Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Subjects on a Gluten Free Diet, who did not have Celiac Sprue, had significantly elevated levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic in their blood and urine. These metals did not reach levels felt to be unsafe.  It is unknown if long term accumulation will create problems in the future.  So, a Gluten …

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Monday, June 11, 2018

In a study from Sweden, 43,000 men between 18-20 years old in 1969 were followed for an average of 39 years. Those young men who drank 1-2 drinks of alcohol per day were more likely to develop severe liver disease later in life.  So, 1-2 drinks per day in a young man is not a …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The results of a Canadian study showed that there were no differences in BMD, turnover, or bone strength indexes in people who used PPI for long periods of time relative to nonusers of PPI. Past studies suggest that there is a very weak correlation between hip fractures and proton-pump inhibitors (PPI). There is still no …

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Initial findings of a preliminary study show that THC provides no benefit for chronic abdominal pain. It is unclear whether or not cannabinoids can act as effective treatments of chronic abdominal pain. An exploratory study currently in phase II randomized 65 patients who took either placebos or delta-9- tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC) tablets to alleviate chronic abdominal …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It takes real guts for newborn Baby to thrive these days.If the beneficial microbes that naturally inhabit an infant’s innards are disrupted during the first weeks of life, a typical newborn can face risk of childhood allergies and asthma that is three times higher than normal, new research shows. That is the latest in a cascade …

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Your doctor wants you to stop taking so many medications. More health-care providers are adopting an approach known as deprescribing to help adults in the U.S. and elsewhere reduce excessive use of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications and supplements. Studies show nearly 40% of older patients, those in their 60s and older, take more than …

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Colon cancer kills more than 50,000 Americans this year. It’s the second highest leading cause of cancer deaths, worldwide. Yet still only a third of adults have the simple screening that can catch colorectal cancer in its early and most treatable stages. Adults should begin to have a colonoscopy every five years starting around the …

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Friday, September 23, 2016

The New York Times (9/20, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports that research published in JAMA suggests “wearable activity monitors” may not help people lose weight. STAT (9/20, Love) reports that investigators “recruited 470 overweight or obese adults for an exercise and dieting program.” During “the first six months, they had group sessions on calorie restriction and …

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Curcumin (a natural compound derived from the spice  tumeric) in addition to mesalamine was superior to placebo and mesalamine in inducing clinical and endoscopic remission in patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. Curcurmin has been widely used in ayurevidic and chinese medicine to treat various inflammatory conditions. About 54% of patients achieved clinical remission …

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