The Daily: Broccoli
Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Daily: August 28

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Written by Natasha Howe
Broccoli claimed to slow arthritis
Lab studies by UK researchers have led them to believe that broccoli could slow down and possibly prevent osteoarthritis. To encourage this claim, a test by The University of East Anglia is being carried out on 20 patients, in which they will eat specially-bred broccoli, grown to contain a higher number of nutrients, daily for two weeks before having operations to repair their arthritic knees, after which the surgeons will analyse the removed tissue to see if the broccoli has had any impact. The tests on cells and mice that have already been carried out have shown that broccoli is able to block a prime destructive enzyme which is known to damage cartilage, causing arthritis. With over 8.5 million people in the UK suffering from arthritis, this test could lead to a very beneficial discovery.

ITV wins Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh Television Festival
Due to the incredible success of ITV's crime thriller series Broadchurch, which attracted up to 8.9 million viewers, the channel was selected as Channel of the Year at this year's Edinburgh Television Festival. Due to the popularity of Broadchurch, it has been given a second series and will be remade for US viewers. The story follows the drama surrounding the unexplained death of an 11 year old boy and stars David Tennant. Channel 4 won the Programme Innovation award for the series The Undateables as well as receiving the title for Channel Breakthrough of the Year for its impressive campaign about disability awareness subsequent to the Paralympics.

Weeds are now being sold by a gardening website in order to boost the growth of other plants in flowerbeds
Stinging nettles are now being sold on the '' website for £7.99 for the use of enhancing the growth of other plants in users' flowerbeds. However, stinging nettles are renowned as the plants to avoid when on a country walk due to their painful and irritating sting. Despite this, sales have been popular with many buyers taking to this original idea. Stinging nettles also attract wildlife such as Red Admiral butterflies as they are the perfect breeding ground for caterpillars that are the ideal food for the butterflies. Stinging nettles are also known for being used in soup, due to their high content of minerals such as potassium, magnesium and vitamins A and C. Despite the normal annoyance that gardeners experience when trying to get rid of these weeds, it now seems as if they are becoming sought after additions to a garden.

The unusual British weather has brought changes to the wildlife this summer
The recent warm summer months have brought along record numbers of butterflies. Due to the ruthless winter, caterpillar numbers were very low however the hot summer has accounted for this loss which in turn brings large numbers of butterflies, mainly the Peacock butterflies. Apple numbers have been booming due to the perfect conditions provided by the weather for their growth, meaning that they are of very high quality this year. Bees have also flourished, in spite of the fact that the worldwide bee population is decreasing however ladybird numbers have dwindled compared to last year. A downside of the warm weather, however, has been the loss of wildflowers and moths.

Prince William is opening a three day marathon in Anglesey on Friday
It has been announced that Prince William will open the gruelling annual Ring O' Fire race which consists of circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey in Northern Wales, spanning 135 miles. Anglesey has been where the William's new happy family are currently spending their time. The island has also been the location of the Duchess of Cambridge's first public appearance since the birth of baby George, bringing excitement to many locals. William and Kate have both expressed their love for the island; however William is unlikely to appear publicly in Anglesey again after the race as his tour duty ends in September.

Picture by: J. Scott Applewhite/AP/Press Association Images

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