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2010-10-19 16:14:10

Curcumin, the major component in the spice turmeric, when combined with the drug Cisplatin enhances the chemotherapy's suppression of head and neck cancer cell growth, researchers with UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center have found. A naturally occurring spice widely used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, Turmeric has long been known to have medicinal properties, attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects. Previous studies have shown it can suppress the growth of certain cancers, said Dr....

2010-09-16 08:07:00

GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Top researchers at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Lab at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas are exploring the clinical applications of BCM-95®, a new patented extract of curcumin with unprecedented potency, and bioavailability. Previous studies have shown that BCM-95 curcumin was 7-10 times more bioavailable than other forms of curcumin, and had a retention time in the bloodstream between 8 to 12 hours.(1) At all...

2010-09-15 11:49:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new clinical trial supports the benefits to people with osteoarthritis who used a unique extract of turmeric. [1] Scientists in Italy have studied the pain-relief, increased flexibility, and other effects of a special, patented extract of the roots of turmeric, the flavorful spice that has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy. Turmeric formulations have shown a wide range of safety and significant scientific and clinical...

2010-04-29 09:28:32

Pre-treatment with curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, makes ovarian cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Ovarian Research found that delivering the curcumin via very small (less than 100nm) nanoparticles enhanced the sensitizing effect. Subhash Chauhan, PhD, and Meena Jaggi, PhD, led a team of researchers from Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota, USA, who carried out the in vitro...

2010-03-24 09:21:45

Curcumin improves sclerosing cholangitis in Mdr2 -/- mice by inhibition of cholangiocyte inflammatory response and portal myofibroblast proliferation Curcumin, one of the principal components of the Indian spice turmeric, seems to delay the liver damage that eventually causes cirrhosis, suggests preliminary experimental research in the journal Gut. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its bright yellow pigment, has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of...

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2009-11-04 10:45:00

Scientists are reporting development of a nano-size capsule that boosts the body's uptake of curcumin, an ingredient in yellow curry now being evaluated in clinical trials for treatment of several diseases. Their study is in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Koji Wada and colleagues note that curcumin is a potent antioxidant found in the spice, turmeric. Clinical trials are checking its safety and effectiveness for colon cancer, psoriasis, and...

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2009-10-28 12:40:00

Scientists said on Wednesday that a molecule found in a curry ingredient kills esophageal cancer cells in the laboratory, suggesting it might be developed as an anti-cancer treatment, Reuters reported. Curcumin, a chemical found in the spice turmeric, gives curries a distinctive yellow color, but researchers at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland used it to treat esophageal cancer cells and found it started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours. According to the study published in the...

2009-09-03 07:30:00

NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among the elderly and is projected to increase in prevalence over the next decades as the population ages -- creating an urgent need for treatments that will prevent or reverse the now-inexorable course of cognitive deterioration and memory loss. Because development of synthetic drugs is expensive and complex, many researchers are focusing on botanical extracts whose benefits have been documented...

2009-07-17 14:37:14

Turmeric may help lower risk of breast cancer after exposure to hormone replacement therapy, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in the journal Menopause, found curcumin -- a component of the spice turmeric -- delayed the first appearance, decreased incidence and reduced multiplicity of progestin-accelerated tumors in an animal model. Progestin is a synthetic progestagen that has effects similar to the hormone progesterone. Curcumin also prevented the appearance of gross...

2009-07-17 00:51:31

Vitamin D and turmeric spice might help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said. The findings, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, may lead to preventing and treating Alzheimer's by utilizing the property of vitamin D3, a form of vitamin D, alone and together with natural or synthetic curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, to protect the brain against amyloid beta plaques. We hope that vitamin D3 and...


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