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March 27, 2003 -
Using Aspirin Against Cancer
Aspirin inhibits a key family of enzymes called cyclooxygenases, or COX, which are responsible for the synthesis of important mediators of cell proliferation and/or inflammation. In cancer, cells proliferate indefinitely and do not undergo natural cell death. Aspirin and aspirin-like drugs are thought to block cell proliferation by inhibiting the abnormal signaling, and/or to stimulate those cells to die earlier than they would otherwise.

Researching Acupuncture for Colon Cancer
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute plan to study whether acupuncture can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for people with advanced, terminal colorectal cancer.

Traumas Deeply Disturb Sleep
Sometimes the heightened vigilance and disturbing memories and fears will lead to maladaptive sleep habits. And the behavioral treatment recommendations are, to some extent, the same as those for insomnia - modifying sleep habits by practicing good sleep hygiene.

March 24, 2003 -
Ancient Egyptians respected human rights
The ancient Egyptians, including the pharaohs, were extremely religious and their legal practices respected human rights.

The Secret Doors Inside the Great Pyramid
Zahi Hawass, Egypt's chief antiquities official, writes about the air shafts that were probed by a robot last year. Do these shafts lead to undiscovered rooms in the pyramid?

Walking With Cavemen
Big, brutish and stupid - it's a commonly held view of our prehistoric predecessors; they were as wild as the animals they hunted. But it's not one the science tends to support.

Sun's Output Increasing in Possible Trend Fueling Global Warming
In what could be the simplest explanation for one component of global warming, a new study shows the Sun's radiation has increased by .05 percent per decade since the late 1970s.

March 19, 2003 -
Risks of Uncontrolled Asthma During Pregnancy
The importance of controlling asthma during pregnancy should not be underestimated. The hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy influence breathing patterns, which in turn, may have a direct effect on the health of both mother and baby.

Traditional Herbal Healers Get Website
The website is an initiative from the AAAS in partnership with a range of other organisations intent on protecting the rights of indigenous people. Healers themselves or anthropologists and other community workers can contact the website with information they wish to be added to the database.

Risks of Uncontrolled Asthma During Pregnancy
Researchers say curcumin - a substance found in turmeric - may help suppress and destroy multiple myeloma and other cancers. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and best of all, curcumin has no known side effects in human beings - even in large amounts.

March 17, 2003 -
Unexpected Scottish Mummies
Mummification was practised by prehistoric Britons, according to a discovery made by archeologists from Sheffield University who have found the skeletal remains of two mummies buried under the floor of a 3,000-year-old house on the Hebridean island of South Uist. It is the first indication that some prehistoric Europeans mummified their dead.

Global Warming Could Trigger Cascade Of Climatic Changes
Global warming and the partial melting of polar ice sheets can dramatically affect not only sea levels but also Earth's climate, in ways that may be complex, rapid and difficult to adjust to.

A Talkative Cousin on the Tree of Life?
Scientists say a rare Brazilian monkey has speech patterns that are similar to that of human beings. Interestingly, they live in groups that are led by the best-loved - rather than the strongest - monkey.

Secrets of the stones
Researchers are surprised to find traces of a well-developed Australian aborigine civilization from several thousand years ago.

March 16, 2003 -
Ephedra Not So Risky - Players Need to be Stress Tested
When a 23 year old pro athlete died of heatstroke, the supplement he was taking - ephedra - immediately became the target of investigation. However, later reports indicate inadequate care was taken by both the team and the athlete to prevent this death.

March 12, 2003 -
Breakfast Eaters May Skip Diabetes
Those who say they regularly eat breakfast are less likely to develop problems such as diabetes or become obese than people who report typically rushing out the door on an empty stomach, a new study shows.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?
The first thing that happens if you don't get enough sleep is you have problems with your memory and concentration. Usually there are word-finding difficulties — you can't find the words you are thinking of. People also get irritable with lack of sleep. At its extreme, sleep deprivation can lead to death — for example, lab rats die of infection if they are sleep deprived. So we know that sleep is somehow related to the immune system. It restores the body physically. (See Insomnia as well.)

March 8, 2003 -
Breast implants linked to suicide
"Quite a lot of women who become depressed will seek plastic surgery as a treatment for depression," says Dr. Michael Beary.

March 4, 2003 -
Blowing the theory of how we smell
New research shows that the vibrational spectrum of a molecule is the real property that is detected by the nose and interpreted by the brain. Are we getting closer to a verification of the vibrational nature of the body's information system?

March 3, 2003 -
Mysteries Of Ozone In The Human Body
According to new research, the human body produces ozone as part of a mechanism to protect it from bacteria and fungi. (See also "ozone".)

Riddle of 'Baghdad's batteries'
More than 60 years after their discovery, the ancient batteries of Baghdad - as there are perhaps a dozen of them - are shrouded in myth. Some have suggested the batteries may have been used medicinally.

February 25, 2003 -
Fruit Diet Prevents Cancer
Youngsters who ate the most fresh fruits had the lowest risk of dying of cancer in the decades that followed, says a report in the March issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

February 11, 2003 -
Meditation 'good for brain'
Scientists say they have found evidence that meditation can boost parts of the brain and the immune system.

February 7, 2003 -
Exercise Keeps the Mind Sharp
New research shows that physical fitness can actually affect the structure of the human brain, and exercise may be our best friend when it comes to keeping the old noggin tuned up while we age.

Man, Upright and Walking for 3.3 Million Years
This nearly complete skeleton of a 3.3 million-year-old ape man - the first Australopthecus - shows that these human ancestors were able to walk upright when they left the trees, doctor Ron Clarke says. He says they were less chimpanzee-like than was believed up till now. (A similar BBC article here.)

February 4, 2003 -
Get Sleep, Lose Weight
If you don't get enough sleep at night, it doesn't matter what you eat and how much time you spend on the treadmill. If you're exhausted, your diet just won't work. Why? Sleep deprivation affects the hormones that control appetite and weight reduction.

January 20, 2003 -
A coffee a day keeps colon cancer away
Researchers in Japan say they have found that a cup of coffee a day halves the risk of colon cancer in women.

January 10, 2003 -
Silver Poisoning Becoming More Common
Edgar Cayce did not recommend the internal use of silver, but many practitioners of alternative medicine do. The problem is that when people overdose on silver, they turn blue-grey, a condition which is permanent.

January 3, 2003 -
Osteopathy Cures Woman's "Incurable" Condition
A woman with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) - a painful separated pelvis, linked to pregnancy - is healed through osteopathic manipulation.

December 24, 2002 -
Sick? DNA Scanner Tells What Ails
Cayce once predicted that doctors would be able to diagnose a person's ailments by a single drop of blood. Along those lines, a prototype device expected to be sold next year will enable doctors to test for a wide range of infectious diseases from just a single drop of saliva.

Sonar reveals centuries of shipwrecks - and ancient walls
Scientists mapping the bottom of the Hudson River with sonar say they have found nearly every single ship that ever foundered in the river over the past 400 years or more. The surveys have also turned up more mysterious structures, including a series of submerged walls more than 900 feet long that scientists say are clearly of human construction.

Eating Fish Cuts Stroke Risk
Eating fish as infrequently as once or twice a month reduces the risk of the most common type of stroke by almost half.

So what are you waiting for?
Researchers found that men and women between the ages of fifty-five and seventy-five who showed more endurance on fitness tests and were relatively lean scored higher on mental health and mood tests.

December 19, 2002 -
Earth hotter in 2002
Nine of the 10 warmest years recorded on earth since 1880 have occurred since 1990, NOAA said.

December 16, 2002 -
The Top Fiber Foods and Why They Are Important
"Beans, beans the musical fruit?" ;o)

December 9, 2002 -
History of Chinese Civilization Grows
A group of Chinese archaeologists - revising the orthodox theory that China's civilization originated 5,000 years ago - believe the nation's roots can be traced back 8,000 to 10,000 years.

Was Maya Pyramid Designed to Chirp Like a Bird?
Clap your hands in front of the 1,100-year-old Temple of Kukulcan, in the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, and the pyramid answers in the voice of the sacred quetzal bird.

Hawass Muses on Pyramid Finds
"Djedi knew everything about the secret chambers of Thoth, but he did not reveal the secret. I therefore believe that the burial chambers were hidden behind these doors."

Swaddled Infants Sleep Better, Safer
Babies who sleep in swaddling cloths wake up less frequently and get twice as much REM sleep during a nap as those sleeping with normal blankets.

December 6, 2002 -
Does skull prove that the first Americans came from Europe?
Scientists from Liverpool's John Moores University and Oxford's Research Laboratory of Archaeology have dated the skull to about 13,000 years old, making it 2,000 years older than the previous record for the continent's oldest human remains.

Taiwan discoveries spark interest in submerged cities
One researcher said of the discoveries, "Hopefully the find will pave the way for more surveys of the area and eventually a better understanding of our history. We might even be able to prove that some truth lies behind the legend of Mudalu." (Mudalu is the civilization known to students of Cayce as simply "Mu.")

Nutrients Are Key to Preventing Cancer
A National Cancer Institute research chief says that up to 35 percent of cancers are related to dietary habits.

Possible Cancer Chemical Varies in Foods
Acrylamide, a toxic substance that is formed when starchy foods are cooked, varies greatly in food items tested. Slow cooking creates less acrylamide, while roasting or frying can create hundreds of times more of it.

December 5, 2002 -
Now, ‘Integrative Care’
A Newsweek article on how alternative medicine and conventional medicine are being integrated. The downside to this article is they make it sound like this is a new approach, when organizations like the ARE Clinic have been using the integrative model for over 30 years. ;o)

Lemon, Lavender, and Light Could Help Dementia Patients
"Aromatherapy and bright light treatment seem to be safe and effective and may have an important role in managing behavioral problems in people with dementia," says a professor of psychiatry.

Breast cancer patients turning to alternative care
Growing majority combine holistic therapies with traditional medicine.

How to Lift The Mind
For those suffering from the pain of anxiety and depression, complementary medicine may not always provide a miracle cure. But some treatments offer real hope.

November 27, 2002 -
Nutty Diet May Help Ward Off Diabetes
Women who reported eating the equivalent of a handful of nuts or one tablespoon of peanut butter at least five times a week were more than 20 percent less likely to develop adult-onset, or type 2, diabetes than those who rarely or never ate those products.

Clinic Offers Alternative Therapy for Low-Income Cancer Patients
Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, in Oakland, California, uses donations and grants to provide alternative therapy for female cancer patients. The clinic offers pain relief in the form of alternative therapies: acupuncture, a form of meditation known as visualization therapy, herbal medicines custom-mixed on site and massage. All services are provided free of charge by some 120 volunteers.

November 22, 2002 -
Food Pyramid Rebuilt
The USDA food pyramid guide has long been held as a model for constructing a healthy diet. But new research suggests that a little reconstruction may be in order.

Doctors Claim New Drugs Are Better Than MSM For Arthritis
At the height of actor James Coburn's career, he was sidelined by rheumatoid arthritis and all but disappeared from the screen for two decades. He said he was able to return to acting only because of the effectiveness of MSM.

November 15, 2002 -
Generosity Extends Life
In the 1930's, as part of their healing, Cayce often advised ill people that it was not enough to be merely good - each must be good for something. Researchers now find that those who give of their time and money are indeed likely to live longer.

November 11, 2002 -
Flaxseed Helps Against Prostate Cancer in Mice
Flaxseed is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and compounds known as lignans, all of which may play a role in protecting against cancer and perhaps also heart disease.

Sun's rays to roast Earth as poles flip
Earth's magnetic field seems to be disappearing most alarmingly near the poles, a clear sign that a flip may soon take place.

Coffee drinkers have lower diabetes risk
Drinking a lot of coffee may give people a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Visions of Atlantis off Cuba coast
How the formations near western Cuba were found.

November 8, 2002 -
Anticipate Laughter - It Improves Health
This study shows that even knowing you will be involved in a positive humorous event days in advance reduces levels of stress hormones in the blood and increases levels of chemicals known to aid relaxation.

Stretching Remarks
Whether you're an elderly adult looking to enjoy active golden years, or you're a weekend athlete looking to avoid injury or the "Monday-morning soreness blues," stretching and flexibility exercises are something you should add to your daily wellness ritual.

Acupuncture: Can Needles Heal?
Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese tradition, is growing in popularity throughout the West. But what is it all about?

October 30, 2002 -
Coffee Enemas for Pancreatic Cancer
In the pilot study, Gonzalez's treatment more than tripled the 5-1/2 month life expectancy of pancreatic cancer patients on standard treatment.

Seafood Keeps Dementia at Bay
A new study has found that elderly people who eat fish or seafood once a week or more had a lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Exotic DNA in Very Ancient America?
Researchers have uncovered a wealth of findings that illustrates how America might have looked thousands of years ago, but most remarkable was the discovery in July 2000 of a human hair. DNA analysis could provoke a constitutional storm. The hair, 40cm long, is said to be the oldest piece of organic human remains: it has been carbon dated twice, but the results have not been published and the research remains controversial.

African Ice Cores Show Civilization Shifts
A detailed analysis of six cores retrieved from the rapidly shrinking ice fields atop Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro shows that those tropical glaciers began to form about 11,700 years ago - approximately the time of the sinking of Atlantis.

Magnetic Pole Shift Due
According to new research, in as little as a few centuries we may see the Earth's magnetic poles flip.

October 16, 2002 -
FDA Forces Fatal Chemo on Kids
FDA regulations force parents to use a fatal form of chemotherapy on their children.

Tea gives big boost to insulin
Common tea can be an effective weapon in the fight against diabetes because it boosts insulin activity in the body by more than 15-fold.

Chinese hominid challenges out-of-Africa origin
With a new dating method, scientists determined that Liujiang Hominid roamed south China approximately 70,000 to 130,000 years ago, rather than 30,000 years ago or less as it was previously believed. This new finding supports the theory that modern Chinese man originated in what is present-day Chinese territory rather than the mainstream "out of Africa" hypothesis which held that modern humans evolved from African ancestors alone.

October 14, 2002 -
Foods With Immune Boost
Americans spend as much as $1.7 billion a year on vitamin and mineral supplements, but nutrition experts say much of what our bodies need to fight off infection can be found in foods.

Jasmine Scent Aids Sleep
People who slept in rooms infused with jasmine appeared to sleep more peacefully and report higher afternoon alertness than when spending the night in a lavender-scented room, or one with no added smell.

October 12, 2002 -
Emotionally Mature Kids More Sensitive to Criticism
Contrary to what you might think, psychologists find that children with greater understanding are also more vulnerable to criticism and low self-esteem.

Is this land bridge man-made?
Hindu researchers claim that a NASA photograph documents a 1,700,000 year old man-made bridge between India and Sri Lanka.

A Dentist Talks About Mercury and Composite Fillings
A look at the technology behind tooth repair.

October 3, 2002 -
ADHD's Severity in Girls Overlooked
Though they may not display hyperactivity, ADHD is as prevalent in girls as it is in boys.


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