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Women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections (UTIs) than men and 20%-30% of women have recurrent UTIs. Pregnant women, children, postmenopausal women with genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), elderly individuals with indwelling catheters and patients with neuropathic bladder are at increased risk of UTIs.  They are prevalent in young women and young men and […]

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The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the preventive effects of oral pine bark extract (Trademarked product: Pycnogenol®) 150 mg/daily in individuals with a history of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI). Both men and women, the study subjects had to have had at least three symptomatic UTIs in the previous year, two episodes […]

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There are 490 documented positive pregnancy outcomes after use of ginger root during pregnancy registered with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  Data indicates that no malformation or fetal toxicity was associated with the use of ginger root during pregnancy.  But, because they require a minimum of 1,000 cases to determine safety, the EMA still advises […]

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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common skin infections.  Many individuals do not know they have the virus, because they have never had an eruption. In fact, about 80% of the U.S. population has asymptomatic HSV. Herpes simplex viruses are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (HSV-1, or oral herpes) and […]

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Turmeric and its main bioactive component, curcumin has previously reported benefits in liver injury and cirrhosis.  The current randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effects of curcumin supplementation on health-related quality of life in patients with liver cirrhosis. The study included 70 patients, ages 20-70 from a gastroenterology outpatient clinic in Iran.  The patients had […]

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Depression is worldwide, and over 264 million individuals suffer from it across the world. Depression is one of the most commonly occurring mental health disorders occurring in adults and children. [i]  According to The World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.  [ii] Depression is a common mental health condition […]

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Insomnia comes in all sizes and shapes but in essence, it is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. Insomnia is considered chronic if it occurs at least 3 […]

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Hot flashes and/or night sweats, collectively called vasomotor symptoms (VMS), are the most common symptom of perimenopause/menopause.  The average duration of VMS is about 7 years, so more options to address this frequently significant symptom, are always welcomed.  While VMS can come in all sizes and shapes, varying from mild to severe and infrequent to […]

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