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Review Raises Questions About Herbal Meds for Heart Problems

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – While there's scant evidence that herbal medications are safe or effective to treat heart conditions, they remain popular among people with heart disease, a new review suggests. "Physicians should improve their knowledge of herbal medications in order to adequately weigh the clinical implications related to their use," said senior review author Dr. Graziano Onder. Onder, of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, is an assistant professor in the department of geriatrics, neurosciences and orthopedics. "Physicians should explain that natural does not always mean safe," he said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology. In the United States, herbal medications can be sold without being tested in clinical trials. As a result, there's little evidence of their safety or effectiveness, the review authors explained. The U.S. Food and ... Read more

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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. "Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these approaches – an indication that users believe enough in the value of these approaches to pay for them," said study co-author Richard Nahin. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Expenditures in 2012 included: $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as chiropractors, yoga instructors, acupuncturists or massage ... Read more

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A Daily Cup of Tea May Soothe Your Heart

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – Drinking as little as a cup of tea daily may be good for your heart health, new research suggests. The study found that people who drank a cup of tea each day were 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack or other major cardiovascular event, compared to nondrinkers. The study also found that tea drinkers were less likely to have calcium buildup in the heart's coronary arteries. Calcium deposits have been linked to serious conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, the researchers said. "We found that moderate tea drinkers had a decreased progression of coronary artery calcium and a decreased incidence of cardiovascular events," said Dr. Elliott Miller. He's an internal medicine physician and instructor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. But Miller noted that the researchers couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between tea ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – You may be putting your health at risk if you use imported products such as dietary supplements or nonprescription drugs that are sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a warning issued Thursday. Health product scammers often focus their marketing on people who shop at nontraditional locations. They also target consumers with limited English language skills and poor access to health care services, according to Cariny Nunez, a public health adviser in the FDA's Office of Minority Health. "These scammers know that ethnic groups who may not speak or read English well, or who hold certain cultural beliefs, can be easy targets," she said in an FDA news release. Many health product scammers also include the word "natural" on their products because they know it appeals to certain ... Read more

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Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Side effects from dietary supplements send more than 20,000 Americans to the emergency room each year, a new government study reveals. One expert said the report – published Oct. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine – should quash arguments that herbal products, amino acids and other supplements are uniformly "safe" and need no tighter regulation. "This is the most important study done on dietary supplements since DSHEA was passed," said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies supplement safety. Cohen was referring to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, a 1994 law that defined supplements as food rather than drugs. The upshot is that manufacturers do not have to prove their products have benefits, or are even safe. Over the years, there have been recalls of certain supplements found to cause harm, ... Read more

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Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows. Even though alternative medicines are marketed as "natural," many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained. The study authors also found that many of these patients don't tell their doctors they are using complementary or alternative medicines (CAMs). "Currently, few oncologists are aware of the alternative medicines their patients take," study author Ginah Nightingale, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. "Patients often fail to disclose the CAMs they take because they think they are safe, natural, non-toxic and not relevant to their cancer care, because they think their doctor will disapprove, or because the ... Read more

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Chamomile Tea Tied to Longer Lives for Mexican-American Women

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by

SATURDAY, June 13, 2015 – Consumption of chamomile may be linked to a longer lifespan for older Mexican-American women, new research suggests. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that among Mexican-American women who consumed chamomile, the risk of death during the study period was reduced by about 28 percent. "Drinking chamomile tea is beneficial to the health of Mexican-American women," said the study's lead author, Bret Howrey, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. However, the study only showed evidence of a possible link between chamomile and longer lifespan. It didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. And at least one nutritionist questioned the validity of the study's findings. The herb chamomile is a mainstay of alternative medicine, and practitioners often recommend it to treat ... Read more

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Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself

Posted 6 May 2015 by

-- Keeping yourself healthier has benefits that extend to the entire family. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and find time to exercise regularly. Take some time for yourself each day. Schedule regular date nights to reconnect with your partner. Make time to visit with friends and enjoy time outside of being a mom. Make sure you laugh every day! Treat yourself to a massage to help release hormones that boost mood. Keep a daily journal that includes things you are thankful for. Read more

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Green Tea May Interfere With a Blood Pressure Medicine

Posted 13 Jan 2014 by

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 – Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol (Corgard), used to treat high blood pressure, a new small study suggests. Researchers gave 10 volunteers a single dose of 30 milligrams of nadolol after they had consumed either water or about three cups of green tea daily for 14 days. When researchers tested blood levels of the drug, they were 76 percent lower in the group that drank green tea compared to the water-drinking group. According to study's authors, that means that "patients treated with nadolol should avoid taking green tea." They published the findings online Jan. 13 in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, The researchers include Shingen Misaka at Fukushima Medical University in Japan and other universities in Germany, Japan and Italy. "Individuals who take nadolol and also consume green tea should be aware of this potential ... Read more

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Herbal Meds, Cosmetic Surgery a Bad Mix: Experts

Posted 26 Jul 2013 by

FRIDAY, July 26 – About half of patients take herbal and other supplements before undergoing cosmetic facial plastic surgery, according to a new study. Many of these supplements can put patients at risk during surgery and they should stop taking them at least two weeks before their procedure, Dr. Bahman Guyuron and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University advised. The investigators examined the medication lists of 200 patients scheduled for cosmetic facial plastic surgery – such as a facelift or nose job – and found that 49 percent of the patients were taking at least one type of supplement. Overall, the patients were taking 53 different types of supplements. The average number of supplements was nearly three per patient, but one patient was taking 28 different supplements, according to the study in the July issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Older patients ... Read more

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Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?

Posted 25 Apr 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25 – Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There's little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. "Many specific ailments can benefit from aromatherapy blends and treatments," said Monika Meulman, president of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. "For example, insomnia, nausea, headaches and migraines, and aches and pains are often improved with aromatherapy – just to name a few." Aromatherapy involves the use of what are called essential oils, which are very potent distillations of the fragrant portions of plant life such as flowers, ... Read more

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Herbal Medicines for Arthritis Not Backed by Evidence

Posted 12 Jan 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11 – There is little evidence to support the widespread use of herbal medicines to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, according to a review of these products. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that involves damage to cartilage and other structures in and around the joints, particularly the fingers, knees and hips. It differs from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an immune-based disorder. Devil's claw, cat's claw, ginger, nettle, rosehip, turmeric, willow bark, Indian frankincense and vegetable extracts of avocado or soybean oils are all among the herbal medicines traditionally used to treat osteoarthritis. "Unfortunately, a large number of people suffer from osteoarthritis pain," said one expert, Dr. Robert Graham, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Current pharmacological management is largely focused upon reduction of pain and of ... Read more

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Study Finds Green Tea Offers No Protection From Breast Cancer

Posted 28 Oct 2010 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 28 – Although some research has suggested that drinking green tea might help protect women from breast cancer, a new, large Japanese study comes to a different conclusion. "We found no overall association between green tea intake and the risk of breast cancer among Japanese women who have habitually drunk green tea," said lead researcher Dr. Motoki Iwasaki, from the Epidemiology and Prevention Division at the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo. "Our findings suggest that green tea intake within a usual drinking habit is unlikely to reduce the risk of breast cancer," he said. The report is published in the Oct. 28 online issue of the journal Breast Cancer Research. For the study, Iwasaki's team collected data on 53,793 women who were surveyed between 1995 and 1998. As part of the survey, the women were asked how much ... Read more

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Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Posted 7 Jun 2010 by

MONDAY, June 7 – A key component of green tea has shown promise as a non-toxic treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are now in the second phase of trials with early-stage, asymptomatic patients to explore the potential of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) to strike a blow against this type of leukemia. "The benefits we have seen in most CLL patients who use the chemical suggest that it has modest clinical activity and may be useful for stabilizing this form of leukemia, potentially slowing it down," lead author Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a Mayo Clinic hematologist, said in a news release. Shanafelt's team is slated to present its findings Monday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, in Chicago. The latest research builds on earlier Mayo lab work from eight years ago, during which EGCG's potential to curtail the survival of CLL ... Read more

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Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes

Posted 25 Apr 2010 by

SATURDAY, April 24 – Beneficial ingredients in green tea penetrate into the tissues of the eye and may help protect against glaucoma and other eye diseases, says a new study. Researchers analyzed eye tissue from rats that drank green tea and found that the lens, retina and other tissues absorbed significant amounts of green tea catechins, which are antioxidants believed to protect the eye. Catechins include vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein and zeaxanthin. The action of the green tea catechins in reducing harmful oxidative stress in the eyes lasted for up to 20 hours. "Our results indicate that green tea consumption could benefit the eye against oxidative stress," wrote Chi Pui Pang of the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, and colleagues. The findings are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food ... Read more

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