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  • Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment, study finds
    A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ends.
    Published: January 16, 2019, 7:06 pm
  • Effects of linoleic acid on inflammatory response depend on genes
    The effects of linoleic acid on the human body are largely dependent on genes, a new study shows. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. People carrying different variants of the FADS1 gene had a different inflammatory response and different changes in their fasting glucose levels when supplementing their diet by linoleic acid rich sunflower oil. This was the first time these associations were studied in humans.
    Published: January 15, 2019, 5:45 pm
  • Increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe
    A significant new study shows that cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past 11 years.
    Published: December 31, 2018, 3:39 pm
  • Study of traditional medicine finds high use in Sub-Saharan Africa despite modern medicine
    Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not just because of a lack of resources or access to 'conventional medicine'.
    Published: December 18, 2018, 2:29 pm
  • Scientists to produce anti-cancer drugs in yeast
    Nature is so complex that natural molecules used for i.e. cancer treatment still can't be produced by chemical synthesis. Today, major chemical and pharmaceutical companies harvest large amounts of rare plants and seeds in order to extract valuable substances.
    Published: December 7, 2018, 5:14 pm
  • Women reveal the reasons they reject a preventive drug for breast cancer
    Only around a fifth of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer think they need to take a drug proven to help prevent the disease, according to new research.
    Published: December 3, 2018, 3:12 pm
  • Molecular mechanisms of an African folk medicine
    Researchers have discovered the molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders including diabetes, pain, headaches, paralysis and epilepsy.
    Published: November 14, 2018, 7:43 pm
  • A newly discovered, naturally low-caffeine tea plant
    Tea drinkers who seek the popular beverage's soothing flavor without its explosive caffeine jolt could soon have a new, naturally low-caffeine option. Scientists report that a recently discovered wild tea plant in China contains little or no caffeine and, unlike many industrially decaffeinated products, could potentially provide many of the health benefits of regular brewed teas.
    Published: November 8, 2018, 6:05 pm
  • Stroke survivors and those at risk urged to focus on yoga and tai chi
    One of Australia's biggest health issues could be checked if more people took up yoga or tai chi and reduced their blood pressure, an Australian study has found.
    Published: November 5, 2018, 3:54 pm
  • Fern plant infusion keeps the doctor away in Medieval Europe
    The remains of a medieval skeleton has shown the first physical evidence that a fern plant could have been used for medicinal purposes in cases such as alopecia, dandruff and kidney stones.
    Published: November 5, 2018, 2:18 pm
  • Potential antidote to botulism
    Researchers have identified a compound that strongly inhibits botulinum neurotoxin, the most toxic compound known. That inhibiting compound, nitrophenyl psoralen (NPP), could be used as a treatment to reduce paralysis induced by botulism. Botulinum neurotoxin is considered a potential bioweapon because there is no FDA-approved antidote.
    Published: November 2, 2018, 5:19 pm
  • Can chocolate, tea, coffee and zinc help make you more healthy?
    Ageing and a low life expectancy are caused, at least partly, by oxidative stress. Scientists have discovered that zinc can activate an organic molecule, helping to protect against oxidative stress.
    Published: November 2, 2018, 12:34 pm
  • Deaths due to tainted herbal medicine under-recorded
    A forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of 'health tourists' than previously thought.
    Published: October 25, 2018, 2:33 pm
  • Molecular mechanisms of ancient herbal remedies
    Researchers have discovered the molecular basis for a therapeutic action of an ancient herbal medicine used across Africa to treat various illnesses, including epilepsy.
    Published: October 10, 2018, 5:23 pm
  • Even mild physical activity immediately improves memory function
    Researchers found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage.
    Published: September 24, 2018, 7:34 pm
  • No increased risk of lung infections among infants using popular anti-reflux medicines
    New research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies.
    Published: September 19, 2018, 2:10 pm
  • More than half of parents of sleep-deprived teens blame electronics
    Fifty-six percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe the use of electronics is hurting their child's shut-eye.
    Published: September 17, 2018, 12:24 pm
  • Positive psychological well-being can improve overall heart health
    Maintaining positive thoughts and feelings through intervention programs can help patients achieve better overall outcomes when it comes to their cardiovascular health, according to a review article.
    Published: September 10, 2018, 6:25 pm
  • Ways to maximize nutrition and growth for the smallest preemies
    To help clinicians maximize nutrition and growth in very low birth weight infants, researchers quantified the gains and losses of different nutrition delivery practices during the transition to enteral feeds.
    Published: September 5, 2018, 12:39 pm
  • Patients want more information about their medicines, study finds
    Many patients want more information on the medicines they're prescribed and greater say in the brands they use, the first major study of the burden of long-term medicine use has concluded.
    Published: September 4, 2018, 6:05 pm