Abstracts & Commmentary

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.

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.

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?

Lifestyle and Herbs for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Megan Chmelik
02-07-2018 
Lifestyle modification alone appears to improve some aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. A recent study suggests that a treatment plan that includes both lifestyle changes and select herbal supplements may achieve even greater improvement in some patients.

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.

Is Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream on the Horizon?

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
12-06-2017 
Could tinkering with ingredients in chocolate ice cream transform a vice into a virtue?

Optimism, Resilience, and Depression

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
12-06-2017 
A new study sheds light on the relationship between optimism, mental health, and physical health, suggesting the connections are not as simple as one might think.

Residential Green Space and Allostatic Load

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
12-06-2017 
A first-of-its-kind study analyzes biomarkers to assess the health effects of green space exposure. The findings have implications for healthcare practitioners, public health officials, urban developers, and anyone who wants to understand how their environmental surroundings, particularly the presence or absence of natural surroundings around their home, influence their health.

The Role for Naturopathic Medicine in Hospital-Based Care

by Bob Bernhardt, LLM, PhD
12-06-2017 
Patients report high level of satisfaction following inpatient experience with naturopathic care combined with evidence-based academic medicine.

Diet, Supplements, and Parkinson’s Disease

by Joshua Z. Goldenberg, ND
12-06-2017 
With few conventional treatment options, patients with Parkinson’s disease may turn to natural medicine. A new study evaluates the benefit of diet and supplements on disease progression.

OPERA Supplementation for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

by Miranda LaBant, ND
11-15-2017 
A small prospective study finds a combination of alpha lipoic acid, Boswellia serrata, methylsulfonylmethane, and bromelain improves symptoms in patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Do B Vitamins Cause Lung Cancer?

by Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH
11-15-2017 
Study finds that B vitamins are associated with lung cancer, but only some B vitamins, in some men, in some smokers.