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Herbal Medicine Helps Reduce Insomnia

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 29 October 2021
Herbal Medicine Helps Reduce Insomnia
The side effects of treatment, medicines you are taking, long hospital stays, stress, and other factors may cause sleep problems. Studies show that as many as half of all people have sleep-related problems during treatment for cancer. Sleeping well is important for your physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep may help you to think more clearly, lower your blood pressure, help your appetite, and strengthen your immune system. Sleep problems that go on for a long time may incr...
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DHA Supplementation to Reduce Symptoms of Chemo Brain

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 29 October 2021
DHA Supplementation to Reduce Symptoms of Chemo Brain
Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur during and after cancer treatment. Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, cancer-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. Signs and symptoms of chemo brain may include the following: Being unusually disorganised Confusion Difficulty concentrating Difficulty finding the right word Difficulty learning new skills Difficulty multitasking Feeling of mental foggin...
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Herbal Medicine and Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 28 October 2021
Herbal Medicine and Cancer Treatments
Cancer is a terrible disease and while medical oncology is the first line of recommended treatment, it suffers from several limitations. Surgery can be the initial treatment and is often recommended. One of the consequences of surgery is the increase in inflammation. i.e. inflammatory cytokines, which have been shown to promote tumour growth and stimulate angiogenesis. Radiotherapy or radiation therapy is another standard protocol which shrinks tumours, but we recognise ionising radiation ...
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The Role Of Vitamin D in Cancer Prevention And Management

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 24 October 2021
The Role Of Vitamin D in Cancer Prevention And Management
Vitamin D is a conditionally essential micronutrient and an endocrine messenger that maintains a healthy cellular growth. There are two primary forms of vitamin D, vitamin D3 and vitamin D2. Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is formed in the skin upon UV exposure. The cholecalciferol form of vitamin D derives from the conversion of 7-dehydroxycholesterol to vitamin D3 via UV radiation from the sun. Recent research has focused on the effects of 1,25 (OH) D3, the active metabolite of vitamin D...
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Fecal Transplants May Improve Resistance to Melanoma Therapy

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 October 2021
Fecal Transplants May Improve Resistance to Melanoma Therapy
Studies have shown that the gut microbiota could influence the response of melanoma to anti–PD-1 immunotherapy. It is known that only 30%-40% of melanoma patients respond to anti–PD-1 immunotherapy, so the researchers focused on the gut microbiota of adult male patients. For the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Science, Professor Zarour and a team of colleagues, including Dr Diwakar Davar, MD, a Medical Oncologist/haematologist at...
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