Abstracts & Commmentary
09-06-2017 Data gleaned from a large sample of women suggests dietary vitamin D and calcium protect ovaries from premature aging.
09-06-2017 Vitamin K deficiency puts patients at risk for vascular calcification, which increases their risk of a cardiovascular event. Can vitamin K supplementation help?
09-06-2017 Using gene signature matching, investigators identify a novel “drug” to address overproduction of glucose in type 2 diabetes. One more reason to eat your broccoli.
08-23-2017 A new study highlights the importance of informing men about the complexities and nuances associated with cancer treatment options. Patients who fully understand treatment side effects, quality of life issues, recurrence risk, healthy lifestyle practices, and other aspects of care have less regret in both the short-term and long-term.
08-23-2017 A new double-blind, randomized trial yields expected results: beet juice improves athletic performance. But the proposed mechanism of action? Unexpected.
08-02-2017 Good news: Anthocyanin supplements offer real, measurable benefits for cardiovascular health. But should we consider a more “whole”-istic approach?
08-02-2017 Clinical trials have shown L-arginine supplementation has health benefits for men, including improved sports performance and erectile function. A new study suggests we can boost effects of supplementation by adding a second amino acid.
08-02-2017 With mounting research suggesting benefits of fecal transplantation for children with autism, it’s important that practitioners have the knowledge to guide concerned parents.
08-02-2017 Placebo-controlled study shows a daily dose of probiotics significantly improves depression in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, and hints at potential mechanisms of action.
08-02-2017 Go-to nutrients for improving bone density include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, and omega-3 fatty acids. Should curcumin be added to that list?
07-05-2017 Studies continue to show a link between stress and prognosis in women with ovarian cancer. Understanding the clinical implications of the connection is essential. How can natural medicine help?
07-05-2017 Exposure to airborne environmental nanoparticles is associated with cardiovascular disease. A new study sheds light on exactly how inhaled nanoparticles contribute to vascular inflammation.
07-05-2017 Circadian rhythm disruption has negative effects on health and well-being. A novel, real-world study in human participants sheds light on natural solutions for rhythm modulation.
07-05-2017 Most clinicians recommend a low-purine diet for patients with gout. A recent prospective study adds to mounting evidence that uric acid is only part of a larger problem, which should change our dietary recommendations.
07-05-2017 Because vitamin D sufficiency has been associated with improved mortality risk in women with breast cancer, vitamin D repletion should be an important goal. Should we rethink our traditional approach to supplementation?
06-07-2017 New study of older adults in Scotland supports the association between the Mediterranean diet and brain volume, suggesting adherence may prevent brain shrinkage.
06-07-2017 Exercise increases insulin sensitivity, so it makes sense to recommend regular exercise for patients who are insulin-resistant. An encouraging new study compares 2 forms of exercise in patients with diabetes and prediabetes. The results support this recommendation: Just do it.
06-07-2017 Young children are naturally exposed to flame retardants through sources such as mattresses, pillows, strollers, and car seats, but we don’t know how or if exposure affects their health or behavior. Results from an observational study may motivate clinicians to address exposures in their patients.
06-07-2017 In the past, clinicians have discouraged women with a history of breast cancer from consuming soy products, based on what we now know is misleading evidence. Add this recent epidemiological study to mounting evidence that soy is safe and may even reduce mortality for some women.
06-07-2017 Many naturopathic clinicians encourage their melanoma patients to avoid sun exposure and supplement with vitamin D. Results from a recent study support these recommendations.