ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Eating your way to Good Health
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
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Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter

An extract from dried papaya slows the growth of cancer cells in the laboratory, researchers report.

It's not clear if it will have the same effect on cancer in people, however.

University of Florida researcher Dr. Nam Dang and Japanese colleagues report that the papaya extract appears to affect the regulation of the body's immune system and doesn't cause side effects by harming normal cells.

The findings reflect the use of papaya by indigenous people in Australia and Vietnam, Dang, a professor of medicine, said in a news release from the university.

"Based on what I have seen and heard in a clinical setting, nobody who takes this extract experiences demonstrable toxicity; it seems like you could take it for a long time -- as long as it is effective," he said.

The researchers report that four strengths of papaya leaf extract slowed the growth of 10 types of cancer cell cultures, including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas.

SOURCE: University of Florida, news release, March 10, 2010

Last Updated: March 12, 2010