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Healing power of aloe vera proves beneficial for teeth and gums, too

CHICAGO (July 17, 2009) - The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. Legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe vera to keep her skin soft. The modern use of aloe vera was first recogn...

Antibiotics take toll on beneficial microbes in gut

ANN ARBOR, Mich. It's common knowledge that a protective navy of bacteria normally floats in our intestinal tracts. Antibiotics at least temporarily disturb the normal balance. But it's unclear which antibiotics are the most disruptive, and if the full array of "good bacteria" return promptly or ...

Caffeine appears to be beneficial in males -- but not females -- with Lou Gehrig's disease

NEW ORLEANSAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease that damages key neurons in the brain and spinal cord. The disease causes progressive paralysis of voluntary muscles and often death within five years of symptoms. Although ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) was discovered over a century ag...

Caffeine appears to be beneficial in males -- but not females -- with Lou Gehrig's disease

NEW ORLEANSAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease that damages key neurons in the brain and spinal cord. The disease causes progressive paralysis of voluntary muscles and often death within five years of symptoms. Although ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) was discovered over a century ag...

Experts tackle shipment issues for beneficial radiation sources

Delays and denials of shipments involving regulated radioactive materials used in medicine and industry are of growing concern to safety and industry experts. Meeting in Rome this week at an IAEA workshop, they agreed on an action plan for the Mediterranean region that seeks to ease hardships for ...

Too much technology may be killing beneficial bacteria

COLUMBIA, Mo. Too much of a good thing could be harmful to the environment. For years, scientists have known about silvers ability to kill harmful bacteria and, recently, have used this knowledge to create consumer products containing silver nanoparticles. Now, a University of Missouri researcher ...

Testosterone replacement theraphy beneficial in men 60 and older

SAN DIEGO, CA The risk of osteoporosis (bone fracture) in women is highly recognized by the public. Less appreciated is the fact that the disorder also occurs in men. Some two million males have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and another three million are at risk. Gender-based hormones and...

Clot-dissolving agent may be beneficial in treatment of severe frostbite

A preliminary study suggests that a blood clot-dissolving medication that is administered to some patients following a stroke or heart attack may help to reduce the risk of amputation following severe frostbite, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archiv...

Uniform language for describing genes of pathogenic and beneficial microbes

An international group of scientists has announced a major expansion of a lingua franca used to describe the activities of genes in living organisms. The expansion provides terms that scientists can use to describe the complex events that occur when a pathogenic or beneficial microbe encounters it...

100 percent juices found as beneficial to health as fruits and vegetables

When it comes to some of today’s health issues, 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices do help reduce risk factors related to certain diseases. This conclusion is the result of a European study designed to question traditional thinking that 100 percent juices play a less significant role in red...

Pollen proves beneficial for northern lakes

Mention the word pollen to most people and it triggers thoughts of their battle against allergic reactions. However, a University of Alberta researcher has found an important spin-off for this fine yellow dust-like powder. Mark Graham, a PhD student from the Department of Biological Sciences at...

Genome study of beneficial microbe may help boost plant health

In a study expected to greatly benefit crop plants, scientists have deciphered the genome of a root- and seed-dwelling bacterium that protects plants from diseases. The research provides clues to better explain how the helpful microbe, Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5, naturally safeguards roots and...

A little stress gives beneficial oomph! to immune system

New research in mice provides more evidence that a brief bout of stress can give the immune system a beneficial boost ?under certain conditions. Laboratory results showed that acute stress ?stress that lasts for minutes to hours ?temporarily mobilized all major types of immune cells, or leukocyt...

The hepatitis healing power of blueberry leaves

... rabbit-eye blueberry (native to the southeastern US). They purified the compound and identified it as proanthocyandin (a polyphenol similar to the beneficial chemicals found in grapes and wine). While proanthocyandin can be harmful, Kataoka and colleagues noted its effective concentration against HCV was 10...

University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers reveal ocean acidification at Station ALOHA

...he absorption of CO 2 by the oceans, the alarming growth of atmospheric CO 2 concentration would be substantially greater than it is. However, this beneficial role of the oceans as a CO 2 "scrubber" does not come without undesired consequences. When dissolved, CO 2 acts as an acid, and lowers seawater pH....

Animal and plant communication at the ESA Annual Meeting

...nging information among living things. Bugs pretending to be ants are protected against attack A classic example of a mutualism, or a mutually beneficial relationship between two species, is that of warm-climate Acacia plants and their ant tenants. The plants provide the ants with shelter within their h...

Restoring a natural root signal helps to fight a major corn pest

...ributions from colleagues in Munich and the US, has produced another first: the successful manipulation of a crop plant to emit a signal that attracts beneficial organisms. Genetic transformation of maize plants resulted in the release of the naturally active substance (E)-beta-caryophyllene from their roots. T...

Leicester research paves way for first use in Europe of an insect to fight invasive plant

...ed by all concerned". The proposed organism has now satisfied the scientific community that the proposed release under licence would be both safe and beneficial to the environment. On July 23 2009 the government inaugurated a public consultation on the release, subject to the satisfactory conclusion of this pr...

Reprogramming human cells without inserting genes

...m the journal Cloning and Stem Cells . "We show that by manipulating culture conditions alone, we can achieve changes in fibroblasts that would be beneficial in development of patient-specific cell therapy approaches," the authors wrote in the paper. Early on, the emerging field of regenerative medicine fo...

Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

...e normal physiological pH level. Measurements of insulin function revealed that the protein was virtually inactive when bound to the nanodiamonds -- a beneficial property for preventing excess or unnecessary drug release. Upon increasing the pH to the basic levels commonly observed in the skin during severe ...

Humans lend a hand to critically endangered waterbird

... Human impact on one of the world's most threatened bird species can be beneficial rather than destructive - and could even save it from extinction - according to counterintuitive new findings by the University of East Anglia (UEA). ...

Knee injuries may start with strain on the brain, not the muscles

... that training the brain to respond to unexpected stimuli, thus sharpening their anticipatory skills when faced with unexpected scenarios, may be more beneficial than performing rote training exercises in a controlled lab setting, which is much less random than a true competitive scenario. In this case, expandi...

Short stressful events may improve working memory

...arning and memory. Researchers at the University at Buffalo have shown, in trials using rodents as an animal model, that acute stress can produce a beneficial effect on learning and memory, through the effect of the stress hormone corticosterone (cortisol in humans) on the brain's prefrontal cortex, a key re...

SRI announces selection by the National Cancer Institute as a Chemical Biology Consortium center

...collaborative partnerships, SRI's Center for Cancer Research has been successful in generating an extensive drug pipeline translating discoveries into beneficial treatments. SRI's drug discovery process, guided by a combination of biological screens and computational methods, will be a key component of the NCI ...

C. difficile spores spread superbug

...ficile infection for some time. The bacterium can live inside the gut of healthy human beings, existing as part of a natural, diverse and potentially beneficial ecosystem of bacteria and microorganisms the microbiota - that we are all are host to. When the team treated mice with antibiotics, the balance of...

Stuff of stink bombs investigated for role in pregnancy

...oul odour of stink bombs- is also a toxic gas and has been used for chemical warfare. But research at the University of Leicester is now looking at beneficial effects it has in the body- and the potentially critical role the chemical might have in term and pre-term births. Dr. Ray Carson of the Department ...

Reviews of microbial gene language published in special issue of Trends in Microbiology

...s Institute professor Brett Tyler. The Gene Ontology is a powerful language that gives researchers a shared vocabulary to describe disease-related and beneficial interactions between a microbe and its host. By allowing scientists to link experimental results to a computer-readable language, the Gene Ontology pr...

$20 million NIH grant to transform clinical research at UIC

... Michael Tanner, UIC provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "Insights from basic research need much development and further study to create beneficial clinical practices, and the NIH is funding us to accelerate the process," Tanner said. The NIH launched the Clinical Translational Science Award pr...

Results from trials of DHA in Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline

...e in foods enriched with algal DHA or fish oils, and dietary supplements. Previous animal studies and epidemiology in humans suggested that DHA may be beneficial in people with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study 18-Month DHA Trial in Alzheimer's Disease Researchers from the National Insti...

Research shows that 'invisible hand' guides evolution of cooperative turn-taking

... interactions with others. Then as soon as a pair coordinates by chance, they instinctively begin to play 'tit for tat'. This locks them into mutually beneficial coordinated turn-taking indefinitely. Without genetic diversity, turn-taking cannot evolve in this simple way." Professor Colman added: "In our sim...

World's largest ocean observatory takes shape

...lenging project confirms our expertise and customer focus to address new market segments, such as scientific undersea observatories that can be highly beneficial to onshore researchers for real-time oceanic monitoring and scientific experiments," says Georges Krebs, chief operating officer of Alcatel-Lucent's s...

July 9-10 symposium on synthetic biology

...terials, enabling scientists to create new biological systems or even engineer new life forms. Though these technologies could lead to the creation of beneficial materials and applications for human health, they also raise a host of public policy, legal, and ethical questions. A symposium to be held by the ...

New national genome center launched

...s sheep will help breeders raise animals resistant to disease. Producing more nutritious fruit and vegetables. Certain fruit and vegetables contain beneficial compounds that have been associated with reduced incidence of some cancers. Better understanding of the genetic mechanisms underlying the synthesis of...

New supplement may help slow sight loss in elderly

...declined steadily. Dr Chakravarthy added: "These findings are important because this is the first randomised controlled clinical trial to document a beneficial effect through improved function and maintained macular pigments. "Further research is needed to confirm these findings and to identify the numbers ...

American Chemical Society weekly presspac -- June 10, 2009

...ave been genetically engineered to be harmless. Instead of causing disease, the new microbes can be loaded with medicine or vaccine, and deliver that beneficial cargo by "infecting" cells. After entering cells, the bacteria burst and die, leading to Pouton's term "suicidal strain" for the microbes. The researc...

Natural seed treatment could drastically cut pesticide use

...acid so exciting is that it is a more natural way to protect plants. In addition to cutting pesticide use, the new technology could be a financially beneficial alternative for farmers and growers using pesticides, because seeds are cheaper to treat than whole crops. The original research showing the effect...

Jefferson receives $1.7 million grant to study stem cells in intervertebral discs of the spine

...d function of both healthy and diseased tissues. "Researchers have tried repairing the discs by injecting them with agents that are thought to have beneficial effects on cell function," said Makarand Risbud, Ph.D, associate professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Univ...

NAU discovery could help feed millions

...of Mayer's work on the NAU campus. Named after the word senescence, meaning approaching an advanced age, the young company hopes to create a number of beneficial products. Mayer and her team of researchers also are adapting the technology platform for population management of other animals. They are formul...

Study shows CGM devices also benefit people with type 1 diabetes

...e control group had a decrease in HbA1c of more than 0.3% without experiencing a severe hypoglycemic event (28% versus 5%). Encouragingly, similar beneficial results were seen in children, adolescents, and adults spanning the ages of 8 to 69 years. Dr. Aaron Kowalski, Program Director for Metabolic Cont...

Is vitamin D deficiency linked to Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia?

...esponse relation, an understanding of the mechanisms, and experimental verification. To date, the evidence includes observational studies supporting a beneficial role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of diseases linked to dementia such as vascular and metabolic diseases, as well as an understanding of the role...
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