Other Articles in Issue #54 (April 2019)
Investigating arginine for erectile dysfunction
The amino acid L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator which could possibly help mitigate erectile dysfunction. But does it?
Does physical activity prevent depression or does depression prevent physical activity?
The evidence is pretty clear that depression and low physical activity are correlated. This Mendelian randomization study explored whether this link is causal, and in which direction the causal arrow points.
A D-fence against cancer?
This recent meta-analysis examined whether vitamin D supplementation influenced the risk of getting, and the risk of dying from, cancer. It incorporates the latest research into the matter, including VITAL.
Does cinnamon spice up weight loss?
There are some mechanistic reasons to think that cinnamon may help shed some pounds. This recent meta-analysis found an effect, but the significance of its impact is open to question.
NERD Mini: Folic acid intake and neural tube defects
Neural tube defects are potentially serious problems for developing embryos. Its risk is lowered, but not eliminated, by mothers-to-be getting enough folic acid. This NERD Mini explores a recent meta-analysis examining how folate levels are impacted by folic acid intake.
The (mild) health risks of energy drinks
Energy drinks can make a small, potentially negative impact in certain metabolic measures in young, relatively healthy people. But do these changes really matter?
Peppermint oil soothes symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
Enteric coated peppermint oil may help relieve some of the symptoms of IBS according to this recent meta-analysis, at least in the short term.