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Mayo Clinic lists the benefits of yoga

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

… and other things you should know.

The authors tell us, “Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. (more…)

CAM options to treat chronic constipation

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Chronic constipation is common among the elderly and women. Doctors prescribe various treatments, and patients often use over-the-counter remedies.

Researchers at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, reviewed the evidence and provide perspective. (more…)

Review: Near legendary status of vitamin D

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Medscape has posted a review by researchers at West Virginia University, in Morgantown. (more…)

Do diet soft drinks predispose to obesity?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

During the American Diabetes Association 71st Scientific Sessions, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio reported on (abstract 0062-OR) the relationship between drinking diet soft drinks and long-term changes in waist circumference. (more…)

Sunless tanning products: Beliefs and practice

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia, studied the effects of sunless tanning products on tanning behaviors. (more…)

Effect of vitamin D supplements on cancer and fracture risks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Researchers in Boston and Japan, reviewed the effects of vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation. (more…)

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with acupuncture

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy can produce severe neurological deficits and neuropathic pain.

Researchers at the University Medical Center, in Hamburg, Germany, evaluated the response to acupuncture. (more…)

St John’s wort and hot flushes in women with breast cancer history

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

There are few effective treatments for hot flushes in post-menopausal breast cancer survivors.

During the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina reported the results from a pilot study. (more…)

Acupuncture to prevent dry mouth after radiation therapy

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Xerostomia (dry mouth) after head/neck radiation is a common problem among cancer patients, and available treatments are of little benefit.

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center determined whether acupuncture can prevent xerostomia among head/neck patients undergoing radiotherapy. (more…)

Reviewing the reviews of tai chi

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague critically evaluated the systematic reviews of tai chi for any improvement of medical conditions or clinical symptoms. (more…)

Physical activity and the risk of cancer

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

The National Cancer Institute has summarized the effects. (more…)

Scientific basis for yoga

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Dr. Timothy McCall, writing at, makes the case for yoga.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Review: Benefits of yoga in people with cancer

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Researchers at National Taiwan University, in Taipei, conducted a meta-analysis on the effects of yoga in patients with cancer. (more…)

Vitamin E and an increased risk of prostate cancer

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found no reduction in risk of prostate cancer with vitamin E supplements.

As a follow-up, researchers in the US determined the long-term effect of vitamin E and selenium in relatively healthy men. (more…)

Risky business: Tanning salons

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Everyone knows, or should know, that exposure to UV radiation — from the sun or artificial sources such as sunlamps in tanning beds — increases the risk of developing skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Here are other risks to consider. (more…)

Hybrid broccoli

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The Financial Times reports, “A new hybrid variety richer in chemicals linked to a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems goes on sale on Tuesday” in the UK.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Lower your risk for prostate cancer

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic staff, but here are their dietary recommendations. (more…)

Is there a role for vitamin D in cancer prevention?

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Cancer-related considerations didn’t figure prominently in the new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Here’s what we know, according to the IOM. (more…)

Review: Broad benefits with the Mediterranean diet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A couple of years ago, researchers at the University of Florence, in Italy, reviewed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on the risk of death and the occurrence of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases.

Now, they’ve updated their findings. (more…)

The science of vitamin D

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 has a review. (more…)