Turmeric Compound Stimulates Brain Stem Cell Proliferation
A recent article in the Daily Mail Newspaper (26/09/2014) suggested that 'Eating a Curry a Day Helps Beat Dementia' which was too good a claim not to be investigated further.
Turmeric is an interesting herb. A member of the Ginger family, it is widely used in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine and is used in many supplements. It contains a number of compounds that are known to be bio-active and are currently under intense investigation in the hope that they will be found to be useful for health.
Paracetamol in Pregnancy - Possible ADHD Link
A new study from Auckland has suggested a possible link between taking paracetamol in pregnancy and the later development of ADHD.
This is consistent with findings in an earlier study in Denmark and has triggered a review of the status of Paracetamol in pregnancy by Medsafe, the government agency that licences medication for use in New Zealand.
The study was published in the PLOS One journal and is available free for public perusal.
Though mildly worrying, neither the study published this week, nor the previous study have sufficient power to determine whether this is a real effect or simply co-incidence.
Cannabis Oil Not Wise for Skin Cancer
A patient recently asked if Cannabis oil might be used to cure a small skin cancer.
Never having been asked this before, a thorough review of the available literature was carried out, but sadly there have been absolutely no published clinical trials to date so it is impossible to recommend this treatment.
Top Marks for Marie-Lyne
We are proud and delighted to announce that our practice nurse Marie-Lyne has been awarded an outstanding 100% grade in a recent pharmacology assignment.
Those who have met her will realise just how committed she is to excellence in all fields and this exceptional result fully recognises this.
Marie-Lyne is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and we look forward to seeing her through to this achievement in time.
Appointments with our nurses are always available - just ring 326 6288.
Death Knell For Fish Oil?
A new study published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine has looked into the literature published to date and has come to the conclusion that the evidence to date does not support recommending the use of Omega 3 and 6 supplements whether as part of or in addition to a healthy diet.
Now it's Even Easier To Get Your Cholesterol Checked
One of the key barriers to having a heart health check has always been the need to skip food for at least 6 hours before the blood test.
New evidence suggests that this is not necessary any more so you can now have your cholesterol checked any time of day and you don't have to skip breakfast either!
Amber Necklace Safety
Amber necklaces have been sold for several years now, with sellers claiming that they release soothing chemicals into the bloodstream when warmed by your baby's skin.
They are advertised for relief of teething pain, colic and to improve sleep.
Many parents receive them as gifts for their baby and a few feel thay they may actually be helpful, though most would admit they notice no change.
Not the Most Important Meal of the Day?
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in June 2014 has shown that breakfast might not be the 'most important meal of the day' at least for those who are already overweight.
Why No Antibiotic?
Antibiotics are the wonder drug of the last century, but is their time coming to an end?
Practicing to the Highest Standard
Sumner Health Centre is proud to be part of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Cornerstone accreditation process.
This is an external audit of our standards covering everything from statutory requirements to systems and processes.
Our standards are checked with annual audits to ensure that we are meeting the standards expected of an exemplary medical practice.
Full details can be found on the RNZCGP website:
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