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AMA Masthead 1

December 1, 2013

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  • Do Certain Fruits Decrease the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

    ietary modifications among other lifestyle changes prevent development of type 2 diabetes. hole fruits contain more phytochemicals, fiber, and antioxidants, and thus more health benefits, than fruit juice. lueberries significantly decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. ruit juice significantly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Obesity and Microbiota

    everal mechanisms by which the gut microbiota may contribute to obesity have been shown in animal studies. hort-chain fatty acids, prebiotics, and certain species of probiotics have been shown to affect the gut microbiota and reduce weight gain in animals subject to high-fat diet feeding. here are a few clinical trials showing beneficial aspects of prebiotics and probiotics on abdominal adiposity.
  • Yoga in the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain — Not just for Yuppies

    he improvement in back pain and back-related function in this predominantly minority and low-income population was similar to prior studies looking at more affluent populations. here did not appear to be a dose response when comparing twice-weekly to once-weekly yoga classes, but this finding was confounded by a smaller than expected difference between the groups in the time spent in yoga practice and lack of reliable data on the amount of home practice. he study suggests that the greatest benefit may occur in the first 6 weeks of practice.