CAM quick news


* A new industry related to natural remedies: “bioprospecting”:http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000A9304-02D9-1412-82D983414B7F0000. The latest prospect: coral vs. viruses and cancer. And why not? Animals and plants have been evolving immunities against viruses as well.
* ??Newsweek?? discusses the “proliferation of conflicting scientific information”:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11678153/site/newsweek/ about diet. Their conclusion: too much information.
* Homocysteine seems to be a “marker”:http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=11510763&src=rss/scienceNews, not a mechanism, of heart disease.
* Immunoblogging discusses “probiotics”:http://immunoblogging.blogspot.com/2006/03/revisting-probiotics.html, along with a little amusing cognitive dissonance over taking them vs. skepticism (see the comment, “As a patient, I decry pseudoscience. …”)
* Orac describes a fascinating gene expression study on the only CAM item he’s ever said he likes: “green tea”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/scienceblogs/insolence?m=28. (“Abstract of paper”:http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/66/4/1956.)

And marginally-related:
* Genetics might play a role in “cocaine addiction”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4792618.stm.

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