Abstracts & Commmentary
02-03-2016 Suicide risk increases in the days following exposure to certain air pollutants, according to a recent study.
12-02-2015 A recent observational study explored the relationship between coffee/caffeine consumption and completed suicide. Will the results change our advice to patients with mood disorders?
12-02-2015 Best known for its use in insomnia, melatonin is also showing promise as a pain and anxiety reducer.
12-02-2015 Study finds curcumin attenuates the severity of premenstrual syndrome in 18-to 34-year-old females with regular menstrual cycles.
12-02-2015 An organic khorasan wheat-based replacement diet improves risk profile of patients with acute coronary syndrome: a randomized crossover trial.
11-04-2015 The PREDIMED data have yielded more fascinating insights about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet—this time as it affects the incidence of breast cancer in women who had not previously had the disease. Consider these findings if you need another reason to recommend this healthy diet to patients.
11-04-2015 Walking in nature, but not in urban environments, is shown to reduce psychopsychologic rumination. This is the first study to demonstrate neuroimaging and corresponding psychological changes in response to real natural vs built environmental exposures.
11-04-2015 A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial adds to the growing body of evidence that cannabis is effective in the treatment of neuropathic syndromes.
11-04-2015 This study, as well as previous studies of omega 3s and psychosis, demonstrates the potential of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as a safe and efficacious strategy for the prevention of psychotic states in at-risk individuals.
11-04-2015 In this prospective, observational study, drinkers of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee who also survived colon cancer were found to be 41% less likely to have their cancer recur than non‒coffee drinkers.
10-07-2015 Studies suggest a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates alleviates irritable bowel syndrome in adults. Recent research questions whether it can also help children.
10-07-2015 In a new review and meta-analysis, researchers have found that nut consumption is associated with a lower risk of specific cancers but not on the risk of type 2 diabetes.
10-07-2015 A recent observational analysis showed that even light physical activity had an inverse relationship with mortality, which may prove helpful as we attempt to motivate exercise-averse patients.
10-07-2015 Natural strategies to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have included menaquinone-4 (MK-4) since the 1990s—but is it the best form of vitamin K2 for RA patients?
09-16-2015 Air pollution is a known risk factor in cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders, but what impact does it have on mood? This study found that women with higher exposure to air pollution were more likely to experience anxiety.
09-16-2015 In a recent population-based retrospective study of cosmetologists and manicurists in California, researchers found that women who work in this industry are at greater risk for adverse birth outcomes and maternal health complications.
09-16-2015 In this study, 11 teams of toxicology experts reviewed relevant data on the chemicals in our everyday life to ascertain their carcinogenic impact according to the “hallmarks of cancer.”
09-16-2015 In a case-control study, researchers measured levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in 2 sets of pregnant women—those with a diagnosis of fetal malformation and those without. Surprisingly, the women with healthy fetuses demonstrated higher rates of conjugated BPA, which may indicate that women who metabolize BPA poorly are more likely to have fetuses with developmental defects.
09-16-2015 In this study of cross-sectional data from Italy, researchers discovered a direct correlation between levels of particulate matter in the air and the increase in hospitalizations for diabetic patients over the age of 45.
09-02-2015 In this crossover trial involving 13 healthy male adolescents, wearing blue-blocking, orange-tinted glasses before bed improved sleep disruption and led to better cognitive activation in the morning. Although preliminary, this study may pave the way for future studies that address sleep problems in any population whose quality of life is affected by poor sleep.