ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
CAREGIVING
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
More Educated Choose Healthier Foods, But Pay More
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to Cancer
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
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Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinks of chamomile tea with meals may help prevent the complications of diabetes, report researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom.

The findings, published in the Sept. 10 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, are based on feeding chamomile extract to a group of diabetic rats for 21 days. Those on the chamomile supplement experience a significant decrease in blood glucose levels. The extract also appears to inhibit ALR2 enzymes and sorbitol, whose elevated levels are associated with increased diabetic complications.

Complications for diabetes include loss of vision, nerve damage and kidney damage.

The researchers said they hoped their work leads to the development of a new chamomile-based drug for type 2 diabetes.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more about diabetes.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, news release, Sept. 10, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 19, 2008

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