Mediterranean-Style Diet & Kidney Function

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Adhering to a Mediterranean-style diet may significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease, according to a study in the most recent Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). Chronic kidney disease is a growing epidemic, and while there has been significant progress in protecting against kidney

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Larch Arabinogalactan and Immune Response

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In 2013, a study, Immunomodulatory Effects of ResistAidâ„¢: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multidose Study, evaluated the ability of a proprietary arabinogalactan extract from the larch tree (ResistAidâ„¢, Lonza Ltd., Basel, Switzerland) to change the immune response in healthy adults to a standardized antigenic challenge of tetanus and influenza vaccines in a dose-dependent manner compared to placebo. As it is flu season, Today’s Practitioner is revisiting the study and the subject with an interview with Bryan Rodriguez, Global Products Manager, of Lonza, makers of Resist Aid. Download the full study at the end of this article.

Shorter Flu Duration with Lianhuaqingwen

Rapid antigenic evolution in an influenza virus increases the likelihood of emergence of novel strains. Under the circumstances, if vaccines are not yet available, treatment plays a crucial role in control of the disease. In this meta-analysis, the authors have compared the efficacy and safety of Lianhuaqingwen capsule (LHQW-C) and oseltamivir in treating influenza A virus infection. By Pan Zhao MD et al, published in Alternative Therapies, Vol. 20, No. 2.

Adult Food Allergies Linked to Prenatal BPA Exposure

If it seems like more of your patients are allergic to, or intolerant of, more and different kinds of foods than ever before, there might be a reason why. A new research published in November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists show, for the first time, that there is a link between perinatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at low doses and the risk to develop food intolerance in later life. By Sadrine Menard et al, The FASEB Journal, November 2014.

Doctors Teaching Parents Baby Talk for Early Childhood Development

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OP/ED I was recently in a YMCA board meeting with visiting guests from our local school board. The topic was early childhood development and narrowing the achievement gap for preschoolers. In our community alone there are at least 700 children who are not prepared to start school. The solution was something our school board calls small talk. It’s not a complicated system of education preparedness, it’s simply talking to infants in full sentences from birth to age three. Brilliant idea.Who will be the teacher? You the doctor. Are you prepared to teach parents baby talk?