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Archive for January, 2010

Should oral intake be restricted during labor?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

It’s done so that stomach contents don’t enter the lungs, which could cause complications during delivery.

But with the general anesthetic techniques available today, does this practice make sense?

This Cochrane review addresses the issue. (more…)

The Gotland Low Back Pain Study

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Just another study of manual therapy for low back pain?

What seems to be new in this study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden is the duration of follow-up. (more…)

Transendental Meditation in blood pressure control

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Researchers from Maharishi University of Management Research Institute, in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa report. (more…)

Camel milk for treating type 1 diabetes

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

There’s a traditional belief in the Middle East that regular consumption of camel milk may aid in prevention and control of diabetes.

Research conducted at Cairo University, in Egypt supports this belief. (more…)

Michael Crichton and genetically modified food

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The late physician/author of Jurassic Park, State of Fear, and ER was once asked by Scott Burgess if genetically modified food (GM) is a boon or threat to the world.


Another review of black cohosh

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Warning. Others have drawn similar conclusions, as noted here and here.

Now, researchers from McGill University, in Montreal have reviewed the evidence for black cohosh to treat menopausal symptoms, again. (more…)

What we know about mindfulness meditation in substance use disorders

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Substance use disorders refer to conditions arising from the abuse of alcohol and psychoactive drugs.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison reviewed the existing evidence for using mindfulness meditation — the practice of directing your full attention to the present. (more…)

Tai chi exercise for patients with heart disease

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Researchers from Boston reviewed studies of tai chi exercise in patients with cardiovascular disease or its risk factors. (more…)

Another positive study of Feldenkrais in the elderly

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

It’s the third study in the past year.

This time from researchers at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. (more…)

Pycnogenol to treat acute hemorrhoids

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Researchers from G D’Annunzio University, in Italy tell us Pycnogenol, both in oral and in topical form, is effective. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Hydroxycut

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Do you find that you’re not getting the weight loss results you want from diet and exercise alone?

If you do and you tried Hydroxycut, be forewarned that this product has been associated with serious liver injury. (more…)

Acupuncture: Clinically meaningful and cost-effective?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Researchers from the University of York, in the UK say it’s time to move on from asking if acupuncture is more effective than placebo. (more…)

Benefits of a very low energy diet in sleep apnea

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Apnea is a period of time during which breathing stops or is markedly reduced. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea.

The researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden report the results of their dietary treatment.


Whole-grain oats lower cholesterol, but by how much?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Cochrane Collaboration has reanalyzed the results from studies of 914 patients treated with oatmeal foods for at least 4 weeks. Eight studied the effects of whole-grain foods or diets for at least 4 weeks.

Here’s what they found. (more…)

Confusing research results on acupuncture for menopausal problems

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Tromso, in Norway list contradictory study results. (more…)

Bone loss in postmenopausal women: Minor effects of soy isoflavones

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Previously, researchers from Iowa State University, in Ames reported that soy protein with isoflavones reduced the loss of lumbar spine bone in midlife women.

In this study, they examined the effects of isoflavones (extracted from soy protein) on bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women who do not have osteoporosis. (more…)

Yoga to lower blood pressure in HIV adults

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

People living with HIV infection are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis, Missouri evaluated the effects of yoga lifestyle intervention in HIV-infected adults. (more…)

Melatonin for insomnia

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Dr. Desiree Lie from the University of California in Orange has reviewed the evidence for a range of conditions that are treated with melatonin.

Here are her thoughts on its use to treat insomnia. (more…)

Review: Effect of lycopene on prostate cancer progression

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Researchers from the Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland reviewed the association between lycopene and the progression of prostate cancer. (more…)

Using surgical masks to prevent the flu

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

N95 MaskResearchers from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, compared surgical masks to the N95 respirator. (more…)