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Melanoma

Ssanghwa-tang, an oriental herbal cocktail, exerts anti-melanogenic activity by suppression of the p38 MAPK and PKA signaling pathways in B16F10 cells

Posted August 28, 2013

Ssanghwa-tang (SHT) is a widely used medication for the treatment of fatigue, pain, inflammation, hypothermia, erectile dysfunction, cancer, and osteoporosis in Asia, however, role of SHT on the melanin synthesis has not been checked previously. Thus, the present study was designed to determine the effect of SHT on alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH)-induced melanogensis and its mechanisms of action in murine B16F10 melanoma cells.

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How a Flower May Stop Melanoma

Posted April 13, 2013

Melanoma may be the least common form of skin cancer, but it also is the most deadly. Now scientists have discovered how a trumpet-like flower may hold the secret to stopping the disease. Could a flower help fight skin cancer? At Texas Biomedical Research Institute, a team of researchers has announced they have discovered how a substance called gossypin, which has been isolated from the hibiscus plant (H. vitifolius), may fight a deadly form of skin cancer.

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Retinol supplements may cut melanoma risk

Posted October 2, 2012

A new study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that taking retinol supplements, but not eating vitamin A rich foods may help reduce risk of melanoma, a highly deadly skin cancer. The study led by Maryam M. Asgari of Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland, California and colleagues conducted the study and found using individual retinol supplements was associated with 40 percent reduced risk of melanoma during a six year follow-up.

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Vitamin A supplements may reduce skin cancer risk

Posted June 9, 2012

Taking vitamin A supplements reduces the risk for developing a deadly form of skin cancer called melanoma, say US researchers. The team found that the effect occurred particularly in women and was most noticeable in areas of the skin exposed to the sun.

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Early signs vitamin D might ease menstrual cramps

Posted April 30, 2012

A small study suggests women plagued by menstrual cramps may find relief with vitamin D3, raising hopes that the dietary supplement could one day be an alternative to the painkillers and birth control pills that doctors now recommend. But the treatment involves a mega-dose of vitamin D — 300,000 IUs — which made one expert add a don’t-try-this-at-home warning.

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