Combining Hops with Valerian works better for relieving insomnia

September 07, 2007

Valerian and Hops are two herbs traditionally used as sleep aids. In this study patients with insomnia who took at least a half hour to fall asleep were given either Valerian extract, Valerian with Hops extract, or inactive placebo for 4 weeks. Valerian alone was not more effective than placebo for helping insomnia but when Valerian was combined with Hops there was a significant improvement in decreasing the time it took to get to sleep. The study was performed at Praxis Clinical Drug Research in Germany and is published in the current issue of the journal Phytotherapy Research.

Smoking plus Epstein Barr virus infection may add up to Hodgkin's lymphoma

Hodgkin's lymphoma is often related to the Epstein Barr virus however, studies linking smoking to Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) have been inconsistent. In this study 586 patients with HL were compared to 3,187 control patients in a case-control study. Of the 586 patients with HL, 499 had Epstein Barr virus. Compared with people who never smoked those who currently smoked had a 57% increased risk of developing this cancer. If the patient was a current smoker in addition to having Epstein Barr virus there was a large jump i9n the risk of developing the cancer. The study was performed at various Universities in Denmark and Sweden and is published in the August 1st, 2007 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.