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  • Don't overdo omega-6 fat consumption during pregnancy
    New research showed that eating a diet with three times the recommended daily intake of linoleic acid might be harmful in pregnancy.
    Published: May 25, 2019, 5:22 pm
  • Exercise: Psych patients' new natural prescription
    A new study advocates for exercise as a fundamental treatment and intervention method within inpatient psychiatric facilities.
    Published: May 21, 2019, 4:46 pm
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloid levels in dried and deep-frozen spices and herbs too high
    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are natural constituents detected all over the world in more than 350 plant species and suspected to occur in more than 6,000. Plants produce them as a defence against predators. Out of more than 660 known PA and similar compounds, the 1,2-unsaturated PA in particular have a health-damaging potential. Consequently, they are undesired in foods and feeds.
    Published: May 20, 2019, 2:36 pm
  • Ancient secrets of medicinal mint
    The precious chemistry of a plant used for 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine has been unlocked in a project that raises the prospect of rapid access to a wide array of therapeutic drugs.
    Published: April 24, 2019, 12:33 pm
  • Elderberry compounds could help minimize flu symptoms, study suggests
    Compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus's entry and replication in human cells, and can help strengthen a person's immune response to the virus.
    Published: April 23, 2019, 5:36 pm
  • One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine
    A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements.
    Published: April 11, 2019, 9:25 pm
  • Active ingredient of aconite root against peripheral neuropathic pain is identified as neoline
    Aconite root is used in East Asian traditional medicines to treat pain. Since its toxicity, it is used after heat-processing for detoxifying. The present study revealed that processed aconite root could relief neuropathic pain in murine peripheral neuropathy model induced by oxaliplatin, paclitaxel, or partial ligation of the sciatic nerve (Seltzer model), and identified that its active ingredient is not benzoylmesaconine, a degraded compound of toxic mesaconitine, but neoline, a stable compound by detoxifying heat-processing.
    Published: April 10, 2019, 2:23 pm
  • 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