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Insights into the Early Epidemic Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone Provided by Viral Sequence Data

Posted on 24 October 2014 by in News

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be spiralling out of control. More than ever, local and global health authorities want to know how the epidemic will develop and, above all, how to prevent it from spreading further. Certain parameters help them to determine this, such as the reproductive number, which is the average number of infections caused by a single infected individual. The incubation and infectious periods are also highly relevant; i.e. the time from infection to the onset of symptoms and the time from onset of symptoms to the clearance of the pathogen. Read the rest of this entry »

Artificial Sweeteners Attack Health Via the Microbiome

Posted on 10 October 2014 by in News

Oh Boy… the journal Nature has this week (9.10.14) identified the insidious effect of consuming ‘diet’ or non caloric sweeteners on the burgeoning mass of human adipocytes and they have really taken a good run at it.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Ginger Vs Migraines Compared to Medication

Posted on 26 September 2014 by in News

The journal Phytotherapy Research published an interesting article exploring the use of ginger as a treatment for migraine and comparing it to the commonly prescribed medication sumatriptan – the results are encouraging for those seeking non drug based interventions. Read the rest of this entry »

What You Eat And Not Just The Number Of Calories, Is A Significant Factor In Diabetes Risk

Posted on 12 September 2014 by in News

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that the postprandial levels of circulating metabolites in the blood of identical twins tends to be similar after a fast food meal, independent of weight difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Efficacy and Safety of Saccharomyces Boulardii for Acute Diarrhea

Posted on 29 August 2014 by in News

Saccharomyces is a non-colonising yeast used for the last 70 plus years as a therapeutic agent for the relief and management of gastrointestinal distress. Whilst its community use as a by-product of lychee fermentation was well understood in indo china and other nations, in particular for the relief of choleric dysentery it was after Henri Boulard set up the French pharmaceutical company to exploit its potential that studies began. So the recent publication (July 2014) of a review paper in the well known journal Pediatrics is a helpful means of qualifying its use in the paediatric population[1]

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Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Incidence of Cognitive Decline, Brain Atrophy

Posted on 15 August 2014 by in News

Regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults, according to a study published early online ahead of the print edition of the journalAlzheimer’s & Dementia.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Perilla Extract (Benegut®) Improves IBS symptoms

Posted on 08 August 2014 by in News

A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal identifies a number of benefits and improved function, achieved in people with IBS ( a functional loss of tolerance in the GI Tract) when consuming a 300mg daily dose of Perilla Extract.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Vit C for Heart Health

Posted on 04 July 2014 by in News

In a paper published in the journal Atherosclerosis, the authors of the published article – Effect of vitamin C on endothelial function in health and disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.[1]  identified a specific improvement in one aspect related to arterial/vascular health, namely endothelial function. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Linked to More Diverse Intestinal Microbiome

Posted on 30 June 2014 by in News

Athletes, particularly those at the top of their profession appear to be are big winners when it comes to their gut microflora. A recent paper suggests that exercise has a direct effect on microbial composition and related gastrointestinal health. The article ‘Exercise and associated dietary extremes impact on gut microbial diversity’ was published in the international journal GUT.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Mitochondrial Medicine: Diving Deep into the Secrets of Cellular Health

Posted on 09 May 2014 by in News

As basic science and clinical research cross paths, a new understanding of the importance of mitochondria in health and disease has emerged. On March 20, 2014, FOCUS moderated an international Skype conversation between Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.DipION, and Alex Vasquez, BS, DC, ND, DO, FACN on the new epoch of mitochondrial medicine. Michael Ash is co-founder of Nutri-Link Ltd, a subsidiary of Allergy Research Group, LLC. Endnotes that reference relevant studies and sources have been added for readers and physicians.

Focus: Mitochondria are the many “power plants” inside our cells that produce the energy that fuels metabolic processes and reactions. Why all the excitement and furor about mitochondria these days? Are we really seeing a new era in integrative and functional medicine? Read the rest of this entry »