Scientists tweak turmeric extract to help human body absorb it; may help treat breast cancer the Ayurveda system of medicine recommends use of turmeric, Curcuma longa, for a range of ailments including inflammation and pain. The age-old cure for common diseases has now been turned into a new age wonder drug that could cure cancer. It goes by the name curcumin. But uses of curcumin, the

Can be used to diagnose malaria, tuberculosis, claim scientists scientists have found a new use for mobile phones that could help provide healthcare to people in remote areas who have no access to doctors or hospitals. They have created the CellScope

Irrigated with industrial effluents the global demand for meat and dairy products is estimated to grow to 283 million tonnes by 2010, up by 27 per cent from 2000. About three-fourths of this demand will come from developed countries, according to a report by the un Food and Agriculture Organisation. This growing market for dairy and meat products has, in turn, led to an ever-increasing

Keeps ulcer at bay people suffering from stomach ulcers may now look for a cure in their kitchen garden. Scientists at the S N Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, University of Calcutta, say pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) has medicinal properties that protect against peptic ulcers. Excessive acid secretion often damages mucosal lining of the digestive tract, particularly of stomach and

besides treating cold and constipation, the medicinal plant reetha is used as a contraceptive, called consap, for women. A study has now attributed another property to this contraceptive. Consap has been found effective against trichomoniasis, a protozoal disease that affects that genitourinary tract. Researchers at Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, who developed Consap from soap nut or

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Tissue culture technique for medicinal tree succeeds