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How Herpes Hijacks a Ride into Cells
“Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered how herpes viruses hijack cellular transport processes to infiltrate the nervous system, as described in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Study underscores the importance of providing nutritional and weight management support to smokers
“New research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Venice, Italy (12-15 May), suggests that smokers tend to eat less and have less healthy eating habits than non-smokers, which could help explain why smokers often gain weight when they quit.”

The Role of Complementary and Integrative Health Competency in Pharmacy
“Complementary and alternative medicine, also referred to as complementary and integrative health (CIH), is used widely around the world as well in the United States. CIH has been defined as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine” by the National Institutes of Health.”

Link between diet and disease depends on measuring the right data
“May 9, 2024 – In the 1970s, researchers first noticed an interesting trend in cancer data: disease rates in countries around the world varied greatly, even when taking into account biological differences between populations. One hypothesis was that the differences in cancer rates occurred due to environmental factors—in particular, variations in diet. Indeed, when researchers compared population-level data about food intake, they found that consuming fats and oils was associated with developing cancer.”

Overall diet quality may be more important than how much ultra-processed foods you eat
“Researchers say overall dietary quality may have a larger influence on risk of death than the consumption of ultra-processed foods. In their 30-year study, they report that some ultra-processed foods such as ready-to-eat meat products were major contributing factors to mortality. The researchers add that their work highlights that ultra-processed foods don’t need to be universally restricted, but certain foods should be limited for longer term health.”

ACR integrative guidelines for RA make sense of ‘messy’ data on diet, wellness
“DESTIN, Fla. — The 2022 American College of Rheumatology recommendations on integrative therapy in rheumatoid arthritis can help make sense of “messy” data on diet and other wellness behaviors, according to a speaker.”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Treat Fibromyalgia Symptoms. A Systematic Review
“Our systematic review showed that there is a wide range of CAMs used to treat FM. Most of the clinical trials have shown significant results for the effectiveness of these interventions in both physical and mental health outcomes of FM as compared to control groups. However, the heterogeneity of the interventions and outcomes warrants further studies on this topic.”

Can Zinc Really Shorten a Cold?
“Every cold and flu season, folks are flooded with ads for zinc lozenges, sprays and syrups that promise to shorten their sniffles. Zinc might indeed reduce the duration of common cold symptoms by about two days, a new evidence review says.”

Acupuncture as complementary care can ease pain, side effects of cancer medications
“The National Institutes of Health reports an analysis of 20 studies with 6,376 patients shows it may specifically help work against pain, help the immune system and work against some of the side effects of breast cancer medications.”