ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Health Tip: After Liposuction
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
U.S. Prepares for Possible Return of Swine Flu in Fall
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal

MONDAY, June 29 (HealthDay News) -- Modern technology has revealed the ancient secret behind the healing power of turmeric, a spice regarded as "holy powder" in India.

Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat wounds, infections and other ailments. It's long been believed that curcumin -- the main ingredient in turmeric -- is responsible for its healing power, but it hasn't been known how curcumin works inside the body, explained researcher Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues.

They used solid-state NMR spectroscopy to examine molecules of curcumin and found that they act like a "biochemical disciplinarian." The molecules insert themselves into cell membranes and make the membranes more stable and orderly in a way that boosts cells' resistance to infection by disease-causing microbes.

SOURCES: American Chemical Society, news release, April 2009 Published on: June 05, 2009