- The fat composition of the diet appears to influence the blood vitamin D response to supplemental vitamin D3. Diets rich in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA’s eg. nuts, seeds, olives, avocados) may improve, and those rich in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA’s eg. corn, canola, soybean, sunflower and safflower) may reduce the effectiveness of vitamin D(3) supplements in healthy older adults. Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2011 Oct; 96(10): 3170-4.
- Results of a new study suggest that treatment with acupuncture may be effective for reducing infertility-related stress. J Altern Complement Med, 2011 Oct 6
- Children and adolescents sharing 3 or more family meals per week compared to those sharing less than 3, were 12% less likely to be overweight, had a 20% reduction in the odds of eating unhealthy foods and had a 24% increase in the odds for eating healthy foods. Pediatrics 2011; 127(6): e1565-e1574
In a two-arm, single-blinded, randomized, controlled study involving 178 patients with chronic neck pain, treatment with acupuncture was found to “relieve pain intensity and improve the quality of daily life with a relative long-term clinical efficacy in patients with chronic neck pain.”
Source: Complement Ther Med, 2011 Jan; 19S1: S26-S32
A recent study determined that short-term acupuncture treatment may result in long-term improvement in mild-to-moderate idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome. Acupuncture treatment can be considered as an alternative therapy to other conservative treatments for those who do not opt for early surgical decompression.
Source: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Acupuncture Versus Oral Steroids for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Long-Term Follow-Up,” Yang CP, Wang NH, et al, J Pain, 2010 Nov 24