HEALTH NOTES: A drop of turmeric in the eye could detect dementia, according to scientists

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A drop of turmeric in the eye could detect dementia years before symptoms are seen, a new report suggests


A drop of turmeric in the eye could detect dementia years before symptoms are seen, report British scientists.

The drops, developed at University College London, could facilitate early diagnosis before any behavioural signs of memory loss.

A daily dose of the drops helped to detect Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia) in mice, genetically engineered to develop the condition, two years before behavioural symptoms. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, makes abnormal proteins in the brain visible by clinging to them and appearing as fluorescent spots. This is then detectable by looking through to the back of the eye.

A drop of turmeric in the eye could detect dementia years before symptoms are seen, a new report suggests

A drop of turmeric in the eye could detect dementia years before symptoms are seen, a new report suggests

Dr Cordeiro, Professor of Ophthalmology at Imperial College London, said: ‘Given successful further trials and all the necessary regulatory approvals, looking for signs in the retina of Alzheimer’s and other brain disease as well as glaucoma could become part of a standard eye test within five years.’

 Vitamin B has been found to protect the kidneys of children with type 1 diabetes and regulate their blood sugar. New research suggests that Vitamin B supplements could help treat patients alongside normal drugs.

Those with type 1 diabetes cannot make the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. The result is kidney damage requiring intensive treatment – or even early death. Risk of impaired kidney function is increased by a lack of Vitamin B, a deficiency common in those with the disease. Researchers at Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, tested the impact of Vitamin B on 80 teenagers and children. All were Vitamin B12-deficient, diabetic and had early-stage kidney disease. They were either given supplements for 12 weeks or none at all. Tests indicated that kidney function and blood glucose regulation improved in those on supplements.

 Snoring ‘cured’… by a pillow  

Struggling to sleep or can’t bear your partner’s snoring? A new ‘smart’ pillow could be the answer.

The Zeeq (£199, rem-fit.co.uk) claims to track every aspect of your slumber, enabling it to wake you at the optimal time in your sleep cycle and even stop you snoring.

It does this by gently vibrating when the noise reaches a certain level – encouraging users to change positions to open their constricted airways.

The Zeeq pillow (pictured) claims to track every aspect of your slumber, enabling it to wake you at the optimal time in your sleep cycle and even stop you snoring

The Zeeq pillow (pictured) claims to track every aspect of your slumber, enabling it to wake you at the optimal time in your sleep cycle and even stop you snoring

The Zeeq pillow (pictured) claims to track every aspect of your slumber, enabling it to wake you at the optimal time in your sleep cycle and even stop you snoring

The pillow, which is made from memory foam, has built-in speakers allowing users to stream music and audio books without disturbing their sleeping partner. It can also be connected to Amazon Echo devices.

 Sitwell urges us to join the lonely for lunch 

 MasterChef’s tough food critic William Sitwell has teamed up with the Royal Voluntary Service to encourage more people to help out at its 80 lunch clubs across the country.

It’s part of the Cooking For A Crowd campaign to tackle the UK’s growing loneliness epidemic, which is said to be a bigger threat to health than obesity and smoking. The clubs are open to over-50s and offer two-course meals for £5.

Sitwell said of the campaign: ‘When it comes to healthy, hearty food, the lunch clubs would be hard to beat. I was really humbled by the fellow volunteers and the sense of community and camaraderie among the diners.’ He has worked with volunteers to compile his favourite RVS lunch club meals into a cookbook, available to download at royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

 



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