Venomous animals are widely spread all over the globe. Several terrestrial vertebrates (reptiles, birds, insects, and mammals) are also venomous. Major arthropods (scorpions, bees, and wasps) have multicellular glands attached to the stinging apparatus. Bee venom obtained from stepwise fractionation has been reported to contain peptides (Prasasty et al, 2018). It has been known for many years that venom of insects like wasps and bees have compounds that can fight bacteria. Along with that, however, for many humans, these same insect venoms cause toxic reactions so without some kind of refinement was needed. researchers at MIT took the toxin from a South American wasp and created variants of the peptide that are potents against bacterial while nontoxic to human cells. As part of their immune defenses, many organisms produce peptides that can kill bacteria. To help fight the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, many scientists have been trying to adapt these peptides as potential drugs. The study found that the peptide from the venom is believed to kill microbes by disrupting the cell membranes on bacteria (Torres et al, 2018)
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Optimal pharmacological treatment for COPD patients reduces symptoms, reduces the frequency and severity of exacerbations, improve health status and increases exercise tolerance. Unfortunately, despite frequent changes in COPD classification systems and the emergence of new inhaled therapies recommended from evidence-based guidelines, poor adherence to treatment due to the cost of medication and lack of availability of medications create a gap in real-life prescribing patterns (Cases et al, 2018).
In childhood, recurrent abdominal pain in children is a common complaint. The reason behind it is what needs further investigation as it affects approximately 10% of children. It is a descriptive umbrella term and accounts for many visits to primary, secondary, and emergency care facilities. It is now referred to as one of four functional abdominal pain disorders; dyspepsia, abdominal migraine, irritable, bowel syndrome and functional abdominal pain. One thing most parents need to keep in mind is when was the last time the child had a bowel movement. This author pointed out that there are many conditions of abdominal pain that require no intervention. Routine use of pharmacotherapy for functional abdominal pain is not well supported or suggested. In fact, in some cases, medications can mask the signs and symptoms needed to monitor for a more serious condition. It is felt some doctors will prescribe probiotics just so the parents will feel something is being done in a condition that needs no treatment at the time and will be sell limiting (Edwards, 2018).
Important factors that may contribute to both etiology and treatment and are increasingly being explored as targets for alternative treatment development. Diet and nutrition are important factors of disease. Many dietary compounds are transformed by the microbiome that can change the etiology of illness. Thus, the use of targeted probiotics has shown promise in the treatment of illnesses in humans.
New research regarding a common link shared between patients with depression and anxiety indicates a surprising culpritt: autoimmune disease. The rates of anxiety and depression almost doubled in patients with an autoimmune disease when functional medicine practitioners examined the findings of a platform called LivingMatrix.
The fear associated with having an Autistic child has hit a whole new level of hysteria as of the last ten years or so. As of the last few years, parents have been granted the right to select the sex of their babies using IVF techniques in an attempt to avoid having children with Autism.
In an effort to advance it seems science sometimes looks to areas that make the general public choleric. If you’re an individual with abhorrence for “thinking outside the box” then I can assure you the direction researchers are leaning, in regard to CBD as an Autism treatment, is really going to agitate you. Science is science though, not everybody is always going to agree with the findings but that doesn’t make them any less relevant.
In my journey through adrenal fatigue, I have healed and continue to heal. It can be overwhelming to know where to start once you find out that your adrenals are close to burn-out. That is why I am sharing my top 10 favorite resources with you today that have all acted together to heal my adrenals. Addressing your lifestyle is another crucial factor in recovering from adrenal fatigue. You can read my post on that here.
PANDAS was coined as a term and introduced as a condition as recently as 1998 by Dr. Susan Swedo and her associates to describe the onset of debilitating symptoms that results from this autoimmune malfunction. Here are 3 testimonies of those who have found healing from their PANDAS symptoms through a natural, holistic approach.
I first heard of this theory while watching the documentary series The Truth About Cancer and found it to be interesting.
The anticancer properties of curcumin have been widely spoken about, but what are the studies that warrant such claims? Here you will find out more about scientific findings that prove curcumin can kill at least 3 types of cancer.
Yellow fever is contracted via a type of flavivirus carried and transmitted by the Aedes or Haemagogus mosquitoes. Currently, there are no antiviral approved therapies for the treatment of human disease caused by flaviviruses. However, there are studies showing that certain plant derivatives that kill the yellow fever virus are not only available, but are also effective.
The use of medicinal cannabis (also known as Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica) seems to be a topic that is getting a lot of attention in the media. This is because all around the world cancer patients are using cannabis oil to either heal their cancer, or deal with pain related to this disease. In addition to that, there is growing scientific evidence that cannabis oil does have anticancer compounds. Recently, however trials are focused on the anti seizure activities of cannabis oil, and below are the latest findings.
Summertime is the best time of year if you ask me. The grass is soft. The air is fresh. The sunshine is warm. The plants are blooming in beautiful colors. Everyone wants to get outside and play. But what else comes along with the summer? Bee stings, sunburns, bug bites, and poison ivy. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to rush out to the pharmacy to treat these summertime ailments and simply use things you can find in your pantry, medicine cabinet, or refrigerator to treat them?
People these days are going back to their roots and using natural “medicine” more and more. In fact the popularity of alternative medicine is at an all-time high and Facebook groups like Modern Alternative Mamas are driving this interest for natural over allopathic. Here’s a checklist of basic natural remedies to have at home.
Researchers say glucose may have a significant role in the fight against cancer and inflammatory disease.
Lead poisoning can lead to many health problems in children. An awareness of this problem can lead to aggressive efforts to prevent lead poisoning in kids.
Dr. Diane Kelsall, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Journal, states legalization of the use of cannabis in Canada would jeopardize the health of youth.
Researchers say that deep poverty places young kids at high risk for poor health and development.
Researchers say that there is an association between a fiber rich diet and a decreased risk of knee osteoarthritis.
Researchers say that listening to inspiring music in a group and taking part in discussions about music and life is a positive interaction which makes people feel good.
Researchers say the risk of an irregular heartbeat may be lowered by eating chocolate.
Head congestion makes life miserable. There are safe and effective natural remedies to deal with this problem.
Researchers say omega-3 may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers say that the chance of recurrence of colon cancer is dramatically decreased in people who eat nuts.