June 27, 2011

Inspired by Bible

1 Cinnamon Extract Halts Alzheimer’s

An extract found in cinnamon bark contains properties that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, says Prof. Michael Ovadia, Tel Aviv U. Inspired by a passage in the Bible that describes high priests using the spice to protect themselves from disease, Prof. Ovadia tested the antiviral properties of cinnamon on laboratory animals. After four months, researchers noted that Alzheimer’s slowed significantly, increasing the animals’ longevity and activity levels. The extract also destroyed amyloid fibers, similar to those found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, in laboratory studies. Unfortunately, it would take a toxic level of the substance to reap therapeutic benefits in humans, but Prof. Ovadia is optimistic about the future use of cinnamon for medical purposes.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Protein Linked to Alzheimer's and Leukemia

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Cinnamon, Tel Aviv University, Professor Michael Ovadia

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Entire U.S. Supply Affected

2 Flesh-Eating Cocaine Back in the Spotlight

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that six people seeking treatment for patches of dying flesh used cocaine laced with levamisole, a veterinary dewormer, about a day before. The affected skin dies due to an immune response that attacks blood vessels which cuts off the skin's oxygen supply and inhibits white blood cells' ability to fight off infections. Animal studies suggest levamisole may produce the same high, allowing dealers to effectively increase their supply and ultimately profits. The DEA states that about 82 percent of the cocaine they seize is contaminated with levamisole. Dr. Craft who published the study stresses that anyone using cocaine can be affected because "It's in the cocaine supply of the entire U.S."

More at Yahoo! the Week | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Cocaine Laced with Dewormer Can Cause Flesh to Rot

Tags: Cocaine, Cocaine Contaminated with Levamisole, Contaminated Cocaine, Flesh Rot, Levamisole, Levamisole Side Effects, Skin Death, Tissue Death, DEA, Cocaine Contamined with Veterinary Dewormer, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

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