Women’s Health

To Prevent Osteoporosis, Concentrate On Vitamin D, Not Bisphosphonates

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

The evidence supporting widespread use of bisphosphonate drugs for preventing osteoporosis fractures is pretty weak, while the data in favor of vitamin D supplementation is increasingly strong. Doctors who advocate “evidence-based medicine” need to rethink the role of drugs in treating women with osteoporosis.

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Water Immersion Reduces Maternal Pain

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

Water immersion during the early stages of labor, which involves complete abdominal submersion in a bath or pool, reduced both maternal pain and the need for epidural and spinal analgesia, according to a recent Cochrane review of 11 clinical trials.

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Breast Cancer Cell Study Casts A New Light on Homeopathy

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

New findings that ultra-dilute homeopathic preparations could induce apoptosis in human breast cancer cell lines have energized the field of homeopathy, dashing critics’ oft-heard argument that homeopathy—if it works at all—is naught but a “placebo effect.”

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New Study Corroborates Ginger’s Benefit in Quelling Morning Sickness Nausea

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

Ginger is widely available, safe, inexpensive, and, it turns out, one of the best possible remedies for pregnancy-associated nausea. A new clinical trial involving nearly 70 women, shows that at a dose of 250 mg, four times daily, ginger is highly effective in controlling nausea and reducing vomiting.

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An Irish Seaweed Harbors Healthful Minerals for Osteoarthritis

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2010

A new, mineral-rich nutraceutical derived from a species of Irish marine algae has shown promise for improving joint function and reducing the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis.

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Beyond NTDs, Folic Acid May Also Prevent Congenital Heart Problems

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. , 2009

Folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy is widely recommended for preventing neural tube defects. New data indicate that it can also reduce the risk of cleft lip and congenital heart defects. At the other end of the age spectrum, folic acid in combination with vitamins B6 and B12 can reduce a woman’s risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Hibiscus Hems Hypertension

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. , 2009

Hibiscus, a popular tea herb in many parts of the world, can markedly lower systolic blood pressure in type II diabetic people with mild hypertension, according to a recent clinical trial. On the other hand, black tea tends to increase systolic pressure.

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A Role for Probiotics in Preventing, Treating Bacterial Vaginosis

By Brad J. Douglass, PhD | Contributer Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 2009

Say the word “probiotic” and people think, “gastrointestinal health.” That’s natural, since probiotics are invaluable in the management of digestive system problems. But they are also helpful for other health challenges, including infections of the female urogenital tract, like bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis and related problems.

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Women’s Health Research Update: Rhubarb, Maca Benefit Menopausal Women

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 2009

There’s much more to botanical medicine for menopausal symptoms than red clover and soy isoflavones. Three recent studies show strong benefits from a standardized extract of a specific species of Rhubarb. Maca, an Andes mountain root widely touted for enhancing men’s sexual health, also benefits menopausal women.

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