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What are the health benefits of raw honey?

Posted: April 21 2019

Honey provides a range of health benefits. Raw honey, which comes straight from the beehive, contains healthful bee pollen, bee propolis, and plenty of antioxidants. Research has not confirmed that raw honey has more health benefits than regular honey, but some people believe that the processing and pasteurization that regular honey undergoes diminishes many of the […]

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Guilty feelings when using the disabled toilets

Posted: April 21 2019

The 63-year-old was first diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in 2014, and underwent an ileostomy as part of his treatment. In the podcast In Conversation With George Alagiah: A Bowel Cancer UK Podcast, he said: ‘I used to find difficult – I had a stoma but I didn’t look disabled, and I would be turning the key […]

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Why eating ‘right’ could cause you to stray from your diet

Posted: April 21 2019

New findings published on the 17th April in the International Journal of Epidemiologysuggest that even the recommended amounts of red and processed meat may be harmful to health. This single large prospective study of half a million people in the UK showed that red and processed meats are carcinogenic to the human colon. Researchers found that consuming […]

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Fungus is the next ‘superbug’ to threaten human health

Posted: April 21 2019

When they hear “fungus”, most people think of mushrooms. Or in terms of health: maybe thrush. Benign organisms, living on the peripheries. And this is fairly accurate — fungi spend their lives quietly decomposing the planet’s organic waste, freeing nutrients into the environment to be utilised by others. They are also increasingly recognised as an […]

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Dancer wrongly diagnosed with anorexia when her weight plummeted

Posted: April 13 2019

A professional model and dancer has today told how it took doctors seven years to diagnose her with Crohn’s disease. Natalie-Amber Freegard, of Swindon, began suffering symptoms of the agonising digestive condition when she was 17. Doctors repeatedly dismissed her stomach pains and extreme weight loss, which saw her plummet to just five stone, as anorexia. […]

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Benefits of Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

Posted: April 13 2019

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola) is a green, cone-shaped fruit with scaly skin and creamy, sweet flesh. Thought to have originated in the Andes mountains of South America, it’s grown in tropical areas with high altitudes (1, 2). Due to its creamy texture, cherimoya is also known as custard apple. It’s often eaten with a spoon and served […]

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You’re Covered in Fungi. How Does That Affect Your Health?

Posted: April 13 2019

That’s one mystery that scientists are trying to unravel with research into the fungi that live in your gut. While the bacteria that colonize our intestines have been a scientific focus for more than a decade, the fungal critters there are starting to get more attention. Already, these studies have uncovered striking connections between fungi […]

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Damaged mitochondria and chronic inflammatory conditions

Posted: April 13 2019

Using mouse models, the researchers found that removing damaged mitochondria prevented the acute inflammation seen in diseases such as gout, as well as the chronic inflammation seen in the genetic disease Muckle-Well Syndrome. Inflammation is a protective process that the body uses to remove invading organisms or irritants, but too much inflammation can damage healthy cells […]

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Health advice not all-inclusive

Posted: April 5 2019

Every day we’re bombarded with stories telling us how to live our healthiest lives. We’re told we should sleep seven to nine hours each night, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, exercise regularly, drink lots of water and avoid alcohol. It’s a lot to take in. And even though it might be based on the […]

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Ali Jawad in World Para Powerlifting World Cup

Posted: April 4 2019

Jawad says he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel condition, on the eve of his Paralympic 2008 debut in Beijing, where he competed but finished ninth. He retired soon after aged 19 and in 2010 had major surgery but “decided in my head if I survived it I was going to go for 2012”. […]

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