Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 -- The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom's major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Compounds in herbal supplement kratom are opioids, FDA says
US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned the public about the herbal supplement kratom in a statement on Tuesday, saying "There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use" and likening its chemical compounds to opioids. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, U.S. regulator says
Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. There are no FDA-approved medical uses for kratom. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, regulators say
U.S. health authorities say a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain treatment contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Compassionate use without an IDE
Ashton Steinhagen, Lead Clinical Research Associate for IMARC Research What happens if you have a site that requests to use an unapproved device that could be life-saving for a patient without an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)?  The device has been through the phases of clinical trials and the Sponsor is working on submitting the premarket approval (PMA).  The site in question was part of that clinical trial but now the study and enrollment goal has been met and both the site and study are closed. According to a response by a consumer safety officer at the FDA, there are two options for compassionate use...
Source: Mass Device - February 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog IMARC Source Type: news

Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum
May 30-June 1, 2018; Bethesda, MD. The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a two and a half day educational opportunity to provide fundamental knowledge of dietary supplements to faculty, students, and practitioners with a serious interest in this subject. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Man turned to alternative therapies after NHS could find no cure to treat him
IF YOU were diagnosed with a condition for which there was no known cure, what would you do? It ’s not something I ever spent much time pondering to be honest, but in late 2011 I found myself in the uncomfortable position of finding out. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A new study finds homeopathic treatments improve vitiligo, a condition where skin loses its pigment
(Natural News) A case report found that homeopathy could improve vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes the skin to lose its melanin pigment. The case report was led by a team of researchers from the Centre for Classical Homeopathy in Bangalore, India who looked at a series of 14 cases of vitiligo that involved treatment with... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Omega-3 supplements may not cut heart disease risk
(Reuters Health) - Omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements may not help reduce the risk of heart problems in people already at high risk, a research review suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Life Lines: Exploring alternative remedies
I ’m not quite sure what inspired my journey toward listening to my body. I certainly can pinpoint my lowest point: I was working a job that provided free Coca-Cola products, and it was a job that didn’t fulfill me. My unhappiness led to tension headaches, and so my days began with a few cups of coffee and ended with Diet Coke, with a few over-the-counter migraine pills usually thrown in. No water, just coffee and soda. Then, one day, I had a migraine that wouldn’t recede. I had taken my medication,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kristen Wile Source Type: news

Holistic treatment for respiratory ailments: Salt therapy is an effective drug-free option
(Natural News) Halotherapy (“salt therapy” or HT) is a form of alternative medicine that utilizes a “controlled air medium” that simulates the microclimate within a natural salt cave. Based on the findings of a group of researchers from Russia, salt therapy is an effective method that can be used to address respiratory diseases. For this... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kay Mellor answers our health quiz
Actress and scriptwriter of new hit show Girlfriends, Kay Mellor OBE, 66 answers our health quiz questions, detailing her depression, homeopathy, and love of chocolate and sweets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is ozone therapy? Benefits and risks
Ozone therapy is thought to improve the body's intake and use of oxygen and to activate the immune system. Learn more about the benefits. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Make your own calendula extract: Step by step instructions for this multipurpose medicine
(Natural News) Don’t get preppers wrong. They’re not just prepared for when SHTF, they also know how to stop and smell the flowers… while also considering their medical properties. For example, calendula, or the marigold, has a lot of herbal uses. (h/t to BioPrepper.com.) Calendula has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can also roll a ball of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Job Opportunity: NCCIH Scientific Review Officer
Have you considered an administrative scientific career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Martina Schmidt, Ph.D. Source Type: news

FTC, FDA Warn Companies about Marketing and Selling Opioid Cessation Products
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today posted  warning letters to 11 marketers and distributors of opioid cessation products for illegally marketing products with unproven claims about their ability to help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Medical News Today: I tried cupping, and this is how it felt
Recently, cupping has become popular with sportspeople and celebrities. I gave it a try and, in this feature, I explain how it felt and if it works. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Here ’s How to Tell Whether Your Supplements Are Dangerous
Supplements live in the wild west of the wellness world. They’re largely unregulated and under-researched, so people are often left to make not-so-educated guesses about what they’re putting in their bodies. Two new resources from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Substances (ODS) may help. On Wednesday, it released two new fact sheets — one for exercise and athletic performance supplements, and another for weight loss supplements — meant to help people determine what’s safe and effective. Each database lists common dietary supplements used for a specified purpose &md...
Source: TIME: Health - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized are dietary supplements safe are fitness supplements safe are weight loss supplements safe best supplements Diet/Nutrition dietary supplements research do dietary supplements work Exercise/Fitness healthytime natural supp Source Type: news

Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs
A number of common herbal supplements, including green tea and Ginkgo biloba, can interact with prescription medications, according to a new research review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. These interactions can make drugs less effective—and may even be dangerous or deadly. Doctors know that herbs can affect medication regimens, wrote the researchers, from the South African Medical Research Council, in their new paper. But because people often don’t disclose to their healthcare providers what over-the-counter drugs and supplements they’re taking, it’s difficult for scienti...
Source: TIME: Health - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized are herbal supplements safe are supplements safe drug interactions drug side effects green tea healthytime herbal drugs medicine onetime supplement safety warfarin Source Type: news

Will supplements help your workout or diet routine?
New resources from NIH cut the confusion on dietary supplements. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 24, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Why mixing herbal supplements and Rx drugs could be risky
More than half of Americans say they take dietary and herbal supplements (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why herbal supplements taken with prescription drugs may be risky
A new study highlights potentially dangerous interactions between herbal supplements and prescription medications. Researchers looked at dozens of reports of serious drug interactions among patients with disorders like high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and depression. They found herbal supplements may affect medications' effectiveness or have side-effects. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the risks. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Does amla oil really work?
A look at amla oil and its potential use for hair growth. Included is detail on the preparation of the oil at home, and the other potential uses. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Health risk of herbal pills interacting with other drugs
Herbal treatments such as St John ’s wort, ginseng and chamomile are taken by an estimated one in four UK adults who buy them, without a prescription, at health food shops or online. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mixing herbal remedies and conventional drugs 'could be harmful'
Alternative treatments could alter effects of prescription medication, warn researchersHerbal remedies such as St John ’s wort, ginseng and ginkgo biloba could have harmful interactions with conventional drugs, scientists have warned.In an extensive review of the medical literature, the team uncovered dozens of cases in which alternative treatments appeared to have altered the effects of prescription medication, either diluting it, making it more potent or causing potentially dangerous side effects.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Medical research Alternative medicine Health & wellbeing Science Source Type: news

Herbal products may compromise prescription drugs and cause serious side effects
(Wiley) An analysis of published studies and reports indicates that a number of herbal products may affect the properties of prescription drugs, leading to alterations in the drugs' effectiveness as well as potentially dangerous side effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Will supplements help your workout or diet routine?
(NIH/Office of Dietary Supplements) The new year is a time to set new goals, and for many people this means losing weight and improving fitness. Many people may turn to dietary supplements for a boost to their routines. To help cut the confusion, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health has two new resources to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Investigating the Safety of the Probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri in Infants With Colic
Recent research, funded in part by NCCIH, suggests that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 may be safe for use in infants with colic. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 23, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Best teas to drink for IBS
In this article, learn about teas for relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including ginger, turmeric, peppermint, and chamomile. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

New Morning-After Hangover Herbal Remedy Raises The Bar On Indiegogo
Pharmacist creates morning after relief after a night of drinking(PRWeb January 23, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15092210.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Possible natural therapeutics against schizophrenia and its acute and treatment resistant forms: a review - Dey A, Das S, Mukherjee A.
Herbal therapeutics was in vogue since time immemorial and has become trendy again in the recent era due to its proven efficacy in disease management with lesser side effects and low price tag. In the treatment of various psychological disorders, phytother... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Flowers for Alzheimer’s patients: Several species of iris has been found to protect against the disease
(Natural News) Researchers have discovered a flower that can improve brain performance for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The results of the study were published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine. The paper, titled Protective effect of Iris germanica L. in b-amyloid-induced animal model of Alzheimer’s disease, studied the effects of the bearded iris in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flowers for Alzheimer’s patients: Several species of iris have been found to protect against the disease
(Natural News) Researchers have discovered a flower that can improve brain performance for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The results of the study were published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine. The paper, titled Protective effect of Iris germanica L. in b-amyloid-induced animal model of Alzheimer’s disease, studied the effects of the bearded iris in... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigerian Institute Develops Drugs for Ebola, Malaria
[Premium Times] The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is senna tea safe to drink?
A look at senna tea, which is used for many reasons including constipation relief. Included is detail on drug interactions and the potential side effects. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Dietary Supplements Marketed for Weight Loss, Bodybuilding, and Sexual Enhancement
Your patients may ask you about dietary supplements for losing weight, bodybuilding, or sexual enhancement. Although patients may be tempted by the “quick fix” claims of these products, which are available in supermarkets, pharmacies, health food stores, and on the Internet, most of these products haven’t been proven safe or effective. Safety concerns about natural products include the possibility of drug interactions, direct toxicities, and contamination of supplements with active pharmaceutical agents. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Controversial homeopathic treatments could treat vitiligo
Researchers at the Centre for Classical Homeopathy in Bangalore led the trial of the alternative complementary medicine, which is taken by 200 million people worldwide. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could homeopathy treat vitiligo?
Researchers at the Centre for Classical Homeopathy in Bangalore led the trial of the alternative complementary medicine, which is taken by 200 million people worldwide. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prince Charles under fire for 'preaching homeopathy'
A new book says Prince Charles ’s backing is ‘immoral’ while Boots is ‘contemptible’ for ‘ripping off’ customers by selling homeopathic remedies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Orangutans discovered to be herbal medicine geniuses who manufacture their own healing ointments using forest plants
(Natural News) When we want a natural cure, many of us look to traditional medicine. While the remedies used by ancient people across the world often prove to be valuable tools for healing, there might be one potential source of herbal medicine that we are overlooking: animals. Orangutans have been observed in the wild creating... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts
Do alternative therapies really work?WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Low testosterone linked to this deficiency …
Without the sun, none of us would be here. After all, we evolved to live under the sun. But many of us are trained to believe the sun is your deadly enemy. Every day doctors warn you to stay out of the sun. And if you do go out, they want you to slather your skin with toxic sunscreen. Their 30-year-old campaign has been very successful. So successful, that people today are extremely deficient in vitamin D. In fact, a new clinical review shows that nearly a billion people across the globe are vitamin D deficient.1 And low vitamin D is a surefire path to chronic disease, early death — and low testosterone. Almost every...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 17, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Men's Health Nutrition a sagging sex drive chronic disease deficiency early death low T low testosterone. man boobs no energy trouble sleeping vitamin weight gain Source Type: news

6,000-year-old track record for healing leaky gut
When I was traveling in India, I had the privilege of studying Ayurvedic medicine with traditional Master Healers. Surrounded by lakes, oceans and mountains, Kerala, India, is the birthplace of Ayurveda medicine. My plane landed in Mumbai. From there, I made the 800-mile trip to Kerala down on the southwestern-most tip of the Indian peninsula. With origins dating back 6,000 years, Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurvedic medicine. I spent a lot of time at the AyurMana or “ancient healing house.” This is the oldest existing school of Ayurvedic medicine in the world. It was there that I observed how quickly...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 17, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Health Natural Cures anxiety arthritis Cancer celiac disease chronic fatigue depression diabetes digestive issues fibromyalgia leaky gut multiple sclerosis schizophrenia Source Type: news

Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts
Do alternative therapies really work? (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Aphrodisiacs: Where is the evidence?
Natural aphrodisiacs promise to enhance our sex lives — but what does the science behind the claims say? More evidence is slowly emerging. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Licorice root for heart health? When combined with other herbal compounds, it regulates calcium proteins to protect your heart muscle
(Natural News) Combining the herbal compounds of Radix aconiti carmichaeli and licorice could regulate calcium proteins and protect the heart, according to a new study. A team of researchers from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China studied whether the active components — aconitine, liquiritin, and glycyrrhetinic acid — found in Radix aconiti carmichaeli and licorice could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Korean herbal medicine confirmed to treat flu-like conditions
(Natural News) Researchers have found that mahwang-tang (also spelled as mahuang-tang in some studies), a traditional Korean herbal medicine, contains anti-inflammatory properties — making it ideal for treating flu-like diseases. In their study, titled Simultaneous determination and anti-inflammatory effects of traditional herbal medicine, mahwang-tang, a group of researchers from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine conducted a simultaneous analysis of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Funding Opportunity for Research on Biological Signatures of Gut-Derived Metabolites
Did our parents have the right idea when they told us to eat more fruits and vegetables? Maybe so! Evidence has begun to build that the foods we eat (including the natural compounds in fruits and veggies), the flora in our digestive systems, and our basic biological functions all intersect to influence our overall health. Recently, NCCIH released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA),Biological Signatures of Diet-Derived Microbial Metabolites, for projects to study several aspects of this  question. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 10, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Correction: Alternative Remedies-Oversight story
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Can vitamins and dietary supplements benefit patients with mitochondrial disease?
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Defects in mitochondria, the tiny structures that power cells by functioning as biological batteries, cause an array of complex disorders that can affect any and all organs and systems. In the absence of validated, effective drug treatments, patients with mitochondrial disease often take a variety of vitamins and supplements, substances that are largely unstandardized, unregulated, and unproven. Experts in the field are calling for systematic studies to evaluate nutritional interventions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news