Archive for February, 2011
Before antibiotics, sunlight was used to speed up the healing of wounds because it is an efficient germ killer, writes Dr Marga Boyani. All nature including humanity is solar-powered. Deprived of sunlight, man loses physical vigour and strength. Take away sunlight and all life on earth would soon perish.
Folic acid, B6 and B12 can breakdown homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an crystal-like amino acid formed from protein digestion. High blood pressure can force homocysteine particles into arterial walls leading to injury, inflammation, clotting and ultimately, heart attack or heart failure. While these B vitamins may be found in many types of food such as leafy greens, nuts, grains and fruits, the amount of B vitamins absorbable from food decreases as we age. Therefore, those with higher homocysteine levels may wish to supplement in order to achieve healthy levels.
Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B virPosted February 28, 2011
Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra L.) are well known as supportive agents against common cold and influenza. It is further known that bacterial super-infection during an influenza virus (IV) infection can lead to severe pneumonia. We have analyzed a standardized elderberry extract (Rubini, BerryPharma AG) for its antimicrobial and antiviral activity using the microtitre broth micro-dilution assay against three Gram-positive bacteria and one Gram-negative bacteria responsible for infections of the upper respiratory tract, as well as cell culture experiments for two different strains
The British government reportedly issued dietary guidelines Friday to recommend its citizens cut back on their intake of red meat as this type of meat may increase risk of colorectal cancer or bowel cancer. Red meat has also been associated with increased risk for other cancers like breast cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancer and pancreas cancer.
The body is a dancer’s instrument, but is it attuned to the mind? A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation.
Antioxidants could prove a powerful new weapon in the fight against the rare form of cancer malignant mesothelioma, according to new research from the Thomas Jefferson Hospitalís Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Researchers from Spain have identified a strain of probiotic bacteria that may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. They report their findings in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
As more than 300 million cell phones are in use throughout the world today, new studies are working to determine whether or not the mobile telephone devices are safe for use. Researchers discovered that talking on a cell phone may increase the activity in the brain.
Grown high in the Andes for millennia, a grain the Incas so prized they deemed it sacred has become a global star and is now being touted as the health food of the future. Quinoa, a good crop for harsher climes as it prospers in semi-arid conditions and high altitudes where rivals struggle, has nutrition experts salivating as it is chock full of protein and essential amino acids.