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  • EXCHANGE: Woman creates balms, teas with plants from garden

    September 24, 2017 5:21 AM 5

    EXCHANGE: Woman creates balms, teas with plants from garden Tina Hope remembers traveling to the rural areas of Namibia, South Africa, with the Peace Corp, where the locals used herbal remedies for their medical needs. She was brought in by the women of the community who practiced healing and was able to be a part of this tradition. After finishing her stay with the Peace

  • Google Doodle Celebrates Renowned Organic Chemist Asima Chatterjee

    September 23, 2017 6:48 PM 5

    Saturday's Google Doodle paid homage to Asima Chatterjee, a renowned organic chemist from India. Saturday marks what would have been Chatterjee's 100th birthday. The chemist died at the age of 89 in 2006. Chatterjee was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Science in India and her work involved many breakthroughs in medicine. According to her Google

  • Study finds house-cleaning, walking to work, staves off death

    September 23, 2017 4:41 PM 3

    PARIS, France (AFP) — One in 12 global deaths over a five-year period can be prevented through 30 minutes of physical activity — which can include house-cleaning or walking to work — five days a week, researchers said yesterday. “Being highly active (750 minutes a week) is associated with an even greater reduction,” according to a study published in The Lancet

  • Asima Chatterjee, the Scientist Who Did So Much More in a Time of Less

    September 23, 2017 6:36 AM 7

    India’s most prestigious science award, the annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, was first given in 1958, but it was only in 1960 that its ‘chemical sciences’ category was introduced. And it just took one year for the prize to go to its first female recipient, Asima Chatterjee, for her achievements in phytomedicine – the study of plant extracts for therapy

  • House cleaning, walking to work, staves off death: study

    September 22, 2017 9:52 PM 5

    One in 12 global deaths over a five-year period can be prevented through 30 minutes of physical activity -- which can include house-cleaning or walking to work -- five days a week, researchers said Friday. "Being highly active (750 minutes a week) is associated with an even greater reduction," according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal

  • Campaign brings awareness to breast cancer

    September 22, 2017 2:13 PM 5

    Next Sunday kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Local health officials are hoping everyone will don their pink ribbons throughout the month of October in support of awareness efforts and the prevention of the disease. According to Luke Smith, public health educator for the Sampson County Health Department, the Pink Ribbon Campaign is held annually

  • Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

    September 20, 2017 5:16 PM 15

    Kathy Niakan, a developmental biologist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, used the CRISPR gene editing technique to find out how a gene affects the growth of human embryos. For the first time, scientists have edited the DNA in human embryos to make a fundamental discovery about the earliest days of human development. By modifying a key gene in very early-stage

  • Non-smokers can get lung cancer and the reasons are around us

    September 19, 2017 6:48 AM 15

    Cancer of the lung brings to the mind an image of a chronic smoker. While it is true that smoking causes four out of five cases of lung cancer, the trend of lung cancer in non-smokers is also on the rise. A recent study reported a doubling of lung cancer incidence in non-smokers and this was not due to change of proportions but due to rise in absolute

  • Taking the gloves off in war against HIV/Aids

    September 14, 2017 4:25 AM 11

    Botswana President Festus Mogae has personally taken charge of the campaign to combat Aids in his country, which has the world's highest rate of HIV infection - 35 percent, according to UN estimates. He has had an HIV test and publicly announced the - negative - results. He has launched a huge anti-retroviral drugs rollout programme and heads the country's

  • Emigration of nurses cripples Aids fight

    September 14, 2017 2:20 AM 8

    Lusaka - As a senior paediatric nurse at Zambia's top hospital, Mutinta Mwale is at the forefront of her country's desperate battle against the Aids epidemic. Like thousands of other African health professionals, she is preparing to move to Britain - part of a migration of doctors and nurses analysts say is crippling Africa's response to its biggest