ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
CANCER
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
EYE CARE, VISION
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Maximize Your Run
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
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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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