Abstracts & Commmentary

Benefits of Exercise for Men on Active Surveillance

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
06-05-2019 
Many studies have assessed the benefits of exercise in men with prostate cancer, but a recent study is the first to look specifically at the association of physical activity and risk of progression in men who are on active surveillance. Can vigorous exercise delay prostate cancer progression?

Air Pollution and Adolescent Psychosis

by Kelsey Asplin, ND
06-05-2019 
A population cohort study from the United Kingdom finds a significant relationship between air quality and the occurrence of psychotic events during adolescence (between the ages of 12 and 18).

Synbiotics and Pomegranate Juice for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc
06-05-2019 
A placebo-controlled trial compares the effects of pomegranate juice, pomegranate juice with synbiotics, and a synbiotic-only beverage on insulin parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Is the addition of pomegranate juice worth the extra sugar and calories?

Is Low-Carb the Key to Lasting Weight Loss?

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
06-05-2019 
Study comparing low-carbohydrate, moderate-carbohydrate, and high-carbohydrate diets identifies key mechanism regarding sustainable weight loss.

Wearable Devices: Usable or Useless Information?

by John Neustadt, ND
05-22-2019 
Fitness trackers and similar technologies, a multibillion dollar industry, provide users with a plethora of information. Many collect data not just on step count or miles covered, but on physiologic measures of fitness and health such as heart rate and sleep patterns. But how reliable is the data?

Light Therapy Glasses for Depression in Teens

by Kaycie Rosen Grigel, ND
05-22-2019 
Clinical trial finds a novel mode of blue light delivery improves mood in teenagers suffering from depression.

Outdoor Light Pollution Linked to Increased Depression and Suicide Risk

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
05-22-2019 
Light at night (LAN), often called “light pollution,” has been identified as a public health threat. A recent study links LAN specifically to increased prevalence of depression and suicide or suicidal ideation.

Should Aggression Be Added to Melatonin’s Adverse Effects?

by Catherine Darley, ND
05-22-2019 
Melatonin use among adults has nearly doubled in the last decade, but comprehensive data on adverse effects is lacking. A recent randomized controlled trial used a creative setup to explore whether or not melatonin increases aggressive tendencies, an effect that has been observed in animals.

Clock Genes and Aging in the Elderly

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-22-2019 
Clock genes help control circadian rhythms. Several polymorphisms of the CLOCK gene, one of the first such genes to be discovered, have been identified. Could variations in the CLOCK gene explain differences in aging quality?

Melatonin to Prevent ICU Delirium

by Kelsey Asplin, ND
05-01-2019 
Delirium is a common complication among patients in the intensive care unit, but treatment options are limited and pose additional risks. Could melatonin, a simple and nontoxic intervention, be an effective therapy for this condition?

Childhood Residential Green Space Exposure Predicts Future Risk of Psychiatric Diagnosis

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
05-01-2019 
Exposure to green space has been shown to improve mental health in both children and adults. A large study involving nearly 1 million people is the first to show a relationship between green space exposure during childhood and risk of mental illness in adulthood.

The Importance of Beta Cell Preservation in Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

by Jody Stanislaw, ND, CDE
05-01-2019 
A retrospective study finds that children with type 1 diabetes who experience partial remission (“honeymoon” phase) have lower low-density cholesterol levels up to 5 years post-diagnosis, prompting the question: could interventions to protect islet cells prevent long-term complications?

Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer's Disease

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
04-17-2019 
Research shows lack of sleep disrupts glymphatic clearance of β-amyloid, revealing a potential association between sleep disturbance and neurodegenerative disorders of the brain.

Fish Oil and Bleeding Risk: Time to Face Facts

by Chianyi Liu, ND
04-03-2019 
Practitioners often recommend that patients stop taking fish oil before surgery because of concerns that omega-3 fatty acids increase bleeding risk. A large, multinational, placebo-controlled study suggests such concerns may not be warranted.

ALCAT Testing for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-03-2019 
Sales of gluten-free products have skyrocketed in recent years, as many consumers who do not have celiac disease attribute their gastrointestinal symptoms to the wheat protein. Could a laboratory test predict gluten insensitivity in this population?

Air Pollution Impacts Cognitive Performance

by Julianne Forbes, ND
04-03-2019 
A survey-based study of a large population in China finds air pollution is associated with declining performance on verbal and mathematical tests, with variations in effects related to both age and gender.

Intravenous Vitamin C and Radio Sensitization in Pancreatic Cancer

by Heather Wright, ND, FABNO
03-06-2019 
A combination of in vitro and in vivo studies, including a phase I clinical trial, supports the addition of intravenous vitamin C to a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Breakfast Improves Cardiometabolic Health Measures in Men with Prediabetes

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-06-2019 
In 2017, the American Heart Association established that not skipping breakfast is associated with better health and even lower cardiovascular risk. The results of a controlled feeding trial involving prediabetic men corroborate—eating earlier in the day improved several measures of cardiometabolic health.

Probiotics for Bipolar Disorder Mania

by Lachlan Crawford, ND
03-06-2019 
Randomized controlled trial finds bipolar patients on probiotics have fewer rehospitalizations compared to those on placebo.

Early-life Alcohol Consumption and High-Grade Prostate Cancer

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
03-06-2019 
Study finds a positive association between heavier alcohol exposure from the ages of 15 to 49 and the diagnosis of high-grade prostate cancer at time of biopsy.