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2009-05-05 04:00:00

GREEN BAY, Wis., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- It's official...Curamin is the natural products industry's Best New Natural Remedy of the Year. Curamin, the number-one pain-relieving product, is slated to receive a First Place Vity Award from Vitamin Retailer magazine in its upcoming June issue. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry's best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090505/CG10779) Developed and distributed...

2009-03-09 00:08:17

Curcumin, turmeric's main ingredient, inserts itself into cell membranes and makes them more orderly and resistant to infection, U.S. researchers said. University of Michigan researchers led by Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy said the membrane goes from being crazy and floppy to being more disciplined and ordered, so information flow through it can be controlled. Probing high-resolution intermolecular interactions in the messy membrane environment has been a major challenge to commonly-used...

2008-09-23 21:00:31

The spice turmeric lowers the risk of getting cancer and Alzheimer's disease and it may reduce the size of a stroke as well, U.S. researchers said. Second-year medical student Jay McCracken with Dr. Krishnan Dhandapani of the Medical College of Georgia used animal models to study curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, on intracerebral hemorrhages -- bleeding in the brain caused by ruptured vessels. "We found that curcumin significantly decreases the size of a blood...

2008-09-08 00:00:06

By Rajen M. THE powerful painkiller that Mother Nature produces may be sitting in your kitchen cabinet. In fact, you probably ate it in the last 24 hours as part of your meal. It should come as no surprise that it is called "living gold" or "Mother nature's gold". It is more commonly called Indian saffron, haridra or jiang huang. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) consists of more than 100 species and over 30 varieties of a cylindrical tuber (rhizome) with orange- coloured flesh. It is related...

2008-08-26 03:00:00

By Dhawan, B N Turmeric: The salt of the orients is the spice of life, Kamala Krishnaswamy (Allied Publishers Private Limited, New Delhi) 2007. 248 pages. Price: Rs.350/-ISBN 81-8424-126-7 Spices have been used since times immemorial for culinary purposes but the discovery of their physiological properties and therapeutic potential is much more recent. Several spices had been used in traditional systems of medicine, mainly for preventive purposes. The most important among them undoubtedly is...

2008-08-18 15:05:00

U.S. scientists say they've used a spice-based compound as a starting point to develop synthetic molecules able to kill cancer cells. The Ohio State University researchers said they combined organic chemistry, computer-aided design and molecular biological techniques to develop and test pharmaceutical compounds that, in lab settings, are able to kill breast and prostate cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Assistant Professor James Fuchs said the synthetic molecules are derived from...

2008-07-16 09:01:19

Three researchers studying tobacco use and lung cancer prevention in Oklahoma are the recipients of 2008 seed grants from the OU Cancer Institute and the state's new Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. The grants totaling more than $150,000 provide startup money to help researchers start projects that have yet to receive major funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. Grant recipients and the projects are Cecil Lewis, assistant professor of anthropology at the...

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2008-07-09 18:05:00

In addition to helping protect us from heart disease and cancer, a balanced diet and regular exercise can also protect the brain and ward off mental disorders. "Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain," said Fernando G³mez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science who has spent years studying the effects of food, exercise and sleep on the brain. "Diet, exercise and sleep have the potential to alter our brain health and mental function. This...

2008-06-24 02:29:21

Turmeric, an Asian spice used in curry, may help reverse inflammation associated with obesity and reduce type 2 diabetes risk, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Drew Tortoriello of Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center and colleagues discovered that turmeric-treated mice were less susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes, based on blood glucose levels and glucose and insulin tolerance tests. The research team also discovered that turmeric-fed obese mice showed...

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2008-06-21 16:05:00

Shown to reverse inflammation associated with obesity and improves blood sugar control Turmeric, an Asian spice found in many curries, has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds and relieving pain, but can it prevent diabetes? Since inflammation plays a big role in many diseases and is believed to be involved in onset of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes, Drew Tortoriello, M.D., an endocrinologist and research scientist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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