Abstracts & Commmentary
08-01-2013 After the 8-week myo-inositol treatment, there was a significant reduction in LH/FSH ratio, FSH, prolactin, androstenedione, testosterone, insulin, and BMI compared to baseline; there was also a significant increase in the glucose/insulin ratio.
08-01-2013 Comparing placebo versus the B-vitamin complex intervention, the group receiving the B-vitamin complex demonstrated significant reduction of overall brain atrophy. When looking at just the placebo group, those with homocysteine levels above the median had greater gray matter atrophy than those with homocysteine levels below the median.
07-01-2013 Statins can reduce risk of dying of breast cancer more than other adjuvant therapies in use. Statins do come with risks, but they seem to be of smaller magnitude than the cancer therapies currently considered routine. If we weigh risk versus benefit, the scale is starting to tip toward statins.
07-01-2013 Modern in vitro and in vivo research provides validation of saffron as a potential medicinal plant, with studies indicating saffron has possible anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antidepressant, and memory-enhancing properties.
07-01-2013 Parents reported improvement in sleep difficulties, sleep onset delay, sleep duration, and sleep total. Parents also reported improvement of affect, attention deficit/hyperactivitiy disorder (ADHD) behaviors, repetitive behaviors, and compulsive behaviors. Parenting Stress Index improved.
07-01-2013 Infants who were introduced to fish between 6 and 12 months had a statistically significant lower incidence of wheezing at 48 months when compared to infants who were not introduced to fish in the first year of life. Infants who were introduced to fish between 0 and 6 months had slightly higher risk of wheezing at 48 months. The consumption of less than 1/2 serving per week of fatty fish was associated with a significantly higher incidence of wheezing at 48 months.
07-01-2013 After 8 weeks, participants consuming the high and intermediate flavanol cocoa products did significantly better on both trail-making tests; had significantly better verbal fluency scores; and had significantly reduced insulin resistance, blood pressure, blood glucose, and levels of lipid peroxidation. None of these test results changed in participants who consumed the low-flavanol cocoa.
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.
06-01-2013 Telomere length is looking more and more like a possible predictor of health and longevity. The question this leaves all of us with is whether interventions that change telomere length will be associated with changes in either.
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.
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 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 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.