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Zika Vaccine May Help in Fight Against Brain Cancer, Study Says

Sep 26, 2018
News Staff

"This could be a great example of science's ability to turn something bad into something useful," Pei-Yong Shi told the Houston Chronicle.

A Zika vaccine was used to target and kill the deadly glioblastoma brain cancer in a study on mice conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

"These findings represent major progress toward developing the Zika vaccine as a safe and effective virotherapeutic treatment for human glioblastoma…”

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Truffle Salt Pros & Cons: Is Truffle Salt Good or Bad for Health?

Sep 26, 2018
Dr. Josh Axe

Do truffles taste good? That can be a matter of personal opinion, but many people find truffles to be absolutely delicious!

Truffles have been highly prized as a food culinary delicacy since the Classical era. With their pungent scent and flavor, the addition of truffles to any dish instantly makes it extra memorable.

Truffle salt is an easy way to add that incredible truffle flavor to any dish while seasoning it at the same time. What is truffle salt made out of? It’s typically salt and pieces of truffle, a type of fungus. This variety of fungus may be pretty rare in North America, but there is a booming truffle industry in France, which exports about a third of their truffles so the rest of the world can enjoy them.

I’m about to tell you all about the pluses and minuses of this tasty salt plus how to choose the best truffle salt along with some mouth-watering ways to start using it today!

What Is Truffle Salt?

What is truffle salt? Truffle salt is a seasoning salt. What is truffle salt made of? It contains salt along with small pieces of black and/or white truffles. If a “truffle salt” doesn’t contain bits of real truffles, then it’s not the real deal.

What is a truffle, and why are they so expensive? A truffle is an edible subterranean fungus...





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Protease - The Enzyme that Makes Protein & Amino Acids Tick

Sep 26, 2018
Dr. Josh Axe

Research suggests that proteases found in some foods, like papaya, are able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon, keeping them away from healthy colon cells. According to research published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, protease enzymes are involved in the degradation of cancer invasion and metastasis.

Maybe we don’t give enzymes enough credit. They are required for literally every single chemical action that takes place in our bodies — from digestion to immune function and blood flow. We are able to see, think and breathe because of protease. What are proteases? They’re enzymes that allow for the breakdown of proteins in the body.

Because of this, proteolytic enzymes are at the cutting edge of biological research, and they have become a major focus for the pharmaceutical industry. According to a scientific review published in the Biochemical Journal, “although the predominant use of proteases has been in treating cardiovascular disease, they are also emerging as useful agents in the treatment of sepsis, digestive disorders, inflammation, cystic fibrosis, retinal disorders, psoriasis and other diseases.” (more)




7 Multivitamin Benefits, Plus the Best Multivitamins for Men & Women

Sep 25, 2018
Dr. Josh Axe

In the United States, multivitamins have been available since the early 1940s and have steadily grown in popularity since. In fact, it’s estimated that more than one-third of all Americans take multivitamins…

As the world’s most popular dietary supplement, you can easily find an extensive range of multivitamin supplements to fit any age, gender and lifestyle on the shelves of grocery stores, pharmacies and health shops alike. Multivitamins have become a household staple in many parts of the world, and surveys have even found that more than one-third of all Americans take multivitamins daily in the hopes of improving their health, warding off disease, and enriching their diets with any vitamins and minerals that they might be missing. (1)

So, do multivitamins work, and should you consider adding them into your daily routine? Let’s dive right in and take a look at what you need to know, along with the best vitamins for men and best vitamins for women to take.

What Are Multivitamins?

Multivitamins are a type of supplement that contain a combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients used to support better health...





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Doctors Explore Lifting Barriers to Living Organ Donation

Sep 25, 2018
Associated Press / CBN News Staff

“She is truly a walking miracle for me.” -- Terra Goudge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons turned down Terra Goudge for the liver transplant that was her only shot at surviving a rare cancer. Her tumor was too advanced, they said — even though Goudge had a friend ready to donate, no matter those odds.

“I have a living donor — I’m not taking away from anyone. I’m trying to save my own life,” she pleaded. Finally, the Los Angeles woman found a hospital on the other side of the country that let the pair try.

People lucky enough to receive a kidney or part of a liver from a living donor not only cut years off their wait for a transplant, but those organs also tend to survive longer. Yet living donors make up a fraction of transplants, and their numbers have plateaued amid barriers that can block otherwise willing people from giving. Among them: varying hospital policies on who qualifies and the surprising financial costs that some donors bear.

Now researchers are exploring ways to lift those barriers and ease the nation’s organ shortage.

“We just want people to be given the chance to at least entertain this as a possibility,” said Dr. Abhinav Humar, transplant chief at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where Goudge ultimately received part of friend Amy Aleck’s liver.

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Not Just for Kids! Even Adults Appear to Benefit from a Regular Bedtime

Sep 25, 2018
News Staff

Participants used devices that tracked sleep schedules down to the minute so researchers could learn whether even subtle changes -- going to bed at 10:10 p.m. instead of the usual 10 p.m. -- were linked to the health of participants.

(Durham, NC) -- Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But it's not just an issue of logging at least seven hours of Z's.

A new study on sleep patterns suggests that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults.

In a study of 1,978 older adults publishing Sept. 21 in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute found people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

The findings show an association -- not a cause-and-effect relationship -- between sleep regularity and heart and metabolic health...





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"The Dose Will be Critical": Soon, You Might be Drinking Coca-Cola with CBD In It

Sep 24, 2018
News Staff

“It's an interesting throwback to the origins of Coca-Cola … The new drink is based on CBD, which was originally isolated from cannabis. However, the new drink will not contain any of the psychoactive derivatives from the plant, such as THC.” – Richard Miller

(Chicago, IL) – Coca-Cola on Monday issued a statement responding to speculation that it is interested in cannabidiol (CBD)-infused beverages, and said it is “closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world.”

Northwestern University opioid abuse and addiction expert Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is available to speak to the media about the medical aspect of drinks infused with CBD.

Quote from Professor Miller:

“It's an interesting throwback to the origins of Coca-Cola. When the drink was first formulated in the latter part of the 19th century, it contained both cocaine (from coca leaves) and caffeine (from cola nuts). The cocaine was removed from the drink in 1904, leaving the caffeine. The new drink is based on CBD, which was originally isolated from cannabis. However, the new drink will not contain any of the psychoactive derivatives from the plant, such as THC. It's almost like history is repeating itself...





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