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Vitamin D with Calcium May Prevent Bone Fractures for High-Risk Seniors

HBNS STORY | May 29, 2014

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

Evidence Mixed on the Usefulness of Echinacea for Colds

HBNS STORY | February 20, 2014

For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report from The Cochrane Library.

Rural Seniors Prefer Self-Care Over Doctors

HBNS STORY | August 15, 2013

A survey of older rural adults found a high degree of medical skepticism, the belief that one knows and can control their own health better than a medical professional can, reports a recent study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Current Evidence Does Not Support Selenium for Preventing Heart Disease in Well-Nourished Adults

HBNS STORY | January 31, 2013

A systematic review published today in The Cochrane Library finds that in well-nourished adults current evidence does not support selenium for preventing heart disease.

Evidence Does Not Back-Up Spinal Manipulation for Acute Lower Back Pain

HBNS STORY | September 20, 2012

Manipulating or “adjusting” the spine is a popular way to treat occasional or acute lower back pain and is covered by many health insurance plans, but a recent review by The Cochrane Library finds no evidence to suggest it is more effective than other therapy options.

No Evidence that Black Cohosh Relieves Menopause Symptoms

HBNS STORY | September 13, 2012

Although many women coping with hot flashes and other distressing symptoms of menopause have turned to black cohosh supplements as a treatment alternative, a new review by the Cochrane Library finds no evidence that the herb is effective.

Worm Therapy For Hay Fever? More Research is Needed

HBNS STORY | April 18, 2012

Purposely infecting patients with hookworms or whipworms to treat hay fever and other immune-related diseases has been experimented with since the 1970s. A new review by The Cochrane Library concludes that current evidence doesn’t yet support the use of this therapy. However, worm therapy does appear to be safe, the review’s lead author says.

Most Teens with Juvenile Arthritis Use Complementary Medicine

HBNS STORY | March 13, 2012

Seventy-two percent of adolescents with juvenile arthritis use at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but only 45 percent have discussions about it with their health care providers says a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

No Support Shown for the Use of Pycnogenol® for Chronic Disorders

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2012

The manufacturer of a dietary supplement made from French pine bark, Pycnogenol®, markets it widely for the prevention or treatment of many chronic disorders, ranging from asthma to erectile dysfunction, but a recent systematic review found no sound basis for the claims.

Sweetener Found In Gum May Prevent Ear Infections In Children

HBNS STORY | November 9, 2011

There is "fair evidence" to support the use of xylitol, a natural sweetener used in gums and mints, to prevent inner ear infections in healthy children, a new evidence review finds.

Excluding Hypertension, Review Finds Calcium Supplements Have No Benefit During Pregnancy

HBNS STORY | October 5, 2011

Most physicians instruct pregnant women to increase their calcium intake, but a new evidence review of potential benefits of calcium supplementation for mom and baby found none, except for the treatment of pregnancy-related hypertension.

Review: Probiotics Have Slight Preventive Effect on Colds

HBNS STORY | September 15, 2011

Taking probiotics seems to provide both children and adults with a mild degree of protection against many upper respiratory tract infections including the common cold, according to a new systematic review.

Doctors, Nurses Often Use Holistic Medicine for Themselves

HBNS STORY | August 19, 2011

U.S. health care workers, especially doctors and nurses, use complementary and alternative medicine far more than do workers in other fields, according to a new study.

Caffeine Can Ease a Spinal Tap Headache

HBNS STORY | August 9, 2011

People who suffer headaches after a spinal tap might have a relatively simple way to ease the painful throb: a caffeine tablet.

For Back Pain, Spinal Manipulation Holds Its Own

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2011

If you’re suffering from chronic lower back pain, a new review finds that spinal manipulation ? the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform ? is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers.

More Americans Turn to Lower-Cost Alternative Meds, Especially Whites

HBNS STORY | February 1, 2011

Ginseng Might Boost Brain Power, but Evidence Is Weak

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

Many people believe that the popular herb ginseng can improve thinking ability and prevent or even treat dementia. However, a comprehensive review of research failed to find convincing evidence of these benefits.

OTC Constipation Treatment Beats Prescription Med in Review

HBNS STORY | July 6, 2010

Tai Chi and Qigong Show Significant Health Benefits

HBNS STORY | June 30, 2010

Zinc Supplements to Prevent Middle Ear Infections: Evidence Is Weak

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010