Patients who have died or been admitted to intensive care with Covid-19 have been found to be deficient in a vitamin found in spinach, eggs, and hard and blue cheeses, raising hopes that dietary change might be one part of the answer to combating the disease.
Researchers studying patients who were admitted to the Canisius Wilhelmina hospital in the Dutch city of Nijmegen have extolled the benefits of vitamin K after discovering a link between deficiency and the worst coronavirus outcomes.
Covid-19 causes blood clotting and leads to the degradation of elastic fibres in the lungs. Vitamin K, which is ingested through food and absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, is key to the production of proteins that regulate clotting and can protect against lung disease.
The Dutch researchers are now seeking funding for a clinical trial, but Dr Rob Janssen, a scientist working on the project, said that in light of the initial findings he would encourage a healthy intake of vitamin K, except to those on blood-thinning medications such as warfarin.
He said: “We are in a terrible, horrible situation in the world. We do have an intervention which does not have any side effects, even less than a placebo. There is one major exception: people on anti-clotting medication. It is completely safe in other people.
I was living in Paris when Christo wrapped the bridge. It looked amazing at night and by the time it was dismantled, it was covered in messages written by the 1000s that crossed it. I took my scissors down and amongst many others I snipped off a piece of the fabric.
World Bee Day – celebrated on May 20 – is a day adopted by the United Nations from the Slovenian Beekeepers Association to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving bees and other pollinators.
It honours not just honeybees, but bumblebees (of which there are 21 species) and the 77 species of solitary bees, too.
Bees are most commonly known for honey, but these intelligent creatures are also behind most of the food we love – fruit, veg, chocolate and even coffee.
And Albert Einstein once famously said that “if the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live”. But why are bees so important?
Essentially, bees are crucial for the pollination of plants – pollinating a third of the food we eat and 80 per cent of flowering plants – many fruit, veg and crops that feed livestock depend on bees to pollinate them.
If half the effort devoted to ‘conquering’ The Virus in such haste were to be applied to ‘de-conquering’ the environment and mitigating climate-change, we could say that we had matured a little as a species. Instead, the War against The Microbe is filling up the world with yet more plastic waste.
Yesterday I watched three white headed pigeons dart out of the trees in a hurry.
I then found Fluffy feet, headless and a bazza hawk flying off .
Fluffy came to me from a rescue from a camping site. Her sister was a victim of a feral pack of dog attack 3 years ago.
She became my favourite and everyday when the hens were free ranging, she always came to the cabin door to be let in to do her daily rounds of my living space. Once satisfied she had found all crumbs on the floor would happily rejoin the other hens free ranging.
8 years she has been here………………………I will miss her.
When our fires raged here in Huonbrook and Night Cap National park our biggest fear was that our land lines for our telephones would be razed.
No mobile coverage here yet.
Our fears were heightened by the speed of the fire’s front and our already neglected phone poles and lines. Telstra does not maintain the phone lines which must mean they are being fazed out.
We have no choice and if the fire season becomes an annual event then we have to be ready. Already our rain fall for this time of the year has been below average and spasmodic therefore the rain forest is still drying out.
I see more herbicide use in the valley. Odd really as we are now on the verge of accepting yesterdays herbicide habits are contributing to bio diversity loss. See more on Insect declines globally.