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2/22/2016
When children with asthma get an acute respiratory infection, their asthma symptoms can become much worse. Vitamin D supplementation may be the answer for these children. Chinese researchers uncovered this information during their systematic review and meta analysis of studies primarily looking at vitamin D to prevent respiratory infections in healthy children.

2/12/2016
 
In the last 25 years, rates of childhood obesity have nearly tripled in the United States. Childhood obesity puts these children at risk of developing a wide range of chronic illnesses as adults, including heart disease. Researchers from the University of Colorado set out to determine if the type of fats consumed by children could have an impact on their obesity risk.

2/9/2016
Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have severe muscle weakness and fatigue as a result of this autoimmune inflammatory condition. Finding ways to improve this common symptom is important to the quality of life of these patients. A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin found in green tea, may help improve muscle metabolism in people with relapsing MS.

2/2/2016
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common disorder seen by gastroenterologists in the Unites States and United Kingdom. Its prevalence is also increasing in other countries as well. Abdominal pain is a hallmark symptom in most cases of IBS. Acupuncture, specifically electroacupuncture (EA) and moxibustion (Mox) can provide relief in patients with IBS.

1/23/2016
Numerous studies to date have clearly demonstrated that there is a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A 2015 review featured in BioMed Research International set out to evaluate those studies to determine the mechanism(s) that shed light on this association. As it turns out, there are several key pathways impacted when the body doesn’t have enough vitamin D.

1/17/2016
According to the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), kidney disease has been steadily rising with more than 20 million Americans now having some level of chronic kidney disease (CKD)—that’s 1 in 10 Americans! Based on two 2015 studies presented at the ASN Convention, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be contributing to the increase.

1/8/2016
The most common form of cancer—by a large margin—is nonmelanoma skin cancer. There are about two million new cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnosed each year, whereas there are about 1.7 million diagnoses of all other types of cancer combined.

1/4/2016
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of traits that includes abdominal obesity, glucose intolerance, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. According to the American heart association one in three US adults—approximately 34% of the population—have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk of atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

12/19/2015
Previous studies have demonstrated that vitamin K2 menaquinones, specifically menaquinone-4 (MK-4), benefit people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this 2015 study, Egyptian researchers postulated that MK-7 could also benefit people with RA. And they were correct!

12/15/2015
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. Presently there is no cure and treatment options are limited. Altering the trajectory of the illness by slowing its progression remains a key clinical goal.

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