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  • Lack of communication puts older adults at risk of clashes between their medicines
    Most older Americans take multiple medicines every day. But a new poll suggests they don't get -- or seek -- enough help to make sure those medicines actually mix safely. That lack of communication could be putting older adults at risk of health problems from interactions between their drugs, and between their prescription drugs and other substances such as over-the-counter medicines, supplements, food and alcohol.
    Published: November 29, 2017, 7:04 am
  • Visiting the doctor for low back pain? Expect something different now
    If you visit your family doctor with low back pain (LBP), you may be surprised at the treatment options they suggest now. Recent changes to major international guidelines for the management of LBP mean that general practitioners (GP) are now unlikely to recommend pain medicines which were previously the go-to treatment. Instead of pain medicines, GPs might suggest non-medicinal approaches including yoga, mindfulness and various types of physiotherapy and psychological therapies.
    Published: November 15, 2017, 7:17 am
  • Omega-6 fatty acids do not promote low-grade inflammation
    The higher the serum linoleic acid level, the lower the CRP, according to a new study. Linoleic acid is the most common polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.
    Published: November 13, 2017, 7:54 am
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain
    By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article.
    Published: November 9, 2017, 11:12 am
  • Can cannabinoids be used to treat cancer?
    When cannabinoids activate signaling pathways in cancer cells they can stimulate a cell death mechanism called apoptosis, unleashing a potent anti-tumor effect.
    Published: November 6, 2017, 10:13 am
  • Group exercise improves quality of life, reduces stress far more than individual work outs
    Group exercise participants showed significant improvements in all three quality of life measures: mental (12.6 percent), physical (24.8 percent) and emotional (26 percent). They also reported a 26.2 percent reduction in perceived stress levels. By comparison, individual fitness participants on average worked out twice as long, and saw no significant changes in any measure, except in mental quality of life (11 percent increase).
    Published: October 30, 2017, 6:29 am
  • New treatments help those with mild, moderate and severe eczema
    Although many adults with eczema develop the disease in childhood and carry it through life, a large number are first diagnosed in adulthood. There are new treatments available to ease the symptoms.
    Published: October 27, 2017, 5:55 am
  • Yoga can be an effective supportive therapy for people with lung cancer and their caregivers
    In a feasibility trial of people with advanced lung cancer receiving radiation therapy, and their caregivers, yoga was beneficial to both parties.
    Published: October 24, 2017, 7:33 am
  • Dr. YouTube...What's your diagnosis?
    According to Pew Research center, in 2013, about six out of ten Americans searched for health information online in the past year. With patients regularly turning to the internet for health advice, a group of researchers aimed to evaluate the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on the user-generated, video-sharing platform, YouTube.
    Published: October 23, 2017, 11:55 am
  • Help sought from complementary, alternative medicine to remedy health problems
    It found that complementary and alternative medicine is being used in connection with various health problems, particularly in situations where help provided by conventional medicine is considered by the patient to be inadequate.
    Published: October 19, 2017, 8:10 am
  • Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors
    Heart disease patients who practice yoga in addition to aerobic exercise saw twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared to patients who practiced either Indian yoga or aerobic exercise alone, according to new research.
    Published: October 19, 2017, 7:09 am
  • No evidence that widely marketed technique to treat leaky bladder/prolapse works
    There is no scientific evidence that a workout widely marketed to manage the symptoms of a leaky bladder and/or womb prolapse actually works, conclude experts.
    Published: October 16, 2017, 4:04 pm
  • Despite effectiveness women remain skeptical of hormones at menopause -- what's the problem?
    Women today have more options than ever before for treating their menopause symptoms, although hormone therapy still ranks as the most effective treatment for debilitating symptoms such as hot flashes. A new study demonstrates, however, that women remain skeptical regarding the safety of hormone therapy and prefer less proven options.
    Published: October 11, 2017, 6:18 am
  • Tai chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise
    The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi -- which can increase in pace -- hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.
    Published: October 11, 2017, 6:17 am
  • Black tea may help with weight loss, too
    Black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut, research indicates for the first time.
    Published: October 4, 2017, 5:49 am
  • Adulteration of proprietary Chinese medicines and health products poses severe health risks
    Traditional Chinese medicine is widely used as a form of complementary medicine all over the world for various indications and for improving general health. Various reports have documented the adulteration of pCMs and health products with undeclared agents, including prescription drugs, drug analogues, and banned drugs. Such adulteration can have serious and even fatal consequences.
    Published: October 2, 2017, 5:48 am
  • One in three older adults take something to help them sleep but many don't talk to their doctors
    Sleep doesn't come easily for nearly half of older Americans, and more than a third have resorted to some sort of medication to help them doze off at night, a new national poll finds. But most said they hadn't talked to their doctor about their sleep, even though more than a third said their sleep posed a problem. Half believe -- incorrectly -- that sleep problems just come naturally with age.
    Published: September 27, 2017, 6:33 am
  • Milk-alternative drinks do not replace the iodine in cows' milk
    Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency, according to the findings of a new study.
    Published: September 26, 2017, 6:14 am
  • Chronic pain common in people living with HIV
    All people living with HIV should be screened for chronic pain, which affects 39 to 85 percent of people with the condition, recommend new HIVMA guidelines. Those who have chronic pain should be treated using a multidisciplinary approach focused on non-drug options ranging from yoga to physical therapy, note the guidelines. Opioids should never be a first-line treatment.
    Published: September 14, 2017, 5:40 am
  • Regular exercise, stress can both make a big difference in lupus, study finds
    Waking up in the morning with the joint pain, swelling and stiffness that accompanies lupus doesn't exactly inspire a workout. But research in mice and a related pilot study in humans are showing how regular activity and stress reduction could lead to better health in the long run.
    Published: September 13, 2017, 4:29 pm