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Study confirms benefits of fennel in reducing postmenopause symptoms
(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) Fennel, an anise-flavored herb used for cooking, has long been known for its health benefits for a variety of issues, including digestion and premenstrual symptoms. A new study confirms that it is also effective in the management of postmenopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, and anxiety, without serious side effects. The study outcomes are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

There's Something (Shell) Fishy About This Seafood-Inspired Beer
A brewery in southwest England has given one of its beers a real shellfish twist. The Wild Beer Co used 30 live lobsters ― plus cockles, Kombu seaweed, sea salt, sea herbs, star anise and saffron ― to produce its 7 percent brew, called Of The Sea. Initial reaction to the concept was “mixed,” the company’s co-founder Andrew Cooper told HuffPost during a tasting at its brewery near Shepton Mallet in Somerset this month. “But we’d far rather brew something genuinely interesting and one that gets an emotional reaction from people than just another beer,” he added. Inspiration for the dr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

10 Of My Favorite Birth Practices Around The World
There is a lot of pressure for births to be a great experience, which can cause many women to feel inadequate. Cord Mama even speaks of the Dangerous Myth of an Ideal Birth: "just like none of our bodies can live up to that elusive standard of the "ideal woman," none of our birth stories will ever be perfect." And I agree with her wholeheartedly- I felt very ashamed for not giving birth without help the first time around. But it was not my fault- she was positioned the wrong way and had to turn, which meant that it was hard for me to give birth to her. It doesn't however discourage me from visualizi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Essential oils could counter lung and liver ailments caused by air pollution, research suggests
Certain ingredients in essential oils made from plants such as cloves, anise, fennel and ylang-ylang could serve as a natural treatment of lung and liver conditions caused by air pollution, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Essential oils could counter lung and liver ailments caused by air pollution
(Springer) Certain ingredients in essential oils made from plants such as cloves, anise, fennel and ylang-ylang could serve as a natural treatment of lung and liver conditions caused by air pollution. This is according to Miriana Kfoury of the Unit é de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant, Universit é du Littoral C ô te d'Opale in France and the Lebanese University in Lebanon. She is the lead author of a study in Springer's journal Environmental Chemistry Letters. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 23, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa: Global Health Experts Root for Influenza Research
[New Times] The fifth African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE) meeting opened in Kigali, yesterday, with at least 150 global health experts in attendance. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Complex Hyperplasia with Atypia – Reethah’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. My story took off in October 2013 during an appointment with my doctor for something else entirely unconnected – eczema behind the ears. A chance mention in passing to my doctor that I had had an unexpected period the month before after a long gap caused her to prick up her ears. When was your last period before that? she enquired. I looked back at my diary where I log all my periods and body changes. I knew it had been more t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 23, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories Complex Hyperplasia with Atypia endometrial cancer Source Type: news

When aniseed does not smell at all like lemon: Sugar helps you tell apart smells, but only if they aren't sweet
Why do things have flavor? It's because we taste them and also smell them while we are eating. And the way in which taste and smell interact is quite intriguing. (Source: Psychonomic Society News)
Source: Psychonomic Society News - January 29, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: news

From A to Z, A Nerd's Guide To Herbal Tea
Stop right there: Before you reach for yet another cup of joe, consider the benefits of a nice cup of herbal tea. While it’s not quite tea by the proper definition -- traditional black, white and green teas are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, while herbal teas, or tisane, can be brewed with a wide variety of herbs and spices -- going herbal will add new flavor to your life. You can reap benefits for both your mind and your body by engaging in the centuries-old tradition of tea drinking. Since the world of herbal tea is so vast, we’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to put together an A-to-Z...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anise can help protect you from harmful organisms
Anise is a plant that is believed to originate from Greece and Egypt, where it's been used to treat various medical issues for hundreds of years, going as far back as the 7th century. Way back in time, in certain areas of the world, taxes could be paid in crops, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your science questions answered
Our royals may not have blue blood, but some creatures do and here's why. Plus what makes Pernod goes cloudy when you add water and what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning?Q Why does pastis (Pernod, Ricard etc) go cloudy when you add water? asks Geoff CragoA Adding water to pastis tips a delicate chemical balance resulting in a rapid change in the appearance of the tipple, known as the "ouzo effect". Anise-flavoured liquors such as pastis and ouzo contain an oil, primarily composed of trans-anethol, which gives them their telltale taste. In neat pastis, the alcohol content is high enough to dissolve the o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 12, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Biology Technology Features The Observer Environment Science Source Type: news

Spirits of the Season 2013: Krogstad Festlig Aquavit is perfection, recipes
Krogstad Festlig Aquavit is an exceptionally balanced spirit flavored with Star Anise and Caraway Seed. Based on the traditional (Source: Monsters and Critics Consumerhealth News)
Source: Monsters and Critics Consumerhealth News - October 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The super power of star anise
The Asian fruit Illicium verum, commonly called star anise, has been given recent prominence in the natural health world. The star anise has a characteristic licorice, anise-like flavor, although it is not related to the anise plants native to the Middle East and Mediterranean... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A grounded view of the empire of insects
For a century, the Lorquin Entomological Society has convened to hear about new discoveries and chase bugs. But a society founded by a kid now has trouble attracting them. Thankfully, there's Max. Max Ataka loves insects. All kinds, from the beetles on his T-shirt to the Anise swallowtail butterfly perched on the back of his hand. The 12-year-old loves the colors, the weird behaviors, the fact that he can actually handle them. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - September 14, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

TV bids to win pre-school kids over to science
It's Dick and Dom in the lab as comic duo lead stars hoping to spark young children's interestProfessor Brian Cox has been credited with a resurgence in interest in science among teenagers through his hit television series. Now the BBC is hoping that children's TV presenters Dick and Dom will have a similar effect on much younger viewers.The BBC's children's digital channels, CBeebies and CBBC, will embark on a wide range of new programming this month, aimed at those aged four and above, which will cover inventors and engineering, from Archimedes to Isambard Kingdom Brunel.Every device has been used to make the shows inter...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Maggie Brown Tags: Children's TV News Media BBC UK news The Observer Science Television & amp; radio Source Type: news