Nov 30

While there arent many types of white fruits and vegetables, they may already be common in your diet, as onions, potatoes, mushrooms, bananas, cauliflower, pears and garlic are all included in this group. Since white colored plants are grouped by their lack of pigment, rather than by a unifying color, they all have very different advantages.

The Benefits of Garlic and Onions

Garlic contains allicin, which is the compound responsible for this root vegetables strong odor. Allicin has been shown to have some antioxidant activity, which means it can help prevent cancer and heart disease.

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Nov 27

In Africa, one out of every sixteen women dies from post-partum bleeding immediately after giving birth. In some African regions, the toll is as high as one in eight. Poverty and a lack of proper, nearby hospital facilities are forcing a significant number of women to seek help from traditional healers who use herbs to control post-partum bleeding. However, some of those same herbs are also used by many to induce abortions. In a recent study by researchers at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, herbal plants used by African traditional healers were tested for their ability to cause uterine contractions that can stop post-partum bleeding as well as induce a miscarriage.

Two Discoveries: the saving and ending of lives Among the researchers in the study is Anna K.

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Nov 25

New findings presented by Finnish researchers at the University of Turku further supports the potential benefits of probiotics during the first months of life, particularly with regards to respiratory health.

The scientists claim a near 30 percent reduction in respiratory illness among infants whose diets were supplemented daily with the probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis , subspecies BB-12, as compared to those in their control group.

They also used the study as an opportunity to further test a new form of slow-delivery medical pacifier designed to administer more accurate dosages of medicine to very young children.

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Nov 23

University of Central Florida researchers, for the first time, have used stem cells to grow neuromuscular junctions between human muscle cells and human spinal cord cells, the key connectors used by the brain to communicate and control muscles in the body.

The success at UCF is a critical step in developing “human-on-a-chip” systems. The systems are models that recreate how organs or a series of organs function in the body. Their use could accelerate medical research and drug testing, potentially delivering life-saving breakthroughs much more quickly than the typical 10-year trajectory most drugs take now to get through animal and patient trials.

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