ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
Winter Is Tough on Feet
CANCER
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
FITNESS
Football Can Shrink Players
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
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Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter

(HealthDay News) -- A plant with a particularly malodorous sap has components that show great efficacy in killing off the H1N1 swine flu virus, Chinese scientists report.

The plant, Ferula assa-foetida, grows throughout Iran, Afghanistan and mainland China, and is commonly dubbed "Dung of the Devil" due to its ill-smelling sap. But the researchers note that the plant was used in China against the influenza virus during the great 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, which is thought to have killed tens of millions worldwide. But until now no one has confirmed that Ferula assa-foetida has natural antiviral properties, according to a news release from the American Chemical Society.

The report appears in the Sept. 25 issue of the Journal of Natural Products.

In their laboratory experiments, researchers Fang-Rong Chang, Yang-Chang Wu and colleagues identified a group of chemicals in the plant's extracts that appear to have a stronger potency against H1N1 flu than a prescription antiviral medication already in use against the flu. They write that these compounds "may serve as promising lead components for new drug development against influenza A (H1N1) viral infection."

SOURCES: American Chemical Society, news release, Sept. 9, 2009