Blood Orange Compound Eradicates 100% Of Lung Cancer Growth In Vitro

September 14th, 2020

Blood oranges derive their lovely, rich red coloring from a rather remarkable compound that goes by the name of cyanidin 3-glucoside (C3G). C3G is not found in ordinary oranges but is also found in a number of other red / purple fruits including blackberries, strawberries, blackcurrants and cranberries.

Scientists have discovered that C3G is not only active at 100% success against cancer cells in vitro (i.e. in laboratory glassware tests on cells) but also reduced actual lung tumors in mice by 50% and suppressed metastasis by over 70%! That’s an amazing result against actual cancer and highly indicative that such effects will prove beneficial to humans also.

These results are not unique to one study and other studies have found cyanidin 3-glucoside to be beneficial against lung cancer cells.

The cyanidin group of compounds, of which C3G is a member, are a type of anthocyanin – which are natural pigments responsible for the red and purple color of many fruits – including not only blood oranges but also red grapes, bilberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, elderberries, loganberries, acai berries and raspberries.

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12 Digestive Problems You Should Never Ignore

May 22nd, 2020

Most of the time, pain in your stomach is easily explained.

But sometimes pain — and these other symptoms — can indicate a serious medical condition. These pains and pangs are worth a second look.

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Smithsonian Scientists Discover Six New Coronaviruses in Bats in Myanmar. Videos & Info.

April 19th, 2020

The new viruses are not harmful to humans or closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

Researchers from the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program found six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar. (Roshan Patel, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute)

Finding new diseases is difficult and dangerous work. In the middle of the night, the researchers would get dressed in protective gear. They would wear suits that covered them from head to toe, goggles, two pairs of gloves, and boots. Then they would go to caves and set up nets to capture bats and tarps to collect their droppings. There would be so many bats that it would take the team just a few minutes to have hundreds to sample.

Studying these bats, researchers from the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program discovered six new coronaviruses, the same family of viruses as the one that causes COVID-19, which has infected more than 1.5 million people globally, including more than 459,000 in the United States. They published their results Thursday in the journal PLOS ONE. While they do not suspect the new viruses are harmful to humans or closely related to COVID-19, the finding takes on new relevance as the world grapples with the ongoing pandemic.

“The goal is to prevent the virus from getting into the humans in the first place,” says Marc Valitutto, lead author of the study and a former wildlife veterinarian with the Global Health Program.

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Intentionally incomplete: US intelligence says China concealed extent of corona virus outbreak

April 2nd, 2020

Washington: China has concealed the extent of its coronavirus outbreak, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it has suffered from the disease, the US intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three US officials.

The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret, and they declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.

US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have been pushing China to reveal more about the outbreak.Credit:AP

The report was received by the White House last week, one of the officials said.

The outbreak began in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has publicly reported only about 82,000 cases and 3300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That compares to more than 189,000 cases and more than 4000 deaths in the US, which now has the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world.

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Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, report declares

April 2nd, 2020

These results, which were posted online but not peer-reviewed, were much stronger in predicting a positive COVID-19 diagnosis than self-reported fever, researchers at King’s College London said.

Losing your sense of smell and taste could be a key symptom of COVID-19, a new study suggests.

The researchers say the app could help slow the outbreak and identify more swiftly those at risk of contracting COVID-19.

If enough people participate in sharing their symptoms, the scientists said, the app could also provide healthcare systems with critically valuable information.

“This app-based study is a way to find out where the COVID-19 hotspots are, new symptoms to look out for, and might be used as a planning tool to target quarantines, send ventilators and provide real-time data to plan for future outbreaks,” said Andrew Chan, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in the US who is co-leading the study.

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April 1st, 2020

The deadly virus upon us is taking its toll world wide. The table below gives the numbers as on the 1st April 2020. Where does your country fit into the equation? A NEW MEANING TO THE TERM ‘TRAVEL BUG’

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Preparing for Coronavirus: Dos and Don’ts

March 22nd, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story was updated March 12, 2020. For the latest updates on the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, see our news coverage

Feb. 28, 2020 — With cases in 42 states and the District of Columbia, coronavirus (and COVID-19, the disease it causes) is spreading rapidly in the United States. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself right now:

Dos and Don’ts for Everyone

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Know the Symptoms of COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

March 22nd, 2020
March 10, 2020 — As testing for COVID-19 expands, cases are being picked up across the U.S., confirming what disease experts have predicted: that the virus has been here for some time and is making people sick.

That can make the occasional cough or sneeze suspicious. Is this COVID-19? How would you know if you have it?

The most detailed breakdown of symptoms of the disease comes from a recent World Health Organization analysis of more than 55,000 confirmed cases in China. Here are the most common symptoms and the percentage of people who had them:

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What to Know About Coronavirus If You Have Asthma

March 20th, 2020
THURSDAY, March 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — If you have asthma, you are among those at greatest risk in the coronavirus pandemic and must take precautions, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) says.It’s important to keep your asthma well-controlled, so continue your medications. No asthma medications — including inhaled corticosteroids and biologics — have been shown to increase the risk of getting COVID-19, according to the ACAAI

And, the group added, if you do get the virus, there’s no information that asthma medications will make your infection worse.

The ACAAI recommends contacting your allergist if you have any questions, have trouble breathing or your asthma symptoms become more severe.

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Will COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS die down in summer? New tests could help answer that.

March 20th, 2020

Physicists test empty coronavirus shells under different weather conditions.

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Empty, mocked-up shells of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, may help explain how well the virus stands up to heat, humidity and other environmental changes.

The research, just launched by physicists at The University of Utah, is designed to help public health officials understand how the new coronavirus will react as the seasons change. One major question about the virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, is whether summer will do anything to slow the spread.

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