What controls blood vessels integrity in the brain?

Herbal supplements and remedies have been used around the world because of their beneficial effects on human health(1). Maratime pine and its standardized extract of the bark of the French P. pinaster (Pinus pinasterAit. Subsp. atlantica), has been used worldwide as a herbal remedy, nutrition and supplemental food in many kinds of degenerative diseases. Bark Continue reading »

Do you suffer with UTI?

It starts as a twinge right after you urinate. You are not alone: more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. Although men also suffer from these infections, the occurrence is much less frequent due to anatomical differences. For both women and men, UTI Continue reading »

Couples Coping with Cancer Together

As we might be all aware, a diagnosis of cancer is one of the more distressing experiences in life. This distress has been shown to have the greatest effect on marriages and other long-term partnerships. Researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have reported that the “experience of cancer has brought them Continue reading »

Improving Patient Outcomes Through State-of-the-Art Pain Control in Breast Cancer Surgery

Postoperative pain control remains a common problem for patients undergoing breast cancer surgery. A recent survey showed that patients’ number one concern leading up to surgery is pain.1 Uncontrolled, acute postoperative pain can lead to an increased surgical stress response. This then has an effect on endocrine, metabolic, inflammatory, and immune functions, which can further Continue reading »

It is all about Relaxation

An April 2015 pilot study published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is the latest in a line of research studies with profound implications for cancer prevention. A team of researchers examined what changes in gene expression occurred when a group of 48 people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Continue reading »

Stress Response

The hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal (HPA) axis is our central stress response system and combines the stimuli form the central nervous system as well as the endocrine system.. The HPA is responsible for how we respond to stress. This response is characterized by the release of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRF) from our hypothalamus, a portion of the Continue reading »

Cancer Cachexia: Pathophysiology, Nutritional, Biochemical and Clinical Considerations.

Cachexia in a paraneoplastic syndrome that negatively impact performance status and mortality rate of cancer patients. The symptoms include up to 80% loss of both adipose tissue and skeletal muscle mass, fatigue, skeletal muscle atrophy, anaemia as well as alterations in carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism. The visceral protein component remains unchanged. This waste of Continue reading »