Natural tree compound effective at treating MRSA, skin cancer

It is often considered to be a “trash tree” by farmers who fight to eliminate it in order to protect the viability of their land. But the Eastern Red Cedar contains certain powerful compounds that fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the deadly hospital “superbug” that is resistant to most antibiotics, according to a new report

Could shying away from the sun increase our risk of melanoma?

It’s a glorious warm and sunny day today in London, UK. A shadow was cast, though, by this story which appeared today in one of the UK’s national newspapers. It concerns the tragic death of a 21-year-old lady from malignant melanoma.

We’re told that that the victim ‘hated the sun’ and did her utmost to protect herself from it. Yet, she still ended up succumbing to malignant melanoma. The subtext: any amount of sun is hazardous.

However, is it true that ultraviolet exposure of the skin causes malignant melanoma? I know this link is constantly referred to and alluded to, but does it stand up to scrutiny? (more…)