Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

JAMA Article Misuses Meta-Analysis Methods

Friday, March 02, 2007

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the undisputed science strength of the supplement industry, suggests the Feb 28th 2007 JAMA meta-analysis examining the effect of antioxidant supplements on all-cause mortality, misuses meta-analysis methods to create generalized conclusions that may inappropriately confuse and alarm consumers who can benefit from supplementing with antioxidants.  

Vitamin D Now Flying Above the Radar

Friday, February 23, 2007

Medical journals are overflowing with the latest research findings on vitamin D and the many ways it protects our health. Yet, few doctors are informing their patients about the health advantages associated with this miracle vitamin.

Research Tools and Genetic Eye Disease

Friday, February 16, 2007

The microarray is a fantastic research tool that combines molecular biology and computers (two of my most favorite things). Instead of examining one gene at a time researchers can now look at tens of thousands of genes simultaneously.

Best Buy Drugs

Friday, February 02, 2007

The 2007 stated mission of Biosyntrx Friday Pearls is to emphasise peer-reviewed nutrition and genome science, healthy lifestyle choice, disease prevention, and health care cost control - so we feel it appropriate to inform our Friday Pearl readers about a best-buy prescription drug service provided by Consumers Union.

A Health Care Paradigm Shift?

Friday, December 29, 2006

The scientific discipline of health care is in a state of economic crisis - where new ideas, including ones previously discarded, are being tried. An intensely wellness-focused health care paradigm is being formed, has gained its own main stream followers - and, as expected, an intellectual battle is taking place between the followers of the new paradigm and the hold-outs of the old illness-focused system.

The Miraculous Gift of Sight

Friday, December 22, 2006

Protection of vision has preoccupied humans since the beginning of their existence. Who would believe that so small a space could encompass the images of the whole universe? - Leonardo da Vinci.

Health Freedom Musing - Part II

Friday, December 08, 2006

As predicted, the lame duck U.S. Senate passed S-3546, the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Act, which will require manufacturers to notify the FDA of all serious adverse events for dietary supplements. The bill still has to get through the House of Representatives to become a fait accompli.

Health Freedom Musings

Friday, December 01, 2006

Product and consumer safety is always foremost in the minds of science-based nutraceutical companies. The Natural Products Association is, and has been for some time, working with the FDA to establish good manufacturing practices (GMPs) that appropriately match, or better, those used by the pharmaceutical industry.

Thankful Macular Degeneration Patients

Friday, November 24, 2006

Howard Rheingold, my former Marin County, CA neighbor, Stanford professor and author of The Virtual Community, once commented on the influential early online intellectual community called The Well, "When people carry on public discussions long enough, and with sufficient human feelings, they form webs of intense supportive relationships."

Cataract Prevention

Friday, November 17, 2006

Age-related cataract, the world's leading cause of blindness, affects more than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 years. Surgical correction is currently the only known option for intervention, but researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University recently sought, in three different studies, to determine if prevention is possible.

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