My name is Laura Murphy, I am a Biologist and a practitioner of Natural Medicine, I am a qualified Naturopath, Homeopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist. I am passionate about natural medicine and spend innumerable hours researching evidence based natural therapies and disease and rather than hoard all this valuable information on my computer, I decided to set up this humble website. If you have any questions or suggestions please "contact me"
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- How bad is the ocean's plastic problem? What sea birds tell us. A new study has found that majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut. - Christian Science Monitor
- Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer in Active Surveillance Program Not Likely to Succumb to the Disease, Study Shows - Newwise
- Research Links Borderline Personality Traits with Lowered Empathy - Newswise
- Short Sleepers Are Four Times More Likely to Catch a Cold. Researchers connect sleep loss to higher rates of illness - Newswise
- Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter - Reuters
- Trade associations call for federal office of supplements - NewHope360
- Undercover Video Exposes the Dark Side of Chicken McNuggets - Mother Jones
- Cleanups Make A Difference - Land/Sea Interface - Rozalia Project
- TED Talks - We can clean the ocean: Rachael Miller
- Big Win for Workers’ Rights: Corporations Can’t Hide Behind Franchises - Care2
- Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets - TruthDig
- How Too Much Electronic Screen Time Is Making Kids ‘Moody, Crazy and Lazy’- TruthDig
- Mediterranean Eating Habits Prove Good for the Brain - Scientific American
- Awareness of Memory Loss May Decline 2-3 Years Before Dementia Onset - Newswise
- Alzheimer’s Disease Thought to Be Accelerated by an Abnormal Build-Up of Fat in the Brain - Newswise
- Interrupting Sitting with Walking Breaks Improves Children’s Blood Sugar - Newswise
- Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop - Reuters via Envrn Health News.
- TED Talks - Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
- Teflon Found in Drinking Water in 27 States - Care2
- The 9 Nastiest Ingredients in Burgers - Care2
The Journal JAMA Opthalmology report "In this study, the odds of AMD were highest in those with deficient vitamin D status and 2 risk alleles for the CFH and CFI genotypes, suggesting a synergistic effect between vitamin D status and complement cascade protein function."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "These findings suggest that Plantago ovata husk may protect intestinal mucosa probably by limiting acetylsalicylic acid penetration into epithelial cells, although further studies are needed to confirm the same effect in other experimental models of induced mucosal damage and to elucidate the mechanisms of fiber protection."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Based on the results, HP treated group showed faster wound closure rate in comparison with control and vehicle groups (P<0.05). In addition, numerical density of fibroblasts, volume density of collagen bundles, and mean diameter and volume densities of the vessels in HP group were significantly higher than control and vehicle groups. The results of this study showed that HP has the ability to improve tissue regeneration by enhancing fibroblast proliferation, collagen bundle synthesis, and revascularization."
Environmental Health News report "More evidence of Roundup's link to kidney, liver damage - Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study."
The Journal Medicinal and Aromatic Plants report "Of the essential oils tested, cinnamon bark, lemongrass, oregano, and thyme oils were the most potent, and had activity comparable to a concentration of a penicillin-streptomycin solution commonly used to inhibit bacterial growth. This study supports the idea that certain essential oils could play an important role in the development of antimicrobial products."
The Journal Medicinal and Aromatic Plants report "This review has highlighted that there are a range of herbs that have the capacity to improve immunological function in endometriosis, in particular the cellular immunity patterns. Herbal medicines have been shown to mitigate the inflammatory overdrive in endometriosis, which is a key treatment consideration. A range of herbs have been shown to reduce macrophage recruitment into endometrial lesions, and thus potentially reduce the ongoing potential of endometriosis to evade further into the peritoneum....Other herbs have been shown to reduce oestrogen concentration by indirectly improving liver function (herbs include turmeric and schisandra). Further to this there are herbs that promote lymphatic clearance, which plays an important role in lessening menstrual blood, inflammation and congestion – all important treatment aspects for endometriosis. Thus the benefits of herbal medicine should be taken into account for the treatment of the range of symptoms women experience with endometriosis.
eCAM report "comparing an 8-session Kundalini Yoga intervention with a waitlist control group. 80 individuals with current PTSD symptoms participated. Both groups demonstrated changes in PTSD symptomology but yoga participants showed greater changes in measures of sleep, positive affect, perceived stress, anxiety, stress, and resilience.
eCAM report "Taken together, these promising findings of preclinical radioprotective activity of newer tocols beyond α-tocopherol warrant continued evaluation of their pharmacokinetics, bioavailability, pharmacodynamics, tolerability, and efficacy in large animal models. A greater understanding of mechanisms of action may facilitate adoption of newer strategies such as alpha-tocopherol succinate-mobilized cellular therapy as a bridge to recovery of innate hematopoietic cells after radiation injury or design of synthetic analogs based on analysis of structure-function relationships critical for specific activity. Collectively, recent advances in our knowledge of vitamin E derivatives provide a framework for the advancement of such agents as viable radiation countermeasures"
The Nutrition Journal report "Results of our meta-analysis showed that subjects with deficient vitamin D status (25(OH)D level < 50 nmol/L) were at increased risk of developing AD by 21 % compared with those possessing 25(OH)D level > 50 nmol/L. Similar analysis also found a significantly increased dementia risk in vitamin D deficient subjects.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "Maternal supplementation beginning in gestation with 50 μg vitamin D3/d protects 98% of unsupplemented breastfed infants against 25(OH)D deficiency (<30 nmol/L) to at least 8 wk, whereas 10 or 25 μg vitamin D/d protects only 57% and 84% of infants, respectively.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Ointment formulations of both the oil and resin were found to be non-irritant at the concentrations used and showed significant increase in wound contraction rate, shorter epithelization time and higher skin breaking strength as compared to the negative control. Overall, the antibacterial and antifungal activities of the oil and resin were comparable with the standard antibiotics ciprofloxacin and griseofulvin, respectively.
The Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health report "The widespread, intentional and increasingly frequent chemical emplacement in the troposphere has gone unidentified and unremarked in the scientific literature for years. The author presents evidence that toxic coal combustion fly ash is the most likely aerosolized particulate sprayed by tanker-jets for geoengineering, weather-modification and climate-modification purposes and describes some of the multifold consequences on public health....The consequences on public health are profound, including exposure to a variety of toxic heavy metals, radioactive elements, and neurologically-implicated chemically mobile aluminum released by body moisture in situ after inhalation or through transdermal induction."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Methyl mercury (MeHg), an important environmental toxicant is implicated in neurological disorders such as Hunter-Russell syndrome and Autism. Therefore, the present work is in search of new drugs that can alleviate MeHg toxicity. Our results revealed that MeHg induced toxicity is predominantly mediated through oxidative stress mechanism and the propensity of Tagara to abolish such reactions. Hence, we propose that Tagara with a source of potential neuroprotectants may be a useful approach to alleviate MeHg associated neurotoxicity.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "There is growing evidence that the synergy and interaction of all of the nutrients and other bioactive components in nuts and berries can have a beneficial effect on the brain and cognition. Regular nut consumption, berry consumption, or both could possibly be used as an adjunctive therapeutic strategy in the treatment and prevention of several neurodegenerative diseases and age-related brain dysfunction. A number of animal and a growing number of human studies show that moderate-duration dietary supplementation with nuts, berry fruit, or both is capable of altering cognitive performance in humans, perhaps forestalling or reversing the effects of neurodegeneration in aging."
Mother Nature Network report "While Phosmet was the focus of this study, the researchers say the real lesson of their findings isn't about a single pesticide. It's about how we evaluate the safety of all pesticides for non-target wildlife, especially beneficial, pest-controlling predators. The spiders' personality shifts weren't evident when researchers averaged the behavior of a whole population, but they were significant on an individual level. "By looking at the way that insecticides affect individual spider behaviors, rather than averaging out the effects on the spider population as a whole, as is traditionally done in scientific research, we are able to see some significant effects that we might have otherwise missed," says co-author and McGill University ecologist Chris Buddle. "It means we can measure the effects of insecticides before any effects on the spider population as a whole are detected, and in this case, it's raising some red flags."
The Journal of Human Hypertension report "n this study, increased calcium intake was associated with the lowest risk of hypertension. Future studies utilizing longitudinal research designs are needed to quantify therapeutic levels of calcium for control of hypertension among obese adults. Increasing calcium intake among American adults may offer promise as a cost-effective strategy to improve hypertension among obese adults; however, further scientific exploration is warranted."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The findings showed that patients with prostate and breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatment can benefit from Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery sessions to reduce their anxiety and depression."
The EU Journal of Applied Physiology report "Oral curcumin likely reduces pain associated with DOMS with some evidence for enhanced recovery of muscle performance."
Newswise report "The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention."
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "With this study, we show an inverse association between intake of vitamin C and the incidence of HNC and HNC-subtypes. Future research is recommended to investigate the underlying mechanisms and to confirm our results, which may be promising for the prevention of HNC."
Integrative Medicine Research report "The molecular mechanisms of Chinese herbal Tengmei decotion in inhibiting immune inflammatory pathological damage in synovium of CIA rats models related to its effects on IL-17/NF-κB pathway."
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. report "In conclusion, continuous exercise training before and with an early reonset after Myocardial Infarcton (MI) ameliorates adverse Left Ventricular remodeling by attenuating inflammation, fibrosis, and scar thinning. Therefore, an early reonset of exercise after MI can be encouraged.
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News report "A slow-release formulation of concentrated peppermint oil provides significant relief of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers have found. The formulation (IBgard, IM HealthScience) contains purified, coated microbeads of peppermint oil that can pass through the stomach to dissolve slowly in the small intestine. The randomized controlled trial found that patients with IBS who took the peppermint oil reported a 40% decline in bowel symptoms and nearly a 50% decrease in symptom intensity from baseline, according to the researchers.
The Scientist report "Humans have spiked ecosystems with a flood of active pharmaceuticals. The drugs are feminizing male fish, confusing birds, and worrying scientists.
Pharmaceutical companies can and should use such “green” chemical techniques to design drugs that biodegrade quickly in the environment, says Paul Anastas, director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. “For not just pharmaceutical chemists, but for all chemists, whenever we know things are going into the environment, we have an obligation to make sure they are as least toxic as possible.”
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "A gluten-free diet resulted in a decrease of mesangial IgA1 deposits, transferrin 1 receptor, and transglutaminase 2 expression, as well as hematuria. Mice on a gluten-free diet lacked IgA1-sCD89 complexes in serum and kidney eluates. Disease severity depended on gluten and CD89, as shown by reappearance of IgAN features in mice on a gluten diet and by direct binding of the gluten-subcomponent gliadin to sCD89. A gluten diet exacerbated intestinal IgA1 secretion, inflammation, and villous atrophy, and increased serum IgA1 anti-gliadin antibodies, which correlated with proteinuria in mice and patients. Moreover, early treatment of humanized mice with a gluten-free diet prevented mesangial IgA1 deposits and hematuria. Thus, gliadin–CD89 interaction may aggravate IgAN development through induction of IgA1–sCD89 complex formation and a mucosal immune response. Hence, early-stage treatment with a gluten-free diet could be beneficial to prevent disease."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "These results suggest that a leaf extract of Dendropanax morbifera Léveille had strong antioxidant effects in the hippocampus of mercury-exposed rats."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "This study recommends that the co-administration of mulberry ethanolic extract with methotrexate MTX) that may have therapeutic benefits against MTX-hepato-cytotoxicity.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "BJ was effective in vitro against H. pylori and the genotype status of the clinical strains may have an impact on its susceptibility. The synergistic combination of BJ and antibiotics could be used to prevent or treat resistance."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "These data indicate that Phyllanthus extract may be useful as an alternative therapeutic agent for the treatment of drug-resistant CHB patients."
The Journal Complementary and Integrative Medicine report " It has been clear from the above result that R. emodi is an effective herb in alleviating symptoms of primary dysmenorrhoea. It can serve as an alternative treatment without any apparent side effects. These results deserve further investigations"
The British Medical Journal report "Habitual consumption of sugar sweetened beverages was associated with a greater incidence of type 2 diabetes, independently of adiposity. Although artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juice also showd positive associations with incidence of type 2 diabetes, the findings were likely to involve bias. None the less, both artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juice were unlikely to be healthy alternatives to sugar sweetened beverages for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Under assumption of causality, consumption of sugar sweetened beverages over years may be related to a substantial number of cases of new onset diabetes."
The British Medical Journal report "A two year progressive balance retraining programme combining weekly group and individual sessions was effective in reducing injurious falls and in improving measured and perceived physical function in women aged 75-85 at risk of falling"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Daily consumption of Red Clover extract over a 12-week period was found to have a beneficial effect on bone health in menopausal women based on BMD and T-score at the lumbar spine and plasma CTx levels."
In 2004 the Nutrition Journal reported "Evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and phytochemicals including phenolics, flavonoids and carotenoids from fruits and vegetables may play a key role in reducing chronic disease risk. Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. In the laboratory, apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, inhibit cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants."
The Journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research report "Together, oral administration of the 1% w/v Apple Condensed Tannins (ACT) solution delayed Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) development in DBA1/J mice. IL-17 expression was significantly reduced in cultured splenocytes from ACT-administered mice during collagen-driven T-cell development. Oral administration of ACT likely affected RA responses via downregulation of Th17 cell development. Further studies are required to investigate the ACT's effective administration amount and method for RA amelioration."
The Journal Nutrition and Metabolism report "A 9-month vitamin D depletion induced vitamin D deficiency in old rats. Vitamin D depletion induces skeletal muscle atrophy in old rats through a reduction in Notch pathway activity and proliferation potential. Vitamin D deficiency could aggravate the age-related decrease in muscle regeneration capacity"
The American Botanical Council - Herbal Gram report "Overall, the results of this meta-analysis suggest that 240 mg daily intake of EGb 761 is effective in improving cognition, ADL, and clinical global impression in those suffering from AD and/or VaD, with minimal adverse side effects. This phytomedicinal formulation may be a useful adjuvant therapy in those suffering from cognitive decline."
The Ecologist report "A new biosafety report for the Norwegian Environment Agency says GM foods cannot be declared safe due to major gaps in the science, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indeed research clearly indicates harmful and adverse impacts to both health and environment. But Monsanto insists that GMOs are just as safe as, or even safer than, conventional crops.
A new study commissioned by the Norwegian government, and conducted by a nationally recognised scientific authority on the safety of biotechnologies, concludes that available scientific data on GM crops is inadequate to prove their safety."
GMWatch report "Prof Christopher Portier, one of the co-authors of the recent report by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which determined that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, said at a scientific briefing today, “Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.”
“Genotoxic” means it damages DNA. It is widely believed by regulators that for genotoxic chemicals that are also carcinogenic, as glyphosate appears to be, there is no safe level of exposure.
Newswise report " regardless of weight changes, unrestrained intake of saturated fats can have negative effects on the controls of motivation by the brain. “As we were able to control for changes in body weight, hormones and glucose levels, we think that the fats may be affecting the dopamine system by a direct action in the brain,” Fulton said. “We in fact have separate evidence that brain inflammation could be involved in this process, as it is evoked by saturated high-fat feeding, which will be presented in a future publication.”
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) has become a global chronic liver disease, but no effective medicine has been proven to cure it. This study investigated the protective effects of genistein, a phytoestrogen,a main isoflavone found in soy...The results suggest that genistein attenuates the liver histopathology of NASH with upregulation of hepatic PPARγ, reduction of oxidative stress, and inhibition of inflammatory cytokine."
PLOSOne report "The aim of this study was to investigate whether a 15-minute placement of a 3G dialing mobile phone causes direct changes in EEG activity compared to the placement of a sham phone. Furthermore, it was investigated whether placement of the mobile phone on the ear or the heart would result in different outcomes....The association between radiation exposure and the EEG was tested using multilevel random regression analyses with radiation as predictor of main interest. Significant radiation effects were found for the alpha, slowbeta, fastbeta, and gamma bands. When analyzed separately, ear location of the phone was associated with significant results, while chest placement was not. The results support the notion that EEG alterations are associated with mobile phone usage and that the effect is dependent on site of placement.
Alternet report "There are around 84,000 chemicals on the market, and we come into contact with many of them every single day. And if that isn't enough to cause concern, the shocking fact is that only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety. In 2010, at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, Lisa Jackson, then the administrator of the EPA, put our current, hyper-toxic era into sharp perspective: "A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than any other generation in our history."
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition report " In individuals with Impaired Glucose Tolerance, vinegar ingestion before a mixed meal results in an enhancement of muscle blood flow, an improvement of glucose uptake by the forearm muscle and a reduction of postprandial hyperinsulinaemia and hypertriglyceridaemia. From this point of view, vinegar may be considered beneficial for improving insulin resistance and metabolic abnormalities in the atherogenic prediabetic state."
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "In conclusion, there is a biological plausibility of an important role of vitamin D in type 2 diabetes, and lower vitamin D status and intake are associated with higher risk of incident type 2 diabetes in observational studies; however, the effect of vitamin D supplementation on glycemic outcomes was not evident in small underpowered trials or post hoc analyses of larger trials. Overall, the available data are currently insufficient to support the contention that type 2 diabetes can be improved by raising 25(OH)D concentration. Confirmation of a potential beneficial effect of vitamin D on type 2 diabetes is needed in large trials conducted in well-defined populations .. specifically designed to test the hypothesis that vitamin D status is a direct contributor to type 2 diabetes pathogenesis. Such an intervention, if proven effective, could have substantial public health implications.
The Journal Nutrition report " In (pre)hypertensive men and women, epicatechin may contribute to the cardioprotective effects of cocoa and tea through improvements in endothelial function. Quercetin may contribute to the cardioprotective effects of tea possibly by improving endothelial function and reducing inflammation."
The Journal Nutrition report "The consumption of olive oil polyphenols decreased plasma LDL concentrations and LDL atherogenicity in healthy young men."
The World Journal Urology report ":Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and benign prostatic hyperplasia increase with age. To date, several medications are available to treat LUTS, including herbal remedies which offer less side effects but lack robust efficacy studies.,,Conclusions Flowens™ showed a clinically relevant, dose-dependent, and significant reduction in LUTS in men over 45."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Our results showed a significant higher pain threshold in the maximal test at 24 hours after Auriculotherapy (AT) compared to sham treatment. This result indicates for the first time that AT can increase pain tolerability, rather than affecting the minimal pain threshold.
The British Journal of Nutrition report "In conclusion, UK women have low Selenium status that increases their risk of developing pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Therefore, UK women of childbearing age need to improve their Se status.
The British Journal of Nutrition report "In conclusion, flaxseed mucilage improves insulin sensitivity and alters the gut microbiota; however, the improvement in insulin sensitivity was not mediated by the observed changes in relative abundance of bacterial species."
LA Times report "Lots of chemicals are considered safe in low doses. But what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time?
In some cases, these combinations may conspire to increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report. “Many [chemicals] have the possibility, when they are combined, to cause the initiation of cancer,” said Hemad Yasaei, a cancer biologist at Brunel University in England, one of the authors of the report. “They could have a synergistic or enhanced effect.”
Environmental Health News report "Women exposed to widely used chemicals while pregnant are more likely to have altered gene function in their placentas, according to a new study. It is the first study to show that exposure to phenols and phthalates may alter how genes are expressed in the placenta of pregnant women and suggests that such exposures may hamper fetuses’ proper development and growth.
Environmental Health News report "A chemical used in sodas and some laxatives for years assumed safe by federal health officials might make people more prone to obesity. The chemical is used as a laxative and in sodas to help ingredients mix properly. It's also a major ingredient in Corexit, the dispersant applied by the millions of gallons in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. But the chemical, dicotyl sodium sulfoscuccinate, or DOSS, is a likely member of a family of chemicals contributing to obesity, researchers say in a study
The Journal Vitamins and Minerals report "We recommend that all children and adults with autism consider a 2-3 month trial of a vitamin/mineral supplement designed for individuals with autism that is similar to the one used in our studies. By starting at a low dose, and gradually increasing it, there is minimal risk of adverse effects, and many children and adults are likely to benefit, sometimes substantially."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "This study successfully implemented Energy Medicine (EM) provided by a solo practitioner in inpatient and emergent hospital settings and found that acceptability and demand justified its presence. Most patients experienced marked, immediate improvement of symptoms associated with their chief complaint."
Maastricht University report "The associations between nuts and peanuts intake and cardiovascular death confirm earlier results from American and Asian studies that were often focused on cardiovascular diseases. However, in this new study, it was found that mortality due to cancer, diabetes, respiratory and neurodegenerative diseases was also lowered among users of peanuts and nuts. Project leader and epidemiologist Professor Piet van den Brandt commented: “It was remarkable that substantially lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts or peanuts on average per day (half a handful)"
eCAM report "We conclude that RuPeng15 Powder (RPP15) may be a promising candidate for the development of a new treatment for gout and its activity of antigout may be partially related to inhibiting TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, and NF-κB p65 expression in the synovial tissues.
The Journal Carcinogenesis report "In vivo, Cannabigerol (CBG) inhibited the growth of xenograft tumours as well as chemically induced colon carcinogenesis. CBG hampers colon cancer progression in vivo and selectively inhibits the growth of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells, an effect shared by other TRPM8 antagonists. CBG should be considered translationally in CRC prevention and cure.
Chinese Medicine Journal report "Qing-Yi Decoction (QYD) could restore gastrointestinal motility to normal and reduce the infection rates in the severe acute pancreatitis patients who completed a full course of QYD treatment according to per protocol analysis."
Phytotherapy Research report "Azadiradione exhibited potent antiulcer activity through the inhibition of H+ K+-ATPase (proton pump) activity via its cytoprotective effect and also via its antisecretory effect. This combined effect has valuable potential in the future treatment of peptic ulceration.
Phytotherapy Research report Various studies have shown that A. catechu heartwood is an excellent source of catechins and epicatechins as well as flavonoids, which have a high degree of antioxidant activity. The antioxidant activity has been well demonstrated by both in vitro and in vivo studies. The antioxidant activity is believed to be responsible for the anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, tissue protectant, and analgesic activities that have been demonstrated, and may be related to the antihypertensive and antidiarrheal effects. In spite of the long-term use of A. catechu and the general safety of catechins and epicatechins, there is a need for additional well-controlled safety studies in animals and humans.
The Guardian report "While insecticides are a known deadly threat, two studies find that bees exposed to fungicides are smaller, sickly and declining in ‘chemical cocktail’ farmlands"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine "Higher sympathetic arousal during a touch-based healing ritual predicted improvements in subjective well-being. Results suggest that moderate arousal may precede non-specific intervention effects of touch-based healing rituals. Results suggest the occurrence of an anticipatory stress response, i.e. a state of enhanced sympathetic activity that is known to precede relaxation"
Clinical Therapeutics report "In patients with low- to moderate-risk hypercholesterolemia a nutraceutical combination in association with a hypolipidic diet significantly reduced total cholesterol and LDL-C levels and may favor the reaching the recommended cholesterol targets."
The Journal Clinical Nutrition report "Our findings suggest that egg consumption may increase ovarian cancer risk. Additional studies, especially large prospective cohort studies, are warranted to confirm the findings"
The Journal Clinical Nutrition report "Specialized Proresolving Lipid Mediators are increased after 8 weeks n-3 fatty acid supplementation in patients with CKD. This may have important implications for limiting ongoing low grade inflammation in Chronic Kidney Disease.
Current Therapeutic Research report "Echinaforce Hotdrink is as effective as Oseltamivir in the early treatment of clinically diagnosed and virologically confirmed influenza virus infections with a reduced risk of complications and adverse events"
The American Botanical Council report "Strawberries, like most dark-colored berries, contain a complex series of phytochemicals that can be divided into six main groups: anthocyanins, flavonols, flavanols, ellagitannins, ellagic acid glycosides, and cinnamic acid conjugates.5 These compounds have significant health benefits and have been studied for their anti-cancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, and antiviral activities, as well as their ability to regulate blood glucose."
The Journal Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother.report "The current short-term open pilot study showed that Ginkgo biloba special extract (EGb 761®) seems to be a well-tolerated complementary or alternative medicine for treating childhood ADHD in patients who do not tolerate or are not willing to take methylphenidate. Treatment with Ginkgo biloba EGb 761® over a total summarized period of more than 700 observation days revealed an incidence rate of 0.004 adverse events per observation day without any serious side effects. Following administration, interrelated improvements on behavioral ratings of ADHD symptoms and electrical brain activity related to response preparation were detected in this open study."
The Journal Herbal Medicine report "This study showed that a tea made from Dill seed can be used in the initial stages of labour without any side effects on mother and foetus to reduce labour pain"
The Journal Herbal Medicine report "The results showed that the selected herb, Dolichos biflorus has excellent anticrystallization activity and therefore, might be beneficial if used in formulating a strategy for the dissolution and thereby prevention of urinary stones."
The American Botanical Council report "The authors conclude that lavender cream with or without foot bathing for 8 weeks significantly improved anxiety, stress, and depression in pregnant women"
The Japanese Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The Rosa rugosa petal-containing diet appears to have benefits in improving hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "A 12-week Hatha yoga intervention has favorable effects on cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility in Chinese adults."
PLOSone report "While no other statistically significant relationships were found relating aluminium to bee or colony health, the actual content of aluminium in pupae are extremely high and demonstrate significant exposure to aluminium. Bees rely heavily on cognitive function and aluminium is a known neurotoxin with links, for example, to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The significant contamination of bumblebee pupae by aluminium raises the intriguing spectre of cognitive dysfunction playing a role in their population decline."
The American Botanical Council, HerbalGram report "In summary, Ceylon Cinnamon Extract consumption in rats decreased both glucose and insulin concentrations during a starch tolerance test, and doses of 12.5 mg/kg body weight and above resulted in decreased glucose concentrations"
The Journal of Clinical Oncology report "High Vitamin D Receptor expression in prostate tumors is associated with a reduced risk of lethal cancer, suggesting a role of the vitamin D pathway in prostate cancer progression."
Alaska Dispatch News report " published in the journal Ecosphere, supports two hypotheses about wood frog deformities in Alaska: one concerning warmer water temperatures that are hastening predation by tadpole-biting dragonfly larvae and the other concerning chemical contamination"
The Daily Record report "Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Necropsies on some of the more than 200 diamondback terrapins found on the island’s North Fork point to saxitoxin, a biotoxin produced in algae blooms that has been found in the water at 10 times the normal level. The poison collects in shellfish, which are eaten by the turtles in brackish bays and estuaries, quickly causing paralysis and death. Gobler and Esposito both believe the increase in saxitoxin levels may be related to nitrogen in the water caused by leaking septic tanks and sewage that makes its way into bays, though there appears to be no explanation for why the levels are now higher than ever before
Planet Earth Online report "Ancient mainstays of our woodlands, hedgerows and parklands are at risk from a surge of pests and diseases - but a new research programme is bringing experts together from many fields to find solutions....The arrival of ash dieback has triggered heated debate in the media and beyond, and many of us now know enough about tree health to report sightings and take steps to avoid spreading disease. But there's still a lot we don't know about public understanding of tree-health risks - and about the social, cultural and economic factors that shape it."
Environmental Health News report "A new study suggests the long-held industry assumption that bisphenol-A breaks down safely in the human body is incorrect. Instead, researchers say, the body transforms the ubiquitous chemical additive into a compound that might spur obesity.
The study is the first to find that people’s bodies metabolize bisphenol-A (BPA) — a chemical found in most people and used in polycarbonate plastic, food cans and paper receipts — into something that impacts our cells and may make us fat.
The Journal Ayurveda Integr Medicine report "Ethanolic extract of Manihot esculenta Crantz (MEC) leaves exhibited significant antidiarrheal activity by decreasing intestinal fluid accumulation and the gastrointestinal motility in Wistar rats."
PLOSOne report "In summary, the meta-analysis suggests that SJZT is more efficacious than placebo in improving global symptoms, BSS score, and abdominal pain for patients with IBS-D. SJZT is safe in short-term trials. However, due to the high clinical heterogeneity and small sample size of the included trials, further standardized preparation, randomized double-blind, multicenter, large-scale trials are required."
Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Immunomodulatory, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Antitumour + Propolis
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The goal of this review is to discuss the potential of propolis for the development of new drugs by presenting published data concerning the chemical composition and the biological properties of this natural compound from different geographic origins."
Neural Regneration Research report "nutritional interventions rich in phytochemicals (for example anthocyanins and caffeic acid) such as berry fruits may be a valuable asset in preventing against aging by reducing or delaying the development of age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
The Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology report " This study is the first to show that the oral ingestion of a combination of rosemary and citrus extracts can reduce some molecular events related to skin photo damage,such as intracellular ROS generation and DNA damage. The results may contribute to understand how dietary polyphenols may provide a skin protective effect against UV, further than the daily use of topical sunscreens
National Geographic report "“We cannot solve our difficulties by using the type of thinking that created them,” Chandler says. He’s referring to the “persistent delusion” that humans can control nature. Better bees can be built, he believes, but only by bees themselves. The biggest enemy of honeybees, he contends, is not mites or viruses but industrial agriculture. Many scientists ruefully agree. The disagreement comes over what to do about it."
Living On Earth report "in the last few decades, some studies have suggested a possible link between talc and ovarian cancer. Levin recently wrote an article outlining the long-held concerns and the hundreds of lawsuits filed on behalf of women or their survivors against Johnson & Johnson. These studies go back, he says, to a British study in 1971. Researchers reported that microscopic analysis of 13 ovarian tumors found talc particles in 10 of them. Several other studies followed in the early 1980s in the United States and Europe and suggested that women who use talc feminine hygiene products may have up to a 35% higher risk of ovarian cancer than women who don’t those products."
The Journal Traditional Chinese Medicine report "Liuweibuqi capsules can improve the symptoms of COPD possibly by regulating the expression of the JAK1/STAT3 pathway and MMP9/TIMP1"
The Journal Chinese Medicine report "You-Gui pills (You-Gui-Wan; YGW) can promote T lymphocyte proliferation and differentiation, and restore Th1/Th2 balance in the treatment of asthma, but their mechanism of action is not fully known. This study aims to explore whether YGW can induce histone deacetylation or acetylation in memory T lymphocytes (Tm) for improvement of airway inflammation in asthma.
Conclusion: Histone deacetylation of Tm was observed during alleviation of asthma by YGW
Complementary Therapies in Medicine report "This brief lifestyle intervention, including a vegan diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and various legumes, nuts and seeds, significantly improved health risk factors and reduced systemic inflammation as measured by circulating C-Reactive Protein (CRP).
Science Daily report "Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain
Phytotherapy Research report "Ongoing efforts to gain an in-depth understanding of the effects of this substance include experiments described in the present report and a phase I clinical trial of Sour Cherry Seed Extract (SCSE) delivered transdermally to patients with osteoarthritis. This treatment resulted in significant systemic amelioration of multiple disease parameters (including joint pain) and augmented protective T lymphocyte activity, with no associated toxicity (Mahmoud et al., 2014). These outcomes and ongoing results of work in progress suggest that SCSE will be safe and effective for a wide range of human applications."
Phytotherapy Research report "Regarding this important aspects of endocannabinoids and their receptors, we can say that it may provide a pivotal target for attenuating chemotherapy associated side effects. Moreover, antitumoral activities of cannabinoids might enhance the efficacy of standard chemotherapeutic agents. In such conditions, the coadministration of lower doses of anticancer drugs with cannabinoids will diminish the adverse effects drastically."
Environmental Health Perspective report "Prenatal exposure to organochlorines was positively associated with overweight at age 7 years in our study population. Other EDCs exposures did not confound this association."
The Guardian report "More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly, the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.
Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1% of their colonies, the second-highest rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the US Department of Agriculture.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The Sahastara (SHT) remedy is similar to diclofenac in all evaluating symptoms of OA knee. However, the SHT remedy has shown to be a good alternative treatment for OA knee with less systemic side effects when it was compared with diclofenac.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "methanol extract of M. malabathricum leaves exhibited a gastroprotective activity due partly to the presence of quercitrin, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, and via modulation of NO and SH groups"
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "While no change was detected in the control group, the program group reported reductions of 1.94, 1.84, and 2.06 points for anxiety, depression, and stress, respectively (p<0.01, p<0.01, and p<0.01). Scores decreased significantly after the first therapeutic laughter session (p<0.05, p<0.01, and p<0.01). As the therapeutic laughter program was effective after only a single session in reducing anxiety, depression, and stress in breast cancer patients, it could be recommended as a first-line complementary/alternative therapy.
The Intl Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) extract inhibits the proliferation of colon carcinoma cells and induces apoptosis through formation of ROS. Taken together, LBE or subfractions thereof could be used for the prevention of colon cancer.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "Greater Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid concentrations may be associated with lower osteoporotic fracture risk in older adults, particularly in men. Critical time periods for n–3 fatty acid consumption may differ by sex. Daily fish-oil consumption in late life was associated with lower fracture risk in men. Daily fish-oil consumption in midlife was associated with lower fracture risk in women
The Intl Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "This unique mechanism for DA transmission modulation contributes to the antipsychotic-like effects of alstonine and is compatible with its behavioral profile in mice and alleged effects in patients. These results may represent an innovation in the antipsychotic development field. "
The Guardian report "The cause of the most deadly sea star epidemic in recorded history remains unclear, but experts believe it may be a poorly understood ‘wasting’ disease. It is a gruesome death. First the legs shrivel up, followed by lesions. Then the legs inch away and finally detach. The victim continues to deteriorate until it is nothing but a plot of sticky goo.This is the thoroughly unpleasant way by which scores of sea stars, also known as starfish, have perished along the North American west coast in the most deadly epidemic to hit the iconic echinoderms in recorded history.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "These findings can explain, at least in part, the benefits of curcumin-enriched yoghurt to diabetes and substantiate evidences for the curcumin metabolite(s) as being responsible for the antidiabetic activity."
Environmental Health News report "Male minnows exposed to a widely used diabetes drug ubiquitous in wastewater effluent had feminized reproductive parts and were smaller and less fertile, according to a new study. It is the first study to examine the drug metformin’s impact on fish endocrine systems and suggests that non-hormone pharmaceuticals pervasive in wastewater may cause reproductive and development problems in exposed fish.
The Journal eCAM report "These results suggest that, in a rat model, GuiXiong Xiaoyi Wan (GXXYW) may be effective in the suppression of the growth of endometriosis, possibly through the inhibition of cell proliferation, the induction of apoptosis of endometriotic cells, and the regulation of the immune system"
The Journal eCAM report "In conclusion, the combination of Coriolus versicolor polysaccharide (CVP) and Ginkgo Flavonoid (GF) shows a synergistic effect with respect to improving the memory of D-gals and AlCl3-induced AD mouse model. The elevated inflammation and oxidation levels in the brain tissue of AD mice were found to be alleviated by the combination treatment. Our research provides a new insight into the treatment of dementia."
The Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science report "Our findings show that the aqueous extract of saffron contains an active component that can trigger production of important neurotransmitters in brain, namely, dopamine and glutamate. In addition, these results provide a cellular basis for reports concerning the antidepressant properties of saffron extract in humans and animals."
The Journal Ethnopharmacol. report "Our results showed that chronic morphine-injected rats displayed tolerance to the analgesic effect of morphine as well as morphine dependence. Ginger (50 and 100 mg/kg) completely prevented the development of morphine tolerance. In addition, concomitant treatment of morphine with 100 and 150 mg/kg attenuated almost all of the naloxone-induced withdrawal sings which include weight lose, abdominal contraction, diarrhea, petosis, teeth chattering, and jumping. In addition, morphine-induced L-type calcium channel over-expression in spinal cord was reversed by 100 mg/kg ginger.
The Journal Addict. Health report "The data indicated that ginger extract has a potential anti-addictive property against chronic usage of morphine"
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "From the current line of evidences, it was concluded that lycopene can impart momentous protection against experimental esophagitis by wrapping up the reactive oxygen species and through dual inhibition of the arachidonic acid pathway. "
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Finally, asiaticoside prevents amyloidogenesis that precedes neurodegeneration in patients with Alzheimer’s disease"
University of Colorado Cancer Center report “It’s very simple: tumors from mice that were initially fed silibinin had fewer cancer stem cells, were smaller, had lower metabolisms and showed decreased growth of new blood vessels. Importantly, when these cancer stem cells from tumors in mice fed silibinin were re-injected into new mice, we found these stem cells had lost their potential to repopulate even in the absence of silibinin exposure,”
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "The beneficial effect of B vitamin treatment on brain atrophy was observed only in subjects with high plasma ω-3 fatty acids. It is also suggested that the beneficial effect of ω-3 fatty acids on brain atrophy may be confined to subjects with good B vitamin status."
Oncology Nurse Advisor report "According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers have found that men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as powders and pills with androstenedione or creatine, had a significantly increased likelihood of developing testicular cancer compared with men who did not use those supplements."
MedPage Today report "This recent study did not find any such changes. Instead, they hypothesized that the benefits are demonstrated by the fertilization rate of the eggs from the women eating soy versus those who weren't eating soy. The fact that it was higher in the soy group suggests that eating soy may improve egg quality. Regardless of the mechanism, all of the research agrees that dietary soy is associated with higher pregnancy rates and a greater chance at a live birth."
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