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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.

So Much Incorrect Health Information Online
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 13, 2014 | CFAH Staff
How do we know which search results are true and which ones aren't? While you can find high-quality health information online, search results related to nutrition, fitness and preventive health vary widely in quality. And the actions we take (or don't take) as a result of the information we find can be hazardous...

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.

What Does It Take to Get 'Better Living Through Medications' These Days?
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 15, 2014 | Jessie Gruman
Lately, the public's faith in the safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has been making me uneasy. Why do so many of us continue to purchase pills that are not effective in causing weight loss, swallow syrups that promise to cure diabetes, and fiddle with our medication-taking regimens?...

Latest Health Behavior News
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 30, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service
This week in health news: For teens, fighting is bad for the brain | Skeptical elderly turn to home remedies | Bedwetting treatments offer help | Green light for eating and drinking during labor

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.

I Wish I Had Known Earlier...To Cast a Cool Eye on Prognostic and Risk Statistics
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 7, 2013 | Jessie Gruman
For many of us, receiving a cancer diagnosis often includes hearing some statistics about the average or mean survival of people with this stage of this type of cancer. The end of active treatment may arrive accompanied by additional statistics. It is difficult, even for those schooled in the meaning of such numbers, to figure out what they mean for an individual.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Ann Fonfa, President and Founder of the Annie Appleseed Project
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 6, 2013 | Ann Fonfa
To me it’s obvious that Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is a good way to get to meaningful patient outcomes. It compares real things that will make a difference. Right now we have efficacy without effect. In my field we are worried about drug-herb interactions; what about drug-drug interactions? I’m looking forward to CER really drilling down to what works for patients in a meaningful way.

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.

Facts About Vitamins and Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health
Should you take vitamins or supplements for good health? Here are some facts.

Promote Your Health
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health
Healthy eating, activity, and safety habits help us live for as long and as well as we can.

Vitamins & Supplements: Before You Dive In
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
Vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements are sold as natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals and many people turn to them in an attempt to improve their health.

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.

1st Person: At 98, Bob Stewart Would Rather Be Dancing
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 27, 2011 | First Person
Bob Stewart, who will turn 99 this May, began taking supplements in 2000, when he was in his late 80s. The retired podiatrist is also a strong believer in keeping active. He takes exercise classes at least three times a week and participates in numerous community activities, including a local men's chorus.

Prepared Patient: Vitamins & Supplements: Before You Dive In
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 27, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service
At 98 years old, Bob Stewart swears by his dietary supplements as a secret to successful aging. He takes flaxseed and apple cider vinegar pills, along with a Japanese supplement called nattokinase. He has never had a 'bad experience' or side effects, he says. But Betsy McMillan, an Ohio writer, describes her overdose from a vitamin B complex supplement. After a few weeks of taking it'in which she never exceeded the dose recommended on the bottle'her liver began to swell and she was overwhelmed by fatigue. It turned out that the pills contained potentially fatal levels of niacin.

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.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins and Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 23, 2011 | CFAH Staff
The WSJ Health Journal looks at the pros and cons of taking a multivitamin.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins and Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 24, 2011 | CFAH Staff
Consumer Reports warns us to be aware of unregulated dietary supplements and provides some valuable resources for people considering taking supplements or who currently do.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins & Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 2, 2011 | CFAH Staff
Following our most recent Prepared Patient feature article, Dr. Steve Novella of the Science Based Medicine blog and Dr. Oz on The Dr. Oz Show explore a similar issue.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins & Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 15, 2011 | CFAH Staff
A new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that half of U.S. adults take vitamins and other dietary supplements.

1st Person: At 98, Bob Stewart Would Rather Be Dancing
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 5, 2011 | First Person
Bob Stewart, who will turn 99 this May, began taking supplements in 2000, when he was in his late 80s. The retired podiatrist is also a strong believer in keeping active. He takes exercise classes at least three times a week and participates in numerous community activities, including a local men's chorus.

Prepared Patient: Vitamins & Supplements: Before You Dive In
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 5, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service
At 98 years old, Bob Stewart swears by his dietary supplements as a secret to successful aging. He takes flaxseed and apple cider vinegar pills, along with a Japanese supplement called nattokinase. He has never had a 'bad experience' or side effects, he says. But Betsy McMillan, an Ohio writer, describes her overdose from a vitamin B complex supplement. After a few weeks of taking it'in which she never exceeded the dose recommended on the bottle'her liver began to swell and she was overwhelmed by fatigue. It turned out that the pills contained potentially fatal levels of niacin.

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.

The Conversation Continues: Rx Side Effects
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 10, 2011 | CFAH Staff

Prepared Patient: Side Effects: When Silence Isn't Golden
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 3, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service
'I had a wonderful gentleman patient who had resistant blood pressure,' recalls Vicki Koenig, M.D., a retired family doctor in Exmore, VA. 'When he came for a blood pressure check on the latest new med and it was great, I was ecstatic. Then he said, 'But I notice my urine's a little dark.' His was one of the first cases of fatal liver complications from this medication.' Medication side effects are common'but when should you speak up?

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