June 17 12:07 am
April 19 11:42 am
Researchers at University of Witten/Herdecke, in Germany reviewed the evidence for using St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) for pain conditions in homeopathic dental practice.
April 17 1:41 pm
July 16 1:32 am
Every year, heatstroke accounts for at least 240 deaths in the United States. In the United States, most people with heatstroke are elderly inner-city residents.
June 26 10:20 pm
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has published its position on use of pot during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
The bottom line.
Yes, there are limitations in the available data about marijuana’s effects on the fetus during pregnancy and on the neonate during lactation. However, ACOG has seen enough to recommend that during pregnancy and during breast feeding to advise “discontinuation of maternal use [of marijuana], whether recreational or medicinal.”
There are no FDA-approved indications regarding marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation. Also, there are no standardized formulations, dosages, or delivery systems. Smoking, the most common route of administration of THC, cannot be medically condoned during pregnancy and lactation, according to ACOG.
The use of marijuana during pregnancy is associated with lower scores on tests of attention, coordination, and behavior in offspring.
June 23 5:36 pm
Proponents of the use of medical marijuana like to start speeches and articles by quickly stating that cannabinoids are of proven value in treating many diseases.
Poppycock. This site has stated repeatedly: not true, not true, not true.
Now the evidence is in, and we were right. JAMA confirms that the evidence supporting the effectiveness of cannabinoids is tenuous at best. And risk of side effects with cannabinoids to treat anything is high.
June 20 8:32 am
Raloxifene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) that is used to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
Researchers at Washington State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro evaluated the inhibitory effects of individual milk thistle constituents on the intestinal glucuronidation (detoxification) of raloxifene.
First, the details.
- The inhibitory effects of individual milk thistle constituents on the intestinal metabolism of raloxifene were studied in the lab.
- UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1-1 (also known as UGT-1A) is an enzyme in human intestines, which along with UGT1A8, and UGT1A10 are critical to metabolizing and removing raloxifene from the body.
And, the results.
- Milk thistle components silybin A and silybin B were potent inhibitors of raloxifene metabolism.
The bottom line?
The authors concluded: “Silibinin and silymarin [the major active constituents] were predicted to increase raloxifene systemic exposure by about 5-fold, indicating a high risk of interaction. Safety of raloxifene is discussed here.
It’s understandable that these women seek CAM, including herbals, to supplement raloxifene treatment.
It needs to be studied in humans, but for now, the risk of taking milk thistle would seem to outweigh any potential benefits. Check with your healthcare professional.
June 16 10:21 am
A study in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry suggests that one reason might be related to the lack of manufacturing standards in the production of this product, which leads to significant variability in the contents of different brands.
June 10 1:14 am
If you expect aromatherapy to cure a major illness, you will probably be disappointed, according to AromaWeb — a source of practical information on this complementary treatment.
The available scientific evidence (such as it is) supports this statement. The Natural Standard website (which charges a membership fee) conducted literature reviews on the various applications of aromatherapy and concluded that even for the best documented conditions (eg, anxiety and agitation), the data are conflicting and based on small, poorly designed trials.
However, to conclude from this that aromatherapy is to be avoided would be excessive. Its current use is not intended to replace standard medical care but complement it. If using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, improves your sense of psychological and physical well being, by all means, indulge yourself.
September 11 12:00 am
March 12 7:32 pm
Emphasis in this study by researchers in Spain was on walking, the most common form of physical activity.
March 12 9:29 am
Here’s what we know about Cefaly.
January 19 12:02 pm
One might think that “gluten free” means no gluten, but that’s not correct, according to the FDA.
January 4 10:16 am
Drs. Andrew Mendelsohn and James Larrick at the Panorama Research Institute and Regenerative Sciences Institute, in Sunnyvale, California, have complied an impressive list of reviews on the effects of exercise. Here’s the first in a series of summaries of their recent publications.
January 2 10:43 am
Researchers at the Graduate School of Education and Ewha Music Rehabilitation Center, in Seoul, Korea, studied the effects of Therapeutic Instrument Music Performance (TIMP) for fine motor exercises in adults with cerebral palsy.
November 8 9:00 am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils — the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods — are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.
It wasn’t always so.
October 30 7:28 pm
Researchers at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, reviewed the data on its effectiveness and safety.
October 17 10:17 pm
Researchers from Canada and India are the latest to investigate the integrity of herbal products.
October 11 10:37 am
Researchers at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in Australia, reviewed the evidence.
October 9 10:18 pm
Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, focus on the positive in this small study.