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Health Concerns: April 2010 Archives

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Curcumin Nanoparticles 'Open Up' Resistant Cancers

ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2010)Pre-treatment with curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, makes ovarian cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Ovarian Research found that delivering the curcumin via very small (less than 100nm) nanoparticles enhanced the sensitizing effect.Subhash Chauhan, PhD, and Meena Jaggi, PhD, led a team of researchers from Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota, USA, who carried out the in...

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Comfrey root treats back pain

From C.A.M. ReportResearchers at Merck in Germany tell us, "Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and tissue regenerating properties."Here are the results of a study in people with acute back pain.First, the details.    * 120 adults with upper and lower back pain were assigned to a treatment group for 4 visits over 5 days.          o Comfrey root extract ointment administered 3 times daily, 4 grams per application.          o Placebo ointment   ...

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Scientists Learn to Block Pain at Its Source

New Non-Addictive Painkillers from Substance Similar to Ingredient in Hot Chili Peppers ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) -- A substance similar to capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, is generated at the site of pain in the human body. Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered how to block these capsaicin-like molecules and created a new class of non-addictive painkillers.The findings were published April 26 in the Journal...

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Effects of omega-3 fatty acids in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers at State Hospital Muerzzuschlag, in Austria looked for changes in swollen and tender joints. First, the details. 23 patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis were assigned to a treatment group. Either 0.2 grams of fish oil emulsion/kg (active) or 0.9% saline (placebo) was injected for 14 consecutive days.Then, 20 weeks of 0.05 grams of fish oil/kg (active) or paraffin wax (placebo) was taken by mouth as capsules. A decrease in swollen and tender joint...

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Omega3 Fatty Acids and children's behavior.

From C.A.M Report- It's suggested that omega-3 fatty acids might have an effect on disorders such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. Researchers from the University of Wales, in Newport, UK looked for an association between omega-3 tissue levels and learning and behavior in school-aged children. First, the details. Cheek cell samples from 411 school children were collected and analyzed to establish the range in this population.Teachers and parents assessed general classroom attention and behavior in...

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Higher Amounts of Added Sugars Increase Heart Disease Risk Factors, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2010) -- Consuming a higher amount of added sugars in processed or prepared foods is associated with lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, the "good cholesterol") and higher levels of triglycerides, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA."In the United States, total consumption of sugar has increased substantially in recent decades, largely owing to an increased intake of 'added...

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Benefits of walking or biking to work

From the CAM Report"Active" commuting (walking or biking) has many benefits, as reported in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study.First, the details.    * 2364 adults participated.    * They recorded the time, distance, and mode of commuting (walking or biking) to work.    * These findings were compared to body weight and obesity, fitness, cardiovascular disease risk factors (blood pressure), and other measures (fasting lipid, glucose, and insulin levels).And, the results.    * 17%...

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Treating impotence with red ginseng

From CAM Report Prof. Ernst and researchers from the Korea Food Research Institute in Sungnam reviewed the evidence. First, the details. 20 electronic hand-searches without language restrictions were conducted.The quality of the studies was assessed using the Jadad score.7 studies were worth reviewing. And, the results. Collectively the evidence suggests effectiveness of red ginseng (Panax ginseng).The total number of patients studied and the design of the studies were too poor to draw definitive conclusions....

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Vitamin K May Protect Against Developing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Vitamin K May Protect Against Developing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Say Mayo Clinic ResearchersScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2010) -- In the first study of vitamin K and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk, researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Minnesota have found that people who have higher intakes of vitamin K from their diet have a lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system and is the most common hematologic malignancy in the...

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Water Therapy Review for chronic pain

From The C.A.M Report This review of balneotherapy comes from the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), in Athens, Greece.Balneotherapy (from Latin: balneum, "bath") is the treatment of disease by bathing. It may involve hot or cold water, massage through moving water, relaxation, or stimulation.Now, the details.    * 29 studies of 1720 patients were evaluated.    * 22 studies in rheumatological diseases          o 8 osteoarthritis          o 6 fibromyalgia          o 4 ankylosing spondylitis          o 4 rheumatoid arthritis    *...

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Women Who Eat Foods With High Glycemic Index May Be at Greater Risk for Heart Disease

Women Who Eat Foods With High Glycemic Index May Be at Greater Risk for Heart DiseaseScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2010)Consuming carbohydrates with high glycemic index -- an indicator of how quickly a food affects blood glucose levels -- appears to be associated with the risk of coronary heart disease in women but not men, according to a report in the April 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.High-carbohydrate diets increase...

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Effects of glucosamine + omega-3 on osteoarthritis

From C.A.M. Report Researchers in Germany conducted the first study of this combination. The aim was to see if the combination is more effective than glucosamine alone. First, the details. 177 patients with moderate-to-severe hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) were randomly assigned to a treatment for 26 weeks. Group A: Glucosamine sulfate (1500 mg/day) + omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)Group B: Glucosamine sulfate alone Neither the patients nor researchers...

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Red clover to treat depressive symptoms in older women

Red clover to treat depressive symptoms in older womenFrom C.A.M. ReportLast year, a review of herbals to treat menopausal symptoms concluded that red clover provided no benefit.A year later and researchers from the General Teaching Hospital Korneuburg, in Austria report more positive findings using red clover extracts (MF11RCE).First, the details.    * 109 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to take each treatment for 90 days.          o 2 daily capsules of MF11RCE (80 mg red clover isoflavones)         ...

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Is Cleanliness to Blame for Increasing Allergies?

Is Cleanliness to Blame for Increasing Allergies?ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2010)  Allergies have become a widespread in developed countries: hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are all increasingly prevalent. The reason? Excessive cleanliness is to blame according to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine.Allergies can be caused by family history, air pollution, processed foods, stress, tobacco use, etc. Yet our limited exposure to bacteria concerns Dr. Delespesse, who is...

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New Evidence That Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye Diseases

New Evidence That Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye DiseasesScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2010) -- Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea -- renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties -- do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common...

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Breathe Easy: A Natural Fruit Compound May Help Asthma

Breathe Easy: A Natural Fruit Compound May Help AsthmaScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2010) -- A preliminary study by a New Zealand company, Plant & Food Research,* shows that natural chemicals from blackcurrants may help breathing in some types of asthma.Researchers found a compound from a New Zealand blackcurrant may reduce lung inflammation with a multi-action assault in allergy-induced asthma. The compound was found in laboratory experiments to enhance the natural defence mechanisms in lung tissue by...

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Lead May Be the Culprit in ADHD

Lead May Be the Culprit in ADHDScienceDaily -- ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is among the costliest of behavioral disorders. Its combination of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity leads to accidental injuries, school failure, substance abuse, antisocial behavior and more. Yet despite nearly a century of study, the disorder's roots remain mysterious.Much of modern ADHD research has focused on heritability of the condition, and indeed evidence suggests that genes may account for as much as 70 percent...

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Gardasil- should your daughter get this "miracle" vaccine ?

Gardasil-should your daughter get this "miracle"vaccine ?  Gardasil is the vaccination that is reported to prevent cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus. The vaccination is being recommended to woman from the ages 11-12 and older  who are not currently infected with HPV.  Some states are considering making the vaccination mandatory. There are many concerns with this vaccination; The vaccine is not 100% effective and is designed to protect against 4 strains of the hpv.  There are over...

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Osteoporosis- case study

Osteoporosis- case studyby Dr. Jackie Germain Supplementing with Strontium:  Better than Osteoporosis Drugs? In the past 7 years, there have been four groundbreaking studies showing dramatic increases in bone mineral density and reduced fracture risk with Strontium supplementation.  Existing pharmaceutical drugs work by reducing bone resorption, but do not form new bone. Strontium on the other hand increases the production of new bone without compromising the quality of your existing bone. Common side effects from Fosamax and similar...

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Strontium Citrate-

Strontium Citrate-By Dr. Michael Kane  Strontium  is a naturally occurring mineral that has been studied for its role in bone support.  It was first studied in the 1940's and 1950's as a nontoxic treatment for osteoporosis and demonstrated significant improvement without side effects. The interesting thing is that strontium can support the bone structure in a number of ways,  It has been shown to decrease the process of bone breakdown but also stimulates the cells that...

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ANXIETY: A CASE STUDY by Dr. Sharon Hunter Geri came to see me in October of 2008. She was under a lot of stress due to 2 recent deaths in the family, a recent move to a much smaller home, a husband with a recurring illness husband, and concerns about losing her job in this slow economy. In response to stress, Geri would experience chronic anxiety and intermittent panic attacks. She would also experience her stress in...

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Lower cholesterol Naturally

Douglas, a 72-year-old gentleman, presented to the office with mild depression and high cholesterol. He has been dealing with high cholesterol most of his adult life. He tried several prescriptions, but had to discontinue each due to side effects. He came to us seeking an alternative. After the initial consultation, we made some minor modifications to  his diet and exercise routine and sent him for some labs to evaluate his cardiac markers, including : a cardio...

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Fatigue by Dr. Michael Kane

Fatigue by Dr. Michael Kane Fatigue is a common issue for many people. It can be challenging to find the cause of fatigue especially if it is not associated with any other physical symptoms. The assessment of anyone with fatigue should include a physical exam and some blood work. The blood work can help determine if the issue of fatigue is caused by an underlying problem like anemia, thyroid problem, adrenal fatigue, low testosterone, allergies or...

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal AllergiesbyDr. Michael KaneOne of the best things about spring and summer is the warm weather and the sun. In the excitement of spring many people have a dampened appreciation because of seasonal allergies. The common allergy symptoms of congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and fatigue can be annoying for some or downright debilitating for others.  The common drugs to deal with allergies are not without side effects and interactions. There are some simple things that...

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Bed wetting- a natural approach

Bed wetting- a natural approachby Dr.Michael KaneBed-wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is an issue that can have a huge impact on a child. The social pressures and expectations not only impact a child's social decisions (no sleep overs) but can have an impact on his or her self esteem. As a parent it is sometimes hard to deal with the issue of chronic bed-wetting. It can be helpful to be reminded that the mechanisms involved...

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Depression and Menopause

DEPRESSION AND MENOPAUSEBy Dr. Keli Samuelson Depression occurs in an estimated 30 million people at some point in their lifetime. The condition affects men and women of all ages. However, women are at greater risk to develop this condition. There is not one single cause of depression; rather, there can be several interactions that may contribute to depression. Depression is not a personal weakness. It can not always be ignored hoping it will go away.Heather a...

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Niacin- For High Cholesterol

Niacin-  FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROLby Dr. Michael Kane Niacin is also known as vitamin b3. This vitamin can come in many forms some have different clinical effects. For lowering cholesterol, the niacin is often given in the time released form. This is the one that works best. Niacinamide can have some effect but it is not as effective as regular niacin. The products used to treat high cholesterol typically come in high strengths of 500 mg or higher.Niacin...

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COOL WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUESby Jacqueline Germain N.D.   I'm looking out the bedroom window on an early December morning.  The gloomy gray sky spreads all the way down to the pavement.  I expect we will see many of these days in Connecticut this winter.  Here are some tips to help you feel cheery all winter long. Winter onset blues are often referred to as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), a type of depression triggered by...


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5htp - 5 hydroxy-tryptophan

Supplement In Focusby Dr. Michael Kane 5htp - 5 hydroxy-tryptophan This supplement is a form of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is more commonly known as the compound in turkey that aides in sleep.  We use this supplement for insomnia but because it is a metabolic precursor to serotonin, it is also used for a number of ailments including depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia.  Although 5htp for the most part is well tolerated, some people can have some...

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