Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Verbal Conditioning Decreases Nocebo Effects

by Eleonora Naydis, ND, LAc, FABNO
03-07-2018 
When adverse effects of treatment are presented to patients it can foster negative expectations (nocebo effect). A randomized controlled trial shows timely words matter.

Air Pollution and All-cause Mortality in the Elderly

by Julianne Forbes, ND
02-07-2018 
Comprehensive study of older adults in the United States raises a question: Do the current US air quality standards need revision?

Does Having a Dog Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
02-07-2018 
Owning a dog may improve our health in many ways, from prompting us to exercise more to providing companionship to ward off depression and isolation. Could dog ownership increase longevity and lower risk of cardiovascular disease?

Home-based Natural Settings Influence Brain Anatomy

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
02-07-2018 
Mental health benefits of nature may be achieved in part from actual structural changes in stress-related areas of the brain.

Moderate to Vigorous Exercise Associated with Greater Longevity

by Jennifer Johnson, ND, LAc
02-07-2018 
A large prospective study finds good news and bad news. The good news: exercise helps us live longer. The bad news? Women may need to work harder to reap the benefits.