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Mushroom Types – Edible and Poisonous

Posted October 30, 2013

Mushrooms are undoubtedly, a connoisseur’s gastronomic delight and quite healthy too. Mushrooms do not fall under the animal or plant variety but belong to the kingdom of fungi. With over a thousand types of mushrooms, only a few of them have gained immense popularity. This is mainly due to the exotic flavor and taste besides their medicinal properties.

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Zebrafish study suggests that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is an antidote to cyanide poisoning

Posted May 1, 2013

A new report in The FASEB Journal involving zebrafish suggests that riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, may mitigate the toxic effects of this infamous poison. In addition, the report shows that zebrafish are a viable model for investigating the effects of cyanide on humans. As with any research involving animal models, these findings are preliminary until thoroughly tested in clinical trials. Anyone who suspects cyanide poisoning should not attempt to use riboflavin as an antidote, and instead contact local poison control centers or emergency health services immediately.

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Natural remedies for treating poison ivy, oak and sumac

Posted July 26, 2012

Green is good, right? Yes, for the most part. But beware of poison ivy, oak and sumac – three green plants that will make you itch like crazy. These plants all cause contact dermatitis, producing redness and rash. The ingredient in these plants that causes such discomfort is called urushiol. This nasty compound is so toxic, an amount required to sit on the head of a pin will cause a rash in 500 people.

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Best home remedies and natural treatments for poison ivy

Posted May 22, 2012

As summer approaches, most people spend more time outdoors; and with that comes the chance of developing a poison ivy allergy. Oils from these devilish weeds are highly noxious, causing a long list of poison ivy allergy symptoms. Contact with a poison ivy plant can produce a red, swollen rash, blisters, pain, and unbearable itching. In addition there may be intense burning, inflammation, and fever. For those unlucky enough to have a poison ivy rash in their eyes, mouths or on their genitals, the torment can be nearly intolerable.

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Interesting study on acupuncture and polycystic ovary syndrome

Posted April 30, 2012

Complementary alternative medicine is increasing in popularity in Los Angeles. Angelenos have turned to acupuncture for conditions ranging from terminal cancer to dandruff. Acupuncture has been proposed as a treatment for infertility secondary to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Several studies have reported that acupuncture can improve the hormonal status of patients with PCOS.

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