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Predicting Disease Trajectories With Big Data

Nathan Price, PhD, is at the forefront of wellness research. With a longitudinal analysis of big data on healthy individuals, his research team is connecting disease prediction to disease prevention. Read More
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Protecting the Brain With Exercise

Exercise changes the brain’s physical structure and chemical signaling. Research indicates that different types of exercise produce specific physical effects. For instance, which increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor more: bicycling or exergaming?

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Beyond Infection: Risk Factors for IBS

What are the key genetic factors that predispose someone to develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Genetic analyses may also help to target nutrition interventions, for instance for patients with impaired enzyme activity for sucrase-isomaltase.

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Intestinal Permeability and Inflammation

Understanding how to improve mucosal integrity, decrease intestinal permeability, and support the microbiome may make a huge difference for your patients with chronic illness. Read More
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Strategies to Assess and Subtype Cognitive Decline Patients

Research has demonstrated that there are different subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). For example, Type 3 AD correlates to toxic exposure. Each subtype requires a different intervention for successful treatment.

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Physician Burnout Increasing

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders. The current medical model is ill-suited to prevent the massive clinical, operational, and financial stressors this places upon providers. Building upon our current knowledge, Functional Medicine offers practical implementation of evidence-based therapies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent chronic disease and help ease the strain on both patient and provider. Read More
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A Functional Medicine Approach to Allergies

What can you do for your patients with allergies and atopic disease? IFM educator Kara Fitzgerald, ND, presents a case study showing the effectiveness of a Functional Medicine approach to addressing the underlying causes of atopic disease through targeted treatments.

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Functional Medicine Rapidly Improves Patient Outcomes

Nervous about taking the plunge into Functional Medicine? Wondering if Functional Medicine training is a worthy investment? FM Facilitator Arti Chandra, MD, explains why IFM's foundational Functional Medicine training rapidly enhances one's practice and outcomes. Read More
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The Gut-Brain Connection in IBS

In a disorder such as IBS, the gut-brain connection has a powerful impact. By evaluating lifestyle and medical factors, a treatment plan that deals with each area of patient life makes symptoms more manageable.

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What Can Clinicians Expect to Change After Attending AFMCP?

Robert Rountree, MD, describes his perspective on the top takeaways for clinicians who attend Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). Read More
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The Institute for Functional Medicine Launches New, Redesigned, Mobile-Friendly Website

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website (IFM.org), which will serve to better meet the needs of practitioners, patients, and visitors.

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Assessing the Cortisol Curve

Research indicates that a flattened cortisol curve statistically predicted poor survival time in patients with metastatic breast cancer and correlated with mortality from all causes, including cardiovascular deaths.

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