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Archive for July, 2010

Effectiveness of cranberry in people with ileal enterocystoplasty

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A diseased urinary bladder with low capacity and low compliance (ability to urinate) may require ileal enterocystoplasty (remove a part of the small intestine and attach it to the bladder to enlarge it and improve function [photo]).

Researchers at Hospital Foch, in Suresnes, France, studied a cranberry preparation with high levels of proanthocyanidin A (inhibits bacteria from sticking to tissue) to prevent repeated bacteriuria in people with an ileal enterocystoplasty. (more…)

Consumer Alert: ejaculoid XXTREME and stimuloid II

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The FDA found that these dietary supplements contain sulfoaildenafil, similar to sildenafil (Viagra).

The inclusion of sulfoaildenafil as an  active ingredient is not FDA-approved, making these products unapproved drugs. (more…)

Review: Death after chiropractic

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Prof. Ernst reviewed all cases in which chiropractic spinal manipulation was followed by death. (more…)

NHS will not ban homeopathy

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Despite ongoing and building criticism by the British Medical Association and others, the NHS (National Health Services) will continue to fund homeopathy in the UK. (more…)

Treating hypertension with time-released garlic tablets

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Researchers from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, in Moscow report that time-released tablets (Allicor) are more effective than regular garlic supplements (Kwai). (more…)

Review: Red yeast rice to treat high cholesterol levels

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

red_yeastRed yeast rice typically contains monacolins, including monacolin K — the naturally occurring statin known as lovastatin (Mevacor). (more…)

Vitamin B12 and unexplained cough

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

coughDuring the World Allergy Congress, researchers from the University of Turin, in Italy reported that a “deficiency of vitamin B12 might be a factor in unexplained chronic cough and dysfunction of the pharynx and larynx.” (more…)

Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in people with HIV

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

hiv_aidsThe effect of a dietary omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on triglycerides and markers of insulin sensitivity was investigated by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Joyful Slim Herb Supplement

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

It has been a big week for product recalls.

Joyful Slim Herb Supplement is the third so far. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture treatment for insomnia

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The results are positive, but poor study design makes it impossible to conclude it’s beneficial. (more…)

Is there a role for hibiscus to lower cholesterol?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Not according to researchers at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, in Bangalore, India. (more…)

Art, healing, and public health

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

musicThere’s a paucity of supporting data, according to researchers at Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Vialipro

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Vialipro is sold as a dietary supplement in the US.

The FDA found that certain batches of Vialipro contain sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil, which is used to treat male erectile dysfunction (impotence). (more…)

Managing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

nude-pregnancy2 faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Utah reviewed the evidence and make recommendations for treatment.

Let’s focus on complementary options. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Slim-30 Herb Supplement

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Slim-30 Herb Supplement is marketed as a “natural” herb for weight loss.

But an FDA lab analysis of this product revealed undeclared N-desmethyl sibutramine and traces of sibutramine (Meridia). (more…)

Evidence-based practice in CAM

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

CAMIn practice, evidence-based medicine means integrating individual expertise with the best available scientific research.

Prof. Ernst thinks evidence-based practice is “essential for any form of health care.” But how many professional CAM societies incorporate it in their codes of ethics? (more…)

CAM for children undergoing stem cell transplants

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Researchers in the US and Canada evaluated massage, humor therapy, and relaxation/imagery for reducing distress associated with pediatric stem cell transplantation. (more…)

Testing TENS for primary writing tremor

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Primary writing tremor (PWT) is a type of task-specific tremor that occurs during and interferes with handwriting. It’s not “writers cramp” and probably differs from other forms of tremor, although the pathophysiology isn’t clear.

Researchers at INSERM, in Paris, France tested transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a treatment. (more…)

Green tea and the bortezomib interaction

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

During the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, scientists from the University of Southern California reported that green tea might reduce the effect of bortezomib (Velcade), which is used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of dementia

Friday, July 16th, 2010

No prospective study has examined the association between vitamin D and cognitive decline or dementia,… until now.

Researchers in the US, UK, and Italy studied whether low blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) are associated with an increased risk of substantial cognitive decline. (more…)