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Surprising Benefits of Lucuma Powder

Posted: April 28 2019

Lucuma is the fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree native to South America. It has a hard, green outer shell and soft, yellow flesh with a dry texture and sweet flavor that’s often likened to a mix of sweet potato and butterscotch (1). It’s most commonly found in powder supplement form and touted for its many potential […]

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Martial arts fighter battles back to fitness after 38 bowel surgeries

Posted: April 28 2019

Kharina Kharran, from Brighton in East Sussex, trains in martial arts six times per week and has even entered cage fighting competitions. But the 41-year-old has a colostomy bag permanently attached to her stomach. Kharina became fascinated with martial arts at the age of nine after being inspired by Bruce Lee movies, but has struggled […]

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Photoacoustic endoscopy could improve Crohn’s disease treatment

Posted: April 28 2019

A newly developed endoscope could give doctors a better view of intestinal changes caused by Crohn’s disease. This additional information would help improve treatment of the painful and debilitating form of inflammatory bowel disease, which currently affects hundreds of thousands of U.S. adults. Researchers from the University of Michigan describe the new device in The […]

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Millions of dollars to boost Crohn’s disease research

Posted: April 28 2019

The £1.8 million award to the University of Edinburgh will help improve how experts monitor and determine outcomes for the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Funding comes from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust – a US-based charity committed to improving lives. Helmsley’s Crohn’s Disease Program aims to find a cure for the […]

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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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