Health and Nutrition

February 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 3:41 pm

ISSLS prize winner: Early predictors of chronic work disability: a prospective, population-based study of workers with back injuries
Turner JA, Franklin G, Fulton-Kehoe D, Sheppard L, Stover B, Wu R, Gluck JV, Wickizer TM. Spine. 2008 Dec 1;33(25):2809-18..

When investigators analyzed which health care providers patients saw first after their injury vs. disability at 1 year, “Clearly, patients whose first visit for the injury was to a chiropractor had reduced odds of chronic disability,” Turner said. “That at least raises the possibility that chiropractic care was more effective in improving pain and disability or promoting RTW [return to work].”

Twenty-nine percent initially saw a chiropractor, compared to 36% who saw a primary care physician.

The finding concerning chiropractors surprised the researchers who expected to see the best outcomes in the 7% of patients who initially saw an occupational medicine physician. “In fact, if anything, they had somewhat worse outcomes,” Turner said.

February 10, 2009

New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects

Filed under: Diet,Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 3:24 pm

James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).

In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, “The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study … confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label.”


Globe Newswire September 28, 2008

Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 2008;71(21):1415-29

February 8, 2009

Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages

Filed under: Diet — Doc Joe @ 8:36 pm

Adults gulping an average of 300 calories every day, study finds

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) — If you’re like many Americans, soda and coffee drinks have become a staple of your daily diet.

But the findings from a new study may make you drop that super-sized, sweetened beverage.

Published in the January issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research found that people are now drinking almost 50 additional calories of sweetened beverages daily compared to two decades ago, for an average of about 300 calories daily coming from such drinks. So, even if you have the exact same diet as you did 20 years ago and your activity level hasn’t changed, those seemingly harmless 50 extra daily calories could cause you to pack on an additional five pounds every year.

February 7, 2009

Breast Cancer Risk Declines Quickly After Stopping Hormone Therapy: WHI Data in NEJM

Filed under: General Health — Doc Joe @ 5:02 pm

Nick Mulcahy

Medscape Medical News 2009. © 2009 Medscape

February 4, 2009 — The well-documented increased risk for breast cancer associated with combined estrogen-plus-progestin therapy in postmenopausal women declines markedly after stopping therapy, according to Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) data published in the February 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The same data were presented in December 2008 at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, and reported at the time by Medscape Oncology.

The women on estrogen-plus-progestin therapy, also known as hormonal-replacement therapy, had a median of 5.6 years of treatment and had a 26% increased risk for breast cancer, compared with placebo controls.

However, according to the new data, the risk returns to baseline in about 2 years.

“We can’t define a safe interval for hormone-replacement therapy,” study lead author Roman Chlebowski, MD, PhD, from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in California, said at a press conference in San Antonio.

N Engl J Med. 2009;360:573-587.

February 1, 2009

Grape seed extract may help prevent skin cancer

Filed under: General Health,Herbal Remedies,Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 6:55 pm

Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:34pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Chemicals found in grape seeds may help ward of skin cancer due to regular exposure to the sun, according to the results of an animal study reported Sunday in Chicago at the 223rd annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Researchers from the University of Alabama, Birmingham exposed hairless mice to ultraviolet-light. Some of the mice they fed a standard diet supplemented with grape seed proanthocyanidins, or GSPs, while control mice were fed a standard diet without this supplement.

Dietary supplementation with GSPs inhibited light-induced carcinogenesis, study chief Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar told the conference.

Mice supplemented with GSPs had up to 65 fewer tumors than control mice did. Moreover, the tumors seen in GSP-supplemented mice were up to 78 percent smaller than those seen in the control mice. (more…)

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