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Week Beginning 28 October 2002

Solution For Radiation Burns In Curry

A spicy ingredient of many curries may be an effective treatment for radiation burns, according to a study. Researchers from the University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Center, in the US, believe it may prevent skin blistering and redness associated with cancer radiation therapy. The compound, curcumin, which gives the spice turmeric its yellow colour, proved effective in tests on mice. Curcumin has long been used as a traditional medicine.

The Daily Express

New Discs Show Food Expiry

Determining whether your frozen food has gone bad may soon be as easy as glancing at the colour of a small polymer disc inside the package. Researchers with the US National Center for Toxicological Research in Arkansas developed the discs or tags, which contain organic dyes that change from clear to telltale pink, blue, or yellow. The first discs – expected to be launched within two years – would react to the unpleasant odours trimethylamine, dimethylamine, and ammonia produced by rotting fish and shrimp. Tags detecting the odours of rotting meat are likely to come next, followed by those for vegetables.

The Daily Telegraph

Early Onset For Behaviour Problems

US researchers say the smaller brains found in children with serious attention problems are not caused by medication. Scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health found that children who had taken no stimulant drugs had the smallest brains of all. They suggest that the brain changes associated with hyperactivity disorder take place at an early stage of development, predating the use of drugs to treat the condition.

The Daily Express

Afternoon apathy down to stodgy lunches

Stodgy lunchtime diets are said to be responsible for millions of office workers dozing off at their desks as a result of 'afternoon apathy syndrome'. New research found that starchy lunches, such as baked potatoes or pasta, left people feeling lethargic and dozy when they returned to their desks for the afternoon. The condition affects more than 40 per cent of the workforce with a potential cost in lost productivity of £3.9 billion, says a report for crispbread manufacturer Ryvita.

The Scotsman 09/10/02; p.3

The End Of The Greasy Spoon?

A report by market analysts Euromonitor suggests that small UK cafes are becoming less popular as more people shun greasy fry-ups in favour of healthy diets. Coffee bars and "gourmet" sandwich shops, however, are profiting from the trend. More than one in ten proper British cafes closed between 1997 and 2001, while the number of coffee bars, rose by 152 per cent over the same period.

The Guardian


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