Abstracts & Commmentary
03-01-2017 A second trial of a low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is as inconclusive as the first, leaving lingering questions about the helpfulness of this diet for patients with IBS.
03-01-2017 A trial of the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) yields convincing results: 8 out of 10 children who adhered to the SCD for 12 weeks obtained clinical remission.
02-01-2017 Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol abundant in green tea, appears to soothe the red, burning, painful, itchy skin associated with radiation therapy.
02-01-2017 Randomized controlled trial shows vitamin D supplementation reduces pregnancy losses and provides clues to the mechanism of action.
02-01-2017 Study analyzing associations between consumption of various sources of protein and recurrence of prostate cancer does not yield exciting new findings, but there are a few take-home messages.
02-01-2017 Acupressure significantly improved sleep quality and quality of life measures in women with persistent cancer-related fatigue in a recent randomized clinical trial.
12-07-2016 Associations between prenatal use of acetaminophen and behavioral problems in children adds to concerns about the safety of what is widely considered to be a benign over-the-counter remedy for pain and fever.
12-07-2016 Previous studies suggested magnesium could be an effective treatment for hot flashes. A new study finds the mineral is no better than placebo—but still effective.
12-07-2016 A randomized controlled trial finds saffron extract reduces symptoms of both anxiety and depression, with benefits similar to a leading antidepressant medication.
12-07-2016 Last month we learned of metformin’s anticancer benefits in breast cancer. This month we review the evidence for its potential to prevent colorectal cancer. And again we ask, “What place does metformin have in natural medicine?”
11-02-2016 A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effects of a popular adaptogen on controlling weight and improving general well-being in adults with chronic stress.
11-02-2016 Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the top causes of cancer death in the United States. For those with a history of CRC, a life-extending treatment may already be in the medicine cabinet.
11-02-2016 Placebo-controlled study demonstrates the benefits of flavonoid-rich grape juice for women who live life in the fast lane.
11-02-2016 Study demonstrates metformin’s anticancer benefits in a new subpopulation of women with breast cancer.
10-26-2016 In this placebo-controlled study, elderberry extract reduced symptoms and duration of common colds related to air travel, but the quality of the study raises some concerns.
10-26-2016 Study shows that gradually introducing egg protein in baked form can effectively desensitize egg-allergic children.
10-26-2016 Double-blind, randomized controlled study, finds vitamin D is associated with changes in cell-mediated immunity—and that serum vitamin D levels increase significantly after 2 months of supplementation.
10-26-2016 Observational study sheds light on the mechanisms driving Alzheimer’s disease progression. Can a relatively simple intervention help slow cognitive decline?
10-05-2016 Mounting evidence supports recommendations to introduce infants without an existing peanut allergy to peanut products earlier in life to prevent peanut allergy.
10-05-2016 A new study, only the second to evaluate the associations between glycemic index and lung cancer, suggests a low glycemic index diet may have benefits for prevention.