ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Eating your way to Good Health
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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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