Botanocal.com
...on the world wide web since 1995
Home of the electronic version of "A Modern Herbal" by Maud Grieve.

 

 

January, 2010 - Herbal and Health News

2013 - February | March
2012 - January | February | March | April | May | June
July
2011 - January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December
2010 - January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December
2009 - October | November | December

Search Query

Vaccine 'could cut HIV TB deaths'
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-31-10
A vaccine could cut tuberculosis cases among HIV-positive Africans by almost two-fifths, a US study suggests.
More...


Scientists say crack HIV/AIDS puzzle for drugs
reuters.com - 1-31-10
Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV.
More...


Addictions, Bad Habits Can 'Highjack' Brain
abcnews.go.com - 1-31-10
Clinically Obese, Cocaine Addicts Have Similar Brain Scans.
By the end of January, many New Year's resolutions have been tossed out with leftover holiday cookies and unwanted gifts. It's been nearly impossible to deny that slice of cake after dinner, or to hit the treadmill instead of surfing the Internet.
More...


Professional women are the new big drinkers: They down double the alcohol of those in lower paid jobs
dailymail.co.uk - 1-31-10
Professional and managerial women are downing almost twice as much alcohol as the lower paid, according to an official survey.
More...


Kellogg's to cut the salt in its cereals by a third following pressure from health watchdogs
dailymail.co.uk - 1-31-10
Kellogg's will cut the salt content of its Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and other brands by up to a third following pressure from health watchdogs.
More...


How your face reveals the traumas you've been through - by ageing faster
dailymail.co.uk - 1-30-10
Take a look in the mirror and you may assume that each emerging wrinkle is simply down to the passing of time. But the reality is far more complex.
More...


Pot haze invites raid on Nelson bus
newsobserver.com - 1-30-10
The strong odor of marijuana wafting from the window of a Willie Nelson tour bus led to six members of the country singer's entourage getting busted in Duplin County for possession of marijuana and three-fourths of a quart of moonshine, law enforcement officials said.
More...


Herbal use common among pregnant women in U.S.
reuters.com - 1-30-10
This finding is potentially concerning, researchers say, given that data on the safety of herbal use during pregnancy is lacking. Furthermore, the prevalence of exposure was highest in the first 3 months of pregnancy, a critical period of development.
More...


Overweight Older People Live Longer
webmd.com - 1-30-10
People who carry a few extra pounds after age 70 tend to live longer than people who don't, new research finds.
More...


For Women Who Want Kids, 'the Sooner the Better': 90 Percent of Eggs Gone By Age 30
abcnews.go.com - 1-30-10
By the time a woman hits 30, nearly all of her ovarian eggs are gone for good, according a new study that says women who put off childbearing for too long could have difficulty ever conceiving.
More...


Stress hormone may be key to alcoholism
usatoday.com - 1-30-10
Researchers are linking a stress hormone to alcoholism in animals, and they report that blocking it could become a strategy to help stop the addiction in people.
More...


Study Shows SSRIs May Have an Impact on Breastfeeding
webmd.com - 1-30-10
Early research suggests a link between antidepressant use and breastfeeding difficulties in new moms.
More...


Calming The Shen: A Chinese Medicine Approach To A Good Night's Sleep
huffingtonpost.com - 1-30-10
This month HuffPost Living has featured an abundance of great articles on the importance of sleep, with excellent tips on how to enhance your slumber from experts in a variety of fields.
More...


Bill and Melinda Gates make $10bn vaccine pledge
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-30-10
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have said they will donate $10bn (£6.2bn) over the next 10 years to develop and deliver new vaccines.
More...


IGrow: Walmart of weed opens in Oakland
sfgate.com - 1-29-10
Call it the Walmart of weed.
In a 15,000-square-foot warehouse just down the road from the Oakland Airport, an entrepreneur is opening a one-stop shop for medicinal marijuana cultivation that's believed to be the largest in the state.
More...


Ginkgo biloba's epilepsy seizures warning
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-29-10
People with epilepsy should be warned that using a popular herbal remedy may increase the risk of seizures, researchers say.
More...


Secondhand Smoke Adds to Risk for Smokers
webmd.com - 1-29-10
The dangers of secondhand smoke may not be limited to nonsmokers.
A new study shows that smokers who inhale their own secondhand smoke in enclosed spaces like smoking lounges add significantly to the health risks associated with cigarette smoking.
More...


US medical marijuana lab says it was raided, ordered to turn over customer records
google.com - 1-29-10
A lab that tests medical marijuana for dispensaries and patients said Thursday it was raided by federal drug agents and ordered to turn over patient records.
More...


Pelvic symptoms may not mean ovarian cancer
msnbc.msn.com - 1-28-10
Only one in 100 women with symptoms typical of ovarian cancer, such as persistent bloating or pelvic pain, actually has the disease, researchers reported on Thursday.
More...


Scientists transform skin cells to brain cells in a pioneering study that could benefit sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
dailymail.co.uk - 1-28-10
Scientists are heralding a major leap forward in dementia treatment after transforming skin cells into brain cells.
More...


Overweight Elderly Have Similar Mortality to Normal-Weight Elderly
medscape.com - 1-28-10
Current body mass index (BMI) thresholds for overweight and obesity may be overly restrictive for older people, according to the authors of a cohort study published online January 27 and in the February print edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
More...


Eating too many superfoods 'can harm health by overdosing on antioxidants'
dailymail.co.uk - 1-28-10
For years they have been hailed for their apparently age- defying effects on the body.
From sweet potatoes to blueberries, from lentils to broccoli, the health conscious couldn't get enough of so-called superfoods.
But now it seems you really can have too much of a good thing.
More...


Why running barefoot is better for your body
dailymail.co.uk - 1-28-10
Searching for the perfect pair of jogging shoes is a waste of time --running barefoot is better for you, a study has revealed.
More...


Drug firms 'drove swine flu pandemic warning to recoup billions spent on research'
dailymail.co.uk - 1-27-10
Drug companies manipulated the World Health Organisation into downgrading its definition of a pandemic so they could cash in on a swine flu outbreak, it is claimed.
More...


Fake Fragrances: What Is Really in Them?
abcnews.go.com - 1-27-10
For most shoppers, getting fancy-looking goods at low prices is a good enough reason to buy counterfeit products. But a knockoff is not always a great deal, especially when it comes to counterfeit perfume, because a fake fragrance gets absorbed into the skin.
More...


Why the biological clock is ticking for women aged 30
dailymail.co.uk - 1-27-10
The speed at which female fertility declines has been highlighted by the first study to track a woman's supply of eggs from conception to the menopause.
More...


New Data: Teen Pregnancy on the Rise, Abortions Too
time.com - 1-27-10
Pregnancy rates among U.S. teenagers, which had been dropping since 1990, took an upturn in 2006, according to newly released data.
More...


Health Buzz: Study Finds Flame-Retardant Chemical May Harm Fertility
usnews.com - 1-27-10
A new study suggests that flame-retardant chemicals called PBDEs, found in some items around the home, might be making it more difficult for women to get pregnant, HealthDay reports. Researchers studied PBDE blood levels in 223 pregnant women and asked how long it took them to conceive.
More...


Low carb diets like Atkins 'better for blood pressure'
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-27-10
A low-carbohydrate diet like Atkins is better at cutting blood pressure than weight-loss pills, say US doctors.
More...


LA plans to close most marijuana clinics
boston.com - 1-27-10
The City Council gave final approval yesterday to a much-anticipated ordinance that will close most marijuana dispensaries and curb the "Green Rush" that has swept through much of California in recent years.
More...


Diabetes sugar 'can go too low'
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-27-10
Intense treatment to lower blood sugar in patients with diabetes could prove nearly as harmful as allowing glucose levels to remain high, a study says.
More...


Health news: Five cuppas could prevent tumours, and a wireless device for tracking pacemakers
dailymail.co.uk - 1-26-10
This week in our round-up other exciting health stories, how five or more cuppas a day protect against brain tumours, a wireless device that checks up on your pacemaker and how herbal creams could be as good as over-the-counter drugs for treating sprains.
More...


Low-carb diet best for lowering blood pressure
reuters.com - 1-26-10
People with high blood pressure who want to drop some pounds may want to choose a low-carb diet, a new study shows.
More...


Ambidextrous kids more prone to mental issues
msnbc.msn.com - 1-25-10
Children who are ambidextrous, using either hand with the same ease, may be more likely to have mental health, language and academic problems than their peers, according to a new study.
More...


High blood pressure linked to dementia
msnbc.msn.com - 1-25-10
If the cardiologist's warnings do not scare you, consider this: Controlling blood pressure just might be the best protection yet known against dementia.
More...


Prions 'may keep nerves healthy'
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-25-10
Experiments on mice may help scientists understand the workings of the prion protein linked to brain disease vCJD.
More...


Found in wallpapers, dresses and even libido pills: Arsenic, the Victorian Viagra that poisoned
dailymail.co.uk - 1-25-10
Glaring at their pocket watches, Queen Victoria's courtiers waited angrily for the visiting dignitary who had dared to be late for an audience with Her Majesty.
More...


Breast cancer treatment hope as scientists pinpoint gene that stops chemotherapy working
dailymail.co.uk - 1-25-10
Scientists have pinpointed the genes that stop common breast cancer drugs from working in a breakthrough that could save hundreds of lives a year.
More...


Adolescent obesity boosts multiple sclerosis risk
foodconsumer.org - 1-24-10
The FDA said on Jan 22 it has approved a new drug called Ampyra (dalfampridine) for treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) to improve walking in patients with the disease.
More...


One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars - not people, new figures show
guardian.co.uk - 1-23-10
One-quarter of all the maize and other grain crops grown in the US now ends up as biofuel in cars rather than being used to feed people, according to new analysis which suggests that the biofuel revolution launched by former President George Bush in 2007 is impacting on world food supplies.
More...


Sunshine vitamin cuts cancer risk by 40%
dailymail.co.uk - 1-23-10
Having a higher level of vitamin D in your blood means you are less like to develop bowel cancer than those with low levels, according to scientists.
More...


Cell 'surfing' aids virus spread
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-23-10
Some viruses may be able to accelerate around the body by helping each other find uninfected cells to attack, scientists say.
More...


It happened to me: I nearly died after feeding my cat toast
dailymail.co.uk - 1-23-10
Last year, cat-lover Graham Forster, a 50-year-old property developer who lives in Streatham, south-west London, was accidentally bitten by his Burmese cat while giving him a treat at breakfast. Later that day, he was so ill his wife took him to hospital, where he ended up fighting for his life.
More...


Studies: MS pills show promise, risk
usatoday.com - 1-23-10
Tests of the first two oral drugs developed for treating multiple sclerosis show that both cut the frequency of relapses and may slow progression of the disease, but with side effects that could pose a tough decision for patients.
More...


Marijuana in the classroom? Sometimes it's legal
csmonitor.com - 1-23-10
A high school student found to have marijuana in the classroom would seem to be a prime candidate for a little "talk" with the vice principal - and maybe a trip to the police station.
More...


FDA approves drug for multiple sclerosis
cnn.com - 1-23-10
The second-to-last time EJ Levy was at Disney World, she used a scooter to navigate the enormous park. Her legs were weak and she suffered from foot drop caused by multiple sclerosis. That was 4 1/2 years ago. On her most recent trip, a few months ago, Levy walked the entire time, thanks in part to a drug approved by the FDA on Friday.
More...


Internet generation at risk of rickets: study
breitbart.com - 1-23-10
Bone-bending rickets can now be added to the list of ills linked to children spending uncounted hours before a computer screen, British researchers said Friday.
Youngsters with rickets, caused primarily by a chronic lack of vitamin D, develop painful and deformed bow-legs that do not grow properly.
More...


Heart patients shouldn't use diet pill, FDA says
msnbc.msn.com - 1-22-10
Federal health regulators on Thursday added new warnings to weight loss pill Meridia about the increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart problems.
More...


Pot smoking during pregnancy may stunt fetal growth
reuters.com - 1-22-10
Poor fetal growth and reduced head circumference at birth are linked to an increased risk of problems with thinking, memory and behavior in childhood. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy is known to impair fetal growth, but studies on the potential effects of marijuana have been inconclusive.
More...


Vitamin D guards against bowel cancer, research suggests
telegraph.co.uk - 1-22-10
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, those with the highest levels of the vitamin were at 40 per cent lower risk of developing the disease compared with those with the lowest levels.
More...


Rickets warning from doctors as vitamin D deficiency widens
www.guardian.co.uk - 1-22-10
Computer-obsessed children who spend too long indoors and over-anxious parents who slap on excessive sunscreen are contributing to a sharp rise in cases of the bone disease rickets, doctors are warning.
More...


Widespread antibiotic use in 1960s sparked MRSA
www.telegraph.co.uk - 1-22-10
A new genetic method of tracking infection suggests that the superbug emerged five decades ago in Europe, just as antibiotics were being widely introduced for the first time.
More...


Blueberry Juice May Boost Memory
webmd.com - 1-22-10
Swapping out the usual OJ for blueberry juice in the morning may give your brain a memory boost.
A new study shows that drinking a daily dose of wild blueberry juice improved the memory of older adults with age-related memory problems.
More...


MRSA superbug strain 'tracked' via genome
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-21-10
Researchers have developed a technique for precisely tracking the spread of the superbug MRSA in hospitals.
More...


First tablets to fight multiple sclerosis 'dramatically reduce relapse'
telegraph.co.uk - 1-21-10
The treatments will allow patients to escape the need for painful and time consuming injections or regular hospital infusions.
More...


Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Double Their Survival Chances
sciencedaily.com - 1-21-10
People diagnosed with early stage lung cancer can double their chances of survival over five years if they stop smoking compared with those who continue to smoke, finds a study published online in the British Medical Journal.
More...


Herb Your Enthusiasm: Homeopathic remedies help with common student ailments
redandblack.com - 1-20-10
Don't ever call a naturopathic medicine practitioner an "alternative healer." Founder of the Healing Arts Centre and herbalist Meghan Burke has a problem being associated with the word "alternative."
"Mother Nature was here before Father Pharmaceutical," Burke said.
More...


First Oral Medications For MS Show Promise
usnews.com - 1-20-10
Two new drugs -- both oral, rather than injected -- may soon be available to combat multiple sclerosis.
More...


Doctor claims he has evidence of the afterlife
today.msnbc.msn.com - 1-20-10
The near-death experience story is so common that it has become a bit of a cliche: A medical patient, hanging in a murky limbo between life and death, is drawn through a tunnel of bright light, meets their maker, and is told they must return to the land of living.
More...


Deadly brain cancer not a single disease
msnbc.msn.com - 1-20-10
The most common form of brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma multiforme, probably is a set of diseases, rather than a single disease, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
More...


New fast track test can spot early signs of pancreatic cancer 'within two hours'
dailymail.co.uk - 1-20-10
Researchers have developed a urine test which can tell within two hours if someone has pancreatic cancer.
More...


FDA to discuss stricter guidelines for tanning beds due to skin cancer and other health risks
nydailynews.com - 1-xx-10
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes tanning beds have real health risks and in March will discuss stricter policies and guidelines governing their use.
More...


7 Steps for a Healthy Heart
webmd.com - 1-20-10
The American Heart Association has, for the first time, identified seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors its research indicates are necessary to keep your ticker in good shape.
More...


19 bizarre home cures that really work
msnbc.msn.com - 1-20-10
Of course there are some health staples you should never be without - bandages or OTC pain relievers come to mind. But you can treat or cure a surprising number of minor ailments with these unexpected household objects and foods.
More...


Kids less happy as they're more plugged into TV, music, Web?
usatoday.com - 1-20-10
Being a friend of Chandler DeWitt's means never having to say "Where are you?"
The freshman at North Carolina's High Point University says she and her friends have "six or seven ways" to get in touch most days: cellphone, texting, instant messaging, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and Skype videoconferencing.
More...


Fish oil may really be an 'elixir of youth'
telegraph.co.uk - 1-20-10
Fish oil may really be an "elixir of youth" because of its effects on our biological ageing, according to a new study.
Fatty acids found in fish such as salmon, mackerel or sardines have long been known to protect against conditions like heart disease.
More...


Babies fed porridge before they reach five months are 'less likely to develop asthma'
dailymail.co.uk - 1-19-10
Babies fed porridge from an early age may be protected against asthma, according to new research.
More...


Is stress making you fat? Based on your individual personality, we reveal how to protect yourself against the strain
dailymail.co.uk - 1-19-10
Almost every woman suffers from stress at some point in her life. Short bursts of stress are not necessarily a bad thing - some women even find it invigorating - but long term, it can be catastrophic for health.
More...


Researchers Find Study of Medical Marijuana Discouraged
nytimes.com - 1-19-10
Despite the Obama administration's tacit support of more liberal state medical marijuana laws, the federal government still discourages research into the medicinal uses of smoked marijuana. That may be one reason that - even though some patients swear by it - there is no good scientific evidence that legalizing marijuana's use provides any benefits over current therapies.
More...


HPV test 'can cut cervical cancer deaths' say experts
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-19-10
Cervical cancer deaths could be cut if a different screening test was used in the first instance rather than smear tests for over-35s, say researchers.
More...


Fish oil protects against cellular aging: study
reuters.com - 1-19-10
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps keep the DNA of heart patients from unraveling, which may help explain why fish oil is so beneficial after a heart attack, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.
More...


Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy More Powerful At Killing H1N1 Than Prescription Antivirals
naturalnews.com - 1-19-10
An ancient Chinese remedy that was used to fight the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic may prove effective against the H1N1 swine flu, according to a study conducted by researchers from Kaohsiung Medial University in Taiwan and published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products.
More...


Benefits of breast screening 'are a myth'
timesonline.co.uk - 1-19-10
Thousands of women who attend routine breast screening checks are wrongly told that they have life-threatening cancer and undergo unnecessary treatment each year, researchers claim today
More...


Obesity treatment for kids works, panel says
msnbc.msn.com - 1-18-10
An influential advisory panel says school-aged youngsters and teens should be screened for obesity and sent to intensive behavior treatment if they need to lose weight - a move that could transform how doctors deal with overweight children.
More...


Many appendectomies may not be needed, study finds
usatoday.com - 1-18-10
Appendectomies are the most common emergency general surgical procedure in the USA, but a new study suggests many are unneeded.
More...


Experts urge screening for obesity in kids
reuters.com - 1-18-10
Doctors should screen children and teens between 6 and 18 years for extra pounds, a federal task force recommends.
More...


For Very Obese, Gastric Bypass May Extend Life
businessweek.com - 1-18-10
Gastric bypass surgery could have life-extending benefits for most of the five percent of Americans who are very obese, a new study suggests.
More...


Medical marijuana becomes law in New Jersey
newjerseynewsroom.com - 1-18-10
In one of his last actions before leaving office, Gov. Jon Corzine Monday signed legislation making New Jersey the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana.
More...


Cord blood stem cell transplant hopes lifted
bbc.co.uk - 1-17-10
A technique which may eventually remove the need for matched bone marrow transplants has been used in humans for the first time.
More...


U.S. Attorney: Johnson & Johnson paid kickbacks
usatoday.com - 1-16-10
Federal prosecutors said Friday that health care giant Johnson & Johnson paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its blockbuster schizophrenia medicine and other drugs.
More...


80 Million Americans Got H1N1
abcnews.go.com - 1-16-10
As many as 80 million Americans have been infected with H1N1 swine flu, up to 16,000 have been killed and more than 360,000 hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday
More...


Gene map of anti-malaria plant could save millions
dailymail.co.uk - 1-16-10
British scientists have unlocked the genetic map of a plant used to cure malaria.
It brings hope to the millions of people suffering from the disease, which is especially prevalent in India and sub Saharan Africa.
More...


Why parenting actually REDUCES your blood pressure
dailymail.co.uk - 1-16-10
They may give you grey hair, sleepless nights and a host of worries about money, health and school.
But raising children can actually lower your blood pressure, a study suggests.
More...


Marijuana use unlikely to boost suicide risk
reuters.com - 1-16-10
Smoking marijuana (also called cannabis) is unlikely to increase a person's risk of killing themselves later on, an analysis of more than three decades worth of death records on more than 50,000 Swedish military recruits suggests.
More...


Is your junk food habit making you depressed?
msnbc.msn.com - 1-16-10
A new study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry makes a strong case that processed junk food can trigger or contribute to depression, while eating whole and healthy food seems protective.
More...


Reversing itself, FDA expresses concerns over health risks from BPA
washingtonpost.com - 1-16-10
The Food and Drug Administration has reversed its position on the safety of Bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastic bottles, soda cans, food containers and thousands of consumer goods, saying it now has concerns about health risks.
More...


St. John's wort may cool hot flashes
reuters.com - 1-15-10
The popular herbal remedy St. John's wort may help ease menopausal hot flashes, a small study suggests.
More...


Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Rolaids Recall
webmd.com - 1-14-10
Because of a sickening smell in some containers, 54 million packages of 27 different over-the-counter remedies now are being recalled.
Products include various types of child and/or adult Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Rolaids, and Simply Sleep. This adds to the 6 million packages of Tylenol recalled late last year, bringing the total number of recalled products to 60 million.
More...


Using inhalers too often can make asthma worse
telegraph.co.uk - 1-14-10
Using inhalers too often can actually make asthma worse, say scientists.
Common treatments like salbutamol cause the lungs to release harmful chemicals if taken too often - bringing on more attacks.
More...


Autism
physician.com - 1-14-10
If I told you that one half of the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd; the creator of Pokemon, Sathoshi Tajiri; and lead singer of the Top Ten group, the Vines, Craig Nicholls; all suffer from a brain disorder. A brain disorder which make difficult for an individual to communicate or even relate to other human beings. Although, physicians and doctors are still unsure of the precise origin of Autism, studies have revealed the symptoms and their effects.
More...


Statins may cut risk of cataracts by 40%
dailymail.co.uk - 1-14-10
Statins could cut the chances of developing cataracts by nearly 40 per cent, research shows.
More...


Are We as Fat as We Can Get?
webmd.com - 1-14-10
U.S. obesity rates are leveling off for most kids and adults, new CDC figures suggest.
It does not mean we are getting thinner, although it may mean we're nearly as fat as we can get.
More...


Herbal teas help strengthen mind and body
lifestyle.inquirer.net - 1-14-10
ALCOHOL, SODAS, CAFFEINE drinks are taxing on one's liver and kidneys and depress the immune system, according to Christine Gonzales NMD, PhD, co-founder of Wellness Institute and director of Natural Medicine.
More...


Alzheimer's disease 'could be detected by eye test'
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-14-10
A simple eye test might be able to detect Alzheimer's and other diseases before symptoms develop, according to UK scientists.
More...


Simple test could cut cancer deaths in poor nations
reuters.com - 1-14-10
A simple "see and treat" approach using a test costing $2 could help doctors prevent 100,000 cervical cancer deaths a year in women in poorer countries, British scientists said on Friday.
More...


Farmed or wild fish: Which is healthier?
cnn.com - 1-13-10
These days, it's hard to know what underwater life you should be eating. There's talk of great benefits from fish-originating omega-3 fatty acids but worries about contamination and concerns about the environmental impact of farmed fish.
More...


Catching up on lost sleep a dangerous illusion
usatoday.com - 1-13-10
People who are chronically sleep-deprived may think they're caught up after a 10-hour night of sleep, but new research shows that although they're near-normal when they awake, their ability to function deteriorates markedly as night falls.
More...


Blood Test for Lung Cancer in the Works
webmd.com - 1-13-10
A blood test under study to help diagnose lung cancer looks promising, researchers reported Tuesday at a cancer meeting in California.
More...


Scientists link plastics chemical to health risks
msnbc.msn.com - 1-13-10
Exposure to a chemical found in plastic containers is linked to heart disease, scientists said on Wednesday, confirming earlier findings and adding to pressure to ban its use in bottles and food packaging.
More...


H1N1 Shots Widely Available, but Do People Want Them?
abcnews.go.com - 1-13-10
A few months ago lines worthy of a rock concert formed around flu clinics as people clamored for the limited number of H1N1 vaccines.
Now the government says there is ample supply, yet public health experts are finding that people are no longer interested in getting the vaccine.
More...


U.S. obesity rate leveling off, at about one-third of adults
usatoday.com - 1-13-10
The percentage of adults who are obese hasn't increased much over the past 10 years after several decades of skyrocketing growth, an indication that America's obesity epidemic is finally starting to level off, according to a landmark government analysis released Wednesday.
More...


Caffeine gives boys a bigger buzz, study says
msnbc.msn.com - 1-12-10
Caffeine has a stronger effect on boys than on girls, finds a new study that zeros in on the drug's health impacts on adolescents.
More...


The groundbreaking new drug that could almost totally reverse paralysis caused by strokes
dailymail.co.uk - 1-12-10
Even small changes in the ability to eat, dress or walk unaided could improve quality of life for hundreds of thousands of patients left disabled by strokes - and their carers.
In tests, the drug restored up to 99 per cent of lost movement, even when given a long time after the stroke occurred.
More...


The golden oldie gene: One in five has age-defying 'centenarian gene' that greatly increases odds of living to 100
dailymail.co.uk - 1-12-10
In the genetic lottery of life expectancy, you might think 100 is a pretty lucky number.
Now it's just got luckier.
More...


Blood pressure drug offers fresh hope for dementia
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-12-10
Researchers believe a drug used to lower blood pressure could be even more effective against Alzheimer's disease than they previously thought.
More...


Gene found that cuts chance of dementia
telegraph.co.uk - 1-12-10
Researchers found that people with two copies of this gene had a 70 per cent reduced risk of developing the disease compared to those without it.
More...


No such thing as 'safe' cocaine, experts warn
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-12-10
The image of cocaine as a "safe party drug" is a myth that must be dispelled, say UK experts, as a study shows the drug is linked to 3% of sudden deaths.
More...


Green Tea May Cut Smokers' Lung Cancer Risk
webmd.com - 1-12-10
Drinking a cup or more a day of green tea may counteract the effect of smoking on lung cancer, especially in smokers who may not be genetically susceptible to the cancer, according to a Taiwanese researcher.
More...


Assembly Plants Seed for Legal Pot in California
nbcbayarea.com - 1-12-10
Lawmakers on Tuesday approved Assembly Bill 390 -- legislation to tax and regulate marijuana. The Assembly's Public Safety Committee voted 4-3 on bill at a hearing in Sacramento. The bill will now be passed to the full Assembly on Friday for consideration.
More...


Hooked on happy pills: Internal bleeding. Strokes. Birth defects. The long term effects of antidepressants are terrifying
dailymail.co.uk - 1-12-10
Just a few years ago, Yasmin Miller would have been horrified by the suggestion she might take antidepressants for the rest of her life. But today, the 37-yearold can barely imagine a future without this daily chemical boost.
More...


New Jersey legislature approves medical marijuana bill
cnn.com - 1-11-10
The New Jersey legislature voted Monday to make that state the 14th in the country to approve marijuana for medicinal use, pending the governor's signature.
More...


Report: Tackle Overlooked Threat of Hepatitis B, C
nytimes.com - 1-11-10
They're the overlooked viruses: Hepatitis B and C together infect three to five times more Americans than the AIDS virus does, and most don't know it.
More...


Marijuana Compounds Could Beat Back Brain Cancer
businessweek.com - 1-11-10
Preliminary research suggests that a combination of compounds in marijuana could help fight off a particularly deadly form of brain cancer.
More...


California Autism Clusters Tied to Parents' Education, Not Environment
abcnews.go.com - 1-11-10
Researchers have found clusters of autism in 10 areas around California -- but with no suggestion of a link to local pollution or other environmental exposures, they said.
More...


Sales of legal drugs that mimic cocaine skyrocke
irishexaminer.com - 1-11-10
"ALTERNATIVE lifestyle" shops around the country have been selling out of new legal drugs which recreational users are substituting for cocaine.
More...


Even in blind patients, light worsens migraines
boston.com - 1-11-10
The painful aversion to light that sends migraine sufferers into darkened rooms when their throbbing headaches start surprisingly also affects some blind people, Boston researchers report in a paper that describes a new light-sensitive pathway in the brain that is separate from visual perception.
More...


Probe finds toxic metal in children's jewelry
usatoday.com - 1-10-10
Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation shows.
More...


'False positive' concern over prostate cancer test
bbc.co.uk - 1-10-10
One in eight men screened for prostate cancer will test positive when they do not have the disease, a major European trial has shown.
More...


Cancer Risks Debated for Type of X-Ray Scan
nytimes.com - 1-10-10
The plan for broad use of X-ray body scanners to detect bombs or weapons under airline passengers' clothes has rekindled a debate about the safety of delivering small doses of radiation to millions of people - a process some experts say is certain to result in a few additional cancer deaths.
More...


Black-market silicone shots can kill, disfigure
msnbc.msn.com - 1-10-10
Clara Tolentino was terrified when her 43-year-old sister died last year after getting liquid silicone injections to add a bit more shape to her buttocks.
More...


Baby boomers confess they still love to get high, pop pills, survey says
nydailynews.com - 1-10-10
Some 5% of Americans over age 50 admit to abusing drugs, according to a new government study.
More...


Caffeine Poisoning Calls Pour In
koco.com - 1-10-10
Convenience stores are packed with products to give consumers a quick boost of caffeine.
The stimulant comes in all forms -- from drinks to pills to sprays -- and is available at almost all locations.
More...


Urine test 'can detect dangerous snoring'
bbc.co.uk - 1-10-10
A urine test that can differentiate between dangerous and safe snoring is possible, say researchers at the University of Chicago.
More...


Dopamine levels in brain 'influence decision making'
bbc.co.uk - 1-9-10
Dopamine, a chemical with a key role in setting people's moods, could have a much wider-ranging impact on their everyday lives, research suggests.
More...


Coloured lasers may offer a way to treat epilepsy
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-9-10
Coloured lights could be used to find treatments for brain disorders such as epilepsy, a study has suggested.
More...


Exercise makes your brain brighter at any age
msnbc.msn.com - 1-8-10
If you're trying to motivate yourself to get moving in the new year, here's some added inspiration: Mounting research shows that exercise isn't just good for the body, it's also good for the brain - and not just the brains of older folks.
More...


Fat May Help Build Bone Mass in Girls
news.health.com - 1-8-10
Fat mass plays an important role in building bone mass in teenage girls and having too little may increase their risk of osteoporosis later in life, new research has found.
More...


What's Eating You? Seven Terrible Parasites, From Tapeworms to Bedbugs
abcnews.go.com - 1-9-10
The holidays are over, and for those of us sighing at the cold, dreary, vacationless months ahead it is important to remember some blessings.
For instance, that winter means fewer bugs.
More...


The anti-Alzheimer's milkshake: Once-a-day miracle drink that boosts memory
dailymail.co.uk - 1-8-10
A memory-boosting milkshake for Alzheimer patients could be available within two years.
More...


Vinegar and honey cured my crippling arthritis, says delighted organist
dailymail.co.uk - 1-8-10
When Sarah Gall was crippled by arthritis, the powerful painkilling drugs prescribed by her doctor brought no relief.
Yet the 55-year-old church organist now claims to be completely pain-free thanks to a simple but startlingly effective cure she found in her kitchen cupboard - vinegar.
More...


'Shorter' people get more lung disease
bbc.co.uk - 1-8-10
People who develop chronic lung disease are more likely to be shorter in height than the general population, researchers say.
More...


Low Vitamin D Has a Role in Heart Risk
webmd.com - 1-8-10
African-Americans are more likely than whites to die of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular causes. Now intriguing new research suggests that low vitamin D levels may help explain this disparity.
More...


How Cocaine Scrambles Genes in the Brain
time.com - 1-8-10
It's hardly a secret that taking cocaine can change the way you feel and the way you behave. Now, a study published in the Jan. 8 issue of Science shows how it also alters the way the very genes in your brain operate. Understanding this process could eventually lead to new treatments for the 1.4 million Americans with cocaine problems, and millions more around the world.
More...


Exterminating Superbugs at the Source
abcnews.go.com - 1-7-10
The hospital should be a place you go to get well, but that very same hospital can sometimes be the cause of your illness.
More...


Fla. Cops Hold Pot Plants Hostage, Leave Ransom Note for "Dumbest" Grower
cbsnews.com - 1-7-10
A pot grower in the Florida Keys apparently had such a craving for his missing marijuana plants, that he fell for a police plot even they didn't think would work!
More...


Mobile phone radiation 'protects' against Alzheimer's
bbc.co.uk - 1-7-10
After all the concern over possible damage to health from using mobile phones, scientists have found a potential benefit from radiation.
More...


Married Couples Pay More Than Unmarried Under Health Bill
online.wsj.com - 1-7-10
Some married couples would pay thousands of dollars more for the same health insurance coverage as unmarried people living together, under the health insurance overhaul plan pending in Congress.
More...


Obesity surpasses smoking as top health threat: U.S. study
canada.com - 1-6-10
Obesity is now a bigger overall threat to people's health than smoking, according to results of the longest ongoing health study of adults in the United States.
More...


Herbs, The Nation's Priceless Treasure
bernama.com - 1-6-10
The Orang Asli elders including the 'Tok Batin' and 'Tok Halaq' are among those who are well-versed with resources from the jungles.
More...


New Brain Scan May Help Spot Alzheimer's
palmbeachpost.com - 1-6-10
A new type of brain scan might give doctors more insight into whether patients with memory loss are suffering from Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.
More...


Study Turns up 10 Autism Clusters in California
abcnews.go.com - 1-6-10
U.S. researchers have identified 10 locations in California that have double the rates of autism found in surrounding areas, and these clusters were located in neighborhoods with high concentrations of white, highly educated parents.
More...


More Toddlers, Young Children Given Antipsychotics
businessweek.com - 1-5-10
The rate of children aged 2 to 5 who are given antipsychotic medications has doubled in recent years, a new study has found.
More...


Half of depressed Americans get no treatment
msnbc.msn.com - 1-5-10
About half of Americans with major depression do not receive treatment for the condition, and in many cases the therapies are not consistent with the standard of care, according to a new study.
More...


Cops take marijuana plants, leave ransom note
blogs.kansascity.com - 1-5-10
In Marathon, Fla., authorities found six large marijuana plants growing in a vacant lot, thanks to a citizen's tip. Nobody was around, so the police left a ransom note, offering to sell the pot back to its rightful owner. The officers left a phone number, but failed to mention they were, you know, the police.
More...


NYC prosecutor blasts 'heroin how-to' pamphlet
nypost.com - 1-5-10
New York City's top narcotics prosecutor says a Health Department pamphlet that teaches heroin addicts how to shoot up safely is wrongheaded because there is no safe way to inject heroin.
More...


Pomegranate compounds may ease breast cancer risk
reuters.com - 1-5-10
An acid found in pomegranates appears to block aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen, a hormone that plays a role in the development of breast cancer, the researchers wrote in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
More...


Music made me deaf: As iPods and concerts harm the hearing of 75% young people, one woman tells her cautionary tale
dailymail.co.uk - 1-4-10
Twenty-two years ago as I left the house to go to see Motorhead - dubbed the loudest band in the world - my mother's words followed me out of the door: 'You'll ruin your hearing one day!'
More...


Could your indigestion actually be heart disease?
dailymail.co.uk - 1-4-10
The stiff shoulder that turned out to be Parkinson's Disease. The women told their period pains were all in the mind - but who years later discovered they had endometriosis, which rendered them infertile. Serious medical mistakes - with potentially disastrous consequences.
More...


France sells off surplus swine flu vaccine
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-4-10
France is selling off millions of surplus swine flu vaccine doses to other countries, officials say.
More...


Many ignorant on 'waist fat' risk
news.bbc.co.uk - 1-4-10
Almost nine in 10 people are not aware of the risks of carrying extra fat around their waistline.
More...


Finding newborn diseases before it's too late
msnbc.msn.com - 1-4-10
At his first birthday, John Klor couldn't sit up on his own. A few months later, he was cruising like any healthy toddler - thanks to a special diet that's treating the North Carolina boy's mysterious disease.
More...


The youngsters who struggle to speak because their parents let them watch too much TV
dailymail.co.uk - 1-4-10
Nearly a quarter of boys - and one in seven girls - are struggling to learn to talk because thousands of households keep their TV sets on, constantly making it difficult for them to understand the speech of adults around them.
More...


Experts: No Proof Autism Diets Help/Don't Help
webmd.com - 1-4-10
There's still no proof that special diets help or don't help autistic kids -- or that food allergies, food sensitivities, or gut problems cause autism, an expert panel concludes.
More...


US lifts HIV/Aids immigration ban
bbc.co.uk - 1-4-10
The US has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/Aids from entering the country.
More...


Suicidal despair of 1 in 3 young jobless: Tragic human cost of the recession is revealed
dailymail.co.uk - 1-3-10
One young jobless person in three has felt suicidal, a report warns today.
The Prince's Trust youth index, the largest of its kind, lays bare the misery faced by those aged 16 to 24 who find themselves jobless.
More...


Scripps Florida scientists show 'lifeless' prions capable of evolutionary change and adaptation
eurekalert.org - 1-3-10
Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have determined for the first time that prions, bits of infectious protein devoid of DNA or RNA that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease, are capable of Darwinian evolution.
More...


25 Years in Arthritis: New Treatments, New Hope
abcnews.go.com - 1-2-10
In 1984, the outlook for newly diagnosed RA patients was grim: a regimen of often toxic drugs that might slow the onset of crippling pain, but not for very long.
More...


Is the health care bill in Congress constitutional?
tampabay.com - 1-2-10
This past week our state's Republican attorney general, Bill McCollum, joined those of several other states in asking whether the big health care bill in Congress is constitutional.
More...


Ancient healing
thestar.com.my - 1-2-10
Although the first recorded history of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back around 2,000 years, it is believed that its real origin goes back more than 5,000 years. Chinese medicinal practitioner Lim Sin Hoe shares with us the history of TCM and its medicinal concepts.
More...


Harvard: Swine Flu Pandemic Oversold; Fear Mongering Government To Blame?
rightpundits.com - 1-2-10
Some of you may find this to be a big surprise, but a Harvard study shows that the great swine flu pandemic was oversold. Shocking I know, as one doctor points out, "The H1N1 pandemic was a pandemic that never materialized."
More...


Killer superbug solution discovered in Norway
msnbc.msn.com - 1-1-10
Once-curable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are coming back, as germs rapidly mutate to form aggressive strains that resist drugs. The reason: The misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us has built up drug resistance worldwide.
More...


Lack of Estate Tax in 2010: Now Cheaper to Die?
abcnews.go.com - 1-1-10
Well, 2010 has arrived -- and because Congress devoted so much effort toward health care reform, we may have ourselves some death panels after all.
More...


Man 'almost died' on Christmas Day after one spray of Lynx deodorant
dailymail.co.uk - 1-1-10
A man says he almost died on Christmas Day after suffering a severe allergic reaction to Lynx deodorant.
Seconds after using the new can for the first time, Darren Palmer, 36, had difficulty breathing, his skin was itchy and he started coming out in blotches.
More...


Living with a smoker puts kids at risk for emphysema
usatoday.com - 1-1-10
Children who are around smokers face a higher risk of early emphysema when they become nonsmoking adults, perhaps because their lungs never totally recovered from secondhand smoke exposure, new research suggests.
More...


Acupuncture May Help Ease Hot Flashes
webmd.com - 1-1-10
Acupuncture not only cools hot flashes that occur as a result of breast cancer treatment but may offer a host of other benefits to boost women's well-being.
More...


Senate health-care bill would still leave millions uninsured
washingtonpost.com - 1-1-10
Even as Democrats seek the biggest expansion of health coverage in decades, as many as 23 million people could still be without insurance by 2018, illustrating the complexity of achieving the long-held Democratic goal of universal health care.
More...


Earlier Bedtimes May Fight Teen Depression
webmd.com - 1-1-10
Adolescents whose parents set earlier bedtimes are significantly less likely to suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts compared to youngsters who hit the sack later, new research indicates.
More...


 



Electronic version of "A Modern Herbal" © 1995-2014
botanical.com - all rights reserved

~plagiarism is ethically and morally wrong. Copyright owners have full legal authority to litigate against violators~

| Botanical.com Home Page | Privacy Policy | Terms Of Use | Contact Us
| Gardening Supplies | Herbal Products | Mrs. Grieve's "A Modern Herbal" Online |