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Time to sample the bounty of sun and rain
Summer ’s mild conditions mean the trees remain in leaf while berries are ready to enjoy in gardens and in the wild Thursday is the autumn equinox and, even though it feels autumnal, there ’s little sign of leaves on the big trees changing colour, except for horse chestnut trees turning prematurely brown because of leaf miners infesting the leaves.Despite a host of other pests and diseases, it ’s been a good growing year for trees. Plenty of rain, spells of warm sunshine and the astonishingly warm September all gave trees a big boost. If the days are sunny and the nights cool, without frost, there could b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simon Tags: Autumn Tea Farming Environment Summer Fruit Source Type: news

Plagues and pests beset our trees
Burrowing larvae and pathogens causing blight are a growing hazard for many of the best-loved trees in the landscape – the horse chestnut, elm, oak and ashTrees are looking lush this summer, but appearances can be deceptive. Britain ’s trees are being ravaged by a myriad of pests and diseases that could change the landscape out of all recognition.Many horse chestnut leaves are now turning brown, due to aleaf miner, the larva of a moth which burrows through the leaf. Even more serious is acanker bacteria disease that causes bleeding on the trunk of horse chestnuts, often killing younger trees within a few years....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 24, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: Trees and forests Ash dieback Insects Fungi Environment Conservation Biology Plants Wildlife Source Type: news

Doctor's Diary: A CT scan is not always necessary for minor head injuriies
The five clinical criteria to decide if children need a CT scan, the ongoing saga at Whipps Cross Hospital and horse chestnut extract for arthritic joints (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Care Quality Commission arthritis horse chestnut extract prostate brain injury CT scan Whipps Cross Hospital Doctor's Diary James Le Fanu Source Type: news

Doctor's Diary: A CT scan is not always necessary for minor head injuriies
The five clinical criteria to decide if children need a CT scan, the ongoing saga at Whipps Cross Hospital and horse chestnut extract for arthritic joints (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Care Quality Commission arthritis horse chestnut extract prostate brain injury CT scan Whipps Cross Hospital Doctor's Diary James Le Fanu Source Type: news

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 6th March 2015
Concerned about aches and pains? Worried about a medical condition? You can email your questions confidentially to Dr Le Fanu at drjames@telegraph.co.uk. Answers will be published in the health section of the Telegraph website every Friday. Today - measles and cancer, horse chestnut extract, the menopause, arthritis and hip replacements (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: horse chestnut extract menopause Metformin Dr James health clinic hip replacement James Le Fanu cramp Source Type: news

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 6th March 2015
Concerned about aches and pains? Worried about a medical condition? You can email your questions confidentially to Dr Le Fanu at drjames@telegraph.co.uk. Answers will be published in the health section of the Telegraph website every Friday. Today - measles and cancer, horse chestnut extract, the menopause, arthritis and hip replacements (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: horse chestnut extract menopause Metformin Dr James health clinic hip replacement James Le Fanu cramp Source Type: news

Garlic Is Being Used in the U.K. to Cure Trees of Deadly Diseases
It might not be great for vampires, but it turns out garlic can be very good for trees. Trees in the U.K. are being injected with a garlic extract to cure them of deadly diseases, the BBC reports. “Over the last four years we have treated 60 trees suffering badly with bleeding canker of horse chestnut. All of the trees were cured,” said Jonathan Cocking, an arboreal specialist involved with the development and deployment of the treatment. “This result has been broadly backed up by 350 trees we have treated all over the country, where we have had a 95% success rate,” Cocking told the BBC. Garlic cont...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: iyengarrishi Tags: Uncategorized allicin bleeding canker disease cure Environment garlic horse chestnut Northamptonshire trees uk Source Type: news

Plantwatch: Falling leaves, hardy survivors and edible treats
The countryside is looking very different after this week's bitter winds sent leaves falling and trees are looking much more ragged. Some trees are completely bare, especially horse chestnuts, but others hang on to their leaves longer and are now changing colour – oaks have splashes of brown or yellow amongst green leaves, the green is fading on ash leaves, and when the sun shines on beech trees they now light up with magnificent yellows, oranges and browns.Even though it feels like winter, there are still a few hardy flowers hanging on, although the frosts will finish most of them off. On damp walls are some lilac i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 22, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: The Guardian Trees and forests Features Fungi Plants Environment Science Source Type: news