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In the News: April 2010 Archives



Natural Health News

Curcumin Nanoparticles 'Open Up' Resistant Cancers



ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2010)Pre-treatment with curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, makes ovarian cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Ovarian Research found that delivering the curcumin via very small (less than 100nm) nanoparticles enhanced the sensitizing effect.Subhash Chauhan, PhD, and Meena Jaggi, PhD, led a team of researchers from Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota, USA, who carried out the in...

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Comfrey root treats back pain



From C.A.M. ReportResearchers at Merck in Germany tell us, "Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and tissue regenerating properties."Here are the results of a study in people with acute back pain.First, the details.    * 120 adults with upper and lower back pain were assigned to a treatment group for 4 visits over 5 days.          o Comfrey root extract ointment administered 3 times daily, 4 grams per application.          o Placebo ointment   ...

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Scientists Learn to Block Pain at Its Source



New Non-Addictive Painkillers from Substance Similar to Ingredient in Hot Chili Peppers ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) -- A substance similar to capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, is generated at the site of pain in the human body. Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered how to block these capsaicin-like molecules and created a new class of non-addictive painkillers.The findings were published April 26 in the Journal...

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Omega3 Fatty Acids and children's behavior.



From C.A.M Report- It's suggested that omega-3 fatty acids might have an effect on disorders such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. Researchers from the University of Wales, in Newport, UK looked for an association between omega-3 tissue levels and learning and behavior in school-aged children. First, the details. Cheek cell samples from 411 school children were collected and analyzed to establish the range in this population.Teachers and parents assessed general classroom attention and behavior in...

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Higher Amounts of Added Sugars Increase Heart Disease Risk Factors, Study Finds



ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2010) -- Consuming a higher amount of added sugars in processed or prepared foods is associated with lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, the "good cholesterol") and higher levels of triglycerides, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA."In the United States, total consumption of sugar has increased substantially in recent decades, largely owing to an increased intake of 'added...

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Benefits of walking or biking to work



From the CAM Report"Active" commuting (walking or biking) has many benefits, as reported in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study.First, the details.    * 2364 adults participated.    * They recorded the time, distance, and mode of commuting (walking or biking) to work.    * These findings were compared to body weight and obesity, fitness, cardiovascular disease risk factors (blood pressure), and other measures (fasting lipid, glucose, and insulin levels).And, the results.    * 17%...

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Treating impotence with red ginseng



From CAM Report Prof. Ernst and researchers from the Korea Food Research Institute in Sungnam reviewed the evidence. First, the details. 20 electronic hand-searches without language restrictions were conducted.The quality of the studies was assessed using the Jadad score.7 studies were worth reviewing. And, the results. Collectively the evidence suggests effectiveness of red ginseng (Panax ginseng).The total number of patients studied and the design of the studies were too poor to draw definitive conclusions....

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Vitamin K May Protect Against Developing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma



Vitamin K May Protect Against Developing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Say Mayo Clinic ResearchersScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2010) -- In the first study of vitamin K and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk, researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Minnesota have found that people who have higher intakes of vitamin K from their diet have a lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system and is the most common hematologic malignancy in the...

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Water Therapy Review for chronic pain



From The C.A.M Report This review of balneotherapy comes from the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), in Athens, Greece.Balneotherapy (from Latin: balneum, "bath") is the treatment of disease by bathing. It may involve hot or cold water, massage through moving water, relaxation, or stimulation.Now, the details.    * 29 studies of 1720 patients were evaluated.    * 22 studies in rheumatological diseases          o 8 osteoarthritis          o 6 fibromyalgia          o 4 ankylosing spondylitis          o 4 rheumatoid arthritis    *...

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Women Who Eat Foods With High Glycemic Index May Be at Greater Risk for Heart Disease



Women Who Eat Foods With High Glycemic Index May Be at Greater Risk for Heart DiseaseScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2010)Consuming carbohydrates with high glycemic index -- an indicator of how quickly a food affects blood glucose levels -- appears to be associated with the risk of coronary heart disease in women but not men, according to a report in the April 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.High-carbohydrate diets increase...

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Effects of glucosamine + omega-3 on osteoarthritis



From C.A.M. Report Researchers in Germany conducted the first study of this combination. The aim was to see if the combination is more effective than glucosamine alone. First, the details. 177 patients with moderate-to-severe hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) were randomly assigned to a treatment for 26 weeks. Group A: Glucosamine sulfate (1500 mg/day) + omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)Group B: Glucosamine sulfate alone Neither the patients nor researchers...

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Calorie Restriction Leads Scientists to Molecular Pathways That Slow Aging, Improve Health



Calorie Restriction Leads Scientists to Molecular Pathways That Slow Aging, Improve HealthScienceDaily (Apr. 15, 2010) Organisms from yeast to rodents to humans all benefit from cutting calories. In less complex organisms, restricting calories can double or even triple lifespan. It's not yet clear just how much longer calorie restriction might help humans live, but those who practice the strict diet hope to survive past 100 years old.In a review article in the April 16 edition...

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Is Cleanliness to Blame for Increasing Allergies?



Is Cleanliness to Blame for Increasing Allergies?ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2010)  Allergies have become a widespread in developed countries: hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are all increasingly prevalent. The reason? Excessive cleanliness is to blame according to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine.Allergies can be caused by family history, air pollution, processed foods, stress, tobacco use, etc. Yet our limited exposure to bacteria concerns Dr. Delespesse, who is...

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New Evidence That Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye Diseases



New Evidence That Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye DiseasesScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2010) -- Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea -- renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties -- do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common...

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Marathon Runners Should Pick Cherries for Speedy Recovery



Marathon Runners Should Pick Cherries for Speedy RecoveryScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2010) -- Dr Glyn Howatson, exercise physiologist and Laboratory Director in the School of Psychology and Sports Sciences at Northumbria University, examined the properties of Montmorency cherries in a study that found that athletes who drank the juice recovered faster after Marathon running than a placebo controlled group.In the investigation, 20 marathon runners drank either a tart cherry blend juice or a placebo drink twice...

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Breathe Easy: A Natural Fruit Compound May Help Asthma



Breathe Easy: A Natural Fruit Compound May Help AsthmaScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2010) -- A preliminary study by a New Zealand company, Plant & Food Research,* shows that natural chemicals from blackcurrants may help breathing in some types of asthma.Researchers found a compound from a New Zealand blackcurrant may reduce lung inflammation with a multi-action assault in allergy-induced asthma. The compound was found in laboratory experiments to enhance the natural defence mechanisms in lung tissue by...

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Lead May Be the Culprit in ADHD



Lead May Be the Culprit in ADHDScienceDaily -- ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is among the costliest of behavioral disorders. Its combination of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity leads to accidental injuries, school failure, substance abuse, antisocial behavior and more. Yet despite nearly a century of study, the disorder's roots remain mysterious.Much of modern ADHD research has focused on heritability of the condition, and indeed evidence suggests that genes may account for as much as 70 percent...

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Essential Oils to Fight Superbugs



Essential Oils to Fight SuperbugsScienceDaily (Apr. 4, 2010) -- Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics and potentially used to combat drug-resistant hospital superbugs, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh.Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece, who led the research, tested the antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils. They found that thyme...

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Gardasil- should your daughter get this "miracle" vaccine ?



Gardasil-should your daughter get this "miracle"vaccine ?  Gardasil is the vaccination that is reported to prevent cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus. The vaccination is being recommended to woman from the ages 11-12 and older  who are not currently infected with HPV.  Some states are considering making the vaccination mandatory. There are many concerns with this vaccination; The vaccine is not 100% effective and is designed to protect against 4 strains of the hpv.  There are over...

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