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Pumpkin May Fight Yeast Infections

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30 – As you carve your Halloween jack-o-lantern, consider this new finding: That pumpkin holds potential as a treatment for yeast infections in adults and babies. Korean researchers, reporting online recently in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, examined whether proteins extracted from pumpkin rinds might stop yeast-infection fungus from growing. Pumpkins have long been used as folk medicine in some regions of the world, and researchers have suggested they might have antibiotic powers. In the laboratory, one of the proteins stopped the growth of a fungus called Candida albicans that causes vaginal yeast infections, diaper rash and other conditions. No side effects were evident. The researchers report that the protein found in pumpkins could hold promise as a treatment for people and also help fight fungus that attacks crops. More information Learn more about ... Read more

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Gene Variants Behind Vulnerability to Yeast Infections

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28 – Scientists have identified two genetic mutations that help account for the presence of recurring yeast infections in certain women. Although the researchers focused their work on small and very specific populations with extreme conditions, the findings provide new insights into one of the most common and annoying maladies to afflict women. "This discovery is important as a starting point for further work," said Dr. Bart Jan Kullberg, co-author of one of two papers appearing in the Oct. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "It is the first proof in the area of fungal infections that subtle genetic differences exist that explain why some [apparently healthy] persons do get certain ailments, and even suffer from recurrent episodes, whereas others never acquire these infections," said Kullberg, a professor of medicine at Radboud University in Nijmegan, the ... Read more

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