Good to the Bone: Probiotics Improve Bone Mineral Density

By Erik Goldman

Probiotics, widely recognized for their positive effects on gastrointestinal health, can also increase bone mineral density and potentially help prevent osteoporosis—a fact that has been largely overlooked by American clinicians for almost a decade. Back in 2003, Japanese researchers studied the impact of a probiotic formula called OM-X, on the radial and ulnar BMD of […]

Neptune’s Blood Cells

By Erik Goldman

Jellyfish may be an annoyance for humans enjoying beach vacations, but they’re a vital element in the regulating the ocean’s temperature and nutrient balance. CalTech bioengineer and 2010 MacArthur Fellowship recipient John Dabiri has been studying the biomechanics of jellyfish propulsion with an eye toward developing human modes of transportation that replicate the jellyfish’s simplicity […]

DynaMed: Palmetto on Par with Placebo for Prostate Problems

By Erik Goldman

Saw palmetto has been a popular treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), a common condition in older men. However, recent evidence shows that the natural plant extract may not be as helpful as perceived. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 369 men, 45 years and older, with peak urinary […]

A New Diabetes Risk Factor: Foreclosure!

By Erik Goldman

There’s a definite correlation between the rate of home foreclosures and the incidence of new cases of diabetes diagnosed among young to middle-aged adults, according to a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers at the non-profit, non-partisan organization studied foreclosure rates by zip codes in 4 hard-hit states (AZ, CA, FL […]

Putting PSA Testing in Perspective

By Erik Goldman

The recent Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation against routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening has a lot of guys pissing vinegar, with some calling the new report “a death sentence.” More moderate voices call for recognition of the limits of PSA testing while cautioning against sweeping policy moves. Integrative Urologist Dr. Geo Espinosa sheds some light.

Children of the Corn (Syrup)

By Erik Goldman

High school kids who drink more than 5 cans of soft drinks per week are 15% more likely than their non-soda’d counterparts to act violently, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. Researchers surveyed 1,878 inner-city Boston public school kids, and found an unequivocal correlation between self-reported soft-drinking and aggression. Among […]

Take the Dream Clinic Challenge!

By Erik Goldman

Make Your Dream Clinic a Reality in 2012! At the Heal Thy Practice conference (Nov 4-6, Long Beach, CA) we’ve assembled the experts for you. You’ll meet docs who’ve created their dream clinics, and they’ll put you on the fast track to creating yours. Take advantage of plenary & breakout sessions plus lots of time […]

Before You Throw Out Those Cantaloupes……

By Roby Mitchell, MD (aka "Dr. Fitt")

All this “Listeria Hysteria” that followed the reports of contaminated cantaloupe reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. We’re destroying a relatively healthy food by the ton, issuing dire warnings about deadly pathogens, and generally scaring an already scared public, all without taking stock of what’s really going on. I don’t mean to downplay the […]

Maitake Mushroom Compound Triggers Cell Death in Human Breast Cancer

By Erik Goldman

Beta-glucan compounds produced by Maitake (Grifola frondosa), a Japanese medicinal and culinary mushroom have multiple well-documented immunostimulatory properties. In recent years, the mushroom has generated considerable interest as a potential adjunct in cancer care.  Now, a team of Portuguese & Argentine researchers have shown that a protein-bound polysaccaride within the mushroom, called the D-fraction, can […]

DynaMed: Music Relieves Pain & Anxiety in Cancer Patients

By DynaMed Editorial Team

Music has the power to move us, but does it also have measurable health benefits? According to researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, music therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in patients with cancer. The Drexel team conducted a systematic review of 30 randomized trials comparing a music intervention plus standard care vs. standard care […]