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U.S. set to issue travel warning to Mexico

Mon Apr 27, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department plans to issue a travel warning later on Monday urging Americans to avoid all "nonessential" travel to Mexico because of an outbreak of swine flu, a U.S. official said.

Swine flu has killed 103 people in Mexico and has spread to the United States. Spain has reported one case of the virus, the first to be confirmed in Europe.

Eating Walnuts may Prevent Breast Cancer

Friday, April 24, 2009 by: Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor

(NaturalNews) Addressing the American Association for Cancer Research's 100th Annual Meeting 2009 in Denver, Elaine Hardman, Ph.D., offered this advice based on her cancer research: eat more walnuts. The study she presented at the meeting strongly suggests the nuts can reduce the risk of breast cancer -- a disease the National Cancer Institute says took about 50,000 lives last year in the U.S.

Free Energy Technology Could Destroy the Natural World (But It Doesn't Have To)

Friday, April 24, 2009 by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) As the editor of NaturalNews, I've long been a proponent of free energy technologies and research. I've written about the reality of cold fusion for more than ten years, braving the incessant whining of ignorant scientists who said it was all a hoax, year after year, right up until the U.S. Navy recently announced its own cold fusion breakthroughs.

Breastfeeding is Good for a Mother's Heart

Date: April 24, 2009

News that breastfeeding has many benefits for babies is nothing new. Breastfeeding passes on antibodies, protecting the baby against bacteria and viruses. Further, breastfeeding protects researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have completed a new study that concludes breastfeeding is beneficial for the mother as well.

The University of Pittsburgh study which will be published in the May issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology focused on the breastfeeding history of nearly 140,000 middle-aged mothers, all in their 50s.

Curcumin’s immune-boosting powers pin-pointed

By Stephen Daniells, 20-Apr-2009

The health boosting activity of curcumin may be due to the molecule’s ability to stabilise cell membranes and increase the cell’s resistance to infection, suggests a new study.

The research, published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society, may help scientists understand how curcumin works inside the body.

Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues at the University of Michigan used solid-state NMR spectroscopy to show that curcumin physically alters the cell membrane at an atomic level.

Vitamin B3 may reduce acrylamide formation: Study

By Stephen Daniells, 21-Apr-2009

Vitamin B3 may inhibit the formation of acrylamide in French fries by over 50 per cent, according to a new study from China.

In a model system, both vitamins B3 and B6 in the pyridoxine form were able to inhibit over 70 per cent of the formation of the carcinogen, suggest findings published in the journal Food Chemistry.

Middle Eastern herb shows potential against pancreatic cancer

By Stephen Daniells, 21-Apr-2009

An extract from the Middle Eastern herb Nigella sativa may not only stop the growth of pancreatic cancer, but inhibit the development of the tumours, suggest new results from the US.

Thymoquinone, the major constituent of the herb’s oil, was found to have anti-inflammatory activity resulting in lower levels of inflammatory compounds linked to pancreatic cancer, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 100th Annual Meeting 2009 in Denver.

Judge in Calif. marijuana case weighs leniency


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge said he is considering a reduced sentence for a medical marijuana seller whose case has become a rallying point, but is bound by the law to impose at least a one-year term.

U.S. District Judge George Wu on Thursday postponed the sentencing of Charles Lynch until June 11, saying he wanted to hear more from both sides.

Lynch, 47, was convicted in August of federal marijuana-related offenses. He was not charged with any state crimes.


FDA eases access to morning-after pill

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seventeen-year-olds will soon have access to emergency contraception without a prescription, U.S. health regulators said on Wednesday, complying with a court order to ease restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the so-called "morning-after" pill.

Last month, a U.S. court ruled the Food and Drug Administration under the Bush administration had allowed politics to cloud its decision-making process regarding availability of the Plan B drug which had been restricted to those 18 and older.