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Can Bees Help Fight Cancer?

An ingredient of the venom that is contained in the sting of a bee called melittin has been known for years to have anti-tumor properties. However, before now scientists were unable to find a way to use it because it also attacked vital healthy cells such as red blood cells.can-bees-help-fight-cancer

A breakthrough has now been found as scientists have been able to make use of nanotechnology in order to turn this into a treatment that may help prevent death in some patients that are suffering from cancer.

The treatment works by attaching melittin to nanoparticles which creates something that the researchers have named nanobees. This is then injected into the bloodstream of the patient and the nanobees find the cancer cells which the melittin attacks.

The nanobees are attracted to newly formed blood vessels and this may explain why they seem to search out tumors. The tumor itself will use blood vessels to feed itself and grow.

The advantage that this form of treatment can potentially have over chemotherapy is that the cancer cells are destroyed through a process known as apoptosis which allows the cells to die naturally.

There are forms of chemotherapy that can cause cancer cells to die through external causes and this is more likely to cause damage to other parts of the body.

Use of this treatment could prevent cancer patients suffering the many side effects that chemotherapy brings as it will only be the cancer cells that are targeted.

Experiments using this treatment have so far only been carried out on mice but results have been extremely promising.

In almost all cases the tumors that the mice had either stopped growing or began to shrink when the nanobees were injected into their blood stream.

Experts believe that it may only be another few years before trials can begin with humans.

A synthetic form of melittin will be used and this will help avoid any issues that may arise in patients that are allergic to bee stings.

 

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Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time

Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time …

The Guardian

Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii have become the first bees to be added to the US federal list of endangered and threatened species.

The listing decision, published on Friday in the Federal Register, classifies seven varieties of yellow-faced or masked bees as endangered, due to such factors as habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects.bees-endangered

The bees, so named for yellow-to-white facial markings, once crowded Hawaii and Maui but recent surveys found their populations have plunged in the same fashion as other types of wild bees – and some commercial ones – elsewhere in the United States, federal wildlife managers said.

Pollinators like bees are crucial for the production of fruits, nuts and vegetables and they represent billions of dollars in value each year to the nation’s agricultural economy, officials said.

Placing yellow-faced bees under federal safeguards comes just over a week since the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed adding the imperiled rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once found in the upper midwest and north-eastern United States, to the endangered and threatened species list.

One of several wild bee species seen declining over the past two decades, the rusty patched bumble bee is the first in the continental United States formally proposed for protections.

The listing of the Hawaii species followed years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state government officials and independent researchers. The Xerces Society said its goal was to protect nature’s pollinators and invertebrates, which play a vital role in the health of the overall ecosystem.

The non-profit organization was involved in the initial petitions to protect the bee species, said Sarina Jepson, director of endangered species and aquatic programs for the Portland, Oregon-based group.

Jepson said yellow-faced bees could be found elsewhere in the world, but these particular species were native only to Hawaii and pollinate plant species indigenous to the islands.

The bees faced a variety of threats including “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas”, Jepson told Associated Press.

The bees could be found in a wide variety of habitats in Hawaii, from coastal environments to high-elevation shrub lands, she said. The yellow-faced bees pollinated some of Hawaii’s endangered native plant species. While other bees could potentially pollinate those species, many could become extinct if these bees were to die off entirely.

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For the First Time, Bees Declared Endangered in the U.S.

National Geographic Society

As the legend goes, when star-crossed lovers Naupaka and Kaui knew they’d be forever separated, Naupaka took the flower from behind her ear and tore it in two pieces, keeping one and giving Kaui the other.beekeepers-suit

As she went to the mountains, and he to the sea, the plants around them felt their sorrow, and from then on bloomed only in half-flowers.

Such is the Hawaiian myth behind the naupaka, a beach shrub native to the islands whose flowers look like they’re missing half of their petals.

Now the plants are linked to another sad event: Their primary pollinators, a group of more than 60 yellow-faced bee species in the genus Hylaeus, are disappearing fast. So fast that on September 30, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deemed seven Hylaeus species as endangered—the first bees ever on the list. (See seven intimate pictures that reveal the beauty of bees.)

In the early 1900s, yellow-faced bees were the most abundant Hawaiian insects, ranging from the coastlines to the mountains and even the subalpine slopes of Mauna Kea.

Yet habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change have hit Hawaii’s only native bees so hard that they’re now one of the state’s least observed pollinators. Only two known populations of H. anthracinus, one of the most studied species, remain on the island of Oahu, and a few small populations are scattered across several other islands, according to recent surveys.

 “What we saw was really alarming—the bees were doing a lot worse than we thought,” says Cynthia King, an entomologist with Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
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Homemade Honey Cough Syrup

With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for us to share with our readers the Homemade Honey Cough Syrup recipe.

Honey has been used as a natural and healthy sweetener for ages, since the dawn of man and bees.Homemade Honey Cough Syrup

A great addition to any lemonade or oatmeal, this cupboard staple can now be commonly found in families’ medicine cabinets, as well.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes honey as a viable home-remedy option for anything from a minor cough to an upper-respiratory infection.

The sticky, golden substance creates a soothing layer of film that coats the mouth and throat, alleviating the dry, itchy need to cough.

Not only can this miracle substance help you and your children sleep uninterrupted by dizzying coughing fits, research shows that honey is full of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Turns out ingesting honey to soothe cough or a dry mouth may help an illness slowly subside.

Avoid the lines at your local pharmacy and learn how to create your own, natural and delicious cough remedy.

Our simple recipe calls only for these basic ingredients to begin:

  • raw honey (1 cup)
  • ginger root (1/4 cup)
  • water (1 cup)
  • two lemons (2 tablespoons)

Raw honey is especially important in this recipe, as it is different from any mass-produced honey you’d find on your grocery’s honey cough remedyshelf.

Raw honey is not pasteurized or meddled with in any way – think of it as buying directly from the beekeeper.

Find raw honey at your local grocery store’s organic aisle or farmer’s market. The earthy ginger and citrus of the lemon further aide in soothing cough as well as add yummy flavor.

Kitchen utensils you will need:

  • knife
  • zester (Tip: if unavailable, cheese graters work)
  • medium-sized sauce pan
  • mixing spoon (Tip: spray your spoon with olive oil cooking spray; this will help the honey
  • from sticking too much)
  • measuring cup(s)
  • strainer
  • bowl
  • jar to store the finished product in

Here are the 10 steps to make you homemade honey cough syrup

  1. Pour 1 cup water into your saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. While your water is heating, peel the rough skin of the ginger (all of the flavor and benefits are inside!), and then slice the root. You should have enough slices to fill a 1/4-cup.
  3. Zest the 2 lemons to fill 2 tablespoons (if a little less, that’s fine).
  4. Add the sliced ginger root and lemon zest to boiling water in saucepan.
  5. Turn heat down and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Strain the solution into a bowl and set aside.
  7. Pour 1 cup of raw honey into saucepan, but do not boil. Low heat only.
  8. Add the ginger lemon water into the simmering honey, mixing slowly. If any juice left in lemons from earlier, feel free to squeeze generously, minding the seeds.
  9. Keep on low heat and stir routinely until a desired texture is reached.
  10. Let cool and pour cough syrup into container.

Dosage and Storage:

  • For toddlers, 1 to 5 years of age: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon every two hours
  • For children, 5-12 years of age: 1 to 2 teaspoons every two hours
  • For children 12+ and adults: 1 to 2 teaspoons every four hours

And good news!

Because honey is a natural preservative, your couch syrup should have a 2-3 month shelf life, if not longer.

Keep the remedy covered and refrigerated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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