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Traditional Chinese herbal medicine causes cancer

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Two new studies show that a natural compound found in many Chinese herbal medicines triggers genetic mutations that may cause cancer.

Aristolochic acid, or AA, is derived from Aristolochia plants, which are commonly used in traditional herbal preparations as health supplements or for treatment of various health problems, such as menstrual cramps and rheumatism. In Taiwan, Aristolochia-based herbal preparations are used by many women for weight loss.

These plants have been part of Asian traditional herbal remedies for centuries. However, "it was only in the early 2000's that a definite link between AA-containing remedies and renal failure and...

New Disease Points to Arab Bats

Egyptian tomb bat (Taphozous perforatus)
A new mysterious disease made its first appearance last summer in the Arabian Peninsula and has been baffling health experts since. Until now, there...

Arabian Bats May Harbour New Deadly Virus

A new mysterious disease made its first appearance last summer in the Arabian Peninsula and has been baffling health experts since. Until now, there...

Antioxidants don't improve fertility, study shows

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Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Auckland, New Zealand, have shown that there is currently no evidence that...

Economic incentives increase blood donations

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Blood transfusion is critical to save lives, but often the availability of safe blood at the time when is needed is scarce. Recent research suggests...

MERS patient dies in Munich hospital

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On March 26, a patient in a Munich hospital was the first person in Germany to die of a new SARS-like viral infection called MERS-CoV, for Middle East...

Migraines linked to sleep disorders

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New research from the University of California San Francisco, US, has identified a gene alteration linked to both migraines and a sleep...

Nuts and Guts For A Long And Healthy Live

Three recent studies look at gut microbiota, the Mediterranean diet and nuts and their effects on health and lifespan Put your gut microbes on a diet...

LMU Munich Creates World's First MERS Vaccine

In the event of a MERS epidemic, the vaccine is ready for production and distribution
LMU researchers, led by Dr. Gerd Sutter, have developed the first vaccine against the MERS virus, responsible for the recent outbreak in the Middle...

Nerve growth triggers prostate cancer

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New research suggests that the formation of new nerve fibers in and around prostate tumors increases cancer growth and spreading. With more than...

New genetic test predicts asthma risk

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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects over four million people in Germany. During an asthma attack, typically triggered...

New MS treatment successful in early clinical trials

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A new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) had a successful first phase of clinical trials, shows a study published in the journal Science...

Molecule that triggers itch sensation is found

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Researchers from the National Institute of Dental and Cranofacial Research in Maryland, USA, discovered the molecule that triggers the brain response...

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