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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Herbal Derivatives 

It's always good to see new treatments for things I tend to get. A recent trial of an extract of Pelargonium sidoides, the South African geranium, indicates its effectiveness against bronchitis. I get bronchitis at least twice a year, so something besides the marginally effective antibiotics would be nice.

Another study has found that URB597, which blocks degradation of endocannabinoids, may be a safe and effective depression and pain treatment. I'm a bit confused about the side effect profiles, though. I mean, wouldn't people taking it for depression get the painkiller effects too, and be a bit numb?

Also, Harvard researchers have discovered that the norwhal's signature tusk is actually more like an antenna - a finely tunes sensory organ, unlike anything they had expected or ever seen anywhere else. Which I think is pretty cool.

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