Cognitive, emotional and personal consequences of a natural disaster, and the impact of evacuation

“Disaster management must take into account that those who had to run for their lives have much stronger experiences which will affect their inner lives for a very long time,” says Igor Knez, Professor of Psychology at University of Gävle. Researchers have studied how 601 individuals living close to the area in Västmanland County that was affected by the largest […]

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Natural product isolated from sea sponge tested against cancer cells

Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) together with Russian and German colleagues, continue studying antitumor compounds synthesized based on bioactive molecules isolated from a sea sponge. One of them fights cancer cells resistant to standard chemotherapy, and at the same time has an interesting dual mechanism of action. A related article appears in Marine Drugs. Scientists have tested the […]

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Human immune cells have natural alarm system against HIV

Treatment for HIV has improved tremendously over the past 30 years; once a death sentence, the disease is now a manageable lifelong condition in many parts of the world. Life expectancy is about the same as that of individuals without HIV, though patients must adhere to a strict regimen of daily antiretroviral therapy, or the virus will come out of […]

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What You Should Really Know About Natural Toothpaste

Fluoride has had a tough few years in the press. With various studies showing health concerns and people deciding to remove products that contain the chemical, natural toothpaste options have popped up in most drug stores. As many people are opting for organic, chemical-free self-care products and foods, natural toothpaste is certainly a byproduct of this movement. However, many have […]

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Body’s natural signal carriers can help melanoma spread

A new study from Finland sheds fresh light on how melanoma cells interact with other cells via extracellular vesicles they secrete. The researchers found that extracellular vesicles secreted by melanoma cells use the so-called hedgehog signaling pathway to intensify the malignant properties of the cells they are targeting. The discovery can help in the development of better treatment and diagnostics […]

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A Natural! Scarlett Johansson's Costars Gush Over Her 'Maternal' Side

Made for the role! Scarlett Johansson left a lasting impression on her Jojo Rabbit costars, as evidenced by their many complimentary remarks about the actress. “She is very maternal, but not even just with kids. Even with me, she’s very protective and she would look after me like, ‘Are you OK? You seem tired,’” director and star Taika Waititi told Us Weekly […]

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Turbocharging the body’s natural killer cells to defeat cancer

Natural Killer (NK) cells have long been the soldiers of the immune system that prevents the growth and spread of cancers, and subduing this army of cells is one of the key ways that tumours take hold. Australian researchers have discovered a protein found in humans that prevents NK cells from doing their job fighting cancer. Importantly the study, published […]

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Natural lipids in buttermilk could contribute to reducing cardiovascular risk in vulnerable populations

Dairy products contain a wide variety of lipids, including triglycerides and polar lipids, the latter being specific lipids that naturally stabilize fat droplets and are notably found in cream and buttermilk. Polar lipids play a crucial physiological role as they are essential components of cell membranes. Preliminary experiments in rodents had revealed the beneficial effects of milk polar lipids on […]

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Mindfulness is a natural painkiller

Mindfulness is a natural painkiller: Trendy meditation that focuses the mind on the present moment helps sufferers cope with their discomfort Mindfulness is just as effective as go-to cognitive behavioural therapy  Both help improve ‘physical functioning’ and reduce the risk of depression  e-mail 1 View comments Mindfulness is a natural painkiller, research suggests. A study found the trendy meditation – […]

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Natural compound 2HF treats leishmaniasis infections, study finds

Current treatment options for the parasitic disease leishmaniasis are largely ineffective, expensive, and tend to be plagued by resistant parasites and side effects. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have showed that a natural flavonoid is effective at treating Leishmania amazonensis infections. Leishmaniasis is endemic to 98 countries and affects more than 12 million people around the world. […]

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