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2011-08-02 12:19:13

A synthesised compound which is also found in bear bile could help prevent disturbances in the heart's normal rhythm, according to research published today in the journal Hepatology by a team from Imperial College London. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is manufactured as a drug to decrease production of cholesterol in the body and to dissolve gallstones. It is also present in many traditional Chinese medicines made from bear bile. The new study suggests it could also potentially treat abnormal...

2009-10-19 08:00:00

GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following several weeks of careful preparations, the five moon bears who have been living at the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) Panyu Bear Sanctuary (PBS) for the past 13 years set off on a long journey today to their new home at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre (MBRC) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Moon bears are also known as Asiatic black bears, and are an endangered species. The MBRC was established by...

2005-08-17 06:30:00

HANOI -- Vietnam plans to plant microchips in an estimated 4,000 captive bears to try to stop wildlife traders catching more of the animals in the wild and selling them to bile farms, state media reported on Wednesday. The Agriculture Ministry said the chips would also help prevent the slaughter of the bears for food in the southeast Asian nation, where bear parts such as paws are regarded as a delicacy. The bear-bugging campaign, which is being carried out with help from the London-based...


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