Abstracts & Commmentary
05-06-2015 The humble peanut gets its due as a heart-healthy food, thanks to this study in which peanuts were shown to offer the same cardiovascular benefit as tree nuts. With the rising costs of tree-nut cultivation making them more expensive, practitioners can recommend peanut consumption for patients needing heart-healthy and affordable food choices.
05-06-2015 In a recent randomized, controlled clinical trial, curcumin showed promise in treating periodontitis, a dental disease that is becoming more common as our patient population ages.
05-06-2015 Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes, Salacia oblonga is now getting attention in the west. A recent study found it reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney failure.
04-13-2015 Is early exposure to peanuts the solution to the peanut allergies that are so prevalent in children today? According to this randomized controlled trial, peanut allergy in infants was drastically decreased by the early introduction of small amounts of peanuts into the diet. These results have the potential to upend all current thinking on the treatment of allergies.
04-01-2015 A new study using essential fatty acids and antioxidants in women with female pattern hair loss found that these nutrients increased hair density and improved hair growth.
04-01-2015 According to this small study, laughter therapy alleviated symptoms of radiation dermatitis in breast-cancer patients, but in statistically nonsignificant ways. Should practitioners encourage laughter as therapy before larger clinical trials are performed?
04-01-2015 Surprising results of a European trial suggest a combination of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride offers better pain relief for knee osteoarthritis than celecoxib.
04-01-2015 Greater density of trees in London neighborhoods had an inversion association with the use of antidepressant medication among residents in a recent cross-sectional analysis.
04-01-2015 Vitamin C was shown in a recent study to have a profound effect on recovery from cardiac surgery, potentially offering a low-cost, safe way to improve outcomes.
03-04-2015 A recent study using data from the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED) Trial found that people who consumed more extra virgin olive oil had fewer incidents of atrial fibrillation than those who consumed less.
03-04-2015 Add another recent study on the effect of soy isoflavones on breast-cancer patients to the debate over whether soy intake is dangerous for this population. Here's an analysis of the study and guidance on how to talk about soy with patients as the debate rages on.
02-25-2015 Many studies have suggested that protection of telomeres leads to longevity. In a study using data from Nurses’ Health, researchers found that participants maintaining a Mediterranean diet had healthier, longer telomeres than those who did not follow that diet—yet more evidence that adherence to a Mediterranean diet leads to longer, healthier lives.
02-25-2015 Amla, Emblica officinalis (Phyllanthus emblica), popularly known as Indian gooseberry, is a traditional rasayana herb used in Ayurvedic medicine and one that hasn't been studied often in the Western literature. In this pilot study, researchers found that smokers who ingested amla fruit showed significant improvement in their cholesterol-related blood work, suggesting that integrative practitioners may soon obtain another safe, effective way to treat their cardiovascular patients.
02-25-2015 This analysis highlights the positive impact vitamin C has on endothelial function, which is good news for some of our most vulnerable patients—those with heart disease and diabetes.
02-10-2015 In this study, 20 participants with peripheral artery disease were evaluated for mean walking distance and maximum walking time at baseline as well as 2 hours after ingestion of 2 kinds of chocolate—a dark chocolate containing 85% cacao or a milk chocolate containing 35% cacao of less. The participants ingesting dark chocolate improved significantly in the mobility exercises, a finding that may eventually encourage practitioners to “prescribe” dark chocolate for their cardiovascular patients.
02-04-2015 With all the focus on the health benefits of increasing exercise, we may be overlooking a more critical, and simple, way to improve health—standing up.
02-04-2015 In this study, men with fertility problems were shown to be more likely to also suffer from endocrine, genitourinary, and dermatological disorders. The study reminds us that treating patients for infertility may often mean treating other “unrelated” health issues.
02-04-2015 In this Taiwanese study, researchers found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet of patients undergoing interferon-alpha therapy decreased their depressive symptoms significantly.
02-04-2015 A recent study inoculated celiac disease patients with hookworm larvae, and the results were promising. Could it be that the human gut’s “old friend,” the hookworm, holds the key to treating celiac disease?
02-04-2015 In a recent study, researchers observed that milk consumption had a deleterious effect on mortality and fracture risk, but that fermented dairy products did not. Given that milk and fermented dairy products have vastly different nutritional profiles, practitioners would be well advised to reconsider how they talk to patients about dairy in the diet.