September #137 : Got Milk Thistle?

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Trouble in Paradise

The Shore Thing

Heads of the Class




Solo Shot

Got Milk Thistle?

The Elite Meet

We've Got Your Number

Flu Fight

Doctors Ordered

Priority Male

Condoms on the Side

Sexpert-September 2007

Trainer's Bench-September 2007

Get a Nightlife




Cheat Sheet

The Food Network

The Princess and the HIV

Our Space

GOAAAAALLLLLLL!

Crowning Achievement

Hot Dates-September 2007

The Jury is Out

Holding Out for a Hero

28 Profiles in Courage

Blown Sideways

Star Billing




Editor's Letter-September 2007

Mailbox-September 2007

Catch of the Month-September 2007



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV



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September 2007


Got Milk Thistle?

An alternative liver helper may live up to its rep

The herbal supplement milk thistle (silymarin) recently won good reviews for a test-tube performance: In a lab study, it reduced liver inflam-mation and even seemed to interfere with hepatitis C replication. For years positive people have used the botanical remedy to liven up livers weakened by hepatitis or HIV-med processing—despite a 2006 survey that found the supplement ineffective in human trials. The new report, in the May 2007 Gastroenterology, said silymarin may work if sufficiently high doses of good quality extract are used. The authors also named one commercially available version—Ultra Thistle—that shows some activity against hep C. While scientists pursue these efforts, check with your doc before whetting your thistle.  


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