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Oregano Compound May Help Fight Norovirus

Posted February 16, 2014

Norovirus is a very contagious virus and the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Researchers have found one compound that may actually breakdown norovirus, and it comes from a very common herb – oregano.

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Vitamin D3: improves immune system, defends against bacteria and viruses

Posted October 4, 2013

While people are readying themselves with flu shots, they are seeking additional defenses, including vitamins, during this time of the year. A wave of curiosity continues to stir around the Vitamin D phenomenon. And it appears that Vitamin D3, with the same nutrients provided by natural sunlight, helps bolster the immune system.

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Avoid West Nile naturally with these tips and immune-boosting supplements

Posted September 2, 2013

The degree of morbidity from West Nile virus infected mosquitoes is low. According to the CDC, only around one in five humans infected get sick. That sickness is usually a nasty bout with the flu, but one in 150 who are infected can be affected more seriously with pneumonia, paralysis, or death.

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Effects of cocktail of four local Malaysian medicinal plants (Phyllanthus spp.) against dengue virus 2

Posted July 29, 2013

The absence of commercialized vaccines and antiviral agents against dengue has made the disease a major health concern around the world. With the current dengue virus transmission rate and incidences, the development of antiviral drugs is of vital need. The aim of this project was to evaluate the possibility of developing a local medicinal plant, Phyllanthus as an anti-dengue agent.

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Vitamin C can kill every virus known to mankind

Posted June 14, 2013

If you suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness, achy joints and muscles, bleeding gums or leg rashes – you could be vitamin C deficient. Everything from the common cold to cancer can’t resist the healing power of vitamin C. In fact, there is not a known virus that can survive in the presence of this essential antioxidant.

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Study reveals natural process that blocks viruses

Posted April 18, 2013

The human body has the ability to ward off viruses by activating a naturally occurring protein at the cellular level, setting off a chain reaction that disrupts the levels of cholesterol required in cell membranes to enable viruses to enter cells. The findings, discovered by researchers in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, hold promise for the development of therapies to fight a variety of viral infections.

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Grape Seed Extract Reduces Norovirus’ Infectivity

Posted November 9, 2012

In the study, the researchers observed that under treatment with grape seed extract, at low doses, the spherically-shaped murine (mouse) norovirus-1 coat proteins clumped, and showed “obvious deformation and inflation,” according to the report. At higher doses, the researchers saw no coat proteins, only protein debris. “This provides evidence that [grape seed extract] could effectively damage the [norovirus] capsid protein, which could reduce viral binding ability and infectivity accordingly,” according to the report.

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Coenzyme Q(10), vitamin E, selenium, methionine help human papillomavirus skin warts

Posted October 12, 2012

A nutrition supplement made of Coenzyme Q(10), vitamin E, selenium and methionine helps treat chronic recurrent viral mucocutaneous infections like human papillomavirus skin warts, according to a study in the journal Nutrition. C. De Luca at Dermatology Research Institute (IDI IRCCS) in Rome, Italy and colleagues conducted the study and found patients with human papillomavirus skin warts experienced faster healing with reduced incidence of relapse.

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Home remedies and homeopathic solutions for the prevention and treatment of West Nile and other flu-like viruses

Posted August 27, 2012

West Nile virus and other infectious, flu-like illnesses produce symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, upper respiratory effects, fatigue, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. In rare cases, a severe form of West Nile may develop producing neuroinvasive symptoms affecting the nervous system.

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Turmeric Spices Up Virus Study

Posted August 21, 2012

The popular spice turmeric packs more than just flavor – it shows promise in fighting devastating viruses, Mason researchers recently discovered. Curcumin, found in turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, says Aarthi Narayanan, lead investigator on a new study and a research assistant professor in Mason’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases.

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