Mood herb found to increase lifespan

December 30, 2007  
Filed under Depression, mental health

CM NEWS, University of California, Irvine release – The herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant indigenous to the Arctic regions of Europe and Asia increased the lifespan of fruit fly populations, according to a University of California, Irvine study. Read more

Ginkgo ups blood flow in patients with coronary artery disease

December 29, 2007  
Filed under Heart health

CM NEWS – Looks like ginkgo biloba, the magical “memory pill”, can do more than just improving memory. A recent study indicates that not only can ginkgo help better pumping blood to the brain, it also improves blood flow in patients with coronary artery disease. Read more

Herb triggers cancer cell death

December 28, 2007  
Filed under Cancer

CM NEWS – A substance of popular Chinese herb huang qin (Scutellaria radix, 黃芩) triggers the death process in tumour cells, while it has virtually no effect on healthy cells, according to a new discovery of this selective function of huang qin by scientists of the German Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ). Read more

New food guide for older adults includes vitamins D, B-12, calcium

December 27, 2007  
Filed under Dietary

Reuters – A nearly decade-old food guide pyramid for older adults has gotten a makeover to make it more user-friendly and to emphasize the special dietary needs of people older than 70. Read more

Soy boosts bone density in menopausal women

December 27, 2007  
Filed under Aging, Women's health – Increased soy isoflavone consumption from dietary or supplemental sources for six months can boost mineral density in the spine by almost one gram in menopausal women, according to a meta-analysis of 10 randomised controlled trials. Read more

Immune system ‘trainable’, door opens for cancer vaccine: study

December 26, 2007  
Filed under Cancer

Mayo Clinic release – An international team of researchers led by Mayo Clinic have designed a technique that uses the body’s own cells and a virus to destroy cancer cells that spread from primary tumours to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system. In addition, their study shows that this technology could be the basis for a new cancer vaccine to prevent cancer recurrence. Read more

Sex drive booster bean improves sperm quality, cuts stress in infertile men

December 24, 2007  
Filed under Men's health, Sex

CM NEWS – Extract of a bean used in Indian and Chinese traditional medicines as drive booster, known in modern days for being a dopamine engine, has been shown as effective in reducing stress and improving quality of semen of infertile men. Read more

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