More Than Half of U.S. Adults Use Dietary Supplements
THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2021 -- During 2017 to 2018, 57.6 percent of U.S. adults used any dietary supplement in the previous 30 days, according to a February data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Consideration of Herbal Products in Pregnancy and Lactation Consideration of Herbal Products in Pregnancy and Lactation
With uncertain efficacy, the safety of herbal products comes into focus. Very few herbal products (or their specific active compounds) have been scientifically studied for safety in pregnancy/lactation.Medscape Ob/Gyn (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Commentary Source Type: news

Dietary Supplement Executive Sentenced in Scheme to Fraudulently Sell Popular Dietary Supplements
FDA OCI, sentence, Sitesh Patel, Irvine CA, S.K. Laboratories, forfeit, $6 million, manufacture, workout, dietary supplement, weight loss, supplements, Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, USPLabs, conspiracy, misbranded food, liver injury, Jacobo Geissler, Jonathan Doyle, Cyril Willson, consumer protection, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 22, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Research confirms folk uses of medicinal plants in Pakistan
(Natural News) The use of plant parts to relieve or treat ailments is something that’s still practiced even today. Asian countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are known for their use of traditional herbal remedies in various forms, such as powders, decoctions, infusions or poultice. Despite advancements in modern medicine, many people still rely on these... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Garlic burn injuries- a systematic review of reported cases - Hitl M, Kladar N, Gavari ć N, Srđenović Čonić B, Božin B.
Medicinal plants have many beneficial effects on human health. Garlic (Allium sativum, Alliaceae) is one of the most famous herbal species, used for various diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, garlic is also associated with adverse effects, including c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Implementation of the use of ethnomedicinal plants for curing diseases in the Indian Himalayas and its role in sustainability of livelihoods and socioeconomic development - Kumar M, Rawat S, Nagar B, Kumar A, Pala NA, Bhat JA, Bussmann RW, Cabral-Pinto M, Kunwar R.
In recent times, the use of traditional herbal medicines in healthcare has declined, particularly amongst the rural population. This implies a risk of losing vital information from previous generations regarding plants and their use in traditional medicine... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Congress introduces bill to push FDA to approve CBD use in supplements
(Natural News) Congress has introduced a legislation to compel the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve cannabidiol (CBD) for use in dietary supplements. House Resolution 841, also called the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2021, was introduced by Democratic Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader and Republican Virginia Rep Morgan Griffith,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Korean National Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Federal Prison for Smuggling Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Sold as Herbal Products
FDA OCI, Nam Hyun Lee, Daniel Lee ”, Fullerton CA, South Korean national, illegal resident, illegal imports, Rx drugs, bulk quantities, erectile dysfunction drugs, herbal male sexual enhancement products, scheme, $3.5 millions sales, misbranded, sildenafil, Viagra, China, tadalafil, Cialis, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 10, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Herb-induced liver injury by Cimicifuga racemosa and Thuja occidentalis herbal medications for fertility - Patel R, Alavi F, Ortega S, Matela A.
Herb-induced liver injury (HILI) is often an underreported sequela for many herbal remedies due to the lack of safety measurements involving these supplements. Cimicifuga racemosa and Thuja occidentalis are two herbal medications commonly used by women for... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

How vitamins, steroids and potential antivirals might affect SARS-CoV-2
(University of Bristol) Evidence is emerging that vitamin D -- and possibly vitamins K and A -- might help combat COVID-19. A new study from the University of Bristol published in the journal of the German Chemical Society Angewandte Chemie has shown how they - and other antiviral drugs -- might work. The research indicates that these dietary supplements and compounds could bind to the viral spike protein and so might reduce SARS-CoV-2 infectivity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How vitamins, steroids and potential antivirals might affect SARS-CoV-2
Evidence is emerging that vitamin D – and possibly vitamins K and A – might help combat COVID-19. A new study from the University of Bristol published in the journal of the German Chemical Society Angewandte Chemie has shown how they – and other antiviral drugs – might work. The research indicates that these dietary supplements and compounds could bind to the viral spike protein and so might reduce SARS-CoV-2 infectivity. In contrast, cholesterol may increase infectivity, which could explain why having high cholesterol is considered a risk factor for serious disease. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - January 28, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science; Press Release Source Type: news

Anti-malarial potential of Senna occidentalis leaves
In this study, researchers from Nigeria and Malaysia evaluated the ability of hexane, methanol and aqueous leaf extracts of Senna occidentalis (coffee senna) to prevent B-hematin formation in vitro. They reported their findings in an article published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine. The search for natural antimalarial agents from plant sources has yielded significant... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors, Facing Burnout, Turn to Self-Care
A growing number of programs aim to help doctors, nurses and medical students who are struggling with mental health issues during the pandemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Ellin Tags: Anxiety and Stress Mental Health and Disorders Doctors Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Suicides and Suicide Attempts Alternative and Complementary Medicine Source Type: news

Major Types Complementary Alternative Medicine
What Are the Major Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - January 26, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Drug adulteration of sexual enhancement supplements: a worldwide insidious public health threat - Y éléhé-Okouma M, Pape E, Humbertjean L, Evrard M, El Osta R, Petitpain N, Gillet P, El Balkhi S, Scala-Bertola J.
Worldwide, the consumption of dietary supplements for the enhancement of sexual performance is common. Consumers are generally fond of these products because they often want to avoid drugs, preferring "natural" than "chemical" solutions. This is challengin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Does herbal therapy for COVID-19 have implications for forensic practice? - Byard RW, Musgrave IF.
SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) is a coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). First identified in China in December 2019 it has subsequently been responsible for a pandemic. The rapid spread of the disease w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka minister who drank potion is positive
Sri Lanka’s health minister who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer has tested positive for COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Herbal remedies: Saw palmetto for hair loss prevention
(Natural News) Saw palmetto is a small, shrub-like palm endemic to the United States. Known for its medicinal properties, saw palmetto has been used for centuries to treat reproductive issues and hormonal imbalance. Today, saw palmetto is used as an ingredient in many hair growth products and supplements, as it is thought to prevent hair... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exploring the many therapeutic properties of curcumin
(Natural News) In this article, a researcher from India discussed the beneficial effects of curcumin from Curcuma longa (turmeric) that have been reported by several studies. This review was published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine. Curcumin is a phenolic compound found in the roots of C. longa, a medicinal plant that belongs to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Anorexia?
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 12, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, News, Source Type: news

A loss for the natural health community: FDA claims ALL homeopathic medicines are marketed illegally
(Natural News) The natural health community experienced a huge loss when the FDA claimed that all homeopathic products are unapproved “new drugs” and must be withdrawn from the marketplace in 2019 in a move that has made it more challenging for people seeking homeopathic remedies to get the help they need. According to the guidance,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Who Had Taken Any Dietary Supplement in the Past 30 Days, by Sex and Family Income - National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2017-2018
This report describes the percentage of adults taking dietary supplements by sex and income. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 7, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Family Income Source Type: news

Assessing the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed
(Natural News) Researchers in India evaluated the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed against known periodontal pathogens. They reported their findings in an article published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine. Research suggests that the use of antibiotics is beneficial in the management of periodontitis. However, antibiotic resistance has now become a major global issue, and it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IIT Delhi and All India Institute of Ayurveda to jointly study Ayurvedic formulations
The projects include studying the effect of the six Ayurvedic rasas (tastes) on gastrointestinal secretions, developing herbal formulations that would reduce the harmful effects of reusing cooking oil, developing a biodegradable, herbal wound dressing, and study the effects of the ‘Brahmari pranayama’ on the nervous system. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Cell Repair " M-Serum Antidote " Established by Healing...
A new "Cellular Repair Treatment" by Healing Bottoms, Corporation (Homeopathic Pharmacy) is getting the attention of consumers with impaired immune systems, compromised digestive tract, and...(PRWeb January 05, 2021)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/new_cell_repair_m_serum_antidote_established_by_healing_bottoms_pharmacy/prweb17636592.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria: A Clash of Science and Tradition in Nigeria's Healthcare Sector
[Africa Check] From public buses to social media in Nigeria, herbal medicines are boisterously advertised as miracle cures. They are not short of takers, even as medical experts urge caution. Is there a clash between traditional medicine and science? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Does colon cleansing eliminate toxins?
Colon cleansing is done to prepare for medical procedures such as a colonoscopy. Before a colonoscopy, you'll need to clean out your colon because any residue may obscure the view of your colon and rectum during the examination. Some alternative medicine practitioners offer colon cleansing for other purposes, such as detoxification. Proponents of colon cleansing [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

How to get rid of bloating: Suffering from post-Christmas bloat? Herbal remedies may help
HOW TO get rid of bloating: The Christmas period can be punishing on your gut health and bloating is usually one of the first casualties. If you are grappling with a post-Christmas bloat, evidence suggests supplementing with coriander may help. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Best hair supplements: Three evidence-based herbal remedies for stopping alopecia
BEST hair loss supplements: There is no guarantee that hair loss treatments will reverse alopecia but some have shown considerable promise. Three herbal extracts produced encouraging results in animal studies. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Best hair supplements: Three evidence-based herbal treatments for alopecia
BEST hair loss supplements: There is no guarantee that hair loss treatments will reverse alopecia but some have shown considerable promise. Three herbal extracts produced encouraging results in animal studies. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hair loss treatment: Pumpkin seed oil promotes hair growth by blocking hormone behind it
BEST hair loss treatment: Herbal remedies are increasingly recognised as credible treatments for hair loss. Pumpkin seed oil has been shown to target DHT - a key contributor to hair loss. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lockdown in Chains
Approximately 30 patients stay at Edwuma Wo Woho Herbal Centre, many with mental health conditions. At least half are shackled. Credit: Robin Hammond/Witness Change for Human Rights Watch.By Kriti Sharma and Shantha Rau BarrigaDec 16 2020 (IPS) Long before the Covid-19 pandemic grounded much of the world, lockdown, confinement, violence, and isolation was the daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities around the world. Many are locked in sheds, cages, or tethered to trees and are forced to eat, sleep, urinate, and defecate in the same tiny area, sometimes for years. Why? Simply because they ha...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kriti Sharma and Shantha Rau Barriga Tags: Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Drug-induced liver injury caused by "khat," an herbal stimulant - Palacios Argueta P, Attar B, Sikavi C, Alagiozian-Angelova V, Mishra S.
We describe a case of Catha edulis (Khat) drug-induced liver injury in a 28-year-old man from Yemen. The patient presented with jaundice, fatigue, and anorexia. Extensive workup, including liver biopsy, was performed. This is the first reported case in the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Column: Dietary supplements are largely unregulated. That's just dumb
Dietary supplements require no upfront approvals for safety or effectiveness — despite repeated incidents involving questionable products. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

SC says homeopathy practitioners can give medicines for mitigation of COVID-19, can't claim cure
The top court said that when statutory regulations itself prohibit advertisement, there is no occasion for Homeopathic medical practitioners to advertise that they are competent to cure COVID-19 disease. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Signs of healthy aging found in ergothioneine telomere study
(Blue California) Signs of healthy aging found in ergothioneine telomere in vitro study, published in theJournal of Dietary Supplements, demonstrating Blue California ErgoActive ergothioneine helped to preserve telomere length and reduced the rate of telomere shortening under oxidative stress. The conclusion suggests ergothioneine helps to support healthy aging. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mindfulness Helps Young Women After Breast Cancer: Study
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 10, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Your Microbiome & amp; Vitamin D Levels May Be Linked: Study
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 7, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Research, Rheumatology, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, News, Source Type: news

The dangers of herbal weight loss supplements: a case report of drug-induced liver injury secondary to Garcinia cambogia ingestion - McCarthy RE, Bowen DG, Strasser SI, Mckenzie C.
Drug induced liver injury (DILI) should be suspected in patients presenting with unexplained liver disease. Recent data from the US Drug Induced Liver Injury Network reports 16% of acute liver failure cases are causally related to dietary supplements. Up t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Silexan does not affect driving performance after single and multiple dose applications: results from a double-blind, placebo and reference-controlled study in healthy volunteers - Moller HJ, Volz HP, Seifritz E, M üller H, Kenntner-Mabiala R, Kaussner Y, Schoch S, Kasper S.
Anxiolytic drugs often have sedative effects that impair the ability to drive. Our double-blind, randomized crossover trial investigated the effect of Silexan, a non-sedating, anxiolytic herbal medicinal product, on driving performance in healthy volunteer... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Indians making conscious efforts to build immunity amid pandemic: VLCC
“In a marked shift in mindset, Indians have adopted preventive healthcare habits in the last twelve months, and 82% have added dietary supplements to aid preventive measures," the report said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vegetarian or Vegan? Watch Your Bone Health
Those who ate a meat-free diet were at increased risk for bone fractures. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Diet and Nutrition Bone Fractures Meat Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Vegetarianism Veganism Source Type: news

Nephrotoxicity of herbal medicine and its prevention - Xu X, Zhu R, Ying J, Zhao M, Wu X, Cao G, Wang K.
Herbal medicine (HM) has been widely used to treat diseases for thousands of years and has greatly contributed to the health of human beings. Many new drugs have been developed from HM, such as artemisinin. However, artemisinin has adverse effects, such as... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Use of acupuncture for the treatment of sports-related injuries in athletes: a systematic review of case reports - Lee JW, Lee JH, Kim SY.
Acupuncture is one of the representative complementary and alternative medicine treatments used for various types of pain. This systematic review summarized and analyzed clinical case reports/series utilizing acupuncture for treating sports injuries in ath... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Best supplements for erectile dysfunction: Ginseng is a herbal remedy which could help
BEST supplements for erectile dysfunction: Ginseng is a powerful herbal remedy which has been used for centuries to help with a number of health ailments. Could ginseng be the answer to help with erectile dysfunction? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal drug based adjuvant therapy effective in treating diabetic COVID-19 patients: Researchers
In a review published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), they said "anti-oxidative herbal medicines can be used as adjuvant to currently prescribed drugs to treat coronavirus in patients with diabetes and also can be considered as a suitable source to identify novel therapeutic agents for COVID-19". (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UCLA-led research proposes strategies to control pandemic with fewer restrictions on the economy
An international team led by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers has developed and tested two strategies for sustaining economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. If used together and followed closely, they write, the approaches could reduce transmission of the coronavirus by an amount comparable to that of a strict lockdown, while also maintaining economic activity.The team, made up of researchers from nine institutions and led byDr. Akihiro Nishi, a UCLA assistant professor of epidemiology, put forward two concepts that Nishi describes as rationing time and rationing capacity.“Although lockdown a...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 11, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

FDA Issues Recommendations for Certain High-Risk Groups Regarding Mercury-Containing Dental Amalgam
 For Immediate Release:September 24, 2020Statement From:Director - CDRH Offices: Office of the Center DirectorDr. Jeffrey E. Shuren MD, JDPart of our role in protecting patients is to regularly evaluate, monitor and update scientific evidence on the risks from medical devices —including issues related to the materials used in devices, such as metals. In the case of implanted and inserted medical devices, where materials may be in contact with the body for extended periods of time, we evaluate safety issues involved with, among other things, the body’s long-term expos ure to certain materials, taking into a...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 11, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Dietary supplements for weight loss
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - November 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New XARELTO ® (rivaroxaban) Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Data from EXPLORER Clinical Research Program to be Unveiled at American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2020
RARITAN, N.J., November 9, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that 10 data presentations will be shared at the virtual American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2020 from November 13-17. Most notably, four new sub-analyses of XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) from the landmark VOYAGER PAD trial, part of the EXPLORER global cardiovascular research program, will be presented, including two live, featured science oral presentations. “We're pleased VOYAGER PAD was selected to be front and center once again at a major medical congress, as there's an urgent need f...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - November 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news