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Archive for October, 2010

Review: Manipulation vs mobilization to treat neck pain

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

In this Cochrane review, the effects of manipulation and mobilization alone or combined with other treatment approaches on neck pain were evaluated. (more…)

Discussing end-of-life issues with patients

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Many people believe it “increases the patients’ emotional distress.”

To the contrary, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston report, “such conversations can actually lead to improved quality of life — both for patients and their loved ones.” (more…)

Balneotherapy: 2 reviews of the evidence

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This review of balneotherapy comes from the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), in Athens, Greece. (more…)

Benefits of walking or biking to work

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

“Active” commuting (walking or biking) has many benefits, as reported in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. (more…)

Negative consequences of using trans fats in Baltimore

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Maryland’s largest city has handed out its first citation for repeat violations of its trans fat ban.

An eatery called Healthy Choice, on Lexington Street was hit with the $100 fine. “It was the second time they were found using a high trans fat level in their ingredients.” (more…)

Consumer Alert: Payouji tea and Pai You Guo Slim Capsules

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Testing by the MHRA (Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) found that these supposedly natural products contain an undeclared pharmaceutical ingredient called sibutramine (Meridia). (more…)

Consumer Alert: Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Oh, Oh. They added belladonna.

FDA found that this homeopathic product contains inconsistent amounts of belladonna, and using it may pose a risk to children. (more…)

Searching for contamination in herbals used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Men increasingly use herbal remedies to treat bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia. Yet, study results with these products are inconsistent.

Researchers from Princess Margaret Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario think it might be due to contamination of these products (more…)

Cost-effectiveness: Falls prevention in high-risk elderly

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Falls prevention programs reduce the risk in older people. But are they cost-effective?

Researchers in the UK evaluated the fiscal benefits. (more…)

Review: Otago exercise program to reduce falls in the elderly

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Approximately 35% of people over 65 fall each year, with this figure rising to 50% in those aged 80 and over.

Researchers at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, reviewed the value of this strength and balance retraining program to reduce the risk of death and falls. (more…)

Benefits and potential risks of artificial sweeteners

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Surprisingly, only about 15% of Americans use sugar substitutes.

What might be the public health issues associated with recommending a switch from sugar to artificial sweeteners? (more…)

Lack of effect of omega-3 on maternal depression and baby’s intelligence

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

International experts recommend that pregnant women increase their DHA intakes.

But researchers at the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia, failed to identify benefits in the DOMInO (DHA to Optimize Mother Infant Outcome) study. (more…)

Benefits of resistance exercise in women with gestational diabetes

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

In gestational diabetes, women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood sugar levels during pregnancy.

Little is known about the effects of resistance exercise in this group of women. So, researchers at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, in Brazil, studied the effects. (more…)

An Ernst review: Qigong for diabetes

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence and found it insufficient. (more…)

Association between soy and COPD

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Researchers from Japan and Australia investigated the relationship between soy consumption and the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory symptoms. (more…)

Effects of the Wii Balance Board in patients with multiple sclerosis

Monday, October 18th, 2010

During the 26th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS), researchers at the AISM Rehabilitation Center in Genoa, Italy, compared Wii to a traditional rehabilitation program in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). (more…)

Negative effects of cannabis in bipolar disorder

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Research suggests that cannabis use has a negative effect on onset and outcome of schizophrenia.

Now, researchers at Eli Lilly Nederland at Houten, The Netherlands report, “cannabis users experienced less satisfaction with life and had a lower probability of having a relationship compared with nonusers.” (more…)

The status of marijuana in multiple sclerosis

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Patras Medical School in Greece have reviewed the data.


Cannabinoids to treat Tourette’s Syndrome?

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

marijuana leafThe Cochrane review concludes there’s not enough supporting data. (more…)

Adverse effects of non-medical cannabis

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

cannabis_leafFor over 2 decades, cannabis (marijuana) has been the most widely used illicit drug by young people in high-income countries, and has become popular on a global scale.

Researchers from the University of Queensland, in Herston, Australia reviewed the adverse effects. (more…)