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Traditional medicine: Environment change threatens indigenous know-how

Posted February 14, 2014

Traditional medicine provides health care for more than half the world’s population, but no one has really looked at how the environment affects traditional medicine. Studying 12 ethnic groups from Nepal biologists found that plant availability in the local environment has a stronger influence on the make-up of a culture’s medicinal floras. This means that the environment plays a huge role in shaping traditional knowledge. This is very important, especially when you think of the risks that these cultures are already facing.

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Nice Cup of Tea to Beat Bioterrorists? Tea Ingredients Can Kill Micro-Organisms and Inactivate Toxins, Expert Says

Posted August 18, 2012

New research has revealed that a nice cup of tea could hold the solution to a range of deadly weapons in the bioterrorist’s arsenal. As well as being the UK’s favorite drink, research has shown that the morning brew has the ability to kill micro-organisms and inactivate toxins.

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Fish oil lowers air pollution risk.

Posted August 6, 2012

Fish oil supplements might protect against adverse effects on the heart that are associated with particulate air pollution, a laboratory study with people has found. After breathing the pollutants, heart rate variability and lipid levels – two measures of heart health – showed little change in those who had eaten fish oil supplements for a month. This is the first controlled experiment to look at the link and suggests that slight changes in the daily diet may counteract some health effects. The findings are most important for people who live in highly polluted areas in the world.

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Plant extracts, essential oils combat E. coli

Posted April 21, 2012

The occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7, the prime E. coli pathogen in ground beef, is inactivated by high heat during cooking, which also leads to the formation of cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Building on previous research, this study evaluated the ability of plant extracts, spices, and essential oils to simultaneously inactivate E. coli O157:H7 and prevent the formation of HCAs. Spices and extracts were added at a 5-percent concentration while essential oils were tested at a 1-percent level.

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Fight Ticks, Lyme Disease with Natural Tick Repellents

Posted April 18, 2012

The warmer than usual winter and early spring have meant a surge of activity among people, plant, and animals, and those pesty critters called ticks, which can carry the threat of Lyme disease. If you want an alternative to chemicals to repel these pests, this may be the year you try natural tick repellents.

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Phytoremediation: You can grow plants that help eliminate radiation in the soil

Posted June 21, 2011

Concerns about radioactive materials accumulating in soil and water since the nuclear accident in Japan this year have led individuals to look at natural ways to clean their property of possible radiation. One method worthy of examination is phytoremediation. Phytoremediation uses plants to detoxify areas contaminated by the accumulation of hazardous substances, heavy metals and pollutants such as radioactive material.

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Birth Defects Could Be Prevented By Fortifying Corn Masa Flour With Folic Acid

Posted June 18, 2011

Fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine in the Hispanic community, according to a March of Dimes commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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A Must-Read For All Parents To Reduce Child Exposure To Toxic Chemicals At Home

Posted June 17, 2011

Leading Canadian health and environmental experts have issued a list of the top five ways parents can protect their children from toxic substances in and around the home.

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Fish farming is answer to increasing global meat demands, says report

Posted June 16, 2011

The world needs to farm more fish and algae to meet the world’s growing demand for animal products, according to a report released on Tuesday by international NGO Conservation International. The worldwide assessment concluded the environmental impact of aquaculture is lower than raising cattle, pigs or poultry so it should be expanded to alleviate the growing global food crisis.

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F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims

Posted June 16, 2011

After 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administration took steps on Tuesday to sort out the confusing world of sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly waterproof.

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