Abstracts & Commmentary

Cardiometabolic Benefits of Residential Green Space

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
10-02-2019 
Exposure to natural environments may have beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health beyond those ascribable to greater physical activity and improved air quality.

The Antioxidant N-Acetyl-cysteine Improves Sperm Quality

by Megan Chmelik
10-02-2019 
Daily supplementation with N-acetyl-cysteine for 3 months in men with abnormal sperm improved sperm quality and reduced markers of oxidative stress, which may contribute to male infertility.

Eryngium caucasicum Improves Primary Dysmenorrhea

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
10-02-2019 
Double-blind, placebo-controlled study shows that a traditional Middle Eastern herb is as effective as ibuprofen in reducing menstrual pain.

Rotavirus Vaccination Lowers Diabetes Risk in Children

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-02-2019 
Analysis of a national database in Australia shows a lower incidence of type 1 diabetes among children after the initiation of routine vaccination against rotavirus.

Gratitude Diary Improves Mood in Suicidal Inpatients

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
09-05-2019 
In a recent randomized controlled trial involving suicidal inpatients, patients who recorded their appreciation for simple gifts or pleasures in a “gratitude diary” showed greater improvements in hope and optimism than those who kept a food diary.

Blueberries Improve Cardiometabolic Function

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
09-04-2019 
Study finds that the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries per day improves high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol and vascular endothelial factors, which could reduce cardiovascular event risk by 11% or more.

Vitamin K Status and Mobility in Older Adults

by John Neustadt, ND
09-04-2019 
Longitudinal cohort study of older adults shows an association between low vitamin K levels and mobility.

Curcumin with Turmeric Essential Oil for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Cheryl Myers, RN
09-04-2019 
Randomized trial finds curcumin with turmeric essential oil is just as effective as diclofenac for the treatment of knee pain from osteoarthritis, with fewer adverse effects. The curcumin/turmeric combination could be a safe and effective NSAID alternative.

Replenishing Vitamin D Deficiency Improves Lung Cancer Prognosis

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
08-07-2019 
An interventional trial finds vitamin D supplements specifically benefit patients with lung cancer who were vitamin D–deficient to begin with, supporting an individualized approach to supplementation in this population.

Blueberries for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
08-07-2019 
Study finds that blueberries improve pain, stiffness, and gait but do not reduce biomarkers of inflammation in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Delta Tocotrienol and Bevacizumab for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
08-07-2019 
Randomized trial shows that tocotrienol, a member of the vitamin E family, works synergistically with bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody, to slow progression and extend survival in women with refractory ovarian cancer.

Anaerobically Prepared Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Ulcerative Colitis

by Mark Davis, ND
08-07-2019 
Study shows patients with ulcerative colitis who receive fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) experience steroid-free remission at 8 weeks in numbers greater than placebo.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Risk of Dying

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-02-2019 
A comprehensive analysis of data from 2 large cohorts, followed for several decades, suggests that sugar-sweetened beverages are a grave public health risk.

Ultra-processed Food Consumption, Appetite, and Weight Gain

by Ronald Hoffman, MD
07-02-2019 
Sophisticated inpatient trial and several other new studies confirm the harm of ultra-processed foods.

Gardening Promotes Production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the Elderly

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
07-02-2019 
The mental health benefits of gardening have been recognized for centuries and confirmed by modern-day science, but a recent study is among the first to explore the mechanism of action using biomarker data.

Probiotics, Fecal Transplant, and the Microbiome

by Andrea McBeth, ND
07-02-2019 
A study in both human volunteers and mice shows the benefit of autologous fecal transplant for reconstitution of the microbiome following antibiotic treatment. But what about probiotics?

Physician Assurance Reduces Patient Symptoms

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
07-02-2019 
Study finds a brief, one-sentence assurance from a physician in response to a patients’ allergic reaction significantly reduces allergic symptoms.

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.

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).