Natural ‘breakdown’ of chemicals may guard against lung damage in 9/11 first responders

The presence of chemicals made as the body breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates can predict whether Sept. 11, 2001 first responders exposed to toxic dust at the World Trade Center site subsequently develop lung disease, a new study finds. The researchers from NYU School of Medicine say their experiments Continue Reading

How ‘natural-killer’ cells might help women avoid a deadly risk of childbirth

One of the most dangerous risks expectant mothers face as their delivery date approaches is a surprisingly common condition with a little-known name: placental accreta. In normal childbirth, the placenta that sustains fetal development during pregnancy is delivered shortly after the newborn infant. But sometimes, the placenta becomes so deeply Continue Reading

Treatment to restore natural heartbeat could be on the horizon for heart failure

A new therapy to re-engage the heart’s natural electrical pathways—instead of bypassing them—could mean more treatment options for heart failure patients who also suffer from electrical disturbances, such as arrhythmias, according to research led by the University of Chicago Medicine. In a first-ever pilot study, called the His SYNC trial, Continue Reading

Natural remedy for Parkinson’s? Wasp venom shows surprising promise as a treatment

According to a recent study, venom from “the enigmatic wasp Ampulex compressa” can one day be used for Parkinson’s disease treatments. Scientists from the American Chemical Society (ACS) have observed interactions between A. compressa and the American cockroach, and once stung by the former, the latter will lose control of its behavior. The parasitic Continue Reading

Chemists create simple, natural method for breaking down water pollution

A study published in the international journal Angewandte Chemie has discovered a simple, natural method for breaking down pollutants in water. A team of researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) developed a new process on how to easily and cost-effectively disintegrate stubborn pollutants in water. The method developed by Continue Reading

Roselle calyces extract found to provide natural color and health benefits for use in food and pharmaceutical industries

A study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness has evaluated the effects of the extracts of Roselle calyces, which are the sepals of the Roselle plant, on the chemical and sensory properties of functional cupcakes. The calyces of the Roselle plant are one of the major crops exported Continue Reading