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Archive for December, 2010

Comparing exergames to exercise

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The Amercan Heart Association (AHA) endorses the Nintendo Wii video gaming system.

So, it’s only fair that researchers at Liverpool John Moores University, in the UK should measure the energy expenditure and physical activity of active video games (exergames). (more…)

No effect of honey on intestinal and hepatic CYP3A

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

It’s suggested that honey may stimulate the CYP3A enzyme, and this might alter the metabolism of drugs.

Researchers in Germany studied the effect of repeated honey administration on human CYP3A enzyme activity using the benzodiazepine drug midazolam (Versed). (more…)

Spirituality and religion in healthcare: Finding common ground

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Dr. Elaine Yuen is chaplain in the health care professionals program and research assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

In an editorial published in the American Journal of Medical Quality she states, “Spiritual care is integral to the science and art of healing, and therefore a critical component in the quality of care.”

She distinguishes between religion and spirituality, and (refreshingly) finds commonality as well.

Spirituality in contemporary culture

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that approximately 38% of adults and 12% of children use some form of CAM.

But this doesn’t include the use of spirituality or religion. (more…)

Effect of religious participation on blood pressure

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

A study of more than 5000 African Americans reveals that participants in religious activities are likely to have significantly lower blood pressure than those who do not. This, despite being more likely to be classified as hypertensive, having higher body mass index (BMI), and poor adherence to their medication regimen.

Known as the Jackson Heart Study, the results support the cardiovascular benefits of religion.


Consumer Alert: Rockhard Weekend, Pandora, Fruta Planta

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

FDA has received reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta, including several cardiac events and one death.

In addition, FDA testing revealed that certain lots of RockHard Weekend and Pandor contain an analogue of sildenafil, an FDA-approved drug used as treatment for male erectile dysfunction. (more…)

FDA makes its position clear on dietary supplements

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

There are “significant public health problems posed by products that are marketed as dietary supplements but that contain the same active ingredients as FDA-approved drugs… that do not qualify as dietary ingredients.” (more…)

Driving under the influence of cannabis

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Past studies on the impact of driving under the influence of cannabis on traffic safety showed that during the acute period of intoxication, cannabis diminishes driving faculties and raises the risk of collision.

Researchers from University de Montreal, in Quebec studied the association between impulsivity or sensation-seeking and the risk of driving under the influence of cannabis. (more…)

Review: Meditation to treat ADHD

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Researchers at KhonKaen University, in KhonKaen, Thailand reviewed the evidence for this Cochrane report on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (more…)

New recommendations for salt intake for Americans

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Here’s the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. It tells us, “Americans consume excessive amounts of sodium and insufficient amounts of potassium.”

Their latest recommendations follow. (more…)

Risk of cognitive decline in the elderly following surgery

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Dementia_eIt’s generally assumed that older adults may experience memory loss and other problems in cognition (reasoning) following surgery.

Results from a study at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri suggest otherwise. (more…)

Synbiotics and preventing asthma-like symptoms in infants

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Researchers at the Academic Medical Center, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands studied symbiotic therapy to prevent asthma-like symptoms in infants with atopic dermatitis–chronic inflammation of the skin. (more…)

Cinnamon 2 grams daily to treat diabetes

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Researchers at Thames Valley University, in London, studied the blood sugar lowering effect of taking 2 grams of cinnamon daily in adult patients with type 2 diabetes.

A1c is used to monitor the long term control of blood sugar levels. (more…)

Moderating effect of religiosity on problem alcohol use

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder studied whether religiosity moderated the genetic variance associated with problem alcohol use during adolescence and early adulthood. (more…)

Things to contemplate when reviewing acupuncture studies

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

acupuncture circleResearchers from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine, in California reviewed the literature on pediatric acupuncture research.

You can review the details of their findings here. But more interesting are their insights into the research process and clinical practice. (more…)

Mindfulness, as good as antidepressants for depression

Friday, December 10th, 2010

That’s the conclusion from this study at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, in Ontario. (more…)

Mindfulness meditation for substance abuse

Friday, December 10th, 2010

meditationRelapse is common in substance use disorders, even among treated individuals.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison reviewed the evidence supporting mindfulness meditation. (more…)

Does aloe vera affect blood pressure?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

There’s evidence that about 5% of hypertensive Nigerians use aloe vera to lower blood pressure.

Researchers at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, studied the effects of oral aloe vera on blood pressure measurements. (more…)

Predicting IBS responders to hynotherapy

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Approximately two-thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) respond well to hypnotherapy.

Researchers at the University of Manchester, in the UK, assessed whether a therapeutic response to hypnosis could be predicted by relating mood to a positive, neutral or negative color. (more…)

Risk of long-term nasal saline irrigation

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

sinusitisThere’s an increased risk of infection in people with recurrent sinusitis according to researchers at Georgetown University Hospital School of Medicine during the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2009 Meeting. (more…)