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help HIV and cancer patients overcome their vulnerability
to fungal infections. Shahina grew up in Bangladesh
where an abundance of medicinal plants has conditioned
many in the south Asian country to reach for natural
remedies before pharmaceuticals.
The University of Regina PhD student in chemistry and
biochemistry is putting cinnamon bark, cinnamon leaf,
clove and rosemary oil under the microscope.
By comparing and combining each herb and spice’s
essential oils, she’s seeking to find out which constituents
inhibit virulence and cell division in fungal infections.
Her goal is to determine if these natural products can be
used instead of, or in combination with, antifungal drugs.
Every day, fungi grow more resistant to pharmaceuticals.
This important research could be a game-changer,
especially for those susceptible to fungal infections.