In this study, the authors looked at functional dyspepsia (FD) and acupuncture (1). An overview of systematic reviews (SRs) and network meta-analyses (NMA) were performed to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of different acupuncture and related therapies. The results showed that manual acupuncture has marginally stronger effect in alleviating global FD symptoms, compared to domperidone or itopride.
In this study, the authors systematically review the literature on biotin efficacy in hair and nail growth (1). They reviewed databases. They found 18 reported cases of biotin use for hair and nail changes. In all cases, patients receiving biotin supplementation had an underlying pathology for poor hair or nail growth. All cases showed evidence of clinical improvement after receiving biotin.
In this study, the neuroprotective effects of dietary antioxidants were investigated (1). The authors prospectively assessed the relationships of dietary antioxidant vitamins C and E, ß-carotene, and total antioxidant capacity with Parkinson's Disease risk in two population-based cohorts (38,937 women and 45,837 men). The results showed that dietary intake of ß-carotene was associated with a lower risk of PD.
In this randomized controlled trial, curcumin supplementation was used to treat beta-thalassemia (1). This double-blind randomized controlled clinical trial was performed on 61 β-thalassemia major patients. Subjects in the curcumin group received two 500 mg curcumin capsules daily and patients in the placebo group took 2 placebo capsules daily for 12 weeks.
The authors of this study examined cyclic perimenstrual pain and discomfort and alternative medicine (1). Data on endometriosis, PMS, irregular periods, heavy periods, and period pain were collected over 7 years. The results showed prevalence rates of PMS and heavy periods increased, while prevalence rates of endometriosis, irregular periods, and severe period pain remained stable.
This study was a part of a group randomized controlled trial in which 7th grade students were assigned to a yoga intervention or physical-education-as-usual [1]. Sixteen students were randomly selected from the yoga condition to participate in one-on-one interviews. Students reported both positive and negative opinions of yoga, especially when making direct comparisons between yoga and physical education.
This study was conducted to evaluate use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Australian children [1]. Questions addressed demographic factors, socio-economic status, conventional health service use, including vaccination status and use of CAM. The results showed that almost 74% of parents had taken their child to a visit to a CAM practitioner.
In this study, the authors examined data from experiments on vitamin D [1]. Data from in-vitro experiments suggest vitamin D reduces the rate of skin aging whereas population studies suggest the opposite, most likely due to confounding by UV-exposure. The authors investigated whether there are causal associations between 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and features of skin aging in a bidirectional Mendelian Randomization Study.
Topical therapy can be useful in patients with mild psoriasis [1]. In this review, the authors discuss various topical options. Emollients are useful adjuncts to the treatment of psoriasis. Use of older topical agents such as anthralin and coal tar has declined over the years. However, they are cheaper and can still be used for the treatment of difficult psoriasis refractory to conventional treatment.
In this study, a pre-exercise drink was investigated [1]. In a double-blind, randomized and crossover manner, 25 resistance-trained participants ingested a placebo (PLA) beverage containing 12 g of dextrose and a beverage (RTD) containing caffeine (200 mg), β-alanine (2.1 g), arginine nitrate (1.3 g), niacin (65 mg), folic acid (325 mcg), and Vitamin B12 (45 mcg) for 7-days, separated by a 7-10-day.