ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
CANCER
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
Functional Foods Uncovered
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
FITNESS
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
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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