Abstracts & Commentary

DAOM, LAc
Researchers, using a new device to compare real acupuncture with sham acupuncture, found that the former potentially inhibits a hyperactive HPA axis, reducing anxiety in Parkinson disease patients.
ND, FABNO
A meta-analysis of earlier reports suggests walking is better than standing to reduce the harmful impact of prolonged sitting.
ND
Treatment with a biotherapeutic product reduced inflammation and possibly improved mucosal barrier functioning.
ND, FABNO
Omega-3-enriched parenteral nutrition, when combined with enteral nutrition, improves postoperative course following radical gastrectomy.
DO
Vaginal seeding may improve neonatal microbiota in ways that could potentially have lifelong benefits.
Initial results seem promising, but study flaws, such as small sample size and failure to report baseline measurements, call into question their validity.
ND, LAc, FABNO
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil effectively reduces blood pressure and stress in patients with essential hypertension.
DSc, RD, LD, CCN, CDE
In both men and women, regardless of body mass index, eating more ultraprocessed foods resulted in higher levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation.
ND, FABNO
In contrast to common assumptions about the safety of water-soluble vitamins, there may be a sweet spot for vitamin C intake, with too little and too much both increasing mortality risk.
Fasting for 16 hours a day, while restricting eating times to the other 8 hours, for five days a week, improved cardiovascular risk in breast cancer survivors, but with some undesirable effects.