mind when he was diagnosed was a joke he made in university about having a brain tumour — but this time, it was no laughing matter. Johnson, a 59-year-old father to two teenage boys, went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to treat the aggressive cancer. Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie’s life, tough to treat, doctors say. Politician, advocate, husband and father Paul Dewar succumbs to brain cancer. But after being given 14 months to live and suffering a recent stroke, he moved into the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, Ont., just over three months ago.

Read the full CBC Article:

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 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel December 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my December 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

Uplifting Cancer News

Immunotherapy offers hope for men with prostate cancer

A major trial of an immunotherapy drug has shown it can be effective in some men with advanced prostate cancer. The men had stopped responding to the main treatment options. Researchers found that a small proportion of men, described as “super responders”, remained well even after the trial ended, despite a very poor prognosis before treatment. Last week it was reported the same drug had proved effective in treating advanced head and neck cancers.

Read the full BBC Article:

Breast Cancer Early Detection

Simple blood test for early detection of breast cancer

Breast cancer could be detected up to five years before there are any clinical signs of it, using a blood test that identifies the body’s immune response to substances produced by tumour cells, according to new research presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference today (Sunday). Cancer cells produce proteins called antigens that trigger the body to make antibodies against them — autoantibodies. Researchers at the University of Nottingham (UK) have found that these tumour-associated antigens (TAAs) are good indicators of cancer, and now they have developed panels of TAAs that are known already to be associated with breast cancer to detect whether or not there are autoantibodies against them in blood samples taken from patients.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

Cannabis-based Medicines

Cannabis-based medicines: Two drugs approved for NHS

Two cannabis-based medicines, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, have been approved for use by the NHS in England. It follows new guidelines from the drugs advisory body NICE, which looked at products for several conditions. Charities have welcomed the move, although some campaigners who have been fighting for access to the drugs have said it does not go far enough. Both medicines were developed in the UK, where they are also grown. Doctors will be able to prescribe Epidyolex, for children with two types of severe epilepsy – Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome – which can cause multiple seizures a day.

Read the full BBC Article:

Carbon Dioxide Capture

Carbon dioxide capture and use could become big business

Capturing carbon dioxide and turning it into commercial products, such as fuels or construction materials, could become a new global industry, according to a study by researchers from UCLA, the University of Oxford and five other institutions. Should that happen, the phenomenon would help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The research, published in Nature, is the most comprehensive study to date investigating the potential future scale and cost of 10 different ways to use carbon dioxide, including in fuels and chemicals, plastics, building materials, soil management and forestry.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

The Arts and Health

WHO Study – What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? (2019)

Arts interventions, such as singing in a choir to improve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are considered non-invasive, low-risk treatment options and are increasingly being used by Member States to supplement more traditional biomedical treatments. The Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on arts and health maps the global academic literature on this subject in both English and Russian. It references over 900 publications, including 200 reviews, covering over 3000 further studies. As such, the report represents the most comprehensive evidence review of arts and health to date.

Read the full WHO Article:

Loneliness and Health Risks

Loneliness may increase death risk in people with heart conditions

“Lonely heart patients at ‘increased risk of dying’ after leaving hospital,” reports The Independent. A survey of people with heart disease discharged from hospitals in Denmark found that those who said they felt lonely were more likely to report feeling depressed and anxious, report a lower quality of life and were almost 3 times more likely to have died within a year of being discharged.

Read the full NHS Article:

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

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel November 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my November 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

Nutrition Debate

Uproar after research claims red meat poses no health risk

One expert says findings by international experts represent ‘egregious abuse of evidence’. New research that claims red and processed meat is probably not harmful to our health has caused controversy among experts who maintain people should cut down. The World Health Organization has classified red and processed meats as cancer-causing. Public health bodies worldwide urge people to limit their intake of red and processed meat to reduce their cancer risk. The NHS advises that people who eat 90g of meat a day – equivalent to three thin slices of roast meat – should cut down to 70g.

Read the full Guardian Article:

Exercise & Cancer

Exercise guidelines for cancer survivors

A recent review of research, conducted by an international group of experts led by the University of British Columbia, has resulted in the development of new exercise guidelines for cancer survivors. The updated recommendations, published today in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, outline specific ‘exercise prescriptions’ to address common side effects, such as anxiety and fatigue, associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

Exercise Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer. But Does How Much You Run Matter?

A new study compared exercising for 30 minutes a day versus 60 minutes on cancer-risk biomarkers. Here’s what it found. Lacing up on a regular basis not only helps your mental health and tamps down stress, but it also boosts your physical health, too: Running helps reduce your risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer.

Read the full Runner’s World Article:\

Mental Health

The Mental Health Crisis

Physical exercise can help, but we need to understand what it is about the way we live that makes so many of us ill. Is there a problem in this sad old world that can’t be solved by physical jerks? I find myself muttering this, because wherever I go someone is coming up behind me, breathing heavily: a runner. Some of my best friends are joggers – pushing themselves up hills, finishing marathons – it keeps depression and mood swings at bay and it’s free. It’s a good thing, but I cannot be alone in finding underwhelming advice about looking after one’s mental health as if it is physical health.

Read the full Guardian Article:

Natural Remedies

Preventing antibiotic resistance through natural remedies

New Food attended a Pukka Herb event to discover how natural options might help secure the future of antibiotics. The prescription of antibiotics has become a hot topic in the world of food and health. Research suggests that the excessive and often unnecessary prescription of antibiotics for minor infections such as sore throats, ear infections and UTIs, risks a future of multi-drug resistance to otherwise treatable illnesses.

Read the full New Food Magazine Article:

Vaping Health Scare

Why Are Healthy People Dying From Vaping?

The mysterious vaping outbreak in the U.S. has led to 26 deaths, and nearly 1,300 lung injuries as of last week, including deaths among young, seemingly healthy people. But what makes these illnesses so serious, and even deadly? So far, state and federal investigators haven’t found what’s causing the illnesses, and there could be more than one cause. Whether the culprit is chemicals or oils, the substances place a heavy burden on the lungs, making it difficult for them to efficiently pump oxygen through the body.

Read the full World Health Organisation Article:

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 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel October 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my October 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

Nutrition & Health  

Drinking tea improves brain health, study suggests

A recent study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions — and this is associated with healthy cognitive function – compared to non-tea drinkers. The research team made this discovery after examining neuroimaging data of 36 older adults.

Read the full Science Daily:

Study: Onions and garlic may be recipe for reducing breast cancer risk

Onions and garlic may be a recipe for reducing the risk of breast cancer. That’s according to the findings of a study led by University at Buffalo and University of Puerto Rico researchers. It’s the first population-based study to examine the association between onion and garlic consumption and breast cancer in Puerto Rico. The results were published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer.

Read the full Buffalo News Article:

Association between soft drink consumption and mortality in 10 European countries

A large European study found that compared with participants who drank less than one glass of sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft drinks per month, participants who drank two or more glasses of these drinks per day had a higher risk of all-cause mortality. A new study coordinated by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) examined the association between total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drink consumption and all cause-specific mortality.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

Lifestyle modifications prevent one in three breast cancer cases

A new report has estimated that one in three breast cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes. Modifications such as weight management, physical activity, nutrition, and alcohol consumption can all contribute to a healthier lifestyle that can help to minimise risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women in the United States and around the globe.

Read the full Health Europa Article:

Herbal Medicine – Kratom Debate

Kratom: Fear-worthy foliage or beneficial botanical?

Depending on what you read, kratom is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical utility and severe side effects, including overdose and death, or it is an accessible pathway out of undertreated chronic pain and opiate withdrawal. How can the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), medical professionals, and millions of regular kratom users have such divergent views of the same plant?

Read the full Harvard Health Publishing:

Climate Crisis Action

Fresh wave of climate strikes takes place around the world

Hundreds of thousands hit streets across continents to demand action on climate. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking place in the latest wave of climate strikes to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency.

Read the full Guardian Article:

Greta Thunberg: teenager on a global mission to ‘make a difference’

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has become known globally for her environmental campaign. In August 2018, aged 15, Thunberg began a solo climate protest by striking from school. She has since been joined by tens of thousands of school and university students in more than a dozen countries, in climate strikes that have become regular events. A global strike in March drew more than a million people, surpassed in September by the biggest yet with at least 4 million.

Read the full Guardian Article:

Flying green

Flying, for many of us, is now routine. For a few of us it is a weekly, maybe even daily, event. At the same time, global protests concerned with the pressing danger of climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions are gaining attention and causing alarm. So, will we ever get to a point where we can indulge our flying habit and keep our conscience clear?

Listen to the full BBC Programme:

Ayurveda For All

Ayurveda Could Provide Affordable ‘Health for All’

The quest for a healthy life has been an eternal one. In 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration expressed the need for urgent action by all governments, health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all people. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its “Health For All” campaign and defined Health for All as the attainment by all peoples of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life. However, almost two decades later, this goal still eludes many, especially in the developing countries.

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A ‘brahmi’ plant popular in Ayurveda might help to prevent dementia

Brahmi is known as water hyssop, Indian Pennywort, Neer brahmi, Jia Ma Chi Xian and Herb of Grace. It is also known as “medhya rasayana” in Ayurveda medicine. This term means brain tonic or a nootropic agent, which enhances the brain’s cognitive properties. It is popular among Ayurvedic practitioners, who use it to treat various ailments such as memory loss, inflammation, epilepsy, fever, and even asthma. Numerous studies suggest that B. monnieri’s bioactive components protect the brain against oxidative damage and age-related cognitive deterioration.

Read the full Star2 Article:

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 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel September 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our September update with our 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


 Instagram to blame for rise in eating disorders like orthorexia, nutritionists claim

Experts are blaming certain influencer accounts on social media for the rise in eating disorders, causing conditions to worsen. Nutritionists have told Sky News they believe certain accounts on social media platforms like Instagram are to blame for the rise in people with eating disorders like orthorexia

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 Is soya bad for women’s health?

Consumed in many traditional Asian populations for millennia, soya has only been a common part of the Western diet for around 60 years. Now, many of our supermarkets are full of soya milk alternatives, soy burgers and other soya-based meat replacements – not to mention traditional soy-based products like tofu, tempeh, soya milk, miso and soya sauce.

Read the full BBC News Article:

Climate Change & Plastic Pollution 

July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet

Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows. The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The previous hottest month on record was July 2016.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) today calls for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.

Read the full WHO Article:

Cancer Prevention  

Can we prevent cancer by controlling our environment?

Research suggests that aspects of our environment such as chemicals, pollution, stimulants, technical gadgets and even stress are likely contributing to the development of cancer.



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Quest for new cancer treatment crosses milestone

A cancer therapy has crossed a milestone in clinical trials, a major development in a decades-long quest to develop a treatment that destroys tumours without the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, invasive surgery and radiation.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

AI reveals new breast cancer types that respond differently to treatment

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to recognize patterns in breast cancer – and uncovered five new types of the disease each matched to different personalized treatments. Their study applied AI and machine learning to gene sequences and molecular data from breast tumours, to reveal crucial differences among cancers that had previously been lumped into one type.

Read the full Packer Article:

Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Cardiovascular disease risk greater in people prone to insomnia

People who struggle with sleep might be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems, research suggests. Scientists have found that people who are genetically predisposed to insomnia have a greater risk of heart failure, stroke and coronary artery disease.

 Read the full Guardian Article:

The Link of Mind & Body

How feelings of ‘not enough’ lead to physical ailments in women

A massive 80% of women in the U.K suffer with low self-esteem – a shocking statistic and one that needs our attention. The media, magazines, Hollywood films and the general rhetoric of society doesn’t help us to recover this debilitating mindset that stops us from living a carefree and happy life as we are consumed with never accepting ourselves for who we are.

 Read the full Thrive Global Article:

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

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel August 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our August update with our pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Enjoy these great new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel.

Climate Change  

Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis

Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide. Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.

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The Ocean Cleanup – developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage, their passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time.

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There is hope! Five recent developments which might actually help fight climate change

In October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its Special. Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, which provided a sobering update on the state of the environment. According to the report, “unprecedented changes” are needed to

achieve the target of keeping global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, after which the risk of extreme weather conditions – such as droughts, floods and forest fires – will significantly increase.

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5G Concern

Rollout of 5G and the risk of harm

There is a lot of science demonstrating plausible risk of harm from electromagnetic fields, says Damien Downing, and campaigners against 5G are simply alerting people to the evidence, says Sally Beare.

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Sound Healing 

The healing power of sound as meditation

Sound has an ancient kinship with meditation and healing. Sound healing has ancient roots in cultures all over the world, including Australian aboriginal tribes who used the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for over 40,000 years to ancient such as Tibetan or Himalayan singing bowl spiritual ceremonies.

Read the full Psychology Today Article:

‘Bathing’ in a pool of sound can have a profound effect on your health

So what is a sound bath? “Immersion in beautiful sounds and vibrations created by musical instruments and voice that can facilitate balance and well-being for your body, mind and spirit,” explains Millar, who calls it a “relaxing, meditative experience” that can lead to healing and self-discovery.

Read the full Brisbane Times Article:

Sound Healing 

Research identifies cancer-fighting properties of plant-based foods

Carrots, celery, oranges, grapes, and cabbage are among plant-based foods that have the largest number of anti-cancer molecules, according to new research from the Imperial College of London. In a report published on and called “HyperFoods: Machine intelligent mapping of cancer-beating molecules in foods,” researchers said they found that plant-based foods such as tea, carrot, celery, orange, grape, coriander, cabbage and dill contain the largest number of molecules with high anti-cancer likeness.

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Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity. Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco. It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.

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WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic

Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people today living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures – four times more people than a decade ago.

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The Medical Cannabis Debate

Clinic prescribing medical cannabis for children set to open in Harley Street

Families seeking medical cannabis for their children could soon be able to get it in Harley Street when London’s first private clinic to offer the drug to youngsters opens next week.The Sapphire Medical Clinic said it can prescribe medicinal cannabis for “all conditions acknowledged to benefit from it” — and will give families consultations “with an open mind”.

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

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel July 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our July update with our pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Enjoy these great new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel.

Health and the Digital World

WHO warnings over children’s screen time disputed by UK experts 

Children under the age of three should not watch TV or sit playing games on a tablet, while those aged three and four should not have more than an hour of screen time a day, according to disputed guidelines on physical activity and sleep by the World Health Organization. 

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Virtual reality may help stimulate memory in people with dementia  

The results of a new study suggest that virtual reality could make life easier for people with dementia. The authors conclude that virtual reality helped the participants recall memories and contributed to an improvement in patients’ relationships with caregivers. 

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Food and Health 

Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier? 

Felice Jacka is the head of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University in Australia, and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry – a relatively new field of research, applying a rare scientific rigour to the link between diet and mental health. 

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Association of Western and Traditional Diets With Depression and Anxiety in Women 

Key biological factors that influence the development of depression are modified by diet. This study examined the extent to which the high-prevalence mental disorders are related to habitual diet in 1,046 women ages 20–93 years randomly selected from the population. 

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Essential Oils Found To Have Antibacterial Effects Comparable To Antibiotics 

Certain combinations of essential oils were found to exhibit antibacterial effects similar to modern antibiotics in research from Kotebe Metropolitan University, as published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Blepharis cuspidata, Boswellia ogadensis, and Thymus schimper essential oils were investigated for their antibacterial effects, efficacy was tested against multidrug resistance Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 

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Supplement for joint pain linked to lower heart disease risk 

Glucosamine, a dietary supplement that people commonly take to ease joint pain and reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, may lower the risk of cardiovascular problems, according to a study analyzing health data from over 400,000 participants. 

Read the full Medical News Today article:

A Holistic Approach to Naturally Lowering Anxiety    

Lavender really does help you relax and could even treat anxiety, scientists reveal 

The famous relaxing effects of lavender are real and could even be used medically to treat anxiety, new research suggests. From blooming gardens to aromatherapy oils and bubble baths, people have long claimed that lavender has calming and relaxing benefits. 

Read the full Independent Article:

A Holistic Approach to Naturally Lowering Anxiety 

While there are many causes for anxiety, general health and wellness may be one of the best ways to counter negative feelings. The following are simple tools and practices that can be used to encourage physical and emotional health in a natural way.  

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Nurturing mind & body to prevent illness     

Mind and Body Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects 

Many people who have been diagnosed with cancer use complementary health approaches. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, 65 percent of respondents who had ever been diagnosed with cancer had used complementary health approaches. 

Read the full National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health News Article:

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia 

New WHO Guidelines recommend specific interventions for reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. 14 May 2019 – People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.  

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What does science say about the effects of meditation? 

Meditation “keeps our minds and hearts calm, peaceful, and loving, i.e. “in the right place”,  a casual practice of mindfulness and meditation told Medical News Today. Indeed, most people who become interested in meditation are drawn to it thanks to the widespread notion that it will help them feel calmer, more balanced, and less exposed to the effects of daily stress. 

Read the full Medical News Today News Article:

Complementary Therapies 

One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine

A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Dr. Nina Sanford made the discovery that’s now drawing renewed attention to habits she said cancer patients must disclose during treatment. Dr. Sanford is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology who specializes in and treats cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Read the full Science Daily News Article:

Acupuncture Better Than Pills For Insomnia 

An estimated 30 percent of men and 40 percent of women fail to get a good night’s sleep. This situation gets worse as we age. If you suffer from depression, you might be more likely to have problems sleeping. Consider there are over eight million doctors’ visits per year are for insomnia. 

Read the full Oriental Medcare Article: 

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Personalised Wellness: How to Access the Ancient Science of Ayurveda 

The ancient healing system of Ayurveda is suddenly flourishing across Europe, as more people look to manage their health holistically instead of via modern medicine. We investigate why this is and reveal how to get in on the trend that claims to balance mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic medicine was developed around 3,000 years ago in India. It focuses on treating the root cause of health concerns through deep-cleansing processes, diet, lifestyle, natural medicines, breathing and yoga. 

Read the full Living It Article:

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

Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust  

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