Other Articles in Issue #65 (March 2020)
NERD News: Pharmaceutical peanut powder power!
In this first installment of NERD News, we cover a new drug that lowers the chance of severe allergic reaction to peanuts in children who already have peanut allergy.
Deep Dive: Thick fiber for slimming down
Consuming viscous, soluble fiber may help reduce bodyweight in the absence of calorie restriction… but not to a meaningful extent.
Investigating vitamin D for reducing arterial stiffness
Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with stiffness of the arteries, which is a predictor of cardiovascular disease. This meta-analysis looked at clinical trials to see if vitamin D supplementation can affect arterial stiffness.
Probiotics for stool solidity during cancer treatment
Probiotics seem to help with diarrhea caused by radiation treatment, but better quality evidence is needed to confirm how well it works, and what doses and strains work best.
Can supplementation help silence tinnitus?
This study found that a blend of lots vitamins and antioxidants had a significant impact on tinnitus, but it’s far from clear which ingredients played a role and which sat on the sidelines.
Deep Dive: Can synbiotics help prevent respiratory tract infections?
This meta-analysis found a modest, but reliable, effect in adults, but no apparent effect in children. However, what doses and strains work best is far from clear. There’s also no strong reason to suspect that these results carry over to more serious RTIs, like COVID-19.
Investigating inulin-type fructans for glycemic control
These prebiotics seem to make a decent dent in glycemic control problems, especially for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.