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CNM pioneers online natural health diploma courses

Responding to the current worldwide health challenges, the College of Naturopathic Medicine is now offering all of its internationally recognised diploma and short courses online.

CNM graduates and students know:

  • that a healthy and robust body can resist infections better and return to health faster
  • that a strong immune system is important
  • how to boost the immune system naturally

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New study to analyse Covid-19’s effects on sleep

Researchers from the University of Oxford are leading an international study into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on sleep and daily rhythms in adults.

During the pandemic, difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep and vivid dreaming have been widely reported across the general population. Some people may already have had sleep problems, and these seem to have worsened. Other people who were good sleepers before seem to have developed insomnia. The study will look at changes in sleep quality in relation to social confinement such as a national lockdown or self-isolation, risk of exposure to the virus and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. The researchers aim to understand how sleep problems have emerged, and to investigate how sleep during Covid-19 has interacted with lifestyle, health and wellbeing.

The study, known as the International Covid-19 Sleep Study (ICOSS), is a large global collaboration involving research institutes in Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway and the United States. The team will use an online survey to gather data from adults in the UK who are over 18 years old. The data will be collated into a large international database to improve understanding of the worldwide effects of Covid-19 upon sleep.

To take part in the study, visit ndcn.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9GptjE2PD6YuihL

Lockdown has changed our eating habits

A new survey has found that the lockdown restrictions have had a positive effect on people’s cooking and eating habits. The survey, which was carried out by meal-kit company HelloFresh, found that almost a third (32 per cent) of Brits said the lockdown will change their eating habits for good. Furthermore, 30 per cent of respondents said they had wasted less food since the lockdown began.

The research also found that many people experimented with new ingredients during the lockdown, with coconut milk, chickpeas and sweet chilli being the most popular. Nearly half of Brits (48 per cent) said they had tried up to four new ingredients/recipes during the lockdown with 36 per cent saying they would be more likely to continue being adventurous with new ingredients.

Nutrition students raise funds for care home

Staff and residents at a London care home were delighted when a group of nutrition students raised funds to buy them an industrial blender and fresh produce to make their own smoothies. The students, from CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine), fundraised to buy a Vitamix and nutritious fresh produce for front-line carer staff at the Muriel Street Care Home in Islington.

The students involved in the initiative included David Kirby, Deborah Bardon-Lisle, Nicholas Grobler, Mo Halloran, Liana Michael, Jacky Lampl and Samreen McGregor. They are all in their first year of nutritional diploma studies. The group said: “Just like many of you, we have been extraordinarily moved by the stoic efforts of front-line staff in their handling of the ongoing battle against Coronavirus. Nursing and care homes seem to have been a bit neglected and we wanted to show our support, especially to one in our local community.”

Fieona Connolly, Lifestyle Lead of the Muriel Street Care Home, said: “We used the blender as part of our Sensory Club. We hold this club each week and yesterday we gave our residents a full tutorial of our new equipment. They tried samples of all the fruit CNM sent, then chose which ones to use to make smoothies. I just wanted the CNM students who raised the money to buy the items to see how much joy they have brought to our residents and team. Thank you so, so much!”

The students are continuing to raise funds for similar activities. To support them, visit: www.gofundme.com/f/NHS-Care-Givers

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