The birth control pill is one of the most ubiquitous medications for women. It is the leading form of contraception for women between the ages of 15 and 29. In the United States and the rest of the developed world, over 17% of all women between the ages of 15 and 44 are on the pill. But is it safe? Is modern science making the pill safer? . . .

Ginkgo is well known for helping seniors with memory problems, but new research suggests that it may also help young children with ADHD. . . .

Multiple sclerosis (MS) negatively affects lifestyle by, amongst other things, causing fatigue and depression. A recent study has shown that supplementing with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can help. . . .

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is necessary for memory and brain function. In people with Alzheimer's Disease it is used deficiently. Acetyl-L-carnitine is structurally related to acetylcholine and, it turns out, it can mimic it. So supplementing acetyl-L-carnitine offers great promise for people suffering from Alzheimer's. . . .

We are becoming increasingly interested in saffron. A while ago, you almost never heard of this herb. Soon, you may hear about it as often as the top herbs, because the studies on, and uses of, this herb are piling up. . . . 

Though tea is not usually  thought of as being beneficial to teeth, several studies show that green tea is a veritable herbal dentist. . . .

Diabetic neuropathy is one of the most serious and frequent complications of diabetes: about 60% of type 2 diabetics suffer from it. In this complication of diabetes, the nerves become damaged, resulting in loss of nerve function. The effect is tingling, numbness, pain and muscle weakness. It can also lead to decreased heart function, bladder problems and erectile dysfunction.

A just released study suggests that dietary changes can improve this serious problem. . . .

Saffron is moving from your spice rack to your medicine cabinet. Recently, we have written about saffron for depression, Alzheimer's and, topically, for erectile dysfunction. Now a new study says it's good for your eyes too. . . . 

In T.H. White's famous telling of the Arthurian legend, The Once and Future King, the wizard Merlin, after aging forward for half his life, begins to age backward again. Science may have discovered the Merlin Effect. Dean Ornish, the same researcher who previously showed that a low fat vegetarian diet, exercise and stress reduction can actually reverse atherosclerosis (Lancet 1990;336:129-33) has now shown that a similar program can actually reverse the process of aging. . . .

Anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy can have a negative effect on the health of both the mother and child. Previous research has shown that scenting a room with lavender essential oil can improve feelings of well being and reduce anxiety. . . . 

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