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Knowing labor pains can be relieved. MEPTID helps make deliveries safer for mother and baby.

Pregnancy is a happy state of mind. For some mothers, though, the months leading up to their delivery date is not without trepidation. The fact that intense labor pains can be alleviated gives comfort to many women who are nervous about their “big day”. Meptazinol, the active ingredient in the synthetic opioid MEPTID, is being is long been used because of its good safety profile and many positive benefits.

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The right selenase dose for lymphedema patients. Helping cleanse the body for greater quality of life.

The right selenase dose for lymphedema patients. Helping cleanse the body for greater quality of life.

A vast network of lymph nodes, conduit vessels and white blood cells circulating in a clear colorless fluid interconnects the filtering organs of the body. Thymus, spleen and tonsils toil in unison to drain excess fluid, filter out waste products and distribute infection-fighters throughout the body. Problems with this major part of the circulatory and immune systems arise when the flow of lymphatic fluid is obstructed.

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selenase dose chart for oncology patients. Leading the way in efficacious supplementation therapy.

selenase dose chart for oncology patients. Leading the way in efficacious supplementation therapy.

Bodies ravaged by cancer and chemotherapy have special needs for care and micronutrition. Tumorous diseases extract their toll on the supply of essential minerals to the tissues. Neoplastically transformed cells are not only under attack by the tumor, but also by the various drugs administered to fight the malignant spread. While these processes are going on, cancer patients are at a much higher risk of being depleted of vital micronutrients like selenium.

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KLH to fight the disease of forgetfulness: Researchers closing in on a vaccine

KLH to fight the disease of forgetfulness: Researchers closing in on a vaccine

The memory loss disorder eponymously called Alzheimer's burdens around 44 million people worldwide, according to the statistics reported by “Alzheimer’s News Today”. The prevalence of this neurodegenerative disease is as pathologically progressive as is its clinical course. Absent any cure or any way to stop or slow progression, the only options are symptomatic treatments and coping strategies for patients and their loved ones. Therefore, many committed researchers have long set their sights on developing a vaccine to ward off the disease’s neurodegenerative mental decline.

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Sharpening the body’s own weapons in its arsenal to battle coronaviruses

Sharpening the body’s own weapons in its arsenal to battle coronaviruses

The language of medicine is full of military analogies and metaphors. Take the immune system, for example: immune cells launch themselves into battle against identified targets. They bombard the invaders with proteins, putting them to rout, neutralizing or destroying them. An entire army of killer cells locates and decimates bacterial or viral enemies. We even talk about declaring war on a disease or, as at present, battling a virus. Every organism is constantly under siege by pathogens.

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Selenium safety in Sweden: Study shows no toxicity at high doses

Selenium safety in Sweden: Study shows no toxicity at high doses

Many parts of the world are deficient in selenium. One of those is the country Sweden and one of its most renowned medical research centers is the Karolinska Institute. Doctors there wanted to know if general intensive care unit (ICU) patients in a geographically depleted region would respond to high-dose selenium given intravenously. Their observational study also asked whether this therapy to reduce morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients with baseline low serum selenium status is safe.

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Good and current from the beginning. The principled production of selenium products at biosyn.

Good and current from the beginning. The principled production of selenium products at biosyn.

For anyone interested in a well-balanced selenium status – be it to improve a nutritional deficiency or treat sepsis on an intensive care unit – selenase has become a household name in Germany and worldwide. It all started in 2009 when the pioneering researchers and developers at biosyn sought a way to apply their purification and crystallization technologies to aseptically produce the naturally occurring trace element selenium based on pharmacopeial principles and GMP standards.

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Spring fever: When and why worlds collide

At last, spring has arrived. The days are getting longer, the sun shines brighter and nature is in full bloom. For many, a reason to rejoice over a new surge in energy like that described by Public Health Professor Smolensky. For others, the transition from winter to spring brings fatigue, tiredness and sleep disturbances. Doctors attribute this to a circadian imbalance between happiness hormones like serotonin and sleep hormones like melatonin. When the seasons change, our body has to get used to longer periods of sunlight. The warmer temperatures make the blood vessels dilate and the blood pressure drop. So what gets us energized? Going outside, exercising in the fresh air and filling up on natural light all cranks up our production of happiness hormones. During the current crisis, however, with curfews and sheltering-in-place to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we may not spend enough time outdoors. Yet there are myriad ways we can adjust our hormones and our inner clock to spring. One recommended method is to take dietary supplements.

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High-powered jobs and the thymus: Adrenalin junkies take note

Top-level executives, decision-makers, change managers, policy makers in government and other leading influencers wield great power. These powerful jobholders certainly lead exhilarating, albeit stressful lives. Psychologically, type-A personalities tend to be adrenalin junkies whose bodies and minds are continually driving in the fast lane. Physically, this constant stress can throw the immune system out of whack. Biochemically, the state of equilibrium between T-helper 1 and T-helper 2 activity is disrupted. There is plenty of evidence that stress situations cause the body to produce more cortisol and that elevated levels of cortisol lead to involution of an important organ of immunity: the thymus. Limited thymus function leads to a decline in naive T-cells, greater susceptibility for infections and other diseases.

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Life is the color blue: Zones where people live the longest discussed by oncologist Dr. Katzler

In 1972, the Apollo 17 crew took this photo of the earth–an image still virtually orbiting the planet. Most striking is the iridescent hue radiating from the oceans. No wonder NASA dubbed this classic astronaut photo “The Blue Marble”. Mere coincidence then that the National Geographic expedition team of Buettner and Skemp referred to the 5 places in the world with the greatest longevity as “The Blue Zones”? To find out why there are certain clusters of centenarians who have lived such long healthy lives, biosyn’s Dr. Marit Hüller talked to Hamburg gynecologist and breast cancer specialist Dr. Katzler about the role nutrition plays in this phenomenon. In addition to the various therapies offered at his center, he explains about integrative methods, superfoods and debunks the notion of cancer diets. They also discuss the typical commonalities of people who live beyond the age of one hundred. To listen to the video-interview in German with English subtitles, click here for the short version or go to Youtube for the 6-minute version.

Sometimes the sun needs help. biosyn’s VitD3 barometer for spring during the corona shutdown.

Spring has officially begun in the northern hemisphere and, as every year, we have turned our clocks forward for daylight saving time. Historically, we do this to save energy and get more from the sun. When the days are short and grey, we urgently need sunlight to replenish our vitamin D3 stores or we turn to dietary supplements seeing as this fat-soluble "sun vitamin" is not naturally present in most of the foods we eat. Indeed, only 10-20 % of the vitamin D3 requirement can be covered by our nutrition. Now, during this crisis, our vitamin D3 stores are not as much emptied by short sunless days. Rather, we may be getting less exposure to sunlight because of shelter-in-place mandates and restrictions on gathering out of doors in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and avoid transmission of COVID-19.

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Selenium in times of immunity imperatives

Of those with pre-existing conditions, cancer patients are among those most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2. It has been long known that this risk population also tends to have a higher incidence of deficiencies in micronutrients in general and selenium in particular. An insufficient nutritional status, in turn, worsens their prognosis. Indeed, a strong immune system helps fight infection and can destroy tumor cells. As a manufacturer of ethical pharmaceuticals, biosyn takes very seriously its commitment to improving everyone’s understanding of the immunological impact of the micronutrients it produces.

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Going bananas over nuts. How many is too many?

Some characters go crackers over cheese, some people are suckers for sweets or think candy is just dandy. But in the end, when you put that bowl of tasty nuts in front of most people, nobody can eat just one. In fact, it’s very hard to stop scarfing up the delicious, chewy tidbits. Nuts, especially Brazil nuts are highly nutritious, highly caloric and very rich in the trace element selenium. Indeed, they have the highest selenium concentrations of all other natural foods.

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Closing the selenium-thyroid gap during pregnancy: get the FAQs

What’s more important during a pandemic than making sure that mother and baby stay healthy? Especially in times of SARS-CoV-2, a litany of questions arise like “How can pregnant women protect themselves from getting COVID-19?”, “Are pregnant women more susceptible?”, “What are the unique risks in pregnant populations?” and many others.

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Coronavirus virulence and severity: Who is susceptible?

What is more harrowing than being trapped in a cruise ship, stuck on an airplane or in an airport possibly surrounded by people infected with a novel, highly contagious and potentially deadly virus? Misinformation and sensationalist reporting doesn’t help calm one’s fears. After public health authorities around the world declared the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a public health emergency, the level of international concern has grown. But what are the actual facts? How do I know if I am susceptible? What symptoms should I look out for and what will happen to me if I contract the disease?

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Viral virulence and selenium science: New folder with important facts

As ever in tune with the current issues surrounding the topic of all things selenium, biosyn has released a new folder containing solid facts on how this important trace element can impact the course of the lung disease COVID-19 caused by the new SARS-CoV-2. When exposed to infectious pathogens like the novel coronavirus, the adaptive immune defenses of most healthy individuals will kick in and effectively fight back any invading microbes. However, if the infected person’s immune system is weakened, it has difficulty preventing the virus from traveling to its target cells where it then wreaks havoc.

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biosyn scientist and KLH researcher Dr. Kay Büchler shares his story for World Cancer Day 2020

The theme of World Cancer Day 2020 is "I am and I will" to let individuals tell about how they are committed to act in preventing cancer. One of biosyn’s own has shared his story: "My name is Dr. Kay Büchler. I am 42 years old and work as a production manager in drug research and development. After my doctoral studies in biology, I wanted to work on research into something that is not just theory, but can be applied clinically and is effective. Something that makes an impact in real life and is ultimately used on real patients. I looked to data for my answer and chose a biotech company in the pharmaceutical industry that uses very large protein molecules from a natural living source to help treat cancer. Bladder cancer. The molecules that we extract non-lethally from the Californian Keyhole Limpet are purified to an active ingredient and instilled into the urinary bladder. Because they are so big and different from naturally occurring human proteins, they stop recurrence by stimulating the immune system to fight any tumor cells trying to grow back. This therapy lowers the growth rate and acts with few side effects."

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biosyn’s Keyhole Limpet shares its story

My name is Megathura crenulata and I live in the cold coastal waters of Southern California’s and Baja Mexico’s Pacific rim. I am a marine mollusk that gives of itself to beat cancer. Every now and then, divers swim by my habitat to collect me and my comrades for our work in the fight against cancer. They gently take us to the biosyn labs where we are kept in cooled metal basins. As a gastropod, what flows through my veins is not mammalian blood, but hemolymph. The scientists in the lab extract this from my single foot to make immunocyanin, a powerful vaccine instilled in the bladder for cancer recurrence.

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