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Copper surfaces could be crucial to stopping Ebola outbreak

11/7/2014 - Replacing more hospital surfaces with copper -- especially frequently touched ones such as doorknobs -- could play a crucial role in preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States and other wealthy countries, studies have shown. "Based on our research on viruses of similar genetic structure,...

Copper toxicity and birth control

5/29/2014 - An IUD or an Intra-uterine device is a very small T-shaped polyethylene device that is wrapped either in copper, the ParaGard or the Mirena that contains hormones both of which prevent pregnancy. The IUD is inserted by a doctor directly into the uterus usually without sedation or anesthesia. The patient...

Fire blight: Yeast and copper sprays provide organic alternative to soon-to-be banned chemical antibiotics

4/30/2014 - Bet you didn't know that many organic apples and pears have been produced in orchards that spray antibiotics onto their trees. Two pharmaceutical antibiotics, oxytetracycline and streptomycin, have been used by organic apple and pear growers to combat a bacterial infection known as fire blight. But...

Copper water pipes increase growth of some cancers

4/16/2014 - A study carried out by Duke University in North Carolina has found that high levels of copper are linked to an increase in melanoma and breast, lung and thyroid cancer. While the research stopped short of claiming that excess copper causes cancer, the scientists involved stated that copper causes the...

Low UV-B radiation protects against copper toxicity; high UV-B increases damage

3/28/2014 - If you suffer from a condition known as copper toxicity -- that is, you have too much "free copper" in your body associated with an underlying health condition such as impaired adrenal or liver function -- you may be looking for ways to reduce your overall copper load and thus avoid chronic toxicity....

Excess dietary copper may be linked to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's

3/20/2014 - There have been a number of studies published in recent years suggesting a correlation between excess buildup of certain dietary minerals and neurodegenerative disease, the implications of which are that some people with pre-existing health conditions may need to cut back on certain mineral-rich foods...

Alzheimer's, cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disease linked to too much toxic 'free copper' in blood

2/20/2014 - Copper is an essential dietary mineral that must be maintained at levels that are in proper balance with other essential dietary minerals like zinc. But having too much "free copper," also known as bio-unavailable copper, circulating in the blood may indicate, or even be the cause of, some serious health...

Copper toxicity: Are you getting too much?

2/12/2014 - Getting too much copper in your diet can produce a whole host of health problems in numerous bodily systems, warns Lawrence Wilson, MD, who runs the nonprofit Center for Development. Although trained as a doctor, Wilson works exclusively as a nutritional consultant and promotes a healing system called...

Copper toxicity damages mitochondria of brain cells through oxidative, nitrosative stress

2/3/2014 - Scientists have linked copper to the development of numerous brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, prion conditions such as mad cow disease, and Wilson's disease. Although it remains unclear exactly what role copper plays in such brain damage, at least one study suggests that the mineral's...

Dietary spirulina reduces copper toxicity, improves blood and growth

1/29/2014 - Copper is a naturally occurring free metal. The body uses this metal for a variety of actions and regulates proper amounts. Too much copper taxes the kidneys and liver and can be detrimental. The right amount is essential. A certain blue-green algae called spirulina has been found to reduce copper toxicity...

Iron and copper cause oxidative damage in liver

1/27/2014 - Both iron (Fe) and copper (Cu) are necessary elements in the body and vital to numerous processes for good health. Iron, in particular, is known for its use in the transportation of oxygen in the bloodstream, while copper is known for regulating processes in the reproductive, glandular and nervous system....

Zinc protects brain cells from effects of copper toxicity

1/20/2014 - The naturally occurring metal copper plays an essential role for certain functions of the body; however, underutilized copper can accumulate in the soft tissues of the body and actually be toxic. Too much copper can roam freely and accumulate in the liver and the brain, eroding necessary cellular...

Coronary artery disease associated with copper and zinc imbalance

1/9/2014 - Zinc and copper are considered trace minerals, which means that they're necessary for metabolic activity in smaller amounts than macro minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. That doesn't negate the importance of trace minerals, though, which also include iron, iodine and selenium. Any...

Calcium has capacity to reduce copper toxicity, study shows

1/8/2014 - It is hardly a secret that millions of people living in the developed world are overworked, perpetually stressed and addicted to junk food, all factors which can impair adrenal function, toxify the liver and lead to other serious health problems associated with a condition known as copper toxicity....

After years of suppression, scientists finally admit copper destroys norovirus (and so does silver)

10/15/2013 - The highly infectious norovirus, or stomach flu bug, causes a very common illness, affecting hundreds of millions of people who come into contact with it through contaminated food, water, surfaces or other people every year. Now, scientists have discovered that copper and its more than 300 different...

Do you have chronic anxiety? Balance your zinc and copper levels: Research

9/3/2013 - We all get anxious about issues now and then and tend to get over it. But chronic anxiety, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), is both chronic and non-specific. With GAD, there are no isolated situations that warrant worry. The worry and tension are present disproportionately all the time with...

Do you consume too much copper? Copper from diet linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

8/22/2013 - Over the past 50 to 100 years, the incidence of new Alzheimer's disease cases have remained relatively low, partly due to poor diagnostic techniques, but to a much larger extent, because the root dietary and lifestyle practices that precipitate this devastating illness were minimized or non-existent....

Oncologists now deliberately depleting women's copper reserves to fight breast cancer, even though trace mineral may help fight tumors

5/20/2013 - Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City have made an interesting discovery they say could hold the key to targeting a rare form of deadly breast cancer. One major problem, however, is that the potential treatment, which involves deliberately depleting women's natural reserves...

New research: Copper kills superbugs and other hospital-acquired infections

4/11/2013 - Scientists have found there's a way to dramatically prevent serious, life-threatening infections-- including those caused by especially dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs. It doesn't involve Big Pharma drugs or toxin-laden chemical treatments. Instead, the germ-busting substance is the metal copper....

Everyday heavy metal toxicity

1/18/2013 9:11:59 PM - We have no idea of the heavy metal dangers lurking about us. So, I am gong to present common heavy metals, what they may cause in cumulative amounts and their common sources. LEAD Constipation; Vomiting; Learning difficulties; Mental retardation; Hyperactivity; Vertigo; Gout, arthritis; kidney damage;...

Scientists fight superbugs naturally with copper

12/7/2012 - Contact with copper can prevent bacteria from exchanging genetic material and even kill them, making it a potent resource in the fight against the spread of drug-resistant superbugs, according to a study conducted at the University of Southampton, England and published in the journal mBio. Bacteria...

Boost vigor and mental well-being by harmonizing copper levels in the body

8/10/2012 - Migraines, depression, fatigue and insomnia - these are just a few of the disorders that may be caused by a remarkably common nutritional imbalance of copper. When proper levels of this mineral are not maintained, illness and disease can develop. Since copper deficiency and toxicity have far reaching...

97 percent of hospital superbugs killed with copper

8/22/2011 - Dependence on antibiotics has spawned a plethora of antibiotic resistant pathogens, such as MRSA bacteria, which are becoming epidemic. Most, not all, of those antibiotic resistant microbes were generated in hospitals. Some doctors and hospital administrators are forced into looking at copper and silver...

Antimicrobial copper kills 97 percent of deadly bacteria, reduces infection rate by 40 percent

7/15/2011 - A new study presented at the World Health Organization's (WHO) 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, has revealed that the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospitals helps reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) by 40 percent....

Studies find copper may help protect against MRSA and other hospital superbugs

12/13/2009 - The Journal of Hospital Infection is set to publish three papers in its January issue that discuss new research about the antimicrobial properties of copper. Studies are showing that copper is highly resistant to bacteria and that it may be a viable biocide to use in hospitals where superbugs like methicillin-resistant...

Silver (and copper) bullets kill disease-causing bacteria

12/9/2009 - In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) handed down a dictate against products known as colloidal silver -- tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid base. The FDA (http://www.naturalnews.com/010761_silver_the_FDA_bacteria.html) proclaimed colloidal silver was not recognized as safe and effective...

Copper Fittings Could Eliminate Superbugs in Hospitals

4/1/2009 - Replacing stainless steel hospital fixtures with copper ones could dramatically hamper the survival and spread of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile, according to a study conducted by researchers from Selly Oak Hospital...

High-dose copper reverses heart enlargement

1/18/2008 - Relatively high doses of copper may help reverse unhealthy enlargement of the heart, according to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The research was led by scientists at the University of Louisville Medical Center in Kentucky, in collaboration with Agricultural Research...

Copper supplements may normalize enlarged hearts

10/30/2007 - Copper can fix enlarged hearts, new research involving mice suggests. The study comes from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and found that adding copper to the diet reversed hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart). • USDA surveys have shown that most Americans already get more than...

High-fat, copper-rich diets associated with increased rates of cognitive decline in older adults (press release)

10/10/2006 - Among older adults whose diets are high in saturated and trans fats, a high intake of copper may be associated with an accelerated rate of decline in thinking, learning and memory abilities, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Although...

Unmasking nutrition's role in genes and birth defects (press release)

10/6/2006 - Expectant mothers may someday get a personalized menu of foods to eat during pregnancy to complement their genetic makeup as a result of new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers used transparent fish embryos to develop a way to discover how genes and diet interact...

Copper deficiency found to contribute to serious birth defects

8/28/2006 - A study of zebrafish -- conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Children's Discovery Institute -- suggests that while copper deficiencies are rare in humans, the condition may contribute to birth defects. The researchers hope that the findings in...

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