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Elecampane – Inula helenium

Inula has attractive bright yellow blooms and downy green leaves. It is easy to cultivate and makes a valuable addition to a medicinal herb garden. History and Lore The use…

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Filipendula – Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria, also known as Meadowsweet and Queen of the Meadow, is found in damp meadows and on riverbanks; it is best recognised by its sweet-smelling…

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Malnutrition

Dear Editor, Your recent article 'Hundreds diagnosed with malnutrition in Wales' highlights a small fraction of a widely ignored problem. It is astounding that there is a lack of understanding…

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Crataegus monogyna – Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn Look out for hawthorn this month, also known as mayflower, this common hedgerow shrub will be adorned with delicate white/pink blossoms. The old country name for…

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Saturated Fats Acquitted

Dear Editor, A recent in-depth study led by the University of Cambridge has raised questions about the current guidelines restricting the consumption of saturated fats in the diet. This research…

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Loneliness

Dear Editor - An article published this week reported the results of a six year study by Chicago researchers who tracked more than 2000 people aged fifty and over and…

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Flu Vaccine

Dear Editor, I was surprised by the high statistic quoted last week in your article entitled 'Good take-up for flu jabs.' Apparently more than 75% percent of mums-to-be locally have…

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Arthritis

Dear Editor - I was interested to read the article on arthritis written by Dr Anwen Williams, senior academic and deputy director of postgraduate research at Cardiff University. Dr Williams’…

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Superbugs are on the Rise

Dear Editor - I have been following the continued reports on the progression of 'superbugs' and their implications with interest. One report that caught my attention was the three year…

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Overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)

Overactive thyroid (or Hyperthyroidism) occurs when there is an excess of the thyroid hormone in the body. This speeds up the body's metabolism resulting in symptoms such as anxiety and…

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