Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tropical Plant Inspires Super-Slippery Coating for Medical Use

Chemical engineers have turned to exotic meat-eating plant life for inspiration in creating materials that have potential for use as a coating on medical devices. The pitcher plant – which is carnivorous by trapping and digesting animals in leaves that resemble trumpets or small pitchers – has a highly slippery surface that stops its prey from escaping. This surface can

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Constant Exposure to Artificial Lights Could be Affecting Our Health

Artificial light has previously been proven to disrupt the human body clock and hormonal system. A new study shows that artificial light exposure for extended periods of time can also have other adverse effects on our health. Daily exposure to artificial lighting could cause significant health issues. A study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology finds that when

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A Sage Discovery: Plant-Derived Compounds Have Potent Anti-Inflammatory Effects

New research reveals that two specific plant-derived compounds may be effective for fighting inflammation and pain. The findings are published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. Diterpenoids are found in certain plants, fungi, and marine organisms, and two in particular – carnosol (CS) and carnosic acid (CA) – are known to interfere with multiple pathways in the human body associated

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Middle-Age Memory Decline A Matter of Changing Focus

Research sheds new light on what constitutes healthy aging of the brain. The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study

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Gut Bacteria Unleash Anti-Aging Power of Pomegranates

In uncovering a compound’s potential anti-aging properties, researchers reveal a fascinating result of the co-evolution of plants, bacteria, and animals over millions of years. They show the compound enables muscle cells in animals to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. The compound – called urolithin A – is naturally produced in the gut when a molecule

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Fruits for Diabetes: All You Need to Know

Eating fruit is a delicious way to satisfy hunger and meet daily nutritional needs. However, most fruits contain sugar, which raises questions about whether they are healthy for people who have diabetes. Is fruit unhealthy for people with diabetes? What is fruit? Fruits contain fiber which is very important for people with diabetes. Most people can probably name several fruits such

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A Herbalist Library

When you start on any new craft there are always go-to books. Beginner herbalists often find themselves curious about all the different ways to practice herbalism or ways to just dabble. Whether you’re interested in growing medicinal herbs, creating herbal medicine or becoming an herbal practitioner, there’s a book for you! Here are some staples that you can find. Herbal Recipes

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Herbalist Library: Historical References

Our ancestors cultivated a deep, rooted relationship with plants; they harvested plants in a ceremony, made herbal medicines with intention, and passed along traditional plant knowledge to help future generations maintain wellness. In many cultures, this information was shared orally, through stories or an apprenticeship with a local healer. The books we do have on traditional herbal medicines are a

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