Abstracts & Commmentary

Topical Milk Thistle for Capecitabine-Induced Hand-Foot Syndrome

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
07-05-2018 
Capecitabine-induced hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a potentially treatment-limiting complication of chemotherapy. Could topical milk thistle (silymarin) mitigate capecitabine’s toxicity?

Low-Carbohydrate Diet as Treatment for Type I Diabetes in Children

by Mona Morstein, ND
07-05-2018 
Impressive results from a survey conducted via a social media site for people with type 1 diabetes who follow a very low carbohydrate diet (VLCD). Can a VLCD achieve better glycemic control than conventional care?

Egg Consumption May Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
07-02-2018 
For decades we believed eggs were not heart-healthy, then we discovered they may not be so bad. Is it possible eggs could actually do our hearts good?

Coffee Decreases Risk of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
06-06-2018 
Research is making it increasingly clear that coffee does not increase breast cancer risk and may offer protection against breast cancer in certain subgroups. A recent study found that the protective effects occurred with both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee—meaning the credit must go to compounds other than caffeine.

Caffeine, Genotyping, and Athletic Performance

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
06-06-2018 
A recent study compared caffeine to placebo in elite male athletes and finds caffeine’s effects on athletic performance vary by CYP1A2 genotype, which influences caffeine metabolism.

Small Particulates Associated with Lower Respiratory Infections

by Julianne Forbes, ND
06-06-2018 
A large-scale, 17-year observational study in Utah shows short-term elevations in airborne fine particulate matter are associated with increased incidence of acute lower respiratory tract infections in children and adults.

Berry Pigments Help Cognition, Insulin Response, and Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

by Walter Crinnion, ND
05-16-2018 
Randomized study gives us even more reasons to tout the benefits of blueberries. They may be especially beneficial for older adults and those at risk for diabetes.

Gut Bacteria, Sleep, and Brain Health

by Kelsey Asplin, ND
05-16-2018 
Preliminary study provides an interesting albeit insufficient look at the relationships between the gut microbiota, sleep, and cognition.

Greenspace Exposure Improves Cognitive Performance in Children

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
05-16-2018 
Spending time outdoors has many benefits, including improved memory and concentration. A new study in children uses MRI scans to demonstrate that greenspace exposure also has measurable effects on brain anatomy.

Coffee Associated With Better Outcomes in Colorectal Cancers

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO
05-02-2018 
Good news from a prospective, observational study, consistent with a large pool of research data: Coffee consumption may confer cancer-protective benefits.

Curcumin and Boswellia for Knee Osteoarthritis

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc
05-02-2018 
Randomized trial pits 2 formulations containing curcumin against placebo for managing the joint pain and limitations that accompany osteoarthritis. Results suggest both curcumin alone and curcumin combined with boswellia could help, and are unlikely to hurt.

Bioavailable Curcumin for Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
05-02-2018 
Study finds that both a low dose (250 mg) and a higher dose (500 mg) of a bioavailable form of curcumin, taken twice a day for 90 days, significantly reduce objective and subjective signs of inflammation compared to placebo.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
05-02-2018 
Survey reveals that cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome—nausea and vomiting that is attributable to marijuana use—may be more common than we think. But what causes it?

Air Pollution Reduces Birth Weight

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
04-04-2018 
Retrospective study in London adds to mounting evidence that infants born to women exposed to air pollution have an increased risk of low birth weight.

How Avocados Can Improve Cognitive Health

by Julianne Forbes, ND
04-04-2018 
Avocados are rich in lutein, a carotenoid associated with cognitive function. A randomized trial pits avocado-eating participants against a control group to explore cognitive benefits.

Effects of Exercise on Memory

by Miranda LaBant, ND
04-04-2018 
We know that exercise alone improves cognitive health, but would its effects be amplified if combined with cognitive training? An intervention study in young adults is one of few human studies that have attempted to answer this question.

Acupuncture for Type 2 Diabetes

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
03-07-2018 
Study finds that acupuncture at CV-12 for 30 minutes with 5 minutes of bird pecking stimulation lowers random blood glucose (RBG) in men with type 2 diabetes.

Curcumin for Capecitabine-Induced Hand-Foot Syndrome

by Kirsten West, ND, LAc, FABNO
03-07-2018 
Hand-foot syndrome is a common side effect of capecitabine, a chemotherapy drug. Could curcumin (turmeric) help prevent dermatologic toxicity?

Mediterranean Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors with Weight Goals

by Michelle Qaqundah, ND, FABNO
03-07-2018 
Breast cancer survivors who are overweight post-treatment have a poorer prognosis, so diet is critical for these patients. A recent study tests the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in this population.

Vitamin D and Calcium Fail to Reduce Fractures

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
03-07-2018 
Systematic review draws unsettling conclusions about the effects of vitamin D and calcium on fracture risk.