For me, the sun rises and sets on emerging (or reemerging) science- pushing the conversation forward, the outrageous twists and turns of new evidence, of new technology; of new interventions for our patients we can explore, or jump right onto if the safety data are good. The newsletters I open first are ALWAYS my science briefs. And full disclosure, my favorite one is from Scientist Magazine. Being current in the midst of the medical revolution is essential to the practice of FxMed. For this reason, we provide Research and News. A digest of topics we are curious about, we have vetted and found beneficial. Check it out. ~ Dr KF
Acetaminophen Once Again Tied to Autism and ADHD
Acetaminophen (paracetamol), the primary ingredient in Tylenol, has been implicated in the development of autism and ADHD, and not for the first time. In this latest research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, 996 mother-child pairs were studied. Researchers found that children with the highest levels of acetaminophen in cord blood at delivery were nearly 3 times more likely to have an ADHD diagnosis, and nearly 4 times more likely to have an autism diagnosis at around age 10. ADHD and autism are complex, multifactorial conditions, but these latest data suggest that acetaminophen may be one of the factors involved in their pathogenesis.
Human Milk Oligosaccharides Improve IBS Symptoms
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), in supplement form, can reduce the severity of irritable bowel symptoms by more than half, according to new human research. It is thought that HMOs achieve this by modulating the microbiome. The particular types of HMOs used in this study were 2’-Fucosyllactose and lacto-N-neotetraose at a dose of 5 grams combined.
Oral Bacteria Implicated in a Wide Range of Noncommunicable Diseases
Your oral health is a significant factor for general health. We know that dysbiotic bacteria in the mouth, such as p. gingivalis, can have systemic effects by being absorbed into the bloodstream (and/or by their toxic byproducts being absorbed and circulated). New research provides a comprehensive view of all the potential connections so far attributed to oral bacteria – diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer (especially pancreatic cancer). It really pays to take care of your mouth!
Brain Wave Patterns Predict Tau and Amyloid-b Accumulation
Not all sleep is created equal. Now we know that the types of brain waves that you have when you sleep can predict the accumulation of tau protein and amyloid-b in the brain – hallmarks of neurodegenerative disease and Alzheimer’s. These may be early warning biomarkers that are detectable before more severe symptoms such as memory loss appear. It also shows how important good sleep is to keeping the brain healthy and clearing it of toxins.