Cannabinoids are a class of compounds that elicits its activity by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the body; specifically, CB1 (central) and CB2 (peripheral) receptors (1). Depending on their source, cannabinoids are classified as either endogenous, synthetic or phyto-cannabinoids. High concentrations of phyto-cannabinoids are naturally present in the resin of the cannabis plant. The most … Continue reading Cannabis compounds active against prostate cancer
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a research scramble to find an effective therapeutic agent to either prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. Whilst most of the focus has been on vaccine development and pharmaceutical treatments, exploration into plant-based compounds with proven effectiveness are also being made. Several medicinal plants with … Continue reading Three Medicinal Plants effective against COVID-19
The agriculture sector in Zambia will not succeed without first maximising the potential of Luapula province Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with immense agricultural potential. This is plain to see as roughly 58% of its total land area is suitable for agriculture. Zambia alone has around 40% of all the underground and … Continue reading Luapula, Zambia: Best potential, worst performance.
Cannabis Cannabis is one of the earliest known plants to be cultivated by human civilisation. Archaeological and historical evidence show cannabis being grown in East Asia as early as 4000 B.C; where is was used to manufacture strings, ropes, textiles, and paper. From at least the 15th century, cannabis use in Africa was associated with … Continue reading A brief story of Cannabis
Whilst the conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19 are mounting, one real concern is the potential impact on people living with HIV in resource-limited communities. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been justifiable concerns over the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on HIV populations (SARS-CoV-2 is the name given to the virus that causes COVID-19). … Continue reading COVID-19 and HIV: concerns and conspiracies
Panic-induced stress might affect how your immune cells respond to the coronavirus infection. The response to the recent coronavirus outbreak seems like nothing we have ever witnessed in our lifetimes. Entire cities and countries are on lockdown, people are self-quarantined and business-as-usual is disrupted. There is also an abundance of information and misinformation that is … Continue reading Stress complicates COVID-19 recovery
Our global food system is failing us in so many ways. One of them deals with the nutrient quality of food that are now available to us. It comes as no surprise that the mineral content of many food crops is considerably lower than they were a few decades ago, or even before the industrial … Continue reading Soil Quality Affects the Nutrient Content of Plant Crops
A Will the future of nutrition research be a reflection of its past? by Dr Keiron Audain We will soon be closing off 2019 and entering a new decade. Yet despite our efforts, the international nutrition community have very few wins to celebrate. Undernutrition and obesity are on the rise globally; developing countries face double … Continue reading Interests of ‘Big Food’ overshadow Health Concerns
Keiron Audain Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Zambia The importance of adolescence in achieving catch-up growth and reducing future disease risk has been reported. Interventions to improve the dietary behaviour of adolescents is therefore urgently needed. The supporting evidence of successful nutrition interventions in the African context is scarce (1). Little is … Continue reading Research Gaps in Adolescent Nutrition