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Dietary Supplements — Popularity, Quality, Safety, Efficacy

Definitions (regulatory terms) Dietary supplement – regulatory term.  Includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, fatty acids, and amino acids as long as they are prescribed in dosage forms, such as capsules, tablets, liquids, gels or powders. Whole food supplements – whole foods with only the water and fiber removed (i.e. dried foods).  They are processed below 112 degrees … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE FOR CANCER-RELATED PAIN IN ADULTS

Up to 70% of patients with cancer-related pain do not receive adequate pain relief and this reduces their quality of life. Acupuncture may have a role to play in relieving cancer-related pain. This review evaluated evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain associated with cancer or its treatment, or both. We found three … Continue reading

Neuropathy in prediabetes: does the clock start ticking early?

Heinrich Heine University, Leibniz, Germany. Abstract Between 25% and 62% of patients with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy are reported to have prediabetes, and among individuals with prediabetes 11-25% are thought to have peripheral neuropathy, and 13-21% have neuropathic pain. Population-based studies suggest a gradient for the prevalence of neuropathy, being highest in patients with manifest diabetes … Continue reading