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Centipede venom trumps morphine in mouse study of pain : Spoonful of Medicine

Centipede venom trumps morphine in mouse study of pain : Spoonful of Medicine | Ancient Health | Scoop.it

Placing a Chinese red headed centipede on a burn can speed up the healing process, according to ancient Chinese medicine. But a mouse study published today suggests that what the Chinese interpreted as a healing effect may in fact have been the handiwork of a pain-inhibiting peptide contained within this centipede’s venom, which kills insects but is harmless in humans. The results indicate that the peptide, called m-SLPTX-Ssm6a, is a powerful analgesic that, in some cases, surpasses the effect of morphine. Given its apparent lack of side effects, Ssm6a is seen by scientists as an attractive candidate drug compound that might prove suitable for treating chronic pain.


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In the ancient Chinese culture many believed that placing a Chinese red centipede on a burn would speed the process of healing. Todays research shows that a centipede  contains venom that kills insects but is harmless to humans. Regardless of the treatment I think I would be terrified of the thought of having a centipede healing a burn. 

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Carbon dioxide was hidden in the ocean during last Ice Age

Carbon dioxide was hidden in the ocean during last Ice Age | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Why did the atmosphere contain so little carbon dioxide during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago? Why did it rise when the Earth's climate became warmer?

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Mark Townsend's curator insight, February 12, 2014 10:49 PM

This article speaks about how during the last ice age, there was a significantly less amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The scientists run experiments and make theories due to their recordings and explain why they think that this phenomenon occurred.

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The reason ancient people are healthier than people today

The reason ancient people are healthier than people today | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Do you want to know, how ancient people more health than people today?

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After reading this article i would have to say that I agree with it because the facts that have been stated are almost all true in my case. Eating habits from the ancient world to today have changed dramatically because now the food we eat contains more chemicals then it ever did, ancient people ate bare animals and would not preserve them like we do. They constantly moved houses getting a lot of exercise to survive from weather conditions and attacks from others. No a days people are overweight eating junkfood and not getting the appropriate amount of exercise.

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Centipede venom trumps morphine in mouse study of pain : Spoonful of Medicine

Centipede venom trumps morphine in mouse study of pain : Spoonful of Medicine | Ancient Health | Scoop.it

Placing a Chinese red headed centipede on a burn can speed up the healing process, according to ancient Chinese medicine. But a mouse study published today suggests that what the Chinese interpreted as a healing effect may in fact have been the handiwork of a pain-inhibiting peptide contained within this centipede’s venom, which kills insects but is harmless in humans. The results indicate that the peptide, called m-SLPTX-Ssm6a, is a powerful analgesic that, in some cases, surpasses the effect of morphine. Given its apparent lack of side effects, Ssm6a is seen by scientists as an attractive candidate drug compound that might prove suitable for treating chronic pain.


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In the ancient Chinese culture many believed that placing a Chinese red centipede on a burn would speed the process of healing. Todays research shows that a centipede  contains venom that kills insects but is harmless to humans. Regardless of the treatment I think I would be terrified of the thought of having a centipede healing a burn. 

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10 Most Brutal Execution Methods of Ancient Civilization - WondersList

The most Brutal Execution Methods of ancient civilization. Though our ancient cultures there is evidence of having used a variety of hideous torture methods.
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Wow! I am shocked at the findings of these 10 brutal execution methods that were used in ancient civilizations. People died from being crucified, breaking of bone parts, torturing while on a wheel, disemboweled, impaled, head crushed, burned, sliced open, hanged, and sawed open :0

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elizama ramirez's curator insight, February 12, 2014 5:27 PM

In the Middle Ages many kinds of horrifying tortures where made on humans. These people punished committed crimes, adultery, or committed robbery. The punishment for them was to kill them slowly so they can actually feel the pain.

Chase Lee's curator insight, March 1, 2014 2:13 AM

Very disturbing and saddening. The heart of mankind revealed again.

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The Mysteries And Wisdom Of Egyptian Dentists | Modern Health Issues

The Mysteries And Wisdom Of Egyptian Dentists | Modern Health Issues | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
We all know about their famed pyramids, but did the Ancient Egyptians invent modern dentures and dental care?

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Egyptians get credited for many new discoveries but now studies show us that they might have dealt with dentistry way before we even knew about. Egyptians were able to find food that were nutritiousness for mouth bacteria.  

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Jonathan Fashbaugh's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:21 AM

How about starting your day with a little dental history?

Manuel J Enciso's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:38 AM

Si es que esto de los dientes ha preocupado desde siempre...

Chase Lee's curator insight, March 1, 2014 2:11 AM

Its very innovative of them. Reminds me of how my professor is always reminding us that a lot of ideas that are accepted in modern times didnt originate in modern times.

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Roman baths, bath, england

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Ancient mummies show even rich Egyptians could be in poor health

Ancient mummies show even rich Egyptians could be in poor health | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
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Even the best-off ancient Egyptians suffered from malnutrition and preventable disease, a new analysis of mummies and skeletons finds.

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Rowena ButedHIST1014's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:42 AM

This article was very interesting. It was about the findings of skeletons in Ancient Egypt. What  made its significance was the teaching that told researchers that the wealthiest of the people in that era still suffered from preventable diseases. This article was different from most that I've ever read because most articles talk about the ancients having substantially better health than what people have now. The life span was estimated to be up to 30 years old and there were rather high infant mortality rates.

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Medicine, Surgery, and Public Health in Ancient Mesopotamia

Medicine in ancient Mesopotamia grew out of a folk tradition of what is usually called herbal medicine. In such traditions, plants and plant products, minerals, and animals and their products furnish the basic ingredients of the ...

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The people in Mesopotamia used herbal medicine as their main source of treatment. Herbal medicine usually consisted of crops, plants,minerals mainly primary sources they could find.

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Ancient skulls discovered in London speak of Roman headhunters

Ancient skulls discovered in London speak of Roman headhunters | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Photo: Guardian Using modern forensic techniques, bioarchaeologists have found that a slew of skulls, discovered a few decades ago in an ancient open pit i.
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Thirty-nine skulls were discovered in London in 1988, in which people believe were Roman headhunters because of the stories the skulls told. Forensic scientists could prove that one of the skulls found was chewed by a dog and was left lying in the open due to the skulls remains. Almost all of the skulls were adult males which all showed signs of violence such as scars, shattered facial bones and fatal blows to necks.

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Alternative Ms Ulster at Parliament Buildings … words, aspirations ...

Alternative Ms Ulster at Parliament Buildings … words, aspirations ... | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
The Green Party explain that Parliament's Buildings' Great Hall “has a grand marble staircase that has been used as the backdrop for many historic photo opportunities in the past”. The event promises to give women the ...
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To think that we can manage to put people in completely different planets so easily we still cannot understand everything of the human brain and mental illnesses. William V. Harris whom is a professor of history and a director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, studies mental illness in ancient Rome and Greece. He is also a writer who writes books explaining his findings regarding mental illnesses about the people in Rome and Greece. 

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Ancient Maya Wisdom Key to Modern Health

Ancient Maya Wisdom Key to Modern Health | Ancient Health | Scoop.it

Great article from Chaa Creek, highlighting Dr. Rosita Arvigo's work with Don Elijio Panti, and the Maya Winter Solstice celebrations.

 

"Rather than misinterpreting Maya beliefs to falsely predict the end of the world, researching and practicing ancient Maya medicine and natural healing techniques can open a new world of health today, noted author and Maya medicinal plant expert Dr. Rosita Arvigo advised participants at Chaa Creek’s 2012 Maya Winter Solstice celebrations.  Chaa Creek events coordinator Denise Duran said that Dr Arvigo’s presentation, 'Tales of a Maya Shaman' was one of the highlights of the Belizean eco resort’s week-long Maya cultural exposition surrounding the 2012 Maya Winter Solstice celebrations of December 21, 2012."


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Discover the ancient wisdom and modern science behind kidney ...

Discover the ancient wisdom and modern science behind kidney ... | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Discover the ancient wisdom and modern science behind kidney health. Winter is the season of the kidney according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is especially important to tend to these organs during this time.

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What the ancient Mayans can teach us about health and healing | Science and Technology

What the ancient Mayans can teach us about health and healing | Science and Technology | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
In a time when human beings are suffering from a host of illnesses caused by stress and modern-day living, the need for ancient wisdom has never been more important.

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 The Mayan civilizations developed many healing solutions to help their people when they were sick of illnesses. For example, they used chia seeds to increase stamina for battles and relieve joint pain. They used cacao, which is a form of chocolate to maintain good health and benefit heart and brain health. Many people today would rather use these healing methods than the typical consumption of pills as medicine. 

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Maria Flores's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:03 PM

Ancient wisdom is more important than we think it is. When we are in pain or sick our first reaction is taking medicine. In greece they have a temple they would go to get the pain relieved with spiritual relief.

Raul Banuelos's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:23 PM

The methods that Mayans used have carried on through history. Their recipies and remedies continue to have an impact on modern day holistic medicine. 

flor molina's curator insight, January 24, 2014 11:49 PM

More people are learning about remedies that Mayans used because it does not have negative side affects like the medicines that are used now in days. A few natural remedies are chia seeds,cacao seeds, and sweat baths. 

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Ancient DNA reveals Ice Age diet (ScienceAlert)

Ancient DNA reveals Ice Age diet (ScienceAlert) | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Prehistoric DNA has provided insight into the diets of ancient Arctic megafauna, and the vegetation changes during the last Ice Age.

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Fiona Litle's curator insight, February 12, 2014 2:24 PM

Scientists have uncovered that vegetarianism existed during and after the Ice Age that caused the extinction of the Woolly Mammoth. The extreme cold caused a decrease in natural resources that were vital to these animals source of survival.   

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Ancient Chinese Remedy Corydalis Yanhusuo May Relieve Chronic ...

Ancient Chinese Remedy Corydalis Yanhusuo May Relieve Chronic ... | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Corydalis yanhusuo root, an ancient Chinese remedy, could be used to treat chronic pain. New research has shown that Corydalis yanhusuo root contains pain-relieving ingredient dehydrocorybulbine, which does not lose ...

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Corydalis yanusuo root was used to treat chronic pain in the ancient Chinese world. New research today shows us that Corydalis yanusuo root contains pain-relieving ingredients such as dehydrocorybulbine which does not fade away as fast as opiate drugs do. They also found that it improves blood circulation as well as chest pain. 

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Adeleke Kayode's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:33 PM

Instead of a new combination of ingredients to relieve age old symptoms. There's Corydalis yanhuso root an ancient plant with the capability to cure specific chronic pain

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The Archaeology News Network: Ancient cranial surgery in Peru investigated

The Archaeology News Network: Ancient cranial surgery in Peru investigated | Ancient Health | Scoop.it

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There has been evidence found that the healers in Peru must have practiced surgical procedures on individuals using hand drills and scraping tools. While excavating burial caves in the south-central of Andahuaylas in Peru a UC Santa Barbara bio archaeologist Danielle Kurin found the remains of 32 individuals whom date back to the Late Intermediate Period.  

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Ancient cranial surgery in Peru investigated
Rowena ButedHIST1014's curator insight, February 28, 2014 4:31 AM

The pain some of the patients must have gone through must have been excruciating. Without anesthesia or painkillers, i myself would not been able to go with this sort of medical procedure.

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Ancient Hearth Found In Israel Dates Back 300000 Years, Scientists Say - Huffington Post

Ancient Hearth Found In Israel Dates Back 300000 Years, Scientists Say - Huffington Post | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
Ancient Hearth Found In Israel Dates Back 300000 Years, Scientists Say Huffington Post A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 years ago —...

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Archaeologists have found a discovery inside a cave in Israel. They found bits of stone tools which they believe were used for butchering and cutting animals. The Homo-sapiens living in that time 300,000 years ago show amazing levels of cognitive thinking and social skills.

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Rowena ButedHIST1014's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:08 AM

This article was very interesting as it brought up several turning points to add to history and even change the ideas of mankind. The article says that large pits of ashes were found in caves in modern-day Israel. There were also traces of burned up bones which hapened to be of large animals like deer. It's amazing to see how long fire has been not invented, but learned about. 

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Ancient 'air-conditioning' cools building sustainably

Ancient 'air-conditioning' cools building sustainably | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
As architects consider how to reduce the energy demands of new builds, some are turning to the past for simple, low-tech solutions. (Going back in time: How did buildings keep cool before the invention of air conditioning?
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Many individuals are looking at the past to find low-tech solutions to reduce energy in buildings. Building stepwells was one way of reducing heat.

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Gruesome Medicine - Ancient Discoveries (History Documentary)

Gruesome Medicine - Ancient Discoveries (History Documentary) Shot on location in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Ancient Discoveries unearths amazing...

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This is a very interesting and entertaining video that shows us how exactly some people were treated for their illness in the ancient history. It shows the tools that were used and how they figured out how to use those tools properly to treat patients.

 

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Rowena ButedHIST1014's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:55 AM

This is a very long documentary about how ancients have healed the sick and diseased. One procedure that was discussed was brought by a man named "Galen" (not exactly sure on the spelling) who was highly looked at for treating his patients. What he brought to the world was the process of bleeding continuously. They cut the vein and they would let the toxins flow out of the body itself. Another was the use of leeches that aided in areas where oxygen was low. Today, amputation would be used. But they believed that leeches would redistribute oxygen and blood to the appropriate areas! 

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Air Pollution Has Been a Problem Since the Days of Ancient Rome ...

By testing ice cores in Greenland, scientists can look back at environmental data from millennia past.
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Air pollution has been an issue since Ancient Rome and just recently we are learning that. Bubbles that were trapped in Greenland’s ice reveals that we began emitting green house gases at least 2,000 years ago. The research was conducted on 1,600 foot long ice cores extracted from Greenlands 1.5 thick ice sheets which were covered by layers of snow over 115,000 years ago. The ancient Romans kept livestock domesticated such as cows and sheep and they excreted methane gas which is a result of passing gas leading to our air pollution.

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Collca eBooks – Ancient Medicine: Sickness and Health in Greece and Rome

Collca eBooks – Ancient Medicine: Sickness and Health in Greece and Rome | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
In the West, we trace the origins of modern medicine back to Classical Greece, but what did doctors in the Ancient World actually believe?
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Indonesian Villages Use Piles of Sand Instead of Mattressess

Indonesian Villages Use Piles of Sand Instead of Mattressess | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
 The residents of three small fishing villages in the Batang region of Indonesia prefer to sleep on piles of sand than on modern mattresses. This ancient tradition that’s still practiced today for its supposed health benefits.

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Rongoa Maori: Ancient medicine with modern health benefits

Rongoa Maori: Ancient medicine with modern health benefits | Ancient Health | Scoop.it
With its unique flora and fauna, New Zealand offers a large array of plants found only in that region, many of which became part of the Maori traditional system of medicine known as Rongoa Maori.

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Health News - Ancient Chinese herbal remedy now being tested as prostate cancer treatment drug

Ancient Chinese herbal remedy now being tested as prostate cancer treatment drug...

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 Ancient Chinese herbal remedy about eating cork tree bark is being tested in a new clinic trial at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio to treat cancer patients. The only concerns are regarding the side effects that the consumption of cork tree bark might have on patients.

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