Abstracts & Commmentary

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Reveals Inflammation Post Covid-19 Recovery

by Vivian A. Kominos, MD, FACC, ABOIM
11-04-2020 
In a study of 100 patients who had recovered from Covid-19, 60% had evidence of myocardial inflammation. Safe, known measures to decrease cardiac inflammation may be indicated.

Efficacy and Safety of a Botanical Hemp Extract Containing Cannabidiol

by Miles Sarill, MSc
11-04-2020 
HDL cholesterol levels significantly improved in those receiving a CBD supplement.

Some Carbohydrates Are Good for the Heart

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
11-04-2020 
Improving the quality of your carbohydrates consumed can lead to weight loss, smaller waist circumference, and lowered blood pressure.

Probiotics for Dysbiosis in Parkinson Disease

by Heather Zwickey, PhD
11-04-2020 
Medications for Parkinson Disease may decrease butyrate-producing microbes and increase Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species, with ramifications for optimal probiotic supplements and diet.

Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Do They Decrease Anxiety in Cancer Patients?

by Poorvi Shah, DO
10-21-2020 
A meta-analysis of 28 studies, involving about 3,000 participants, finds that mindfulness-based interventions can reduce anxiety for up to 6 months after the intervention but not longer.

Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Patients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-21-2020 
This large study looks at the relationship between IGF-1 levels, body mass index, and recurrence and mortality in HER2+ breast cancer patients, with surprising results.

Ketogenic Diet and Breast Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
10-21-2020 
Adoption of a ketogenic diet may help women with breast cancer reduce fat mass, a risk factor for recurrence.

Chemical Hair Treatments May Pose Highest Cancer Risk to Black Women

by Maxwell Crispo, ND
10-21-2020 
Use of permanent hair dye was associated with a 45% increase in breast cancer risk in Black women compared to a 7% increase in White women. In contrast, hair straightener use was associated with an 18% increased risk for all participants.

Coronavirus, Pregnancy, and Infant Brain Development

by Caitlin O'Connor, ND
10-07-2020 
The link between maternal choline intake during pregnancy and infant outcomes is a hot topic in prenatal nutrition. This article shows that higher levels of the essential nutrient during pregnancy may protect infants from the neurological effects of maternal viral infections. It contributes to a growing body of work suggesting that all providers working with pregnant women should assess choline intake.

Shifting the Gut Microbiome in People with Type 2 Diabetes

by Bert Mathieson, ND, RD, LD, CDE
10-07-2020 
Supplementing with Scutellaria baicalensis in conjunction with medication may shift the gut microbiota in a way that improves glycemic control.

Vitamin C: Possible Beneficial Treatment for Critically Ill Ventilated Patients

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-07-2020 
A safe and simple intervention at the right dose could get patients off mechanical ventilation sooner

Fish Oil May Protect Brain From Air Pollution Damage

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-07-2020 
Exposure to fine particulate matter has been shown to shrink brain volume, but new research finds that omega-3 fatty acids may help combat that.

Prebiotic Relieves Constipation and Alters Microbiota

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
09-02-2020 
Along with improving gastrointestinal regularity, soluble fiber may also reduce systemic inflammation by purging the body of bacterial endotoxins.

Ashwagandha May Calm Generalized Anxiety Disorder

by Wendy Wells, NMD
09-02-2020 
New research supports the use of ashwagandha to treat anxiety, sleep issues, and stress-related conditions such as high cortisol levels and muscle tension.

New Links Between Air Pollution, CVD, and Mortality

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-02-2020 
A new study finding a link between particulates, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality is especially relevant now, as we observe the effects of decreased air pollution amid Covid shutdowns.

Vitamin D and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
08-05-2020 
By modifying the immune response and decreasing antibodies, vitamin D may help in the treatment of autoimmune thyroid disease.

Tuberculosis Mortality Impacted by Residential Tree Density

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
08-05-2020 
For TB patients, the greener the neighborhood, the lower the mortality risk. This inverse relationship may hold true for other respiratory conditions as well.

Ergothioneine and Citrus Metabolites Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

by Lorinda Sorensen, ND, LAc
08-05-2020 
A recent population-based, prospective study looked at plasma metabolites, including ergothioneine, to identify a link between health-conscious food patterns and reduced cardiometabolic morbidity and mortality.

Association of Longitudinal Patterns of Habitual Sleep Duration With Risk of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality

by John Neustadt, ND
08-05-2020 
People who sleep between 7 and 8 hours per night are at the lowest risk for first-time cardiovascular events, as well as all-cause mortality, according to a new study.

Vitamin D Levels Associated with Covid-19 Infection Risk

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-05-2020 
Higher vitamin D status correlates with a lower number of Covid-19 cases and a lower number of deaths from the disease.