Cancer targeted with reusable 'stinging nettle' treatment
(University of Warwick) Cancer cells can be destroyed more effectively and selectively with a unique new reusable treatment, activated with a substance found in stinging nettles and ants -- thanks to new research by the University of Warwick. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Plant defense following the iron-maiden principle
(University of Bonn) Calcium phosphate is a typical component of teeth. It has recently been shown that plants of the rock nettle family also use this very hard mineral in their teeth " to defend themselves against their animal enemies. Botanists of Bonn University have now demonstrated that calcium phosphate is a lot more widespread in plants. Even thal cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) uses trichomes hardened with an incrustation of this biomineral to defend itself against enemies such as aphids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 20, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Important warning for allergy sufferers
I love springtime. But many of my patients dread this time of year… They come to my clinic sneezing and sniffling. They have runny noses, and watery, itchy eyes. They can’t sleep or work. You may have the same problems. You need relief fast to get back to your life. So you might be tempted to pop some OTC remedies or ask your doctor for a prescription. But you may be getting more than you bargained for with those allergy drugs. They may make you lose your mind. Let me explain… Many doctors treat allergies with a class of drugs called (ACs). You know them by names like Benadryl and Dimetapp. In a new ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 3, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news
This often overlooked weed is ideal for delicious soup or tea
(Natural News) Touted as the “Herb Queen of the Spring” by Mother Earth News, stinging nettle is a nutritious and energy-rich favorite of herbalists. Found in most Northern forest regions around the globe during spring, many people regard this wild edible weed as a useless plant. This humble weed, however, has more value than most... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Texas bull nettle (cnidoscolus texanus) exposures reported to Texas poison centers - Forrester MB.
This study characterizes C texanus exp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news
Does hunger contribute to socioeconomic gradients in behavior? - Nettle D.
Recent research has uncovered many examples of socioeconomic gradients in behavior and psychological states. As yet there is no theoretical consensus on the nature of the causal processes that produce these gradients. Here, I present the hunger hypothesis,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Egress, Escape, Evacuation, Crowds Source Type: news
Do you fancy nettle bubble and squeak?
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall on the benefits of eating weeds and nettles (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Sticking plasters rank above fundamental reforms
The government must grasp the nettle on key domestic issues, writes Sebastian Payne (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 8, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
These marshes are awash with invisible chemistry
Claxton, Norfolk Ants allow us to reflect upon a chemical realm we can seldom know empirically. They are governed by itIf I set aside the rag-winged rooks and moulting lapwings, and forget the storms that this land has just endured, the morning seems utterly still. I stand to watch a long flotilla of cumulus over the marsh, as beautiful and unmoving as sail ships becalmed in doldrums. There is so little breeze that neither foreground nettle nor the red-tinged Yorkshire fog beyond so much as stirs.Even with my coarse senses, however, I know that this rain-washed stillness is volatile and densely scented. There is a deer nud...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Mark Cocker Tags: Wildlife Birds Insects Biology Science Environment Weather Norfolk UK news Source Type: news
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Complementary and Integrative Approaches
Research results on complementary and integrative health approaches benign prostatic hyperplasia, including acupuncture, lycopene, Pygeum africanum, saw palmetto, and urtica dioica. For health care providers. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - June 16, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news
Plants are 'biting' back
(University of Bonn) Calcium phosphate is a widespread biomineral in the animal kingdom: Bones and teeth largely consist of this very tough mineral substance. Researchers from Bonn University could now for the first time demonstrate the presence of calcium phosphate as a structural biomineral in higher plants. The substance provides the necessary 'bite' to the stinging hairs of representatives of the rock nettle family (Loasaceae). It hardens the trichomes, which serve as a herbivore defense. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 19, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Northumbria chief: NHS leaders should 'grasp the nettle' on reconfiguration
The chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare Foundation trust has said NHS leaders should “grasp the nettle” when it comes to reconfiguring acute services, but warned that such initiatives take time to deliver. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
We Tried The 'Food Of The Future.' We Don't Want To Live There.
About three years ago, entrepreneur and “serial optimist” Simo Suoheimo got together with a group of friends with a goal in mind. All of them were passionate about food and all of them wanted to create a new form of sustenance -- something particularly geared toward the busiest among us who are also trying to eat as healthily, and sustainably, as possible. The result of those early conversations with his friends-turned-co-founders is Ambronite, a shake mix powder that aims to pack a nourishing punch through 18 fully organic ingredients like oats, coconut and wild berries that, when combined with cold water, kee...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Nutritionist Neema Savvides reveals how jasmine boosts your libido as lemon and ginger ease morning sickness
Neema Savvides, of the Harley Street Fertility Clinic, says green tea can increase fertility while cooled nettle tea can be also applied to the skin to relieve dryness and itching. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Blot out and backcross: the butterfly’s genetic secret?
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesisIt’s hard to imagine a creature less like a butterfly than its own caterpillar. This is particularly true for the peacock butterfly – a blue-eyed beauty blinking through the dog days of summer until it’s time to sleep behind the bedroom curtains.But here comes the peacock caterpillar – like a train made of black polka-dot upholstery armed with great spines, undulating on suckers, propelled by a single idea of destiny behind its blank mask. The last journey ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 12, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Paul Evans Tags: Butterflies Reproduction Evolution Insects Biology Science Wildlife Animals Environment Source Type: news
Stinging nettle chemical improves cancer drug
A cancer drug could be made 50 times more effective by a chemical found in stinging nettles and ants, new research finds. Derived from formic acid which is commonly found in a number of natural organisms including nettles and ants, Sodium Formate (E-237) is more commonly used as a food preservative. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Stinging nettle chemical improves cancer drug
(University of Warwick) A cancer drug could be made 50 times more effective by a chemical found in stinging nettles and ants, new research finds. Researchers at the University of Warwick found that when the chemical, Sodium Formate, is used in combination with a metal-based cancer treatment it can greatly increase its ability to shut down cancer cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 20, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Rare new species of plant: Stachys caroliniana
(University of South Carolina) University of South Carolina professor John Nelson knows you don't have to travel to a remote Amazon rainforest to discover a new species of plant. He and alumnus Douglas Rayner uncovered a rare hedge-nettle just 50 miles from Charleston, and they named it Stachys caroliniana, after the only state where it has been found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 21, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Disorder affects judgements about a neighbourhood: police presence does not - Hill J, Pollet TV, Nettle D.
Many police forces operate a policy of high visibility in disordered neighbourhoods with high crime. However, little is known about whether increased police presence influences people's beliefs about a neighbourhood's social environment or their fear of cr... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 5, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Risk Perception and Communication, Warnings, Operating Instructions Source Type: news
Are You "Other-Oriented"?
Being other-oriented, that is thinking, caring and acting in accordance with the interests of others is a common relational style, one that carries both much potential for good and emotional vulnerability.read more (Source: Psychology Today Personality Center)
Source: Psychology Today Personality Center - March 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gregg Henriques Tags: Personality Relationships agreeableness big five personality traits conflict desires dispositions dynamics of personality extent fear criticism feelings insult nettle orientation perspective perspectives psychologists rej Source Type: news
4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British Bronze Age history
Stone box contains earliest examples of wood-turning and metal-working, along with Baltic amber and what may be bear skinSome 4,000 years ago people carried a young woman's cremated bones – charred scraps of her shroud and the wood from her funeral pyre still clinging to them – carefully wrapped in a fur, along with her most valuable possessions packed into a basket, up to one of the highest and most exposed spots on Dartmoor, and buried them in a small stone box covered by a mound of peat.The discovery of her remains is rewriting the history of the Bronze Age moor. The bundle contained a treasury of unique obj...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 9, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: theguardian.com Culture News Archaeology Heritage UK news Science Source Type: news
Plantwatch: A vicious, but useful, weed
The mild weather this winter has tricked many plants into growing early. Unfortunately that includes a very aggressive plant – the stinging nettle, one of Britain's most troublesome weeds, which thrives on the copious amounts of nitrogen fertilisers washed off farmlands and gardens.But the plant is most notorious for its vicious stinging hairs. Brushing against these small delicate hairs inflicts pain and a burning sensation that lasts for several hours. Just the slightest touch snaps off the top of a hair, leaving a jagged end that scratches the skin. Like a hypodermic needle, the hairs inject chemicals remarkably l...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: The Guardian Features Plants Environment Science Source Type: news
Plantwatch: Falling leaves, hardy survivors and edible treats
The countryside is looking very different after this week's bitter winds sent leaves falling and trees are looking much more ragged. Some trees are completely bare, especially horse chestnuts, but others hang on to their leaves longer and are now changing colour – oaks have splashes of brown or yellow amongst green leaves, the green is fading on ash leaves, and when the sun shines on beech trees they now light up with magnificent yellows, oranges and browns.Even though it feels like winter, there are still a few hardy flowers hanging on, although the frosts will finish most of them off. On damp walls are some lilac i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 22, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: The Guardian Trees and forests Features Fungi Plants Environment Science Source Type: news
Margaret Thatcher and her influence on women
Men queued up to laud the Iron Lady. Here, four women from different walks of life, who did not necessarily like her ideas, have their sayShe was right about hoarding baked beansMargaret DrabbleMy aunt knew Mrs Thatcher's father. She taught in Long Bennington school on the Great North Road, a few miles north of Grantham where Mr Thatcher kept his grocery store. Their connection was through national savings certificates, in which my aunt had much faith and for which she was an agent. She encouraged children and nieces and the people of Grantham to invest in them. She believed in thrift, and taught us to save and to avoid de...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 13, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Politics past Margaret Thatcher Margaret Drabble Science policy Feminism World news Books Women UK news Life and style Editorial Gender The Observer Conservatives Source Type: news