UWI Research Centre Discovers Anti-Cancer Properties in Purple Yams

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The Biotechnology Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in Jamaica, says it has discovered the presence of anti-cancer properties in purple yams. DR. Dennis Bailey started his research on purple yams in 2002. 

The UWI, Mona Campus says Dr Dennis Bailey from the Biotechnology Centre made the discovery while conducting doctoral studies. The study reportedly involved focus on indigenous varieties of yams cultivated in Jamaica, known as the Dioscorea alata, Cultivar St Vincent Dark Night, and Moonshine yams.

Bailey told a UWI publication that purple yams contain potent phytochemicals which slow down the growth of cancer cells. He says assessment of these tubers has revealed several properties which prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. [. . .] His test for the anti-cancer benefits involved experiments on rats. Bailey says about 90 per cent of the rats used as control died within 10 days of the experiment as their cancers kept spreading, while…

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US reports first locally acquired chikungunya cases | CIDRAP

A statement today from the CDC described the first of two local chikungunya cases reported in Florida, in a man who had not traveled outside the United States. The agency said it is working closely with the Florida Department of Health to explore how the patient got sick with the virus.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) said today it has detected two locally acquired cases, one in Miami–Dade County and the other in Palm Beach County. The counties are on Florida’s southern tip, about 70 miles apart: Palm Beach County to the west and Dade County to the east.

via US reports first locally acquired chikungunya cases | CIDRAP.

$ponsored research: Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure, study suggests — ScienceDaily

The Beef Checkoff Program and the National Institutes of Health-supported Penn State General Clinical Research Center funded this research.

via Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure, study suggests — ScienceDaily.

The Beef Checkoff Program is a producer-funded marketing and research program designed to increase domestic and/or international demand for beef. This can be done through promotion, research and new product development, and a variety of other marketing tools. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA oversee the collection and spending of checkoff funds.

Microsoft to Fire 14 Percent of Its Staff – The Wire

In a memo to employees sent this morning, CEO Satya Nadella said most of the cuts will come from the Nokia division. Roughly 12,500 of those employees will be shed, which is just under half of the 30,000 Nokia employees who joined Microsoft when the company was acquired last September.

via Microsoft to Fire 14 Percent of Its Staff – The Wire.

Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq’s fight | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq’s fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country’s Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say.

The startlingly hands-on role of Iranian Gen. Ghasem Soleimani points to the extent of the Shiite-led Iraqi government’s reliance on its ally Tehran. It also strikes a strong contrast with the more methodical, cautious approach of the United States, Iran’s rival for influence in Iraq. Shiite fighters have come to idolize the Iranians who have moved into the heat of battle alongside them – with two Iranian advisers killed in fighting – while government officials grumble the United States has failed to come to their aid.

The Iranian role, however, risks further sharpening the sectarian rifts in the conflict. At a time when the U.S. and others are pressing Iraq’s government to reach out to Sunnis to reduce support for the insurgency, the effective Iranian command of Iraq’s defense is likely to further alienate Sunnis, who have long accused Shiite-led Iran of trying to dominate Iraq through its allies here.

Soleimani, commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, is a frequent visitor to multiple battlezones in Iraq, most particularly in Samarra, a city north of Baghdad under siege by Sunni extremists in their march toward the capital. The city is vital to Baghdad’s Shiite-led government because it is the location of a revered Shiite shrine that Sunni insurgents have destroyed in the past and are targeting again now.

via Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq’s fight | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.