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Cranberry prevents urinary tract infections

Use of cranberry-containing products appears to be associated with prevention of urinary tract infections in some individuals, a new study has revealed. 

According to the study background, cranberry-containing products have long been used as a “folk remedy” to prevent the condition. 

Chih-Hung Wang, M.D., of National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine, and colleagues reviewed the available medical literature to revaluate cranberry-containing products for the prevention of UTI.

“Cranberry-containing products tend to be more effective in women with recurrent UTIs, female populations, children, cranberry juice drinkers, and people using cranberry-containing products more than twice daily,” the authors note.

India’s widely grown rice variety keeps diabetes at bay

 Scientists have found that the glycemic index (GI) of rice varies a lot from one type of rice to another, with most varieties scoring a low to medium GI. And they have revealed that rice varieties such as India’s most widely grown rice variety, Swarna, have a low GI.

The findings of the research, which analyzed 235 types of rice from around the world, is good news because it not only means rice can be part of a healthy diet for the average consumer, but it also means people with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, can select the right rice to help maintain a healthy, low-GI diet. 

The study found that the GI of rice ranges from a low of 48 to a high of 92, with an average of 64.  The research team from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Futures Flagship also identified the key gene that determines the GI of rice, an important achievement that offers rice breeders the opportunity to develop varieties with different GI levels to meet consumer needs. 

Frankincense may cure asthma and arthritis 

Since the ancient world the aromatic fragrance of burning frankincense has been part of many religious ceremonies and is still used as a means to indicate special festive atmosphere in the church today. 

But frankincense can do much more. “The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances,” said Professor Dr. Oliver Werz of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany). 

The chair of Pharmaceutical and Medical Chemistry is convinced that these substances can be very beneficial in therapies against diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or atopic dermatitis.

However, so far the active substances in frankincense cannot at present be found in drugs in German pharmacies, as the pharmacological impact of frankincense hasn’t been thoroughly investigated. 

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