Abstracts & Commmentary

Self-Care with Acupressure for Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Rebecca Lovejoy, ND, LAc
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.

Topical EGCG for Radiation Dermatitis

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
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.

Acetaminophen and Risk of Behavioral Problems in Children

by Michael T. Murray, ND
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.

Does Magnesium Really Help Hot Flashes?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
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.

Saffron Powerfully Modulates Anxiety and Depression

by Mark Davis, ND
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.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduction Using Metformin

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
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?”

Grape Juice Improves Driving in Stressed Working Mothers

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
11-02-2016 
Placebo-controlled study demonstrates the benefits of flavonoid-rich grape juice for women who live life in the fast lane.

Metformin Protects Against Breast Cancer Metastasis

by Davis W. Lamson, ND
11-02-2016 
Study demonstrates metformin’s anticancer benefits in a new subpopulation of women with breast cancer.

Ashwagandha Helps Manage Stress-Related Weight Gain

by Tori Hudson, ND
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.

Aspirin and Colorectal Cancer

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
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.

Treatment of IgE-mediated Food Allergies with Baked Egg Biscuits

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
10-26-2016 
Study shows that gradually introducing egg protein in baked form can effectively desensitize egg-allergic children.

Vitamin D Effective for Suppressing Immune Reactions

by Heather Paulson, ND, FABNO
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.

Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
10-26-2016 
Observational study sheds light on the mechanisms driving Alzheimer’s disease progression. Can a relatively simple intervention help slow cognitive decline?

Benefits of Elderberry for Symptoms of Common Cold in Air Travelers

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
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.

High Glycemic Index Diet Associated with Lung Cancer

by Ellen McDonell, ND
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.

Metformin and Acupuncture in Overweight/Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc
10-05-2016 
Small trial sparks high hopes: If electroacupuncture improves blood sugar markers in people with diabetes, could it also help those who are at risk?

Fenugreek’s Effects on Hormone Changes and Sexual Function in Healthy Men

by Geovanni Espinosa, ND, LAc, CNS
10-05-2016 
Low testosterone affects 20% of men over age 70. This double-blind, randomized clinical study suggests fenugreek extract may help.

Early Peanut Exposure and Allergy Risk

by Kimberly Sanders, ND
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.

Iron Supplementation in Pregnancy and Infancy

by Lilian Au, ND
09-21-2016 
When in a child’s life is iron supplementation most critical? Hint: Iron deficiency during periods of rapid brain growth can impair development.

Parental Sleep and Reported Sleep Quality of Children

by Erin Psota, ND
09-21-2016 
When a parent reports sleep problems in their child, healthcare providers often focus on the child’s issues, but sleep problems in children may be more of a family affair.