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Honey Bees Can Reverse Brain Aging - Arizona University Study

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Pune, July 5, 2012 (Thanks to Arun Subramanian, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA for the news alert): "Many animals are characterized by declining brain function at advanced ages, including honeybees (Apis mellifera),"say the authors of a research article* in an online edition of the journal Experimental Gerontology dated May 21, 2012. "Variation in honeybee social development, moreover," the authors continue, "results in individual differences in the progression of aging that may be accelerated, delayed, and sometimes reversed by changes in behavior.

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Cruiser OSR Pesticide Used for Rapeseed to be Banned in France

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Chennai, June 3, 2012: A Reuters report in Yahoo News dated June 1, 2012 says that France is going to ban the pesticide Cruiser OSR, used in that country to treat rapeseed crop. France's decision to withdraw permit to Syngenta, a Swiss agro-chemical group, based on a recent study that showed thiamethoxam, a chemical component in Cruiser OSR coould harm honey bee colonies. Syngenta is given a two-week period to submit its evidence on the safety of the pesticide to honey bees.

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CAPE from Propolis Can Prevent Proliferation of Prostate and Other Cancer Cells

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Pune, May 12, 2012:scraping propolis from hive sides In an article dated February 16, 2011 on benefits of propolis, Rave Uno notes that use of propolis had been prescribed as a natural remedy, and recommended to treat small wounds, oral sores, skin burns and as mouthwash. Propolis is nowadays being investigated for reducing blood pressure and as a possible treatment for cancer. In their study1 on anti-tumor effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) derived from propolis on human breast cancer growth, researchers at the NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA have shown that CAPE inhibits cancer growth by inducing cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and reducing expression of growth and transcription factors and angiogenesis.

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Waggle Dance Effective in Recruiting Foragers and Collection of Food

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Pune, May 3, 2012: Honey bees use a combination of sounds, scents and gestures in their waggle dance to convey information about the location, quality and quantity of food to other nest-mates in the hive. Researchers from the University of Arizona, University of Notre-Dame, Indiana and Carl Hayden Bee Laboratory, USDA, Arizona in the USA have shown1 that waggle dancing Apis mellifera bees produce semiochemicals, that helped in worker recruitment.

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Honey Bees Affected by Anesthesia, like Humans!

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Pune, April 30, 2012 (Thanks to Bhaskar S. Manda, Chicago for the news alert): In an interesting study* on the effects of anesthesia on honey bees, a team of researchers from universities and institutions in New Zealand, Israel and Germany found that the bees treated with isoflurane delayed their post-anesthesia searches and in general showed effects like jet-lag in humans after long air travel. Following is the news released on April 19, 2012 by the Faculty of Medical and Health Services, University of Auckland, New Zealand on the study. See also the article in the Science Now of Science Magazine dated April 16, 2012.

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