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

Hibiscus extracts can be used to provide natural food coloring WITH health benefits

Extracts from hibiscus calyces could be used as a natural food coloring, which can provide health benefits at the same time, according to a study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness. The study, written by Aly R. Abdel-Moemin from Helwan University in Egypt, evaluated the effect of hibiscus calyces extract on Continue Reading

Natural toothpaste reduces risk of cavities: Herbal toothpaste found to raise mouth pH, reduce sugar in saliva

Not all kinds of toothpaste are equal: Some of them have fluoride and other toxic ingredients, while others help your body manage its blood sugar. Herbal toothpaste, in particular, can reduce levels of salivary glucose and improve pH levels of saliva, according to researchers from Jawahar Medical Foundation’s Annasaheb Chudaman Patil Memorial Dental Continue Reading