Pharmacology

Too Much Folate In Pregnant Women Linked To Autism

Supplements gone awry. Pregnant women are told they need folate to ensure proper neurodevelopment of their babies, but new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests there could be serious risks in having too much of it. ...

Article - News Staff - May 12 2016 - 5:49am

Alternative Medicine: What The Public Needs Is Responsible, Critical Assessments

As I am new here, it might be a good idea to briefly introduce myself. I am a physician, trained in Germany, whose very first post as a freshly-backed doctor happened to be in Germany’s only homeopathic hospital. At the time (mid 1970s), I had no idea tha ...

Article - Edzard Ernst - May 12 2016 - 7:10am

Pregabalin Pain And Anxiety Drug May Be Linked To Birth Defects

MINNEAPOLIS- A drug commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a study in Neurology.  The drug pregabalin is approved by the FDA to treat ep ...

Article - News Staff - May 19 2016 - 12:34pm

Supplement Claims To Shut Off Cravings For High-Calorie Foods

Eating a powdered food supplement based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods such as chocolate, cake and pizza, according to a small pilot study which asked 20 volunteers to consume a milkshake that either ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 2 2016 - 7:30am

Sigesbeckia Chinese Herbal Medicine Given UK Approval

Last week, a press release reached me announcing that a Chinese herbal medicine called "Phynova Joint and Muscle Relief Tablets" and containing the active ingredient Sigesbeckia is now on sale in the UK for the first time, in Boots The Chemist:  ...

Article - Edzard Ernst - Jul 21 2016 - 6:06am

Curcumin And Silymarin Plant Compounds Give '1-2' Punch To Colon Cancer

The combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties- curcumin and silymarin- holds promise in treating colon cancer, according findings in the Journal of Cancer. Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which is present i ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 23 2016 - 9:16pm

Calcium Supplements Linked To Dementia Risk In Women

A new study in Neurology associates calcium supplements with an increased risk of dementia in older women who have had a stroke or other signs of cerebrovascular disease.  Calcium from food affects the body differently than calcium from supplements and is ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 17 2016 - 7:34pm

Link Between Drug Industry And Cancer Care Guidelines

During the 2016, after 8 years of politicians refusing to work together, it may surprise you to learn that other groups do consult experts outside their own circles. It won't surprise you to learn a group of academics think that's a bad thing, a ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 26 2016 - 6:40am

High Alcohol Intake Decreases Female Fertility

Women who have high alcohol intake, 14 or more servings of alcohol a week are slightly more likely to have reduced fertility, suggests a study published in The BMJ today. In developed countries, up to 24% of couples experience infertility, defined as time ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 1 2016 - 12:50pm

Adverse Effects Of Cannabis Shown

Researchers have clarified important mechanisms involved in the formation of neural circuits in the brain, and discovered that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance also found in cannabis, causes disruption of neural circuits within ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 12 2016 - 6:44pm