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‘Chewing betel leaf may help fight cancer’

18 September 2012

KOLKATA: Chewing ‘paan’ or betel leaf could help fight a form of bone marrow cancer, a group of Indian researchers say.

A molecule derived from betel leaf may be beneficial to patients suffering from a cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells and the body refuses to respond to common drugs, said a study by scientists in Kolkata and Mumbai.

An alcoholic extract of the betel leaves helps patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) — the most common form of leukaemia in adults in India — holding out hope of improved treatment.

The research was carried out by the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), the Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Kolkata, and Piramal Life Sciences, Mumbai…..

Read more: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/09/18/53–Chewing-betel-leaf-may-help-fight-cancer-.html

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Written by csirindia

September 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

Posted in IICB

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