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Are vitamin D3 supplements useful?

Are vitamin D3 supplements useful?

A RECENT meta-analysis suggested vitamin D3 may reduce mortality in elderly people who live independently or in institutionalised care.

Probiotics may relieve IBS symptoms

Probiotics may relieve IBS symptoms

WHAT is the evidence about the potential role of probiotics for the treatment and prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome?

Polyphenols may benefit the prostate

Polyphenols may benefit the prostate

DIETARY changes and the use of supplements in men with prostate cancer are common.(1)

Magnesium may benefit blood pressure

Magnesium may benefit blood pressure

DIETARY sources of magnesium include nuts, seeds, green vegetables and unrefined grains; it plays an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.1

Accompany antibiotics with probiotics

Accompany antibiotics with probiotics

PROBIOTICS are beneficial live micro-organisms commonly found in fermented foods such as pickles and sauerkraut or added to live cultures such as yoghurt and cheese.

Erectile dysfunction: herbal remedies

Erectile dysfunction: herbal remedies

Which herb improved erectile function significantly compared with placebo?

Massage in clinical practice

Massage in clinical practice

MASSAGE therapy has been used for thousands of years for health purposes.

Chocolate and heart disease

Chocolate is derived from the seed of the cocoa tree which originated in the Amazon at least 4000 years ago.

The role of cranberry in UTI prevention

The role of cranberry in UTI prevention

The Cranberry (botanical names Vaccinium macrocarpon or Vaccinium oxycoccos) has edible berries that have been used for decades for the treatment of a wide range of conditions and, since the 1920s, for prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

CVD and calcium supplementation

THERE is growing evidence that calcium supplements may contribute to an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in women. The mechanism is thought to be due to elevated blood calcium levels causing calcium deposits in arterial walls.

Zinc and the common cold

Zinc and the common cold

Dr Vicki Kotsirilos outlines the most recent data on zinc's effect on colds.

Alternative answers to hyperlipidaemia

Alternative answers to hyperlipidaemia

FIRST-LINE management of hyperlipidaemia must always include lifestyle changes, particularly weight loss when required.

Complementary medicines in diabetes

Complementary medicines in diabetes

In addition to lifestyle measures, some complementary medicines can be used in conjunction with the usual diabetic care.

Chondroitin sulphate for OA

Chondroitin sulphate for OA

Approximately 40% of Australians are using complementary medicines (CMs) for osteoarthritis (OA).

To sleep, perchance to dream

To sleep, perchance to dream

Insomnia is a common presentation, contributing up to 80% of GP encounters.1 Insomnia may be due to a number of lifestyle factors including smoking, stress, poor nutrition, alcohol intake, caffeine intake, and a lack of exercise or sunshine.