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  • Innovative lab test to develop easy-to-swallow medicine for children
    Scientists have revealed an innovative in vitro method that can help to develop easy to swallow medicine for children and older people.
    Published: March 20, 2019, 3:06 pm
  • Drinking hot tea linked with elevated risk of esophageal cancer
    Previous studies have revealed a link between hot tea drinking and risk of esophageal cancer, but until now, no study has examined this association using prospectively and objectively measured tea drinking temperature. A new study achieved this by following 50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 years for a median of 10 years.
    Published: March 20, 2019, 2:20 pm
  • Green tea cuts obesity, health risks in mice
    Green tea cut obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health in a new study.
    Published: March 14, 2019, 11:58 am
  • Alzheimer's-like symptoms reversed in mice
    A diet containing compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice genetically programmed to develop the disease.
    Published: March 6, 2019, 6:34 pm
  • People with osteoporosis should avoid spinal poses in yoga, study says
    Yoga postures that flex the spine beyond its limits may raise the risk of compression fractures in people with thinning bones, according to new research from Mayo Clinic. The results appear in Mayo Clinic Proceedings..
    Published: February 21, 2019, 2:51 pm
  • Study finds increase in calls to US Poison Control Centers for kratom exposure
    A new study found that there were more than 1,800 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to kratom from January 2011 through December 2017.
    Published: February 21, 2019, 1:34 pm
  • Peer support, healing hands may curb prescription opioid misuse
    A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, according to a new study.
    Published: February 20, 2019, 6:36 pm
  • A hidden route for fatty acids can make cancers resistant to therapy
    Researchers now demonstrate that certain tumor cells use an alternative -- previously unexplored -- pathway to produce fatty acids. This finding can explain the resistance of particular cancer types to fatty acid metabolism inhibition.
    Published: February 6, 2019, 6:19 pm
  • Yoga regimen reduces severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
    According to a new study, eight weeks of intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of physical and psychological symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating chronic auto-immune inflammatory disease. Marked improvements were seen in the levels of certain inflammatory biomarkers and assessments of functional status and disease activity in patients studied, demonstrating yoga's promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative potential for achieving optimal health.
    Published: February 5, 2019, 4:53 pm
  • 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