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2013-08-08 14:47:47

DNA mutation 'signature' identified in cancers linked to birthwort herb Genomic sequencing experts at Johns Hopkins partnered with pharmacologists at Stony Brook University to reveal a striking mutational signature of upper urinary tract cancers caused by aristolochic acid, a plant compound contained in herbal remedies used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments such as arthritis, gout and inflammation. Their discovery is described in the Aug. 7 issue of Science...

2013-03-19 10:09:26

Scientists from King's College London are warning that millions of people may be exposed to risk of developing kidney failure and bladder cancer by taking herbal medicines that are widely available in Asia Scientists from King's College London are warning that millions of people may be exposed to risk of developing kidney failure and bladder cancer by taking herbal medicines that are widely available in Asia. The medicines, used for a wide range of conditions including slimming, asthma and...

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2011-06-12 07:10:07

The US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) and National Toxicology Program's (NTP) official "Report on Carcinogens" had an additional eight commonly used substances added to it, after health officials said they may put people at an increased risk of developing cancer. HHS on Friday added the industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical substance known as aristolochic acids to that list. Two other compounds, including certain glass wool fibers and styrene -- used in Styrofoam...


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