ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
CANCER
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
FITNESS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Help Your Kids Stay Active
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
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More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate

-- Pomegranate rind can be turned into an ointment to treat common hospital infections, including those caused by highly dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, English researchers report.

In a series of experiments, the team at Kingston University in London found that the infection-fighting power of pomegranate rind was boosted by combining it with vitamin C and metal salts.

"We have developed a topical ointment that can successfully attack a range of drug-resistant microbes. It's a breakthrough and a striking example of the effectiveness of adding more components to create a more active product," team leader Declan Naughton said in a university news release.

Their tests showed that pomegranate rind plus metal salts was the most effective combination for treating MRSA, while adding vitamin C to those two components was most effective against other common hospital infections.

"The increase in drug-resistant infections found in hospitals has made our research topical and pressing. The idea of using a foodstuff is unusual and means that the body should be able to cope more easily with its application; patients are less likely to experience any major side effects," Naughton said.

The findings were recently published in the journals British Journal of Biomedical Science and BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

SOURCES: Kingston University, news release, Dec. 16, 2009 Published on: December 18, 2009