Stroke risk can be reduced by eating citrus fruits
Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits reportedly have the ability to cut the risk of strokes, according to researchers.
They believe flavonoids, which are the antioxidant compounds of the fruit, have anti-inflammatory properties and can therefore improve blood vessel function.
It was revealed that those who ate large amounts of citrus fruits and consumed a high volume of falvonoids were at a 19 percent lower chance of suffering from a stroke.
These health-boosting flavonoids are also present in red wine and dark chocolate.
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The study, which was carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, England, was the first one that looked solely at the effect of citrus fruits on stroke risk.
Until now, research has largely been focused on all types of fruit and vegetables.
Dr Aedin Cassidy, the author of the study, commented on the findings: “Studies have shown higher fruit, vegetable and specifically vitamin C intake is associated with reduced stroke risk.
“Flavonoids are thought to provide some of that protection through several mechanisms, including improved blood vessel function and an anti-inflammatory effect,” she said.
This particular research project was focused on the stroke risk in women and reviewed 14 years worth of data.
In total the team investigated statistics from over 69,000 female patients, who recorded details of their food and fruit and vegetable intake.
Although the researchers noted both eating the fruit itself and drinking fruit juices lowered stroke risk, they say eating fruit is the healthier option because of “the high sugar content of commercial fruit juices.”
“We all know that eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg is good for our health,” said Dr Sharlin Ahmed from the Stroke Association.
“This study suggests that eating citrus fruits in particular, such as oranges and grapefruits, which are high in vitamin C, could help to lower your stroke risk.
“However, this should not deter people from eating other types of fruit and vegetables as they all have health benefits and remain an important part of a staple diet,” Ahmed added.
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Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."