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Patent Issued for Curry Treatment

Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:33 PM

The demonstrated health benefits of compounds in curry spice has led the U.S. government to issue a patent to the University of Rochester and two other entities for their use in developing new treatments to combat cancer, acne, baldness, and other conditions.
The patent centers on compounds related to curcumin, the main ingredient of the spice turmeric and a key element of curry. The patent is for research led by Chawnshang Chang, director of cancer research at the university’s medical center.
Chang is one of many researchers worldwide investigating the health benefits of curcumin, which gives curry its bright yellow color. Chang's work is licensed to AndroScience Corp. of San Diego, a biotech company he co-founded.
The patent focuses on use of the compounds to develop treatments for prostate, bladder, liver, and other forms of cancer related to male hormones, as well as acne, baldness, enlarged prostate, and excessive growth of body hair.
Curcumin has been used for centuries as a traditional healing agent for a variety of ills in Asia.
"It's exciting and gratifying to be part of the broad effort to learn more about how compounds like ginger and curcumin exert potential health effects, which are well recognized in China and other cultures, and to try to harness them to treat people with diseases like prostate cancer," said Chang.
Chang's laboratory, working with scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and AndroScience, has screened hundreds of compounds for their potential health benefits.

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Compounds in curry spice to be tested for use against cancer, acne, baldness, and other conditions.
Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:33 PM
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