Category Archives: Plants & Medicine

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A Green Office Is A Happy Office

Findings indicated that people who worked in offices with plants and windows reported that they felt better about their job and the work they performed.

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Does Mistletoe Therapy Help Cancer Patients?

Mistletoe proponents believe it strengthens the immune system while minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, thereby improving survival and increasing quality of life during treatment.

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Birds Select Healthy Diets

Our study shows for the first time that flavonoids are beneficial compounds that can boost the immune system in a living organism. We also found that wild birds actively select food containing flavonoids. Our results have important implications for the study of ecology and immunity in birds, and for the evolution of the relationship between plants and the birds and animals they rely on to disperse their seeds.

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When Medicines Mysteriously Appear

At first, it didnt sound like the way a modern cancer treatment would be created. As the story went, it was an elixir extracted from the root of a mysterious plant found deep in the Amazon forest in Ecuador.

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Let Plants Be Our Lab Rats

The genetics behind variable drug responses is not peculiar to humans but exists also in other branches on the tree of life … We can harness simple organisms to understand more about the genetics and biochemistry of variable drug responses, which could help uncover new factors that contribute to variable drug responses in humans.

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Native Plants Save Lives And Create Jobs

Scientists want to untangle the chemical makeup of… traditional remedies in search of new medicines that could help cancer patients. Their findings could also provide an economic cure for a region that has suffered the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the past decade.

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African Plant Discovered To Kill Mosquitoes

Polygonum Senegalese can work as a substitute to DDT in the control of malaria, since it tackles the mosquito problem right from the first stages of the mosquitos lifecycle.

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Samoan Plant Excites Researchers

American researchers are so excited about the plant they have signed an agreement to pay royalties to Samoa for any drugs developed from it

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Echinacea Boosts Immune System

Even when patients were directly inoculated with a rhinovirus – the most common cold-causing virus – echinacea reduced cold incidence by 35%.