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Curcumin May Drop Diabetes Risk

A new study from Thailand suggests that taking curcumin supplements may help delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk. Curcumin, which has been studied for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the primary active ingredient in turmeric, the spice that gives curry its distinctive flavor. The nine-month Thai […]

Countries fail to protect endangered species from illegal trade

  Geneva – Poor performances by key countries are threatening the survival of wild rhinos, tigers and elephants, a new WWF report has found. The analysis, released as governments gather in Geneva this week to discuss a range of issues related to wildlife trade, rates 23 of the top African and Asian nations facing high […]

More Chocolate, Fewer Heart Attacks

If more people at high risk for cardiac disease ate dark chocolate daily, there might be fewer heart attacks and strokes. That conclusion comes from a team of Australian researchers who explored the long-term benefits of chocolate – already known to be heart protective – via a mathematical model. They based the model on more […]

Gabon’s President destroys ivory and commits to zerotolerance for wildlife crime?

Libreville, Gabon, 27th June 2012—Today, more than 1,200 ivory tusks plus assorted ivory carvings were burned publicly as Gabon sent out a strong signal demonstrating its commitment to tackle elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade.   This event follows a period of intense poaching pressure in Central Africa, where the illegal killing of elephants for […]

Is Email Stressing Us Out?

Maybe so, according to a new study that looked at how temporarily giving up email affected a group of office workers. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, and the U.S. Army used heart rate monitors and software sensors to study computer-using office workers, some of whom did without email for five days and another […]

Australia creates world’s biggest marine park network on eve of Rio+20 summit?

Australia today created the world’s biggest network of marine protected areas, setting an important precedent for ocean protection as countries prepare to meet for the Rio+20 meeting on sustainable development. WWF welcomed the new system of marine parks that would now cover more than one third of the Commonwealth waters of Australia – a milestone […]

Berries for the Brain

Eating blueberries and strawberries regularly seems to help protect the brain from the effects of aging. This latest good news about the health benefits of berries comes from researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Investigators gathered information on food consumption among participants in the long-running U.S. Nurses’ Health Study […]

Chemical May Pose Diabetes Risk

  A class of chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) is everywhere in the modern world: plastic toys, detergents, food packaging, nail polish, perfumes, shampoos, hairspray and hundreds of other products. New research from Sweden suggests that routine, household exposure to these chemicals may double the risk of type 2 diabetes among seniors. Investigators at […]

Population of world’s most endangered leopard grows in China

Changchun, China – Northeast China’s Jilin Province Department of Forestry says the endangered Amur leopard population has almost doubled in the province, and now numbers between 8 and 11 individuals according to findings from a new survey.

Blueberries, Apples May Protect Against Diabetes

Here’s another good reason to eat plenty of fresh fruit. A new investigation from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that eating lots of blueberries and apples appears to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes