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Turmeric trial for depression


IN a trial in Canada, young people with bipolar disorder are being given supplements containing curcumin, the main component of turmeric. The patients, at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, have symptoms of depression, despite taking a traditional mood-stabilising treatment. Curcumin will be added to their medication for two months. Previous research has shown curcumin acts on


MURAL SPICES UP INTERIOR


AN up and coming artist has teamed up with the owner of her local curry house to offer diners something different to look at while they are eating. Maria Larvin suggested to Muhib Rahman, manager of the Mother India Restaurant in Suton Coldfield that she could help decorate the room during renovations last year. After taking some time to consider the offer he accepted and Maria has now completed a mural showing the Taj Mahal. It took Maria, who is an art teacher, around 20


hours to complete the striking and contemporary painting in her free time. Mr Rahman says: “I am so proud of what she has done, proud of the painting and proud of our restaurant. Everyone who comes in now comments on it and takes a picture of it on their phone and sends it to their friends.” He now plans to ask Maria to do some more murals for the restaurant.


The painting is around 7ft feet wide and is the


biggest the artist has done so far. Maria used a mixture of acrylic paints, emulsion paints and then a varnish to make it suitable for the restaurant walls.” n


a compound called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps in the development and functioning of nerve cells. Patients experiencing acute bipolar episodes have been found to have lower levels of BDNF. n


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