Want to stop a headache? Try using essential oils

The dull throbbing pain associated with headaches is enough to ruin a perfectly good day. But before you reach out for a bottle of painkillers, why not try safer natural alternatives like essential oils? Since not all headaches are the same, here are some of the most common types of headaches and the most suitable essential oils for treating them. Tension headache Approximately 78 percent of the world's population suffer from tension headaches, making it the most prevalent type of headache. It is often associated with mild to intense pain around your head, neck, or behind your eyes, and it could make you feel like there's a tight clamp around your head. There are different reasons for tension headaches including alcohol, eye strain, dry eyes, fatigue, colds, the flu, caffeine, or poor posture. If you are suffering from a tension...

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Timing is everything: New discoveries in circadian rhythms provide insight into cancer treatment

In a recent paper in Science Signaling, associate professor of cell and microbiology Carla Finkielstein, of the Department of Biological Sciences, and her collaborators identified an alternative mechanism to control circadian rhythms in normal cells that is driven by oncoproteins. This discovery places molecules involved in monitoring and calibrating the response of cells to genomic damage at the center of the machinery driving circadian rhythms. Anyone who has ever experienced jetlag is familiar with circadian rhythms. Various processes in the human body are governed by circadian rhythms, even down to the individual cell. These processes are tightly controlled by a variety of molecular mechanisms and feedback loops that help the body self-regulate in response to external cues like sunlight and temperature. ...

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Green chiretta (Andrographis) functions as a natural remedy for the treatment of the common cold

In Scandinavian and Asian countries, green chiretta (Andrographispaniculata) is a common remedy for common cold, fever, and noninfectious diarrhea. In a study published in the journal Planta Medica, researchers have found that multiple oral dosing of green chiretta (Andrographispaniculata) at the normal therapeutic dose for the common cold and uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections regulates various clinical parameters within normal ranges. A team of researchers from Thailand looked at the physiological effects of short-term multiple dose intake of a standardized green chiretta capsule used for the treatment of the common cold and uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. For the study, the Thai research team recruited 20 healthy participants, who were then given 12 capsules or 4.2 grams (g) of a standardized green chiretta crude powder per day. For three consecutive days, the participants took four green chiretta capsules (amounting to...

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Everything you need to know about CBD

As more people seek natural remedies for health problems - and as more states legalize medical marijuana - interest in cannabidiol (commonly known as "CBD") is growing. It's about time, because CBD is a fascinating compound that has tremendous therapeutic value. The list of health concerns and conditions CBD has been shown to benefit include: Chronic pain and inflammation Arthritis (including rheumatoid and psoriatic) Epileptic seizures Neuropathic pain (as seen in conditions like multiple sclerosis) Anxiety Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Cancer (see here, here, here, and here) Serious neurological conditions including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's Diabetes (see here and here) Cardiovascular protection ...

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Hemp 101: The incredibly versatile plant

Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant that has played an important role in the history of mankind. With the capability to be used to produce crucial resources such as rope, clothing, paper, and more, hemp has been the catalyst for man's earliest innovations. There is even archaeological evidence that we were using hemp as long as 8,000 years BC. Over the years, the hemp industry has experienced a lot of ups and downs, but with the recent explosion in the popularity of CBD and a shift in demand for natural products, the industry is experiencing renaissance. Due to this new demand for hemp and hemp-based products, farmers and green-fingered entrepreneurs all over the world are turning to hemp cultivation as the next big thing. But what exactly is hemp, Is it legal and safe to use, and how exactly can...

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Drugs in the environment: The importance of properly disposing of unused medications

Scientists have found evidence that common methods of household prescription drug disposal can contaminate the environment and produce unwanted effects in wildlife. Recent studies have shown that chemicals associated with the breakdown of prescription drugs have been found in surface water and groundwater. According to this article published on the PBS website, scientists currently believe that this contamination does not pose a threat to people, but that it does have detrimental effects on wildlife. Even though all releases of pharmaceuticals cannot be controlled, individuals can take precautions to dispose of unused or outdated prescription drugs properly in order to reduce their overall impact on the environment. ...

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Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries. Measuring the burden of diseases shows areas that need to improve, the heart association's chief science and medical officer, Dr. Mariell Jessup, said in a statement. ...

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Vaping poses health risks: New study finds e-cigs raise risk of stroke, heart disease, and heart attacks by up to 70%

Vaping e-cigarettes raises the risks of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease, a new study finds. About one in 20 US adults use e-cigarettes and many of them claim to do so because they are 'healthier' than combustible cigarettes. But the devices are still relatively new and poorly understood. As more and more research on them comes out, it becomes increasingly clear that 'safer' doesn't mean safe. ...

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Why the eight-hour workday doesn’t work

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach. The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor. This breakthrough was a more humane approach to work two hundred years ago, yet it possesses little relevance for us today. Like our ancestors, we're expected to put in 8-hour days, working in long, continuous blocks of time, with few or no breaks. Heck, most people even work right through their lunch hour! This antiquated approach to work isn't helping us; it's holding us back. ...

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Pay for play: Experimental drugs and vaccines on FDA’s Fast Track

With its recent approval of fast track status for ImmusantT's experimental vaccine Nexvax2, which has been designed to protect celiac patients against the adverse effects of gluten exposure,1 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is off to another big year in the accelerated licensing approval process for new drug therapies and biologics (vaccines). What Does "Fast Tracked" Mean? The FDA defines drug-approval fast tracking as "a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of drugs to treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. The stated purpose is to get important new drugs to patients earlier."2 Fast tracking was originally created by Congress in legislation designed to address "a broad range of serious conditions," although that term is now applied more liberally than was initially intended. ...

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