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History of Dieting Fads and How Vanity Often Outweighs Common Sense

December 08, 2017

Fad diets may produce initial rapid weight loss, but this is more likely due to their lower calorie intake than the follower's usual diet, and often consists of water loss.

Perfect Timing: Nobel Winners Highlight Significance of Circadian Rhythms

October 04, 2017

Understanding the powerful regulation of biology by circadian rhythms is beginning to lead to far-reaching changes in policy.

Fictional Pharmacy: How Accurate Is TV Drama Med Advice?

By August 25, 2017

Results of the study found that, during the 100 hours assessed, medications were mentioned a total of 424 times, averaging four 4 times per hour.

A View to a Headache: Health Implications of Modern Urban Design

June 09, 2017

People who get migraines are particularly susceptible to the discomfort from repetitive patterns.

Five 'Cures' from the Past that Are More Misery than Medicine

May 19, 2017

Five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant 'cures' that fell out of favor due to them being much akin to torture.

Pharmacotherapy and Obesity: A Review of Treatment Options

April 12, 2017

Pharmacologic agents can have "unpredictable and variable effects on a patient's weight."

Cause Celeb: How Star Power Impacts Public Health

By March 16, 2017

It is important not to be annoyed or dismiss celebrity-recommended remedies, as this can weaken the physician-patient relationship, especially "in cases of strong celebrity adoration."

Holy Basil: Health Benefits of 'The Elixir of Life'

February 22, 2017

Holy basil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers or young children. It should also be used with caution in patients with diabetes.

From Resolutions to Results: Strategies for Helping Patients Reach Their Health Goals

By January 24, 2017

Patrice Harris, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees, discusses how clinicians can help patients stay on track and keep their New Year's Resolutions.

How Important Is Dietary Cholesterol?

By November 21, 2016

There has been considerable controversy over whether serum cholesterol levels in humans are actually responsive to high intakes of cholesterol.

Six Popular Supplements Used for Diabetes Management

By October 21, 2016

Although use of dietary supplements is not always recommended, it is best for clinicians to be knowledgeable about the safety and efficacy data surrounding them in order to assist patients who choose to use them.

Does Probiotic Use Attenuate Depressive Symptoms?

By October 12, 2016

An increasing body of research has demonstrated a strong connection between the gut microbiome and mood disorders.

Appetite for Infection: Should a Cold Be Starved and a Fever Be Fed?

September 29, 2016

Why does eating affect bacterial and viral infections differently?

The Ketogenic Diet: A Nonpharmacological Option for Refractory Epilepsy

By September 12, 2016

There are several factors to consider prior to initiating the ketogenic diet.

Is This Old Therapy Worth Its Weight in Gold?

August 16, 2016

There are significant side effects associated with long-term use.

UTI Treatment and Beyond: Delving into D-Mannose

July 26, 2016

Perhaps the most promising use for d-mannose is as an anti-infective agent.

Examining the Role of Pineapple Enzymes

June 28, 2016

Found in pineapple, bromelain is a well known proteolytic enzyme.

A Bark with Benefits: What Is Slippery Elm?

May 17, 2016

Slippery elm's most popular use is for the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

Putting the Medical into Marijuana: Does Evidence Support Use?

March 14, 2016

Areas of potential medical use of THC include the relief of spasticity in neurodegenerative diseases, for pain reduction, and for seizure control.

Honing in on Homeopathy: Public Use and Perception Examined in the U.S.

By February 19, 2016

Only 19% of those who identify themselves as homeopathy users reported seeing a homeopathic practitioner in the preceding year, a new report has revealed.

<i>Lactobacillus acidophilus</i>: Exploring the Benefits of a Popular Probiotic

February 12, 2016

Often included in probiotic products, L acidophilus has been studied for its possible impact on a multitude of human ailments.

Coconut Oil May Hold Heart, Brain Health Benefits

January 19, 2016

Aside from being rich in antioxidants and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), coconut oil also possesses some unique constituents that offer insight into the way brain cells function and perform their own self-repair and maintenance.

New 'Dietary Guidelines for Americans' Released: What's New? What's Missing?

By January 07, 2016

Today marks the release of the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015-2020). The report is published by the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Agriculture (USDA), under the advisement of an independent group of experts that make up the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

Taurine Supplementation: A Safe Energy Booster?

December 15, 2015

Because of its role in energy drinks, interest in taurine has grown.

Beyond S'Mores: Marshmallow as Alternative Medicine

November 17, 2015

To many, marshmallows are white, puffy confections that people enjoy eating and roasting over a campfire and melting into s'mores. The origin of these spongy edibles is Althea officinalis, a plant that has been used in alternative medicine for more than 2,000 years.

Are Antioxidant Supplements Helpful or Harmful?

November 12, 2015

The Western medicine paradigm of "if a little is good, more must be better" is almost never true.

Dietary Supplement Safety and The Role Healthcare Providers Play

November 03, 2015

A recent study found that an estimated 23,000 annual emergency department visits in the United States were attributable to adverse events related to dietary supplements.

Pumpkin Seeds Sprout Numerous Health Benefits

October 27, 2015

It turns out that pumpkin seeds can act as a potent medicine. Specifically, Cucurbita pepo, a member of the gourd family, has some significant medicinal uses.

The Seven Nutrients Important for Mental Health

October 15, 2015

An increasingly robust body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and nutrient deficiencies, and to the protective value of healthy diets - along with select nutritional supplements as required - for maintaining and promoting mental health.

Yoga and Acupuncture: Helpful Adjuncts for MS Patients?

October 14, 2015

Yoga and acupuncture are two modalities commonly used by patients with MS. This article examines the potential benefits and risks of each.