Category Archives: Plants & Medicine

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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%.

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Take A Pine Tree On Vacation

Some science also suggests the bark extract may be useful in combating deep venous thrombosis, a dangerous blood-clotting sometimes dubbed economy class syndrome because it can arise from sitting in cramped condtions.

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Mayo Clinic Harvests Cures From 17th Century Herbal

The study provides a creative new model for drug discovery. It integrates nontraditional, ancient medical information with advanced technologies to identify promising natural products to investigate as drugs for new and better therapies.

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What Gorillas Teach Pharmacists

If Aframomum lives up to the current hopes for it… we will owe a great debt to early native healers in Africa… and the wild lowland gorillas whose habits they perhaps observed and mimicked.