Category: Complementary/Alternative

Apr 13

Is vitamin C effective in treating the common cold?

Hemilä H, Chalker E, Douglas B. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD000980.
Oral vitamin C is not an effective treatment for the common cold in the general community.

Dec 09

How can we treat hangovers?

Pittler MH, Verster JC, Ernst E. BMJ 2005; 331: 1515
There is no convincing evidence of the effectiveness of any hangover treatments.

Aug 19

Can cranberry prevent UTIs?

Barbosa-Cesnik C, et al. Cranberry juice fails to prevent recurrent urinary tract infection: results from a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2011; 52(1): 23-30
Cranberry juice is unlikely to be an effective prophylactic for recurrent urinary tract infections in young women.

Apr 27

Zinc for the common cold

Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001364
Zinc administered within 24 hours of the symptoms of a common cold is associated with favourable outcomes but with some side-effects.

Apr 06

Deaths after chiropractic upper cervical spine manipulation

Ernst E. Deaths after chiropractic: a review of published cases. Int J Clin Pract, July 2010; 64(8): 1162-5
Chiropractic, specifically, high-velocity, short-lever thrusts of the upper spine with rotation is associated with numerous deaths.

Mar 11

Cranberry juice fails for urinary tract infections

Barbosa-Cesnik C, et al. Cranberry juice fails to prevent recurrent urinary tract infection: results from a randomised placebo-controlled trial. CID. 2011;52(1):23-30
Cranberry juice is not associated with a lower incidence of UTI recurrence than placebo juice in young, sexually active college women.

Mar 02

DHA on maternal depression and neurodevelopment

Makrides M, et al. Effect of DHA supplementation during pregnancy on maternal depression and neurodevelopment of young children: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2010; 304(15): 1675-1683
DHA supplements in the later half of pregnancy are not associated with improvements in maternal depression or infant neurodevelopment.

Feb 28

B-vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids on vascular disease

Galan P, et al. Effects of B vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids on cardiovascular diseases: a RCT. BMJ 2010; 341:c6273
B-vitamin and low dose omega-3 fatty acid supplements are not associated with better vascular outcomes in people with ischaemic heart disease and stroke.

Feb 18

Omega-3 fatty acids for prevention of atrial fibrillation

Kowey PR, et al. Efficacy and safety of prescription omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of recurrent symptomatic atrial fibrillation. JAMA 2010; 304(21): 2363-72
High dose omega-3 fatty acids were not associated with a benefit in prevention of recurrent symptomatic AF.

Jan 28

Glucosamine and/or chondroitin for osteoarthritis

Wandel S, et al. Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis. BMJ 2010;341:c4675
Glucosamine, chondroitin and their combination do not improve pain or reduce joint space loss in osteoarthritis of the hip or knee.