Monthly Archives: March 2017

Meta-analysis Finds Standardized St. John’s Wort Extracts as Effective as Conventional Antidepressants

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) St. John’s wort (SJW; Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) aerial parts are a popular treatment for depression, and many countries in Europe prescribe SJW for that purpose. According to the authors, SJW has been well researched; however, the results are conflicting. The last large published meta-analysis was conducted in 2008, and it found SJW superior to

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Ginkgo Extract Is Safe in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Does Not Affect Tumor Response, but It May Increase Survival

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a type of liver cancer and is the third greatest cause of cancer-related death worldwide. When diagnosed in the advanced stage, it is associated with a poor prognosis and death after a median of 6 months if untreated. A common therapy is a sorafenib, which is an oral multikinase inhibitor that increases median survival times by

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Food as Medicine: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus, Cucurbitaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat The watermelon is the largest edible fruit grown in the United States: an annual trailing plant with fruits that can grow from 5-50 pounds and vines that can reach up to 20’ in length. Each fruit forms from a yellow flower, and the spherical or ovoid fruit is typically smooth and green or green

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Doctors Should Discuss Herbal Medication Use with Heart Disease Patients

Physicians should be well-versed in the herbal medications heart disease patients may take to be able to effectively discuss their clinical implications, potential benefits, and side effects – despite a lack of scientific evidence to support their use, according to a review paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Herbal medications do not require clinical studies

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A-fib and Exercise: Health Benefits and Risks

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat caused by faulty electrical signals in the upper chambers of the heart. In people with atrial fibrillation, the heart beats irregularly and often too quickly. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) can result in the heart not pumping enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, which may cause symptoms like heart fluttering, weakness, and dizziness.

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