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Curcumin is a yellow pigment of the spice turmeric that is being studied in cancer prevention.
New material advances tissue engineering, drug delivery

New material advances tissue engineering, drug delivery

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create new proteins that are capable of self-assembling into fibers, their work has taken place on the nanoscale. For the first time, this achievement has been realized on the microscale—a leap of magnitude in size that presents significant new opportunities for using engineered protein fibers. [More]
Curcumin, cancer-inhibiting peptides show promise in slowing progression of mesothelioma

Curcumin, cancer-inhibiting peptides show promise in slowing progression of mesothelioma

A common Asian spice and cancer-hampering molecules show promise in slowing the progression of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung's lining often linked to asbestos. Scientists from Case Western Reserve University and the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt, Germany, demonstrate that application of curcumin, a derivative of the spice turmeric, and cancer-inhibiting peptides increase levels of a protein inhibitor known to combat the progression of this cancer. [More]
Encapsula releases 2 new liposome based products

Encapsula releases 2 new liposome based products

Encapsula NanoSciences announces the release of two new liposome ­based products; Curcusome® and Taurosome™. Curcusome® or liposomal curcumin is a nutraceutical supplement that comes innovatively packaged in a powder ­release cap for consumer ease. [More]
Noninvasive optical imaging device helps to detect changes linked with Alzheimer's disease

Noninvasive optical imaging device helps to detect changes linked with Alzheimer's disease

A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. [More]
Eye exam for beta-amyloid correlates with levels in brain, detects people with Alzheimer's

Eye exam for beta-amyloid correlates with levels in brain, detects people with Alzheimer's

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain, according to the results of four research trials reported today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference- 2014 (AAIC- 2014) in Copenhagen. [More]
MSU research pushes promising molecule toward clinical trials for treatment of neurological disorders

MSU research pushes promising molecule toward clinical trials for treatment of neurological disorders

The most effective way to tackle debilitating diseases is to punch them at the start and keep them from growing. [More]
Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease has joined cancer at the top of the list of feared diagnoses, and although Alzheimer's does have the potential to devastate millions of patients and families, there are reasons for hope - and possibly opportunities to reduce risk or alter the course of disease progression, according to Keith Black, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai. [More]
Super cocktail of six natural compounds killed 100% of breast cancer cells without toxic side effects

Super cocktail of six natural compounds killed 100% of breast cancer cells without toxic side effects

A study led by Madhwa Raj, PhD, Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells. [More]
Antioxidant substances in red wine, dark chocolate, olive oil linked with health benefits

Antioxidant substances in red wine, dark chocolate, olive oil linked with health benefits

The scientific spotlight focuses today on the healthful antioxidant substances in red wine, dark chocolate, olive oil, coffee, tea, and other foods and dietary supplements that are enticing millions of consumers with the promise of a healthier, longer life. [More]
Combination of anti-nausea drug and turmeric spice target cancer cells

Combination of anti-nausea drug and turmeric spice target cancer cells

In a laboratory, preclinical study recently published by the journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers combined structural features from anti-nausea drug thalidomide with common kitchen spice turmeric to create hybrid molecules that effectively kill multiple myeloma cells. [More]
Curcumin may provide lasting protection against lung damage in premature infants

Curcumin may provide lasting protection against lung damage in premature infants

Turmeric, a key ingredient in spicy curry dishes, has long been known to have medicinal values. Now new research finds a substance in turmeric, curcumin, may provide lasting protection against potentially deadly lung damage in premature infants. [More]
Diet, lifestyle and environment attribute to the cause of majority of cancer cases

Diet, lifestyle and environment attribute to the cause of majority of cancer cases

Diet, lifestyle and the environment are all factors attributed to the cause of the majority of cancer cases and it has been estimated that up to half of all cancers may be preventable according to research by a University of Leicester scientist. [More]
Spicing up fingerprints

Spicing up fingerprints

It is most commonly used to spice up Indian cuisine, but scientists at Sheffield Hallam University have discovered turmeric could be used to help solve crimes. [More]
Patented nicotinamide riboside launched by Chromadex

Patented nicotinamide riboside launched by Chromadex

ChromaDex Corporation, an innovative natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food & beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced today the launch of NIAGEN, its novel, patented, branded nicotinamide riboside. [More]
ChromaDex reports 31% revenue growth in first quarter 2013

ChromaDex reports 31% revenue growth in first quarter 2013

ChromaDex Corporation, an innovative natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food & beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2013. [More]
Curcumin can inhibit formation of prostate cancer metastases

Curcumin can inhibit formation of prostate cancer metastases

Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat osteoarthritis and other illnesses. Its active ingredient, curcumin, inhibits inflammatory reactions. A new study led by a research team at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit-t (LMU) in Munich now shows that it can also inhibit formation of metastases. [More]
Eating apples might help keep the cardiologist away

Eating apples might help keep the cardiologist away

Eating an apple a day might in fact help keep the cardiologist away, new research suggests. [More]
Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver drugs to mitochondria within cells

Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver drugs to mitochondria within cells

Nanoparticles have shown great promise in the targeted delivery of drugs to cells, but researchers at the University of Georgia have refined the drug delivery process further by using nanoparticles to deliver drugs to a specific organelle within cells. [More]
Solubilized curcumin shrinks lung tumors in mice

Solubilized curcumin shrinks lung tumors in mice

Belgian researchers report that orally administered curcumin can reduce the size of lung cancer tumors in mice. [More]
More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer

More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer

More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer, according to a first-of-its-kind study by a Washington State University researcher. [More]