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  • Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate
    Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers.
    Published: August 10, 2017, 9:04 am
  • Yoga effective at reducing symptoms of depression
    A multi-week regimen may be an effective complement to traditional therapy for depression, multiple studies suggest.
    Published: August 3, 2017, 12:29 pm
  • An end to cavities for people with sensitive teeth?
    An ice cold drink is refreshing in the summer, but for people with sensitive teeth, it can cause a painful jolt in the mouth. This condition can be treated, but many current approaches don't last long. Now researchers report the development of a new material with an extract from green tea that could fix this problem -- and help prevent cavities in these susceptible patients.
    Published: August 2, 2017, 7:28 am
  • Dulled taste may prompt more calories on path to obesity
    Food scientists have found that people with a diminished ability to taste food choose sweeter -- and likely higher-calorie -- fare. This could put people on the path to gaining weight.
    Published: July 28, 2017, 12:39 pm
  • Green tea ingredient may ameliorate memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity
    A new study involving mice, suggests that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active component in green tea, could alleviate high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment.
    Published: July 28, 2017, 7:09 am
  • Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans
    Those who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use, a study that included 150 veterans with chronic low back pain found. The findings jibe with those from two past clinical trials involving non-veterans.
    Published: July 25, 2017, 12:42 pm
  • Tai chi may help prevent falls in older and at-risk adults
    An analysis of published studies indicates that tai chi may help reduce the number of falls in both the older adult population and at-risk adults.
    Published: July 24, 2017, 5:30 am
  • Elderly yoginis have greater cortical thickness
    Scientists in Brazil have imaged elderly female yoga practitioners' brains and found they have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. The results suggest that yoga could be a way to protect against cognitive decline in old age.
    Published: July 13, 2017, 12:49 pm
  • Acupuncture may not be effective in treating infertility
    Acupuncture, alone or with the medication clomiphene, does not appear to be effective in treating infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to an international team of researchers. The finding casts doubts on previous smaller trials that have suggested that acupuncture may improve reproductive function in women affected by infertility.
    Published: June 27, 2017, 10:43 am
  • Older adults who take five or more medications walk slower than those who take fewer medications
    The ability to walk well is a sign of independence and good health for older adults, for example, and it may be affected by the use of multiple medications. Although healthcare providers know that some treatments can slow or hamper an older person's ability to walk, little is known about the effects of polypharmacy on walking while performing other tasks, like talking. In a new study, researchers examined how polypharmacy affected walking while talking.
    Published: June 27, 2017, 8:48 am
  • Yoga more risky for causing musculoskeletal pain than you might think
    Yoga causes musculoskeletal pain in 10 percent of people and exacerbates 21 percent of existing injuries, research shows. The findings come from the first prospective study to investigate injuries caused from recreational participation in yoga. The injury rate is up to 10 times higher than has previously been reported.
    Published: June 27, 2017, 7:54 am
  • Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study
    The world's largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. The study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain. But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four hospitals, showed pain management remains a critical issue.
    Published: June 18, 2017, 7:35 am
  • Meditation and yoga can 'reverse' DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests
    Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study.
    Published: June 15, 2017, 6:33 pm
  • Traditional Chinese medicine may benefit some heart disease patients
    Traditional Chinese medicine might be effective as a complement or alternative to traditional Western medicine for primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, according to a new paper.
    Published: June 12, 2017, 12:41 pm
  • Take a coffee or tea break to protect your liver
    Researchers found that drinking coffee and herbal tea may protect against liver fibrosis, estimated as the degree of liver stiffness, which is high in extensive scarring of the liver. Because these beverages are popular, widely available, and inexpensive, they could have the potential to become important in the prevention of advanced liver disease.
    Published: June 6, 2017, 8:27 am
  • Too much of a good thing: Developing safe level guidelines for bioactives
    The good news is out that wine and dark chocolate may be good for your health. That’s because of substances known as bioactives that are contained in those foods.
    Published: June 1, 2017, 4:30 pm
  • Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women
    Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes off or on. In a new study, researchers show that tea consumption in women leads to epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism.
    Published: May 31, 2017, 6:24 am
  • Tai chi significantly reduces depression symptoms in Chinese-Americans
    A new study finds that a 12-week program of instruction and practice of the Chinese martial art tai chi led to significantly reduced symptoms of depression in Chinese-Americans not receiving any other treatments.
    Published: May 25, 2017, 7:38 am
  • The secret to combating pancreatic cancer may lie in suppression of a common protein
    In mice with a KRAS mutation, which is present in 90 percent of pancreatic cancer patients, expressing only half the amount of the glucose-regulated protein GRP78 is enough to halt the earliest stage of pancreatic cancer development. This results in delayed tumor development and prolonged survival, scientists report at conclusion of a new study.
    Published: May 22, 2017, 5:12 am
  • Study confirms benefits of fennel in reducing postmenopause symptoms
    Fennel, an anise-flavored herb used for cooking, has long been known for its health benefits for a variety of issues, including digestion and premenstrual symptoms. A new study confirms that it is also effective in the management of postmenopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, and anxiety, without serious side effects.
    Published: May 17, 2017, 6:05 am