Category Archives: Plants & Medicine

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Bio-pharming: Getting Plants To Produce Human Pharmaceuticals Isn’t Easy

Bio-pharming uses genetic modification to introduce genes coding for pharmaceutical proteins (e.g. antibodies, or when produced in plants; ‘plantibodies’) into plants, the plant will then produce these proteins as if they were its own – essentially acting as a protein factory. The plants are harvested, the pharma-protein extracted and purified to a level comparable to any other medicinal protein. (Click on title for full story.)

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Take Two Peonies And Call Me In The Morning

It has long been called the “King of Flowers” in China but now the tree peony could rule the waves as an alternative to fish oil. The native Chinese plant has seeds that can be squeezed to make the healthiest kind of cooking oil, according to a new study by Chinese scientists. (Click on title for full story.)

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Secret Glue Ivy Uses To Climb Could Save Our Lives

More than 130 years ago, Charles Darwin discovered that ivy’s sticking power is thanks to a thin yellow glue secreted from its roots. But since then, little has been known about how the adhesive works. (Click on title for full story.)

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Dandelions: The Next Big Cancer Drug?

Since the commencement of this project, we have been able to successfully assess the effect of a simple water extract of dandelion root in various human cancer cell types, in the lab and we have observed its effectiveness against human T cell leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancers, with no toxicity to non-cancer cells. Furthermore, these efficacy studies have been confirmed in animal models (mice) that have been transplanted with human colon cancer cells. (Click on title for full article.)

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New Research Moves Chinese Herb Closer To Producing Anti-Cancer Drug

As a group of compounds, the flavones are relatively well understood. But the beneficial flavones found in Huang-Qin roots, such as wogonin and baicalin, are different: a missing -OH (hydroxyl) group in their chemical structure left scientists scratching their heads as to how they were made in the plant. (Click on title for full story.)

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Garden Of Youth Discovered? At least for yeast.

One of these groups of molecules is the most potent longevity-extending pharmacological intervention yet described in scientific literature: a specific extract of willow bark, (Click on title for full story.)

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Blueberries Reportedly Reduce Effects Of Alzheimer’s

The study shows the berry, which can potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, could also be a weapon in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists say the fruit is loaded with healthful antioxidants which could help prevent the devastating effects of the increasingly common form of dementia. (Click on title for full story.)

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If Plants Became Pharmaceutical Factories Your Garden Could Be Your Medicine Chest

But if we could be, for example, putting an anti-HIV medicine into a plant that they could be growing in their backyard, making a tea from the plant, in theory it could be something that could revolutionize the treatment of HIV. (Click on title or image for full story)

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Has Lyme Disease Met Its Match At Last In Stevia Extract?

A promising new preclinical study has revealed that whole stevia leaf extract possesses exceptional antibiotic activity against the exceedingly difficult to treat pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease. (Click on title or image for full story.)

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Ancient Botanical Painkiller Becomes Modern Scourge

Kratom’s narcotic effects have been known for centuries in its native Thailand, which banned the substance decades ago amid widespread abuse. Nevertheless, kratom being sold in the United States is still smuggled in from Thailand, as well as several other Southeast Asian countries. Western research of kratom is in its infancy. (Click on title or image for full story.)