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The Structure Of Liquid Water

"This paper provides an interdisciplinary base of information on the structure of liquid water. It begins with a synthesis built on the information base on the structure5 of noncrystalline, inorganic, covalently-bonded condensed liquid phases, such as SiO2, S, Se, P, and H2O, which exists in the materials science literature. The data for water are analyzed through the prism of well-established algorithms in materials research: the connection of properties to structure; the pressure-temperature (P-T) phase diagrams; the phenomenon of epitaxy; the phenomenon of liquid-liquid phase separation; the stability of two phase colloids; and, the recently discovered effects of weak magnetic and electric fields on the structure of simple inorganic oxides. A thorough combing of the literature of the condensed matter properties reflecting structural features of essentially pure water obtained via the normal processes of preparing homeopathic remedies, provides another rich data base."
Indian herbal remedy raises cancer cure hope

LONDON: Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute have shown that a commonly used Indian herbal supplement, triphala, has the potential to slow down growth of human pancreatic tumours grafted onto mice.

The findings offer hope that one day a treatment for the disease may be developed, though the experts have warned that the study is still at a very early stage.

Triphala is a herbal preparation used in the traditional Indian medicine system Ayurveda. It contains the dried and powdered fruits of three plants, and it is said to ease intestinal-related disorders and promote good digestion.

The current research confirms the findings of previous studies that have shown triphala to have an anti-cancer activity in cell cultures. It also shows that the herb does not damage normal pancreatic cells.

During the study, mice grafted with human pancreatic tumours were administered a triphala solution five days a week.

When the researchers compared them with those in control group of mice after four weeks, they found that tumours in triphala-treated mice were half the size of those in the untreated mice.

They also noted that the tumour cells in treated mice had higher levels of proteins associated with apoptosis, the process by the which the body normally disposes of damaged, old of unneeded cells.

"We discovered that triphala fed orally to mice with human pancreatic tumors was an extremely effective inhibitor of the cancer process, inducing apoptosis in cancer cells," said Sanjay K Srivastava, lead investigator and assistant professor University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

"Triphala triggered the cancerous cells to die off and significantly reduced the size of the tumors without causing any toxic side effects," he added.

The study also revealed that though triphala had activated tumour-suppressor genes, but did not negatively affect normal pancreatic cells.

"Our results demonstrate that triphala has strong anti-cancer properties given its ability to induce apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells without damaging normal pancreatic cells," said Srivastava.

"With follow-up studies, we hope to demonstrate its potential use as a novel agent for the prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer," he added.

The study is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Turmeric helps fight Alzheimer's

NEW DELHI: Curry lovers may be better protected against Alzheimer's, the progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to reason and make judgments.

Scientists have for the first time isolated bisdemethoxycurcumin, the active ingredient of curcuminoids, a natural substance found in turmeric root that stimulates the immune system to destroy brain-clogging proteins that cause Alzheimer's. The disease presently affects 5% of the population above the age of 60 in India.

According to Dr Milan Fiala of the University of California Los Angeles, who has announced the finding in the July 16 early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this study gives hope for a possibility to infuse this compound into patients and treat the incurable and fatal brain condition.

According to the study, bisdemethoxycurcumin boosts the immune system in clearing amyloid beta, a peptide that forms the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. In addition, researchers have also identified the immune genes associated with this activity.

Turmeric (haldi), the most common ingredient of Indian curry, has earlier proved effective in lowering cholesterol, glucose and combating cancer. It is also known to have anti-oxidant, anti-infectious and anti- inflammatory properties. Dr Anshu Rohagti, consultant, neurology, Sir Gangaram Ho

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