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EFFECTS & SAFETY OF PREVENTIVE ORAL IRON OR IRON+FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTATION FOR WOMEN DURING PREGNANCY

Preventive daily or intermittent iron or iron+folic acid supplementation taken by women during pregnancy reduces anaemia and iron deficiency in mothers. There is evidence that taking iron or iron and folic acid daily or intermittently has a similar effect in reducing anaemia at term and improving haemoglobin concentrations in the mother. Daily iron or iron … Continue reading

Megavitamins. The vitamin business thrived through the recession. Why?

On Thursday, the government declared the recession over, which means it’s time to figure out who won. During the past several months, I’ve been identifying companies that thrived during the downturn, such as McDonald’s and the guns-and-ammo manufacturer Freedom Group. Another group that seems to have had the right business model for a downturn is … Continue reading

BREAKING: Health Author Suzanne Somers Mostly Wrong About Science, Medicine

It’s the book every medical writer in the country wants to ignore. Suzanne Somers’s latest “health” tome hit the bookstores this week, and this time she’s offering her advice on how to cure and prevent cancer. As if people with cancer don’t have enough problems. When the review copy arrived, we decided to give it … Continue reading

GLUCOSAMINE FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS

This summary of a Cochrane review presents what we know from research about the effect of glucosamine on osteoarthritis. People with osteoarthritis who take glucosamine: – may reduce their pain – may improve their physical function – will probably not have side effects What is osteoarthritis and glucosamine? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form … Continue reading

ARTICHOKE LEAF EXTRACT FOR TREATING HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

Abstract Background Hypercholesterolaemia is directly associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease and other sequelae of atherosclerosis. Artichoke leaf extract (ALE) has been implicated in lowering cholesterol levels. Whether ALE is truly effective for this indication, however, is still a matter of debate. Objectives To assess the evidence of ALE versus placebo or … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR MIGRAINE PROFILAXIS

Migraine patients suffer from recurrent attacks of mostly one-sided, severe headache. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at defined points; it originates from China. Acupuncture is used in many countries for migraine prophylaxis – that is, to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. We reviewed 22 … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE

Patients with tension-type headache suffer from episodes of pain which is typically bilateral (affects both sides of the head), pressing or tightening in quality, mild to moderate in intensity, and which does not worsen with routine physical activity. In most patients tension-type headache occurs infrequently and there is no need for further treatment beyond over-the-counter … Continue reading