Curry ingredient curcumin may increase protein levels in immunesystem – Sony MDR In Ear Headphones Manufacturer

The cooking spice turmeric is not only a vital ingredient in manycurries, it has also been used for 2,500 years as a medicinalcompound in the Ayurvedic system of medicine in India. Now,researchers have discovered that a compound found in the spicecalled curcumin can increase the levels of a protein known to bevital in the “innate” immune system. Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) is a major component inthe immune system that helps our bodies fight off various viruses,bacteria or fungi. Although earlier studies have demonstrated that vitamin D increases CAMP levels, researchers are interested in finding analternative mechanism to influence or increase CAMP levels. The study, conducted by researchers in the in collaboration withresearchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, ispublished in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry andbiophysics in the Linus Pauling Institute, explained: “Thisresearch points to a new avenue for regulating CAMP geneexpression. It’s interesting and somewhat surprising that curcumincan do that, and could provide another tool to develop medicaltherapies.” Although, curcumin does not increase CAMP levels as significantlyas vitamin D, it could have physiologic value, said Gombart.Researchers have also studied the anti-inflammatory and antioxidantproperties of cur cumin. Gombart said: “Curcumin, as part of turmeric, is generally consumed in the dietat fairly low levels. However, it’s possible that sustainedconsumption over time may be healthy and protect against infection,especially in the stomach and intestinal tract.” The researchers set out to determine whether curcumin and omega-3fatty acids can increase CAMP levels. They found that curcuminincreased levels by almost three-fold whereas omega-3 fatty acidsdid not. Sony MDR In Ear Headphones Manufacturer

The CAMP peptide, which is the only known antimicrobial peptide ofits type in humans, appears to have the ability to destroy avariety of bacteria, including those that cause tuberculosis and protect against the development of sepsis. Written By Grace Rattue Copyright: Medical News Today Not to be reproduced without permission of Medical News Today Additional References Citations. Beats By dr Dre Solo HD Headphones Manufacturer

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Global markets plunge after dismal us jobs data suggest worldeconomy slowing sharply

LONDON – Fears of a sharp slowdown in the world’s two largest economies,the U.S. and China, and concerns over the stability of Europe’scurrency union combined to batter global financial markets onFriday. A dismal U.S. jobs report topped off a brutal week that included areport showing China’s manufacturing sector — the backbonefor the country’s economy for years — is stagnating.Financial turmoil continued in Europe, where fears simmered thatGreece might leave the 17-country eurozone or Spain might need abailout that its European partners can scarcely afford. A government report showed U.S.

employers created just 69,000 jobsin May, the fewest in a year, while the unemployment rate rose to8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11months. U.S. consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the economy and afifth of world demand, so the health of the labor market is crucialfor the global economy. “May’s employment report clearly suggests that US labor marketconditions are deteriorating again,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S.economist at Capital Economics. He said the figures were so badthey would prompt speculation that the Federal Reserve might offernew stimulus to the U.S.

economy. In Europe, Germany’s DAX tumbled 3.4 percent to close at 6,050.29,while France’s CAC-40 lost 2.2 percent to 2,950.47 and Britain’sFTSE 100 fell 1.1 percent to 5,260.19. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 1.7 percentto 12,181.57 and the S&P 500 dropped 1.9 percent to 1,285.28. The sell-off started earlier in Asia, where indexes also closedlower, after a survey showed China’s manufacturing activity hadalmost stopped growing in May. Ludacris Soul Headphones

“The (Chinese) data is so bad, and so clearly points to slowdown ofgrowth momentum, that it will likely help convince policy makersthat the economy needs more stimulus,” Dariusz Kowalczyk, senioreconomist at Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong, said in an email. A similar survey on Europe’s manufacturing sector was even moredownbeat, falling to 45.1 points, with the measure for Germany— which had grown steadily throughout the past two years’debt crisis — hitting a 35-month low of 45.2. Analysts said the figures suggested the region would experience aneven deeper economic downturn than previously forecast. The risingimpact on strong economies like Germany might also make them morereluctant to provide bailouts for weaker countries. China Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Meanwhile, Europe’s debt crisis continued unabated, with thegovernment borrowing rates of Spain and Italy rising as topfinancial experts clamored for European leaders to take action. The head of the European Central Bank earlier this week toldEuropean Union leaders that the euro currency union isunsustainable in its current form. Along with the EuropeanCommission in Brussels, he supported the creation of a centralbanking union that might offer deposit insurance across the17-country eurozone and even bail out banks directly, bypassingnational governments. As fears of its break up grew in May, the euro fell nearly 7percent during the month but recovered 0.3 percent on Friday to$1.2397 after hitting a new two-year low earlier in the day. Sennheiser In Ear Headphone

The likelihood of Greece leaving the euro grew since May 6, whenparties opposed to the terms of the country’s financial rescue wonat the polls. New elections are planned for next month. This week, Spain became the new focus of the crisis after itsborrowing rates soared to nearly 7 percent, a level that isconsidered unsustainable for a country to continue funding itselfby selling bonds to investors. Greece, Portugal and Ireland wereforced to ask for financial aid after their rates went over 7percent. The economic outlook is more likely to worsen than improve.According to the latest official figures, unemployment in theeurozone remained at a record high of 11 percent in April, thoughit worsened in struggling countries like Spain, Portugal andGreece.

Youth unemployment in Spain hit 51.5 percent. Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index closed 1.2 percent lowerat 8,440.25 and South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.5 percent to1,835.51. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index lost 0.3 percent to 4,063.90.Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and New Zealandwere also lower. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng ended 0.4 percent lower at 18,558.34 afterbriefly posting gains amid hopes for stimulus measures by theChinese government. Mainland Chinese shares were flat.

Benchmark oil for July delivery slumped $2.84 to $83.69 per barrelin electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Thecontract fell $1.29 to settle at $86.53 in New York on Thursday. The dollar fell to 78.10 yen from 78.33 yen late Thursday in NewYork. __ Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this article.

Lynchburg-area students take on tougher math sol tests – Beats By Dr Dre Wireless Headphones

At Sandusky Elementary School on Thursday, students and staff linedthe hallways to give high-fives and show support as the thirdgraders went into their math Standards of Learning tests. The exams are a source of concern for Lynchburg”s schoolofficials, as earlier batches of Lynchburg elementary and highschool students were averaging four hours to get through the mathtest. “Frankly, that is too much time in testing,” LynchburgSuperintendent Scott Brabrand said. “I think we are goingpast the tipping point where it’s becoming less a test of knowledgeand more a test of stamina.” The exams reflect Standards of Learning enacted by the state in2009, taught for three years and tested for the first time thisyear.

School officials in Appomattox and Bedford counties also reportedstudents across the grades taking longer with the tests and findingthem more challenging. For the first time this year, students in the sixth grade and upwill be graded on special “technology enhanced”questions — anything from creating a graph to filling in theblank. Third, fourth and fifth graders are seeing those questions too, butwon”t be graded on them until next year. Virginia Department of Education spokesman Charles Pyle said themultiple choice questions that make up the majority of the testalso are more rigorous and require greater application ofknowledge. “We know these tests are taking students longer tocomplete,” he said.

At the state level, that”sprompting concern about school divisions failing to adequatelyteach the standards to students. In a press release, VDOE called the 2009 standards a”critical component of the Commonwealth”s effort topromote college-and-career-readiness.” The state education department provided statistics from the smallnumber of students who took the tests in the fall due to blockscheduling. Those statewide statistics showed plummeting scores inAlgebra, Algebra II and Geometry. Most dramatically, while 84.1percent of first-time test takers passed the Algebra I test lastfall, only 49.2 percent passed this fall. Historically, test scores dip when a new test is introduced, thenimprove once students and schools become better acclimated. Beats By Dr Dre Wireless Headphones

A handful of E.C. Glass High School students interviewed for thisstory said they thought this spring”s math tests were muchmore difficult this year than last, taking three periods or socomplete, instead of one and half. “I know some people that are pretty smart and they all failedit,” said freshman Cameran Headlund, of the Algebra I test hetook last week. Students who fail an Algebra, Algebra II or Geometry test but get ascore above a certain cutoff have the opportunity to retake thetest. Beats By Dr Dre Wireless Headphones

Bedford County Supervisor of Testing and Planning Mark Blankenshipsaid this year his division is giving about twice as many retakesas in the past. And Lynchburg Director of Testing April Bruce saidteachers and high school students have been heartbroken by some ofthe preliminary results. Students need to pass end-of-course SOL mathematic tests such asAlgebra in order to graduate, though the new tests don”taffect current seniors. Annette Bennett, Appomattox County”s Director of Curriculumand Instruction said she doesn”t mind the division being heldaccountable to higher standards, but worries about currentsophomores and juniors, who will need to retake and pass within thenext year or two in order to graduate. “I’m good with the standards. AKG Foldable Headphones Manufacturer

I’m good with the rigor. I justwant students to have another option to get a Virginia high schooldiploma,” she said. For more information, visit the state department of educationwebsite, http://www.doe.virginia.gov , which currently features links to information about the new mathtests directly on the homepage.

Canada body parts victim was suspect’s chinese gay lover, policesay – Sony MDR In Ear Headphones

MONTREAL – The victim in the Canada body parts case was a Chinese studentstudying at Concordia University in Montreal who was in arelationship with Luka Rocco Magnotta, the wanted fugitive andchief suspect in the case. Police confirmed to the French language La Presse newspaper late Thursday that 33-year-old Lin Jun — from the eastern Chinesecity of Wuhan — is the victim in the case, as the search for29-year-old Magnotta went global amid reports he had fled toFrance. A senior French police official said Friday he is “sure” that LukaRocco Magnotta is currently in France. Another French policeofficial said Magnotta apparently flew to Paris from Montreal lastweekend. Police said Magnotta and Lin were in a romantic relationship, andthat they lived close to each other in Montreal, according to theToronto Star.

Lin arrived in the city in July 2011 and was admitted to ConcordiaUniversity. A spokesman for the consulate, Xu Xin, said a man whofit Lin’s description was then reported missing by relatives May24. The consulate is now working to notify Lin’s family in China toadvise them of the case. Police also sought the help of Interpol onThursday amid reports Magnotta — a former stripper and porn actor– had boarded a plane to France. Magnotta was listed on the Interpol website Thursday as a fugitive29-year-old male from Scarborough, Canada, measuring 5ft 10in tallwith blue eyes and brown hair.

Police had earlier issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Magnottaand authorities have asked the public for help in tracking himdown. He is accused of posting a hand and a foot to the ConservativeParty headquarters and the Liberal Party headquarters in Ottawa. The mystery began Tuesday when a package with blood on the outsideand containing a decomposing left human foot arrived at theConservative Party headquarters near Parliament Hill. Police saidit was addressed to the party and not to a specific person. Beats By Dr Dre Wireless Headphones

The left hand, found in a package Tuesday night at an Ottawa postalterminal, was addressed to the Liberal Party headquarters, theCanadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. On Tuesday, police discovered a man’s torso stuffed into a suitcaseand dumped on a pile of garbage behind the apartment complex. The CTV Television Network reported that a note was found in thepackage with the left foot. The note said that a total of six bodyparts had been sent out and the person behind the dismembermentwould kill again. Sony MDR In Ear Headphones

Both Canada Post and the police are now working to find those fourother body parts, CTV added. Magnotta is also believed to have uploaded a video of the killingto a Canada-based website on May 25. The video, which police believe is genuine, was dubbed “1 Lunatic 1Ice Pick.” It shows the perpetrator stabbing the victim with an icepick and dismembering the victim. It also appears to show cannibalism and sexual acts carried outupon the corpse. Monster Beats By Dre Studio Headphones

The 10-minute-long video attracted 300,000 hits injust four hours on Thursday.