Covid-19 Safety: Hygiene

Covid-19 is a new type of virus which belongs to the same family of viruses (Coronaviruses) that are the predominant cause of the common cold. In fact, Coronaviruses account for 20-30% of common colds and are spread in the same way, either in aerosol particles from coughing or sneezing, or by direct person to person contact, especially via the hands. Although vaccines are being hailed as the solution to Covid-19, the current outlook for discovering an effective one is uncertain, especially bearing in

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Can Honeysuckle flowers effectively treat Covid-19

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Honeysuckle flowers(Lonicera japonica) or Jinyinhua (Gold Silver Flower) are a traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used for the treatment of respiratory infections, including influenza, and has recently been described by some medical researchers as potentially ‘virological penicillin’. In 2014 a team of researchers lead by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University published an article in the journal Cell Research (Nature) that Honeysuckle flower tea had been demonstrated to inhibit Influenza A viruses (IAV’s) – H1N1 (Swine flu pandemic, Sichuan, China in 2009), H5N1 (Avian

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How acupuncture treats pain

Exactly how acupuncture can treat pain is still a bit of a mystery although empirical evidence from clinical trials supports the claims that it does work and the treatment of pain is probably the most broadly accepted use of acupuncture by orthodox medicine. From a medical science perspective the analgesic effects of acupuncture must be mediated via the nervous system, however a conundrum arises because although some acupuncture points are found in zones dense in nervous receptors, many are not. A recent discovery

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How well do you sleep?

Sleep, or lack of it, has recently become a worrying health issue. It seems that people are getting less of it than in the past and often of a poorer quality too. Probably related to our interconnectedness to a 24 hour world via computers, smartphones and tablets, we seem to be finding it increasingly difficult to switch off at night and get a good nights sleep, but also due to increased alcohol consumption and the stress of financial and work related insecurity in

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Fertility updates; Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA)

The Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA) is a genetic test that uses a bioinformatic predictive computer algorithm to analyze biopsy samples in order to identify what is referred to as the window of implantation (WOI) in endometrial receptivity. This can then allow personalized embryo transfer (pET) timing to optimize IVF results. (1) The ERA test is aimed at helping patients who have suffered multiple failed IVF cycles or repeated implantation failure (RIF). The endometrial lining which is normally smooth which is not conducive to

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