ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Winter Is Tough on Feet
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
CANCER
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Get to Know the Pap Test
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways
EYE CARE, VISION
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
FITNESS
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
Vitamin E Helps Treat Common Liver Disease
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
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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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