Abstracts & Commmentary
06-01-2013 This publication pulled together data from several studies, both mouse and human, to assess the role of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) on atherosclerosis. TMAO is a product of carnitine metabolism by microbiota in the gut.
06-01-2013 This was an 8-week pilot study of daily yogic meditation versus relaxation in mildly depressed, elderly caregivers of dementia patients. The intervention group practiced Kundalini yoga with Kirtan Kriya meditation for 12 minutes daily; the placebo group listened to a prescribed relaxation CD for the same length of time. Measures of depression, mental health, cognitive function, and telomerase activity were assessed.
06-01-2013 Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among the US population. Aged garlic extract helps to modulate multiple cardiovascular risk factors by lowering blood pressure, inhibiting platelet aggregation and adhesion, lowering cholesterol, and preventing LDL oxidation and smoking-induced oxidative damage.
05-01-2013 This multicenter trial from Spain assessed whether the Mediterranean diet lowered participants’ risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Participants were enrolled in 1 of 3 groups: a group that ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 4 T per day of extra-virgin olive oil, a group that ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 30 g per day of a mixture of nuts, or a group that ate a low-fat control diet. The researchers concluded that risk for CVD was reduced by approximately 30% among the groups eating a Mediterranean diet.
05-01-2013 It is reasonable to take this current study at face value and begin using curcumin in treatment plans aimed at improving cardiovascular status. This study may have particular value in lobbying patients to exercise, as well as take supplements. The combination of exercise + curcumin in this pilot study was superior to either exercise or curcumin alone.
05-01-2013 Several natural medicines have been shown to be beneficial as natural treatments for infertility secondary to anovulation in PCOS patients.
05-01-2013 Phyto-based proteins, polyphenols and other compounds found in fruits and vegetables, like soybeans, wasabi, Satsuma oranges, sargassum algae and others, are associated with stimulating osteoblastic activity, decreasing osteoclastic activity of the bones, and could be preventive of osteoporosis.
05-01-2013 Adding whole soy foods to one's diet is an easy and inexpensive means of adding to the chemoprotective effects of a diet high in plant-based foods.
04-01-2013 As pressure to rein in escalating healthcare costs mounts, so does scrutiny of costly, aggressive treatment paradigms.
04-01-2013 Clinicians should counsel patients on a more judicious total calcium intake that ensures adequacy of calcium without excess.
04-01-2013 Convincing a man who has been diagnosed and treated for high-risk prostate cancer to take aspirin may increase his chance of surviving for 10 years by a factor of nearly 5.
04-01-2013 Prolonged and extensive activation of sympathetic catecholamines in association with HPA activation does not bode well for people with established cancer.
04-01-2013 Antibacterial medications are the mainstay of the conventional medical approach, but the use of longer-term antibiotic prophylaxis is associated with drug resistance and some adverse effects in many women.
03-01-2013 The top 5 foods contributing to choline in the diets of the participants were whole eggs, beef, skim milk, reduced-fat milk, and poultry without skin.
03-01-2013 The mechanism by which these pathogenic flora impact cervical competence is not well understood. Regardless of the mechanism, it is clear that vaginal ecology has an effect on the ability of the cervix to maintain a pregnancy, and that administration of a vaginal suppository of Lactobacillus is effective to not only correct vaginal ecology, but in this case, to also mitigate the risk of preterm birth associated with the presence of pathogenic flora in the vaginal vault.
03-01-2013 Acupuncture, however, is an adjunctive therapy that appears to be one of the least controversial of the CAM therapies available to cancer patients. It is often sought out by cancer patients wishing to support their current treatment and improve their health and wellness during and after their treatments. Unlike herbal medicines and nutritional supplements, there are fewer concerns about treatment interference or conflicts in care.
03-01-2013 The effect of metabolic syndrome on the risk and prognosis of colon cancer has been well documented.3–6 Metabolic syndrome is defined as having at least 3 of the following: central obesity, hypertension, abnormal blood lipid levels, and high blood glucose level.
02-01-2013 74,941 women aged 40–70 were recruited from 7 urban areas around Shanghai, China from December 1996 through May 2000, with a participation rate of 92.7%.
02-01-2013 One-hundred sixty postmenopausal women were recruited from 2007 through 2009. They were not receiving hormone therapy or other agents, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, for at least 3 months prior to the start of the study.
02-01-2013 One hundred fourteen healthy men aged 21 to 46 years with primary male infertility for at least 18 months were studied. Male factor infertility was defined by normal sperm morphology less than 50% using World Health Organization criteria, sperm concentration less than 20 x 106/mL (oligozoospermia), and sperm motility less than 50% (asthenozoospermia).