An apple a day...6th June 2007
It's always interesting to see what captures people's attention when it comes to healthcare news. Regular visitors to our website will know that we list the most popular stories over the previous week on our homepage - and may also have spotted that the subject matter on the list does appear to fluctuate quite widely at times.
Part of the reason for this is that we just happen to capture the right words in an article that people are entering into Google - and so our hits are often determined by that correlation. Other times, a specific article will get picked up by a blog with a wide readership and suddenly we get inundated with referrals to that page. Often this can be a past article which is why we sometimes capture old news in our Most Popular list.
But if there is a commonly recurring theme to the list, it's when there's an announcement that something natural - and plentiful - has significant health benefits that no one had yet realised.
In all the content on hc2d I hadn't picked up on the innocuous but quite frequent appearance of the humble apple. But this week it's at the top of the charts so I can't ignore it.
Apparently, apples are good for preventing and alleviating the symptoms of asthma; though it has to be apple juice if you're a sufferer or unadulterated apples if you're the pregnant mother of a potential asthma sufferer to be. Which of course I don't understand but the message is clear: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now where have I heard that before?
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