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Use neem to treat chicken pox

A commonly grown herb, neem (Azadirachta indica), can help in the recovery from chicken pox.

Chinese physician Lee Hack Peik said the herb could be brewed together with chrysanthemum to make herbal tea, which worked well for acne, chicken pox and measles.

“It tastes bitter but it contains properties that can help to purify the blood, remove toxins and cleanse the liver,” said Hack Peik.

“It also helps to reduce body heat and reduce the severity of rashes and relieve itching,” Hack Peik added.

Dr Soshi Sashidaran, a microbiologist and lecturer in Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, said neem leaves could be used as bedding to aid in the recovery from chicken pox.

He said the leaves had anti-viral properties, which worked to relieve intense itching and scarring usually associated with chicken pox.

“You can also eat young neem leaves; it tastes extremely bitter but it’s good for health,” he said.

Food wrapper chemicals cause blood contamination

Chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food and being ingested by people where they are contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood, reveal University of Toronto scientists.
Perfluorinated carboxylic acids or PFCAs are the breakdown products of chemicals used to make non-stick and water- and stain-repellant products ranging from kitchen pans to clothing to food packaging.

In the study, rats were exposed to PAPs either orally or by injection and monitored for a three-week period to track the concentrations of the PAPs and PFCA metabolites, including PFOA, in their blood. Human exposure to PAPs had already been established by the scientists in a previous study.

“We found the concentrations of PFOA from PAP metabolism to be significant and concluded that the metabolism of PAPs could be a major source of human exposure to PFOA, as well as other PFCAs,” said Scott Mabury, the lead researcher.

Electrical stimulation produces pain-reducing effects

A simple, non-invasive technique providing low-level electrical stimulation of the brain produces significant pain-reducing effects in humans. According researchers at Stanford University, transcranial electrostimulation (TES) could provide a valuable, non-drug approach to reducing pain and the need for pain medications.

In the study, ultraviolet light was used to create a small, painful area of sunburn on the upper thigh in healthy volunteers.

The researchers used this technique, a standard model used to test the pain-relieving effects of drugs, to evaluate the effects of TES on pain responses.
In TES, a mild electrical current is delivered through electrodes placed around the patient's head.

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