Abstracts & Commentary
In the first study to measure the effect of maternal clinical depression on telomere length (TL) and its relationship with oppositional defiant behavior preschoolers, researchers found that behavioral issues in children are linked to shorter TL and maternal depression.
In this crossover trial involving 13 healthy male adolescents, wearing blue-blocking, orange-tinted glasses before bed improved sleep disruption and led to better cognitive activation in the morning. Although preliminary, this study may pave the way for future studies that address sleep problems in any population whose quality of life is affected by poor sleep.
According to this pilot study, patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) saw improvement in quality of life as well as many biochemical markers from a course of waon therapy, a Japanese sauna treatment.
A recent study found that higher beta-carotene levels in lean women reduced breast cancer risk by 18% to 28%, contradicting studies on other at-risk populations. Is there something about the carotenoids and cancer that we still have to learn?
Calling into question decades of previous research, this randomized double-blind study of adolescents found that high doses of vitamin D did not demonstrate appreciable decreases in parameters assessing metabolic syndrome.
We’ve all read that positive emotions have an effect on health, but which emotions have the most impact? In this study, researchers discovered that the emotion of awe had the greatest correlation with lowered inflammation.
According to this randomized trial, current recommendations for protein intake for pregnant women are inadequate, which makes it even more important for healthcare providers to encourage pregnant patients to increase protein intake while closely monitoring their diet.
Find out why the ancient wheat einkorn is well tolerated even by those patients who have severe gluten sensitivity. Why does einkorn contain 30% more protein and significantly higher amounts of other nutrients than modern wheat? With gluten sensitivity on the rise, practitioners are becoming more interested in alternatives for their sensitive patients. Is einkorn the answer?
Research has shown that prophylactic treatment, specifically with the probiotic Lactobacillus species, is a viable natural alternative in the treatment and possible prevention of allergic diseases. Lactobacillus acidophilus strain L-92 (L-92), a bacterial strain used widely in dietary supplements, cultured milk, and yogurt in Japan, has been shown to have potent antiallergic activity both in vitro and in vivo. This review summarizes and explores previous published research on L-92, including its proposed mechanisms of action based on animal and laboratory studies and evidence from clinical trials supporting its use in treatment of allergic diseases.
By Mark Davis, ND. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), most commonly known as fecal transplant, is the process of applying microbes from the stool of a healthy person to the GI tract of a sick person in order to restore the patient’s microbial community, and thus the patient, to good health. The US Food and Drug Administration presently regulates FMT as a drug and a biological agent to treat patients with Clostridium difficile infection not responding to standard therapies. In addition to clinician use of FMT, sick people all over the world are preparing FMT retention enemas themselves at home. This article examines the evidence for the safety and efficacy of FMT for various conditions.
Interviews with Experts
Lorenzo Cohen's research at MD Anderson Cancer Center focuses on mind-body medicine with an emphasis on reducing risk of cancer and helping to prevent recurrence. In this interview, he discusses his current research, as well as challenges and future aspirations associated with integrated medicine specific to oncology.