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Archive for June, 2012:

Risk of Shingles Recurrence Is Low

A recent study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases reports that people who have had shingles are not very likely to have a recurrence of the disease. Shingles comes from the dormant chickenpox virus and causes a painful rash. The study shows that once someone has had shingles, the immune system is better able to respond. Traditionally, the shingles vaccine … Read more.

Binge Drinking Reduced With Herbal Extract

A new tool from the botanical world may provide another way to treat alcohol abuse and dependence. Researchers at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School recently published the findings of their study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. According to David Penetar, PhD., “Our study is further evidence that components found in kudzu root can reduce alcohol consumption.” Puerarin, the least … Read more.

Healers See The "Aura" Of People

The University of Granada Department of Experimental Psychology in Spain recently conducted a study to determine if there’s a scientific explanation for people who claim to be able to see the auras of others. They discovered that many with healing abilities present the neuropsychological phenomenon called “synesthesia.” According to the study, “…synesthesia is due to cross-wiring in the brain…synesthetes present … Read more.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue? What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue, or adrenal apathy, is not supported by scientific evidence so is not considered a conventional illness by most healthcare providers. Those who have experienced it say illness, financial difficulties, and other personal crises can cause it. The adrenal glands rest on top of each kidney and produce hormones that regulate heartbeat, stress reactions, and digestive processes. If the … Read more.

Acupuncture Improves Heart Rate Variability

Patients with coronary heart disease may benefit from traditional acupuncture, according to a new study by the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Puja K. Mehta reported on the study, in which 151 patients received either traditional acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or were wait-listed as a control for the procedure. Heart rate variability (HRV) was improved … Read more.

Who Are Your Hormone and Thyroid Superheroes?

Mary Shomon presents her “genius bar” of hormone and thyroid gurus, who come from a variety of specialties and offer different approaches to managing your condition. The list of 11 specialists includes Sara Gottfried, MD, holistic gynecologist, Steven Gurgevich, PhD, whose practice places an emphasis on mind-body approaches, Thierry Hertoghe, MD, Europe’s “king of hormones,” Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD, an … Read more.

Low Vitamin D During Pregnancy Tied to Poorer Language Skills

Recent studies suggest vitamin D supplements should be taken during pregnancy to prevent language difficulties from developing in the child. Lead researcher Andrew Whitehouse of the University of Western Australia cautions that it’s too soon to draw absolute conclusions since no cause-and-effect relationship has been proven. There is also no agreement as to dosage. The Endocrine Society recommends 1,500 to … Read more.

What You Need to Know About Thyroid Storm

Those diagnosed with hyperthyroidism or Graves’ disease, have thyroids that produce too much of the thyroid hormone. In 1-2% of these patients, a condition known as thyroid storm may develop. This is a very dangerous and life-threatening situation, and must be treated immediately. During a thyroid storm event, blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature flare to an uncontrollable level. … Read more.