Kill cancer with curry!

By , January 22, 2010 9:17 am


It’s the news that we’ve all been waiting for… curry can help you fight cancer! New research from the Cork Cancer Research Centre has found that an extract found in curcumin, the bright yellow curry spice, began killing off cancer cells from the oesophagus within 24 hours.

Dr Sharon McKenna said: “Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have the potential to treat faulty cells that have become cancerous and we suspected that curcumin might have therapeutic value.”

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: “This is interesting research which opens up the possibility that natural chemicals found in turmeric could be developed into new treatments for oesophageal cancer.

Oesophageal cancer is the 6th most common cause of cancer deaths and accounts for around 5% of total cancer deaths. It is thought to be linked to rising rates of obesity, alcohol intake and acid reflux. Each year around 7,800 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in the UK.

The full research can be read here.

Neuroscience – mirror neurons

By , January 4, 2010 7:06 pm

Vilayanur Ramachandran is a neuroscientist and director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, at the forefront of the latest research into the brain and nervous system. As a speaker he is extremely engaging and really brings the subject to life.

A recent presentation was made as part of TED, where he speaks about new research into ‘mirror neurons’ and what implications to could have on healthcare and society in general. Fascinating stuff.

Stop Smoking in Notingham

By , January 2, 2010 10:41 am

A New Year always brings with it a list of New Years Resolutions as people take the opportunity to plan their lives fitter, healthier or more productive than the one before. Top of many people’s lists are two words: stop smoking.

Easier said than done, stopping smoking is seen as a very positive step to a healthier life and is something that the NHS is doing it’s best to encourage. For general help and advice about stopping smking, you can visit http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/smoking/Pages/Betterlives.aspx which all kinds of links to online resources, advice and tools to help you.

newleafIf you’re based in Nottingham, the New Leaf service could help you immediately. Call 0800 561 2121 or Text NEW to 80800 to make use of this free service which has over 50 support groups, one-on-one sessions and drop-in sessions throughout Nottingham. You cam find out more at http://www.stopsmokingnotts.nhs.uk/.

One such group meets at Cotgrave Leisure Centre on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30. Run by a New Leaf advisor, if you’d like to know more contact the centre on 0115 989 2916 or visit at Woodview, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3PJ. Further details are also available at www.leisurecentre.com

BCOM Festive Season Survival Guide

By , December 30, 2009 9:19 pm

BCOM LogoThe British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) has realeased some very helpful and slightly tongue-in-cheek guidelines about how to stay fit and well this festive season. From looking after your back to beating the traditional hangover, there are some helpful tips to be found in their report. Here’s an example:

Turkey Back!

Beware of turkey back this Christmas, The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) warns. The BCOM Clinic is usually busy in January treating muscles and ligament strains as a result of simply getting the turkey in and out of the oven. Lugging extra shopping around on the Christmas shopping spree is also a culprit when it comes to pulled muscles, aches and pains.

To avoid turkey back BCOM advises: When you’re lifting the turkey out of the oven, bend your knees and keep your back straight. Don’t’ stoop or twist and you’ll avoid unnecessary pulled muscles. When out shopping, try to keep the weight of the bags distributed equally, and take regular breaks.

The whole report can be found here: http://www.bcom.ac.uk/downloads/BCOM_Festive_season_survival_guide.doc

Walk off your Christmas dinner!

By , December 23, 2009 7:59 pm

In a bid to help people have a healthier Christmas, the Department of Health has teamed up with the Ramblers Association to promote a series of festive walks that can be used to help burn off those festive calories.

It is estimated that the typical Christmas dinner of turkey and pudding, contains enough calories to make up half of a man’s recommended daily  intake and two thirds of a woman’s, so a bit of exercise after the meal can’t be a bad idea!

The full list of walks can be found here: http://www.ramblers.co.uk/walksfinder/festivalofwinterwalks2009.html but here are some personal recommendations:

Group: Nottingham
Date: Sunday 27 December 2009
Start gridref: SK650 440
Nearest town: NOTTINGHAM
Start time: 9:30am
Distance: 8 miles
Longer description: Burton Joyce, Lambley Dumbles, Woodborough, Lambley, Burton Joyce
Contact name: PAUL WAGSTAFF
Contact phone: 0115 9821022
Meeting place: 9.30am ROBIN HOOD STATUE

Group: Banbury & North Oxfordshire
Date: Sunday 3 January 2010
Start gridref: SP471465
Start time: 10:30am
Grade: Leisurely
Distance: 5 miles
Longer description: The Sports Ground car park for a circular walk in the area. Car sharing CHF 10:00. Pub stop at the end.
Contact phone: 01295 262780
Distance: 8 km
Start place: Cropredy

Group: Cirencester
Date: Sunday 3 January 2010
Start time: 9:30am
Grade: Moderate
Distance: 10 miles
Longer description: Our traditional ‘start of the year’ walk. The route will take in Coberley, Leckhampton Hill, hoping for fine views over Cheltenham and continuing round the escarpment. We pass by Ullenwood and on to Crickley Hill for a lunch stop, before returning to our starting point. Moderate walking. Distance: 9½ miles. Contribution to travel: £2
Contact name: Bill
Contact phone: 01451 860943
Start place: Cirencester, The Waterloo SP 026021

Using a foam roller to treat piriformis syndrome

By , December 21, 2009 7:45 pm

Piriformis Syndrome is a common condition where the muscle piriformis becomes inflammed causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can result in localised tenderness in the buttock and referred pain down the back of the leg, often described as sciatica.

Although very painful, it can be controlled by focussed stretching and manual therapy such as massage or osteopathy. Another approach which can be very successful is using a foam roller. This video explains how you could use one to good effect.

You can buy foam rollers from Amazon:

White Foam Pilates Roller – 90cm x 15cm (6″) diam – £17.90
Foam Roller White 90cm / 10cm (4″) diam – £15.80
Foam Roller White 10cm – £18.31

For advice about how to manage piriformis syndrome visit: http://piriformis-syndrome-advice.blogspot.com/

Nottingham: COPD Service

By , December 17, 2009 2:57 pm

Nottingham-based patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are being offered a service that can help them manage their condition through the winter. Research has shown that there is a strong link between COPD hospital admissions and environmental factors such as the weather and levels of circulating infections.

The Healthy Outlook® COPD Forecast Alert is a service provided by the Met Office which has been developed to help improve patients’ quality of life.  It has been created using this knowledge and helps COPD patients manage their condition more effectively by warning them of periods of increased risk to their health.

If you would like more information, please contact Lynne Sharp at Principia on 0115 956 0308 or email lynne.sharp@nottspct.nhs.uk

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an ‘umbrella’ term for people with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.  With COPD the airflow to the lungs is restricted (obstructed).  COPD is usually caused by smoking.

Symptoms include cough and breathlessness.  The most important treatment is to stop smoking. Inhalers are commonly used to ease symptoms. Other treatments such as steroids, antibiotics, oxygen, and mucolytic (mucus thinning) medicines are sometimes prescribed in more severe cases, or during a flare-up (exacerbation) of symptoms.

Click here for more COPD information.

Divorce is bad for your health!

By , December 14, 2009 3:04 pm

Rcent research shows that divorce can be harmful to your health, so it’s important to look after yourself during this tricky time.

As you adjust to life after divorce – settle into a new home, organise custody of the children, restructure the finances – it’s important to note this can also be a trying time for your health and wellbeing.

Researchers from the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University in the US found divorced people have 20 per cent more chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer, than those who are married.

According to the study authors, Linda Waite and Mary Hughes, we each enter adulthood with a certain “stock of health”, depending on our genes and experiences.

“The transition to marriage tends to bring an immediate health benefit in that it improves health behaviours for men and financial wellbeing for women,” say Waite and Hughes. If that marriage fails, our health stock can take a bit of a beating.

Read more here.

20mph speed limits cut injuries by 40%

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By , December 12, 2009 10:31 am
This evidence supports the rationale for 20mph zones not just in major cities in Britain, but also in similar metropolitan areas elsewhere
Study leader, Chris Grundy

UK cities should have more 20mph speed zones, as they have cut road injuries by over 40% in London, a study claims.

In particular the number of children killed or seriously injured has been halved over the past 15 years, the British Medical Journal reported.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine study estimates 20mph zones have the potential to prevent up to 700 casualties in London alone.

At 20mph, it is estimated only one in 40 pedestrians is killed in a crash. This compares with a one in five chance for someone hit at 30mph.

The researchers compared data on road collisions, injuries and deaths in London between 1986 and 2006, with speed limits on roads.

After adjusting for a general reduction in road injuries in recent years, they found that the introduction of 20mph zones were associated with a 41.9% drop in casualties.

The greatest reduction was seen in children under the age of 11 years and in the numbers of all ages killed or seriously injured.

Cyclist injuries fell by 17% once 20mph zones came in, and injuries in pedestrians have been cut by almost a third.

There was also no evidence of a higher rate of casualties in areas bordering the 20mph zones, as in areas adjacent to 20mph zones casualties fell by an average of 8%.

Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8406569.stm

Doubts over effectiveness of Tamiflu swine flu jab

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By , December 9, 2009 4:58 pm

There is no clear evidence that Tamiflu prevents complications in people with flu, an analysis suggests.

While studies have shown the antiviral can cut the length of time people have symptoms by about a day, no real evidence has emerged that it prevents conditions like pneumonia, researchers said.

The study, published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), questions the validity of research from Roche, the pharmaceutical giant that makes Tamiflu.

In August, experts said the drug was unlikely to prevent complications in children. More than a million courses of antivirals including Tamiflu have been given out to people across Britain since the start of the swine flu pandemic. Around a million courses have been handed out through the National Pandemic Flu Service for England, with many more given out through GP surgeries.

Read more at:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/Swine_flu/article6949293.ece

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