The Oldest and One of the Most Reliable Treatments for Malaria Is Derived from a South American Tree

luUntil the 1940s, the drug of choice against malaria was also the first antimalarial drug ever developed: quinine.

Until 2006, the World Health Organization continued to recommend it as a first-line treatment, and to this day, quinine is still used to treat malaria when other drugs have failed or are unavailable. It is a chemical produced only in the bark of the quinine tree (Cinchona ledgeriana).

In contrast with many other medicines initially derived from plants, Continue reading

How Eating a Grapefruit Could Kill You

Grapefruit is one of the healthiest foods you can eat—except that it could kill you.

The familiar citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. It is recommended not just as a food for optimum health, but also for weight loss. Not surprisingly, this has led to an increased popularity in grapefruit. But, Continue reading