ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
CANCER
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
CAREGIVING
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
FITNESS
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
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Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis

(HealthDay News) -- Frankincense may help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, according to a study of 70 patients.

An enriched extract of the "Indian Frankincense" herb Boswellia serrata was used in the randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. Patients who took the herbal remedy showed significant improvement in as little as seven days. The compound caused no major adverse effects and is safe for human consumption and long-term use, according to the study authors.

The findings were published in the July 29 edition of Arthritis Research & Therapy.

The extract used in the study was enriched with 30 percent AKBA (3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), which is believed to be the most active ingredient in the B. serrata plant.

"AKBA has anti-inflammatory properties, and we have shown that B. serrata enriched with AKBA can be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee," study leader Siba Raychaudhuri, a faculty member of the University of California, Davis, said in a BioMed Central news release.

"The high incidence of adverse effects associated with currently available medications has created great interest in the search for an effective and safe alternative treatment," Raychaudhuri said.

B. serrata has been used for thousands of years in traditional Indian medicine. This is the first study to examine the effect of an enriched extract of the plant.

Osteoarthritis -- the most common form of arthritis -- commonly affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips, along with the hands, wrists, feet and spine. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and limited movement.

More information

The Arthritis Foundation has more about osteoarthritis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: BioMed Central, news release, July 29, 2008

Last Updated: July 30, 2008

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