Monthly Archives: June 2017

Multidomain Intervention with Omega 3 Supplementation for Alzheimer’s

Researchers out of France and Monaco recently finished one of the longest and largest studies on Alzheimer’s disease. The study focused on using multidomain lifestyle intervention with Omega 3 supplementation for Alzheimer’s patients. The results, unfortunately, were insignificant, but do provide swaths of new data and show potential for new treatment approaches that are less…

Year-Round Maternal Flu Vaccination Decreases Morbidity in Mothers and Infants

Vaccine concept Influenza virus infection during pregnancy can increase the risk of hospitalization and illness when compared to non-pregnant women. Year-round vaccination during pregnancy may decrease the associated morbidities in mothers and their infants, and may have better overall efficacy than seasonal vaccinations. Each year many people worldwide are infected with the influenza virus, or…

Breast Milk Bacteria are Important for Establishing Infant Gut Microbiome

A recent study investigated whether bacterial colonization of the gut starts with the transfer of bacteria in breast milk from mother to child. Evidence suggests that bacterial colonies found in breast milk are transferred to the infant, providing protection against certain autoimmune diseases and the development of obesity. Our intestines are home to a wide…

Controlling a Pandemic: Effects of Plasma Treatment on Severe Influenza

A phase two randomized controlled trial determined the role of immune plasma in treating patients diagnosed with severe influenza and exhibiting respiratory compromise. A pandemic influenza outbreak is a serious international concern. Immediate containment of the disease is necessary, along with fast implementation of preventative measures. Plasma treatment has been identified as a solution for…

Gait and Dementia: Early Detection to Combat Cognitive Impairment

Investigators examining biomarkers for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have zeroed in on dual-task gait testing, a tool that involves walking while simultaneously performing a cognitive challenge, as a means to detect patients with MCI, who are at high risk of dementia. Early diagnosis provides an opportunity for early intervention, improved guidance for care givers and…

Low Daily Dose of THC May Slow or Reverse Dementia

Within the health community, the use of medical marijuana is controversial. Recently, a German-Israeli research team found evidence that small, controlled amounts of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, improved cognitive function and memory in older mice. Dementia is a general term used to describe cognitive decline in older people caused by damage to the…

Lessons Drawn from Laws Designed to Legalize Marijuana: Cautionary Tales

Passage of Medical Marijuana Laws (MML) in 28 states in the US has redefined public health due to an increased prevalence of illicit marijuana use and disorders linked to marijuana use. While marijuana exhibits very low acute toxicity, morbidities related to use of marijuana are a major public health concern. Users who are dependent on…

Clinical Differences in Perinatal Depressive Symptoms

Depressive disorders can develop during or after pregnancy, and studies have shown that they increase risk of maternal suicide and complications such as low birthweight and infant malnutrition. A recent study published in the Lancet Psychiatry identified clinical differences in perinatal depressive symptoms based on symptom type, severity, and timing of onset. According to the…