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Stress saps energy, and Americans feel stressed more than ever, with 20 percent of us experiencing “extreme stress” at least weekly, according to the American Institute of Stress. Could late-night TV and the ubiquitous presence of electronic devices be the culprits? Partly, according to information published by Harvard Medical School. While all light stimulates the brain, the blue light from ... Read More »

Mistletoe Extract Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Natural Alternative Increases Survival Rate Astudy published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a ... Read More »

Radiation Effects on Greenery

Cell Phones and Router Microwaves Stress Plants Evidence of the effects of wireless technologies on human health continues to be controversial, with agreement on results remaining elusive. Now a new study published in the Journal of Plant Physiologyfound that human-generated microwave pollution can potentially be stressful to plants. Researchers from Romania’s Estonian University of Life Sciences tested three common garden plants—parsley, ... Read More »

Hip Fractures Decrease on Weekends and Holy Days

Injuries More Common During Specific Times Anew study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found that older adults are more likely to have hip fractures in the wintertime, except during weekends and on religious holidays. The study’s authors checked the records of 2,050 patients that were at least 65 years old and had suffered a hip fracture. Analyzing the dates of ... Read More »

Herbal Extracts Outdo Pharmaceutical Drug

 Knotweed and Hawthorn Outperform Lovastatin in Trial Chinese researchers recently discovered that two herbal extracts may treat atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, as well as or more effectively than the pharmaceutical drug Lovastatin. Sixty-four patients with atherosclerosis of the carotid artery were studied. For six months, half the patients received 20 milligrams of Lovastatin per day, while the other ... Read More »

Rosacea- When Redness is More than Blushing

How to rebalance your skin when redness won’t go away Everyone gets a little flustered sometimes. We blush when shy or embarrassed, get a bit rosy after a strenuous workout or, on a chilly day, we might find ourselves looking a little like Rudolph. But what does it mean when your face is ruddy almost all the time? It could be that you have rosacea but, according to ... Read More »

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer

Algae extracts added to natural cosmetics may help prevent cancer. A recent review of research from Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University found marine algae extracts help protect skin cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been linked to both inflammation and cancer. The review covered the major algae types of red algae, brown algae (such as kelp), green algae and blue-green ... Read More »

Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity

Researchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the ... Read More »

Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners

Recent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and ... Read More »

Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs

Researchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing ... Read More »