ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
CANCER
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
CAREGIVING
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
Football Can Shrink Players
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
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
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
The Unmedicated Mind
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
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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