Featured Review: Xylitol sugar supplement for preventing middle ear infection in children
This study shows that there is e vidence for the use of xylitol in preventing middle ear infections. We hope that future studies will widen their sample, determine the ideal dosage of xylitol and, the ideal mode of delivery.”Read the full Cochrane ReviewVisit the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections websiteRelated Resources:Featured Review: Influenza vaccines for preventing acute otitis media in infants and childrenPress Release: Doctors and patients making decisions together could reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infectionsFeatured Review: Water precautions for prevention of infection i...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 2, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Feature Review: Xylitol sugar supplement for preventing middle ear infection in children
This study shows that there is e vidence for the use of xylitol in preventing middle ear infections. We hope that future studies will widen their sample, determine the ideal dosage of xylitol and, the ideal mode of delivery.”Read the full Cochrane ReviewVisit the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections websiteRelated Resources:Featured Review: Influenza vaccines for preventing acute otitis media in infants and childrenPress Release: Doctors and patients making decisions together could reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infectionsFeature Review: Water precautions for prevention of infection in...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 2, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Tummy talk: Treating stomach aches and pains
It’s the same morning ritual. You rush around to get your child dressed, make her breakfast and try to get her off to school on time. But one morning, your daughter refuses to eat her breakfast and complains that her tummy hurts. Is it something she ate? Constipation? Stomach aches are very common. Almost 25 percent of school age kids complain of intermittent (on and off) stomach pain that lasts more than two months. Rest assured, while stomach pain can happen for any number of reasons, the discomfort is usually short term, and children continue to maintain their overall good health. “Often, a stomach ache is ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 29, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Ask the Expert Caregivers Health & Wellness gastronenterology Lori Zimmerman Source Type: news

Nutritional strategies to ease anxiety
This study used supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids). Prior to the study, omega-3 fatty acids had been linked to improving depression only. A recent study in the journal Psychiatry Research suggested a link between probiotic foods and a lowering of social anxiety. Eating probiotic-rich foods such as pickles, sauerkraut, and kefir was linked with fewer symptoms. Asparagus, known widely to be a healthy vegetable. Based on research, the Chinese government approved the use of an asparagus extract as a natural functional food and beverage ingredient due to its anti-anxiety properties. Foods rich in B vitamins such as avo...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - April 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Uma Naidoo, MD Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Brain and cognitive health Complementary and alternative medicine Healthy Eating Stress Source Type: news

Stronger bones from prunes and plums that block bone reabsorption
Eating five or six prunes a day can improve bone health, say researchers at San Diego State University. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is the Acai Berry a Superfood or a Super Scam?
A juice bar/health food restaurant located along my dog walking route is always crowded with diners sitting at sidewalk tables and eating large mounds of a mud colored food with the consistency of chocolate pudding. The mud, upon closer inspection, is dark purple and served with chunks of banana and sprinkles of granola. The diners are usually wearing yoga pants, running shorts or biking gear, and are so fully engaged in eating their bowl of purple stuff that they are not even looking at their cell phones. "Do you know what they are eating?" I asked my dog walking companion. "It is Acai," she responded. "It comes from a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resveratrol Benefits: Powerful New Discovery
New, “hidden” resveratrol benefits have just been confirmed by researchers — and I’m not surprised. You may already know that resveratrol is the astonishing antioxidant that’s found in red wine. I’ve been a fan of it for a long time, because of its anti-aging qualities. It helps prevent heart disease by increasing levels of HDL cholesterol, and protect against artery damage and high blood pressure. It even stimulates the production of adult stem cells, which boosts your immune system. But that’s just a few of the reasons why I recommend red wine in moderation to my patients at the Sears Institute for Anti-Ag...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 9, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging resveratrol Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Dried plums could protect against radiation-induced bone loss
Exposure to ionizing radiation - through cancer therapy, for example - may lead to bone loss. But new research suggests eating dried plums could protect bones from such damage. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bones / Orthopedics Source Type: news

Reduced dried plum dosage 'an effective bone loss treatment'
A reduced dosage of dried plums can be an effective treatment for preventing bone loss in older osteopenic postmenopausal women, a new study has concluded.Research published in the Osteoporosis International journal shows that consuming 50g of dried plums per day - the equivalent to five or six of the fruits - can be just as effective as eating 100g.Six-month trial tracks bone density loss A group of 48 women aged between 65 and 79 were split into three treatment groups over a six-month period, with some receiving 50g, some 100g, and the remainder acting as a control group. The body, hip and lumbar bone mineral density (BM...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - February 26, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Study shows dried plums provide protection from bone loss due to radiation
(Texas A&M AgriLife Communications) A recent study has shown that dried plums are effective in protecting from bone loss due to iodized radiation. Dr. Nancy Turner in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University was one of the study researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

3 Overlooked Natural Treatments for Prostate Cancer
If you have prostate problems, your options for treatment are pretty limited — at least according to mainstream medicine. The chances are if you have an enlarged prostate, your doctor will give you advice like… “go to the bathroom when you feel the urge”… or “don’t drink a lot at once.” Or they’ll prescribe medication. But these synthetic drugs have a history of nightmarish side effects for someone already dealing with an unpredictable prostate. Many of the drugs you’ll be prescribed also decrease sex drive and in many cases cause impotence.1 And if you have surgery, there’s a risk you’ll be saying ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 27, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures carotenoids enlarged prostate Lycopene natural treatment prostate cancer Source Type: news

This Is What The Holiday Season Does To Your Brain
It turns out that there's a whole network in our brains devoted to the Christmas spirit. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark accidentally found evidence of the network when they were conducting migraine research and noticed that several regions of the brain activate when healthy people view warm and fuzzy Christmas-themed photos. They published their finding in the British Medical Journal on Dec. 16. "We found the findings very interesting," Dr. Bryan Haddock, a medical physicist at the university and a co-author of the study, told The Huffington Post. The network includes the occipital lobe, which is ass...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Is What The Holiday Season Does To Your Brain
It turns out that there's a whole network in our brains devoted to the Christmas spirit. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark accidentally found evidence of the network when they were conducting migraine research and noticed that several regions of the brain activate when healthy people view warm and fuzzy Christmas-themed photos. They published their finding in the British Medical Journal on Dec. 16. "We found the findings very interesting," Dr. Bryan Haddock, a medical physicist at the university and a co-author of the study, told The Huffington Post. The network includes the occipital lobe, which is ass...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What You Should Know About The Drastic Decline Of Wild Bees
This study highlighted that this decline occurs in agriculturally intensive areas, rather than natural areas. These areas are also the most important areas for U.S. agricultural production, comprising 39 percent of the U.S. cropland. Surprisingly, the study suggests some of the crops most dependent on pollinators — including pumpkins, watermelons, pears, peaches, plums, apples and blueberries — have the strongest pollination mismatch, with a simultaneous drop in wild bee supply and increase in pollination demand.  How many wild bees are there now in the U.S.? And how about domesticated bees? There are more...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

7 Pantry Essentials Dietitians Always Have On Hand
As a dietitian, I often recommend – and include in my own diet – foods that provide the biggest nutritional bang for the buck. These powerhouse picks go above and beyond simply satisfying hunger. They also help prevent diseases, according to research. So, check out seven of the hardest-working foods that nutrition pros like me always have on hand. How many are in your pantry? Canola and Extra-Virgin Olive Oils With recent headlines stating, "Butter Is Back,” you may be confused about what fats are best for your health and whether or not saturated fats like those found in butter, bacon and red meats a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news