Research Studies

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education
Principal investigator: Sasagawa M, Martzen MR, Kelleher WJ, Wenner CA.
Project period: 2008

Complementary and alternative medicine is either empowering or has empowered patients to use CAM. People who use CAM may have a better prognosis and better management of chronic conditions.

Status: Completed
Study area: Immunity, Oncology
Co-investigator(s): Standish LJ, Torkelson C, Hamill FA, Yim D, Hill-Force A,, Fitzpatrick A, Olsen M, Schildt S, Sweet E, Wenner CA, Martzen M
Project period: 2008

Patients did not report significant fatigue levels for the 6 weeks after completing RT. Significant decreases in the numbers and functions of cells from both the innate and adaptive immune system were detected following a standard course of radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer. Immune deficits in lymphocyte populations and TNF-alpha production, should they persist, may have consequences for immune response to residual or recurrent malignancy following completion of conventional treatment. The use of adjunctive immune therapies which target these specific defects may be warranted in the post-treatment period.

Status: Completed
Study area: Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Bares JM, Berger J, Nelson JE, Messner DJ,
Co-investigator(s): Schildt S, Standish LJ, and Kowdley KV
Project period: 2008

Treatment with IdB 1016 is associated with reduced body iron stores, especially among patients with advanced fibrosis stage.

Status: Completed
Study area: Oncology
Principal investigator: Levine E, Stone J, Radin D, Eskandarnejad S
Co-investigator(s): Schlitz M, Kozak L, Mandel D, Hayssen G.
Project period: 2008

Directing intention toward a distant person is correlated with activation of that person's autonomic nervous system. Strong motivation to heal and to be healed, and training on how to cultivate and direct compassionate intention, may further enhance this effect.

Status: Completed
Study area: Other
Principal investigator: Lund KC, Wallace KB.
Project period: 2008

Nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) are known to directly inhibit mitochondrial complex I activity as well as various mitochondrial kinases.

Status: Completed
Study area: Other
Principal investigator: Messner DJ, Kowdley KV
Project period: 2008

These results establish NTBI as a tumor promoter in T51B rat liver epithelial cells. Changes in cyclin proteins suggest cell cycle disregulation contributes to tumor promotion by NTBI in this liver cell model.

Status: Completed
Study area: Nutrition/Dietary, Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Megan McCrory
Project period: September 1, 2006 - March 31, 2008

Pulses (dried beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas) are example foods that are high in fiber, complex carbohydrates and protein, and low in caloric density. They may aid in weight loss and help prevent regain.

Status: Completed
Study area: Other
Principal investigator: Weber W, Newmark S
Project period: 2007

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies are commonly used by parents for their children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorders.

Status: Completed
Study area: Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Bradley R, Oberg EB, Calabrese C, Standish LJ
Project period: 2007

Clinical algorithms can direct supplementation in clinical practice and provide research models for clinical investigation. Algorithms also provide a framework for integration of future evidence as it becomes available. Research funding to investigate potentially beneficial practices in complementary medicine is critically important for optimal patient care and safety.

Status: Completed
Study area: Healthy Aging, Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: S Smith (Pennington)
Co-investigator(s): J Lovejoy
Project period: September 2003 - 2007

This observational study examines changes in body composition, energy intake and physical activity in a cohort of 160 perimenopausal women.  Annual assessments will be conducted for 7 years to determine the impact of changing reproductive hormone concentrations on body fatness, fat distribution,

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