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What beautiful flower is used as a treatment for the most common childhood cancer? #WorldHealthDay

Today in Washington, DC, a small group of people representing nine states have gathered to visit congressional offices and appeal to their leaders for governmental change. “The rosy periwinkle [Catharanthus roseus ] plant is used for the cancer-fighting drug treatment known as Vincristine. In the case of my daughter, Isabelle would not have survived had researchers not discovered the rosy periwinkle before it became extinct.” – Teri Morin These people aren’t your typical lobbyists; some of them have overcome serious illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, while others have dedicated their lives to searching for cures for these devastating diseases. All agree that if it weren’t for nature-based medicines–many derived from threatened species struggling to survive in distant habitats–many of them would not be alive today. FEATURE: Gila Monsters and Human Health The...

Full article: http://www.conservation.org/FMG/Articles/Pages/natures_ph...

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