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Most of us know about vitamin D as vital for calcium metabolism and the importance of vitamin D for long term bone health. There are a number of indications for an association between vitamin D deficiency and infectious diseases from observational studies. This includes infectious diseases like tuberculosis, respiratory tract infections (RTI), influenza and sepsis. […]

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The objective of this 8 week double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a standardized extract of Ashwagandha for controlling weight and improving general well-being in adults with chronic stress. Individuals were selected from several outpatient clinics in Pune, India, for the purpose of addressing stress and being overweight. Inclusion […]

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Current physical activity guidelines recommend moderate intensity exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week for a total of 150 minutes/week, or vigorous exercise for 75 minutes per week, spread out over at least 3 sessions per week. In a report published in January, 2017, researchers evaluated more than 63,000 men and women over […]

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Researchers in this study examined the use of fish oils during pregnancy and if it could prevent asthma in their children. A total of 736 pregnant Danish women were randomized to receive 2.4 gm per day of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) derived from a fish oil supplement or a placebo during the […]

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Vulvovaginal thinning, known as atrophic vaginitis, or more recently, genitourinary syndrome of menopause, is the thinning and drying of vulvovaginal mucosa associated with lower estrogen levels, often seen in perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms include vulvovaginal discomfort, dryness, burning, itching, and dyspareunia. Intravaginal and/or topical vulvar estrogen is the conventional treatment of choice. Sea buckthorn (Hippophae […]

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder in women, which includes metabolic changes of hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, hyperandrogenism and dyslipidemia. Newer research also demonstrates an inflammatory component as well. PCOS is significant not only in day to day manifestations and experiences such as acne, hair thinning, hirsutism, abnormal menstrual cycles, infertility, and overweight […]

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In the last 6 years, there have been published trials raising concerns regarding calcium supplementation and excess risk for myocardial infarction and stroke, although the findings have not been consistent. An updated systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence on the effects of calcium intake from diet and from supplements, either alone or with vitamin D […]

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Winter Solstice

During this darkest day of winter, the winter solstice, and the holiday seasons that we each celebrate uniquely… I enjoy reflecting on the year…..my personal life, those of my loved ones, and those near and far whom I do not know, but share a life with on this planet of ours.  I remind myself that […]

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Menstrual cramps, when due to functional problems and the release of prostaglandin F2alpha in the menstrual fluid, are a common monthly problem in menstruating women. The usual immediate treatments are anti-inflammatory drugs and prostaglandin inhibitors. One such nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) is mefenamic acid. A prospective, randomized, crossover study was conducted for 2 months in 122 […]

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This randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in women between the ages of 40 and 70 who reported menopausal symptoms. Women were evaluated using two conventionally recognized scales of menopause symptoms, the Kupperman Index (KI) and the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Women were randomized to receive either placebo or an extract of Schisandra chinensis… […]

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