More than 50 million Americans will suffer tinnitus in their lifetime. This hearing condition causes the constant misperception of sound, including hissing, ringing and rushing noises. A new study has found that an extract of pine tree — commercially known as “Pycnogenol” — is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving blood flow in the inner ear.
Tinnitus is a frustrating and even debilitating condition that can take a toll on your quality of life. Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause. The new study has uncovered a potentially great natural way to clear it up.
Researchers took 82 patients between the ages of 35 and 55 with mild-to-moderate tinnitus in only one ear and studied them for one month. Tinnitus in all was caused by restricted blood supply to the inner ear.
Patients were divided into three groups: A; B; and control. Group A consisted of 24 patients who took 150 mg/day of pine bark extract. Group B had 34 patients who took 100 mg/day. Continue reading →
A team of scientists from Princess Margaret Hospital have created an organic nanoparticle that is completely non-toxic, biodegradable and nimble in the way it uses light and heat to treat cancer and deliver drugs. (A nanoparticle is a minute molecule with novel properties).
The findings, published online in Nature Materials (DOI: 10.1038/NMAT2986) are significant because unlike other nanoparticles, the new nanoparticle has a unique and versatile structure that could potentially change the way tumors are treated, says principal investigator Dr. Gang Zheng, Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI), Princess Margaret Hospital at University Health Network.
Dr. Zheng says: “In the lab, we combined two naturally occurring molecules (chlorophyll and lipid) Continue reading →