An updated review on the psychoactive, toxic and anticancer properties of kava - Soares RB, Dinis-Oliveira RJ, Oliveira NG.
Kava (Piper methysticum) has been widely consumed for many years in the South Pacific Islands and displays psychoactive properties, especially soothing and calming effects. This plant has been used in Western countries as a natural anxiolytic in recent dec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 19, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

How to Return to Normal After Having Your Bladder Surgically Removed
When Jodi Byfuglin, 56, was diagnosed with bladder cancer, it felt like cruel irony. Byfuglin had lost both her parents to cancer in their 50s, and as a single mother of two, she was all her kids had left. “I promised that I would not leave them,” Byfuglin says. Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States, and older men are at highest risk. But about one-tenth of cases are in people younger than 55, and an estimated 19,480 women will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2022 (compared to about 61,700 men), according to the American Cancer Society. “I had no idea about bladder cancer...
Source: TIME: Health - July 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simar Bajaj Tags: Uncategorized Disease freelance healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

The impact of traditional kava (Piper methysticum) use on cognition: implications for driver fitness - Aporosa SA, Ballard H, Pandey R, McCarthy MJ.
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Few studies have examined the impact of kava (Piper methysticum G. Forst. f.) on cognition when consumed at traditionally influenced volumes; most have used modified tablet-form kava, with the results erroneously overlaid on... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Letter to the Editor: Kava Has Long Tradition of Safe Use
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Source: Emergency Medicine News - January 1, 2022 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: news

Kava drinking in traditional settings: towards understanding effects on cognitive function - Aporosa AS, Atkins M, Brunton R.
BACKGROUND: Kava drinking is a tradition among Pacific Island people, although growing in popularity with other ethnicities. However, drinking substantial quantities of kava has raised concerns regarding physical manifestations of slow response and lack of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Vitamins for Depression
In trying to cope with the debilitating symptoms of depression, people often turn to vitamins, supplements, herbs, or home remedies first. And it’s no wonder — such efforts to alleviate symptoms are often far less expensive and easier to obtain. For some, it may be a part of their rationalization that their depression “isn’t all that bad,” if it can be treated with vitamins and supplements. Many people find relief in taking vitamins and supplements for depression. It is also one of the most well-researched topics, so we know what the science has to say about the efficacy of such treatments. Bu...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Depression Diet & Nutrition General Medications Miscellaneous Drugs supplements for depression vitamins for depression Source Type: news

Cases of kava impairment in Iowa drivers - Berry J, Gilbert A, Grodnitzky J.
This article demonstrates kava impairment throu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns
Kava kava is an herbal remedy that people use to relieve anxiety and promote sleep. However, there are concerns about its safety, as research suggests that it can cause serious liver damage. In this article, we will discuss the safety, uses, possible benefits, and best dosage of kava kava. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Home Remedies: Herbal treatment for anxiety
Several herbal remedies have been studied as a treatment for anxiety, but more research is needed to understand the risks and benefits. Here's what we know ? and don't know: Kava. Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage ? even with short-term use ? caused the Food [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Hepatotoxicity induced by "the 3Ks": kava, kratom and khat - Pantano F, Tittarelli R, Mannocchi G, Zaami S, Ricci S, Giorgetti R, Terranova D, Busard ò F, Marinelli E.
The 3Ks (kava, kratom and khat) are herbals that can potentially induce liver injuries. On the one hand, growing controversial data have been reported about the hepatotoxicity of kratom, while, on the other hand, even though kava and khat hepatotoxicity ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

17 Stress-Relief Gifts For Busy Moms
As a sober mom (8 years in January!) I am freaking serious about stress relief. I have to be, because I never, ever get to opt for the easy relaxation of a glass of wine or other substance to take the edge off at the end of a long day of crushing the game at home and at work.  No, these days I have to do way more time-consuming and boring stuff like meditate and exercise regularly in order to keep myself from becoming one of those frazzled moms in a stock photo whose kids are covered in like, spaghetti.  You know, this lady:  She’s just trying to talk on the phone and her kid’s on the freak...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voodoo Medicine: Time To Stop
The world's most celebrated athlete standing on the podium in Rio in honor of receiving yet another gold medal has something important in common with your lazy uncle throwing back a cold one in his Barcalounger. Yes, swimming powerhouse Michael Phelps, purple-spotted from cupping therapy, and your slovenly relative with a beer gut both share a bond -- a weakness in succumbing to the allure of voodoo medicine. Modern-day snake oil salesmen hawking quick cures and TV doctors peddling the latest diet miracle with blatantly ridiculous claims are everywhere on the tube, social media, the supermarket and old-fashioned billboards...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Finds Serious Health Risks From Taking Dietary Supplements
BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of people in the U.S. use dietary supplements, but a new report may have you taking a closer look at what is in your medicine cabinet. Logan Stiner’s family has been taking on the supplement industry after the healthy 18-year old suddenly died from a powdered caffeine supplement. “He had no idea what he was doing,” says his mother, Katie Stiner. A new Consumer Reports’ investigation finds serious health risks from supplements including vitamins, probiotics, and weight loss pills. Researchers have identified 15 ingredients to always avoid, including kava, red yeast, and caffeine powder....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Why All Women Need To Travel Solo At Least Once In Their Life
I held my first Women's Wellness Retreat at The Warwick in Fiji in January 2015, located on its very own beach on the famous Coral Coast. Fast forward to mid-2016, and I'm preparing for Retreat No.6 at Warwick Ibah in Ubud, Bali, located on sacred royal grounds. These retreats have attracted women aged between 25-69 from all over the world and from different walks of life. Some have joined me twice, some three times, and some even four, and these are women who initially came to me saying: "I would love to join a retreat but I can't do it alone." "I have never done anything like this before but know I need to." "I want th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Most Effective Workouts, According To Your Sign
We look to our horoscopes for everything from relationship advice to career tips. Why is it, then, that so many 'scopes leave out the topic of fitness? Like any other part of life, your workout can easily feel stagnant if you don't mix it up. The trick is knowing where to start. Ahead, we've rounded up the best workouts for each sign in the zodiac. If you thought sign compatibility mattered when it comes to dating, just wait. The stars have the perfect workout in store for you -- though what it is might surprise you. That said, if you prefer another sign's star-prescribed activity, that's totally cool, too. Any astrologe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news