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Alzheimer’s Disease: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from plants

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November 10, 2020

Angamba Potshangbam and team from Manipur University queried their database of medicinal plants to search for alternatives to donezepil, used for Alzheimer’s. Using molecular docking and in vitro studies they identified two plants with potential for ameliorating Alzheimer’s disease.

Cash from Cashew

Cashew nut factories in India now have more capacity than the nuts they can churn out. Farmers are not happy with the returns on investment. Here is a mini-review on recent discoveries that may change the situation.

Tambulin Prevents Aging – Useful in Parkinsons’ Disease

Tambulin from tejphal is seen to delay ageing, increase longevity of the model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. Perhaps tambulin may be useful in treating Parkinsons’ disease too, find scientists from CSIR-CIMAP

Arrest that Biofilm! Starring the Spider Lily

The beach spider lily, Hymenocallis littoralis, has medicinal benefits. It has anti-viral properties and is useful in tumour or cancer cases. It also inhibits biofilm formation – important in overcoming pathogens. Biofilms make cells impermeable to antimicrobials and can cause antibiotic resistance. However, we lack studies on the active compounds that inhibit biofilm formation. Last… Read More ›

Documenting  Discrimination: Perceptions of plant gender

Plants that bear either male or female flowers differ in their medicinal properties depending on the sex of the plant. Do Ayurveda practitioners and folk healers distinguish the distinct properties of male and female plants?

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