A study recently published in the journal Arthritis suggests that a plant-based diet may reduce joint pain and improve functional status in osteoarthritis patients.  This six-week, prospective randomized open-label study (n=40) looked at the effects of a whole-foods, plant-based diet as compared with a control omnivorous diet on self-reported symptoms and measures of functional status in patients with osteoarthritis.  Participants in the intervention group were instructed to eliminate dairy, eggs, and meat from their diets, and were encouraged to eat whole, unrefined plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains.  Beneficial clinical results were seen in as little as two weeks after starting the intervention diets.   Clinton CM, O’Brien S, Law J, Renier CM, Wendt MR. Whole-foods, plant-based diet alleviates the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Arthritis. 2015;2015:708152. doi: 10.1155/2015/708152.

Depression and antidepressant use have each been hypothesized to increase breast cancer risk, yet previous studies have not considered these factors together.  A new prospective study, including data from a cohort of 77,482 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study, looking at both factors together has found that use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) by women diagnosed with depression may be associated with a small (16%) borderline significant increase in breast cancer risk.  This association held for SSRIs but not for other classes of antidepressants.  The study authors report that while depression itself was not associated with breast cancer risk, a slight increase in risk of developing breast cancer association with SSRI use could not be excluded.   Reeves KW, Okereke O, Qian J, Hankinson SE. Depression and antidepressant use in relation to breast cancer risk in the Nurses Health Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015;24(4):761-2. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-0107 Please see previous recent posting about PREVENTING breast cancer.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society people over age 65 who drink diet soda daily are much more likely to gain abdominal fat

calling all women, young and old, even if you have already suffered breast cancer. You don’t want to get it again, right? Please peruse this website a bit and figure out how to incorporate DAILY breast massage, to simulate lymphatic drainage and avoid “stagnation” (the term for disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine): http://www.breasthealthproject.com/breast-self-exam.html

So has the US Public Health Service Here is some great information to explain why, and what to do about it: Allergens & Irritants Guide http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/allergens/ Guide to Common Allergies http://www.treeremoval.com/tree-pollen-and-other-common-allergies/ Skin Allergies http://acaai.org/allergies/types/skin-allergies I would add to this section that in general I don’t find the skin scratch tests useful for ingested allergens. The very best test to figure out food allergens (not necessarily a full blown anaphylactic reaction, but hives or GI disturbance or even mood changes can be caused by food irritants) is the MRI/LEAP test. Learn more at www.NOWLEAP.com The Guide to Animal and Insect Allergen-Free Homes http://www.cleanitsupply.com/t/The_Guide_to_Animal_and_Insect_Allergen-Free_Homes.aspx Food Allergies and Eczema http://nationaleczema.org/eczema/types-of-eczema/atopic-dermatitis-2/food-allergies/

Diabetes Increased by Almost Half Among Statin Users CME/CE News Author: Liam Davenport CME Author: Charles P. Vega, MD Faculty and Disclosures Context Statins are associated with significantly reducing the risk for cardiovascular events when used as either primary or secondary prevention. Moreover, statins are generally well tolerated, with myalgias and elevations in liver transaminase levels limiting treatment for a minority of patients. The association of statins with the risk for incident diabetes is less well understood, but a previous meta-analysis of 13 clinical trials of statins featuring a total of 91,140 patients suggests that the risk for diabetes associated with these medications is real.

Brain Training to Keep Dementia at Bay: Buyer Beware Deborah Brauser November 21, 2014 MEDSCAPE Editors’ Recommendations Computer Training May Keep Older Brains Sharp Music Therapy Brings Dementia Patients ‘Back to Life’ Growing evidence suggests brain training may help maintain cognition and lower dementia risk, resulting in the rise of a billion dollar brain training industry. However, new research examining the efficacy of such programs suggests not all are created equal and that it may be a case of buyer beware. A meta-analysis of 51 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that included more than 4800 older participants showed that group-based brain training under the supervision of a trainer was significantly more effective for overall cognition, memory, and processing speed than self-directed, home-based training programs. “Our results send a key message to the public. They show that brain training carried out in a center can improve cognition in older adults, but commercial products promoted for solo training use at home just don’t work. There are better ways to spend your time and money,” senior author Michael Valenzuala, PhD, associate professor and leader...

Grass-Fed Milk Is Taking Off With Health-Conscious Shoppers At Almost $6 a Half-Gallon at Whole Foods and Other Stores, Milk From Cows That Don’t Eat Grain Is Considered Healthier Than Organic By Sarah Nassauer For some shoppers, organic isn’t enough. They want grass-fed milk.  The pricey milk isn’t only organic. It comes from cows fed mostly grass, and never corn and soy.