Vitamin D Reduces Severe Asthma Attacks in Adults

Oral vitamin D supplementation, in addition to asthma medications, could reduce the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance by 50%, according to a recently-published study in The Lancet of Respiratory Medicine. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the meta-analysis examined individual data from 955 participants from 7 trials that examined the effect[…]

Significant Memory, Attention Benefits Associated With Curcumin Supplement

Consuming curcumin may improve memory performance in middle-aged and older individuals, and may also lead to less neuropathological accumulation in the amygdala and hypothalamus. The findings come from an 18-month study conducted by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles and published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Forty individuals with objective cognitive[…]

CoQ10 Supplementation: Studies Support Its Value

Human cells—at least most of them—produce an endogenous cofactor called coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This cofactor is critical for the mitochondrial respiratory chain to operate efficiently. Many patients use CoQ10 daily as a dietary supplement. Researchers and clinicians have been interested in this cofactor for a number of reasons, and they suspect that CoQ10 supplementation can[…]

Carbonyl iron Pregnancy Warnings

Carbonyl iron Pregnancy Warnings Carbonyl iron has not been formally assigned to a pregnancy category by the FDA. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Human case reports have not revealed evidence of teratogenicity. Carbonyl iron should only be given during pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. Generally, iron is considered[…]

More Evidence Menopause ‘Brain Fog’ Is Real Those memory lapses many women notice around menopause are real, and they can begin at a relatively young age, researchers report. It’s common for women going through menopause to complain of what researchers sometimes call “brain fog” — forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly. And while those complaints are subjective, a number of[…]

Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Be Linked to Allergies Later

Taking antibiotics at a very young age could increase the risk of certain allergies later in life, new research suggests. “Early life exposure to antibiotics is related to an increased risk of both eczemaand hay fever later in life,” said Fariba Ahmadizar of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and colleagues.   The researchers analyzed dozens[…]

Zika Virus and the Guillain–Barré Syndrome — Case Series from Seven Countries

Zika virus (ZIKV) disease had been described as a mild, self-limiting illness associated with fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. However, during the outbreak in French Polynesia, 42 patients with ZIKV disease were found to have the Guillain–Barré syndrome, which represented a marked increase from the approximately 5 cases detected annually during the previous 4[…]