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43 Natural Alternatives for Colds and Flu

Pat Robinson GreenMedInfo Echinacea use reduces the incidence and duration of the common cold. Echinacea appears effective in preventing upper respiratory tract infections in children. Treatment with Echinacea Plus tea at early onset of cold or flu symptoms was effective … Continue reading

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First, do no harm: Study finds danger in standard treatment for a serious lung disease

Kara Gavin EurekAlert A combination of three drugs used worldwide as the standard of care for a serious lung disease puts patients in danger of death or hospitalization, and should not be used together to treat the disease, called idiopathic … Continue reading

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Heart disease drug ‘combats racism’

Telegraph A common heart disease drug may have the unusual side-effect of combating racism, a new study suggests. Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of “implicit” … Continue reading

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Have a Sinus Infection? Don’t Bother with Antibiotics

Alexandra Sifferlin TIME Sinus infections are drippy and painful — an all-around headache, quite literally. When symptoms arise, patients often rush to the doctor for a prescription, usually an antibiotic, to put an end to the suffering. But it turns … Continue reading

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African Study Shows Zinc Saves Lives

Alexandra Sifferlin TIME Pneumonia is the most common cause of death among children under 5, but a new study finds that there may be a cheap and easy way to increase kids’ survival: zinc. Researchers from Makerere University in Uganda … Continue reading

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Can female sex hormones beat brain damage? Doctors believe progesterone may have protective effect

Source: Daily Mail A major new trial has begun in the UK using the sex hormone progesterone to treat brain injuries. Doctors believe the chemical — usually thought of as a female hormone — may have a protective effect on … Continue reading

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Proof that Your Own Thoughts and Beliefs Can Cause Self-Healing

Source: AP If you are struggling with any major health concern, it is important to realize that your mind can sometimes be your own worst enemy, or it could be the main reason for treating a problem. Increasingly, it is … Continue reading

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Chinese herb mix may cool hot flashes a bit

Source: Reuters A mix of certain traditional Chinese herbs thought to have weak estrogen-like activity might help ease menopausal hot flashes, a small clinical trial suggests. But the herbal mix, dubbed Jiawei Qing’e Fang, is not widely available. And while … Continue reading

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Herbs: Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) – Special Note

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a member of the Boraginaceae family with leaf and root parts being used for medicinal purposes (Terra, 1998). The plant has attracted some controversy due to published research that has found that long-term ingestion of comfrey root … Continue reading

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