VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):地中海植物可抵御神经变性疾病
日期:2017-02-21 14:29

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Mediterranean Plants May Help Brain Diseases
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.
In the future, chemicals from plants found in and around the Mediterranean may be used to help treat people with brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
These two diseases are age-related and neurodegenerative. Neurodegenerative relates to the degeneration of nervous tissue, especially the brain.
People suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have deposits of sticky plaque in their brains. Over time, this plaque reduces brain function. Eventually, it causes death.
Scientists say plaque can be reduced
But scientists say the plaque deposits can be reduced with chemicals from plants, including prickly pear and brown seaweed. Scientists say the chemicals — or, extracts — appear to replace the harmful, sticky plaque with deposits that are less harmful.
These scientists are researchers at the University of Malta and the National Center of Scientific Research at the University of Bordeaux.
They tested the chemical extracts of the plants on a substance called Brewer's yeast. This yeast had plaque deposits similar to those seen in Alzheimer's disease. Scientists say the health of the yeast improved greatly after exposure to the chemical extracts.
Researchers then tested the extracts in fruit flies that were genetically changed to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's.
They found that when the flies were given brown seaweed extract, their lifespans increased by two days. Prickly pear helped the insects live four days longer.
That may not sound like a long time. However, the researchers remind us that one day in the life of a fruit fly is equal to one human year.
Researchers also noted that movement in some diseased insects improved.
They reported their findings in the journal Neuroscience Letters.
The best way to fight neurodegenerative diseases
Researchers say that the sticky plaques in both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases appear to form through the same biological pathways. Targeting these pathways, they say, is the best way to fight the diseases.
The lead author of the study is Ruben Cauchi of the University of Malta's Center for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking. He says the Mediterranean plant extracts are already used in health foods and some cosmetics. So, they are very safe.
The research team is working with a company that extracts the chemicals for commercial use as so-called "fountain of youth" products.
And that's the Health & Lifestyle report.
I'm Anna Matteo.

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词汇解析

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1.brain diseases 脑部疾病

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EEG can accurately reflect many brain diseases, especially for seizures, more accurate diagnosis.
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2.appear to 似乎;好像

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I appear to have mislaid my jumper.
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3.prickly pear 仙人掌

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The invasive prickly pear cactus in Australia was controlled by bringing in an Argentinean cactus moth.
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4.lead author 首席作者

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The lead author, Susan Harkema, is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the university.
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内容解析

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1.Over time, this plaque reduces brain function. Eventually, it causes death.

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Over time 随着时间流逝

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Over time, the technology is diffused and adopted by other countries.
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Over time she internalized her parents 'attitudes.
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2.However, the researchers remind us that one day in the life of a fruit fly is equal to one human year.

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be equal to 等于

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The happiness you feel is equal to the love you give.
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This is a nominative absolute structure, which is equal to a conditional clause.
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参考译文

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地中海植物可以抵御神经变性疾病的发生
这里是VOA慢速英语健康生活报道l[RJf%pOd7q5Fz
不久的将来,地中海及其周边发现植物所含的化学物质将有助于治疗阿尔茨海默病和帕金森病等脑部疾病Z~I9.sKzXmNxan_9[
这两种疾病是和年龄相关的神经变性疾病fqB*IVIrNIcLBa。神经退行性疾病与神经组织、尤其是脑部的退化息息相关oYKaAO;_M1;kg
这两种疾病的患者脑部会出现粘性斑块的沉积物pYi]Zb|EU-G8+P(Xb。这种斑块会逐渐降低大脑功能,最终会导致死亡^m8!]%C8xKlQ

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科学家认为斑块可缩减
科学家称,从仙人球和褐藻等植物中提取的化学物质可以减少这种斑块沉积物1JbzFXF7k#v5Z7+oTV。这些化学物质或提取物似乎能够用危害较轻的沉积物代替有害的粘性斑块TtsemTMCqToJFPBE9
这些科学家是马耳他大学及波尔多大学国家科学研究中心的研究人员%9#l(W^gva)O8g~L@hf
他们从一种名为“布鲁尔氏酵母”中提取了酵母进行检测pyDd(-(v+p[uscZ-。这种酵母与阿尔茨海默病症中的斑块沉积物类似(iD11L#(xC-Rym3(CKmD。科学家介绍,接触到植物中的化学物质后,这种酵母的健康程度明显提高u|an|RDFLJH+h
随后,研究人员对经过遗传修饰患上阿尔茨海默病症的果蝇进行测试_=Bs^5~*|.
他们发现,接受了褐藻提取物疗法后,果蝇的寿命延长了2天8!o~QG1L=Jm3。而仙人球提取物疗法能够将果蝇的寿命延长4天9U,oeejR#1Lq86abE!T
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研究人员还指出,患病昆虫的运动性也有所改善,U8sC4rzVBu_sH^2,M
他们将研究结果发表在《神经科学快报》杂志上3;lvRL0yRhv5Q7
抗击神经退行性疾病的最佳途径
研究人员表示,阿尔茨海默病和帕金森病的粘性斑块似乎都是通过同一种生物学机制形成的,“对症下药”才是对抗这类疾病的最好途径i!x[36uaYn(-J-mPF
这一研究的主要作者是马耳他大学医学和生物银行中心的鲁宾·考基(Ruben Cauchi)H*3)nDpX&WjIyI。他说,地中海植物提取物在保健食品和化妆品中被广泛应用,所以成分很安全=KKPTgi5a,p*P%drV_9j
研究团队正与“年轻之泉”——一家专门提取这类化学物质用于商业用途的公司合作nIB,9GN,)-BwSj1*L
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