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Popular heartburn drugs could rob you of this crucial vitamin

Posted December 13, 2013

Results of an analysis finds a link between low levels of vitamin B12 and popular antacid medications. Drugs used to treat heartburn that are heavily marketed and readily available were linked to lower levels of vitamin B12 in a Kaiser Permanente study. The medications that are popular for treating gastric reflux have also been linked to other side effects that are still being scrutinized.

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Natural Compound Mitigates Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse

Posted November 20, 2013

Studies have shown that resveratrol, a natural compound found in colored vegetables, fruits and especially grapes, may minimize the impact of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease in those who maintain healthy diets or who regularly take resveratrol supplements. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that resveratrol may also block the effects of the highly addictive drug, methamphetamine.

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Calcium, Vitamin D Improve Bone Density in Patients Taking Antiepileptic Drugs

Posted November 8, 2013

A recent prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial reports that calcium and vitamin D supplementation improves bone density in a group of male veterans with epilepsy who were treated chronically with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). The results published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggest that risedronate, a bisphosphonate, may help to prevent new vertebral fractures when taken with calcium and vitamin D supplementation.

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The co-use of conventional drugs and herbs among patients in Norwegian general practice: a cross-sectional study

Posted October 31, 2013

Different patient groups are known to use herbal remedies and conventional drugs concomitantly (co-use). This poses a potential risk of herb-drug interaction through altering the drug’s pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics. Little is known about co-use among patients in general practice. The primary aim of this study was to compare patients in general practice that co-use herbal remedies and conventional drugs with those who do not. The secondary aim was to register the herb-drug combinations with potential clinical relevant interactions among the co-users.

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Antimicrobial activity of the bioactive components of essential oils from Pakistani spices against Salmonella and other multi-drug resistant bacteria

Posted October 14, 2013

The main objective of this study was the phytochemical characterization of four indigenous essential oils obtained from spices and their antibacterial activities against the multidrug resistant clinical and soil isolates prevalent in Pakistan, and ATCC reference strains.

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Fish Oil: Drugs vs. Supplements

Posted April 22, 2013

Omega-3 fatty acids are no longer just about fish oil. The development of numerous alternative sources, the improved sustainability and bioavailability of those different forms of omega-3s, plus the competition that arises between supplements and pharmaceuticals make the omega-3 market a challenging one to navigate.

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Diabetes Drug Depletes Vitamin B12

Posted February 13, 2013

Metformin is a medication that is commonly prescribed for diabetes. In 2010, there were more than 48 million prescriptions written for this drug. However, according to a study published in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), for every 14 patients treated with Metformin for four years, one will have severely low vitamin B12 levels (less than 150 pmol/L). Furthermore, 1 in 9 will have moderately low vitamin B12 levels (50 to 220 pmol/L).

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Thyme, drugs combo work better against fungal diseases

Posted October 11, 2012

Can pairing conventional antifungal medicines with natural, edible compounds from plants such as thymol, extracted from the popular herb thyme, boost the healing effects of some of these drugs?

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Homeopathic Remedies for Ear Infection and Headaches

Posted April 30, 2012

One of the charges that detractors of homeopathy level against the practice of this method of healing is that there is no backing of this form of medication with clinical studies and evidence based research. Since data from a clinical setting is sometimes deemed insufficient, there is much skepticism in respect of how and how much homeopathy works.

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5 Natural Remedies for Ear Infections (Acute Otitis Media)

Posted April 30, 2012

Ear infections (acute otitis media) occur in the space behind the eardrum, which is called the middle ear. Ear infections are more likely to occur after a cold or other upper respiratory infection has been present for a few days.

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