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  • High omega-6 levels can protect against premature death
    Could omega-6 fatty acids protect you against premature death? The answer is yes, according to a new study. While protecting against death, omega-6 fatty acids also keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. “Linoleic acid is the most common polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. We discovered that the higher the blood linoleic acid level, the smaller the risk of premature death,” says one of the researchers.
    Published: March 19, 2018, 1:09 pm
  • Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?
    Some see acupuncture as a safe alternative to drugs, while others argue there's no convincing evidence of clinical benefit and potential for harm. So should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? Experts debate the issue.
    Published: March 8, 2018, 4:04 am
  • Trial of omega fatty acid supplementation in toddlers born preterm shows promising results
    Thirty-one toddlers who were born prematurely participated. For three months, half took a daily dietary supplement that contained a special combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and half took a placebo. The group that took the daily omega fatty acid supplement exhibited a greater reduction in ASD symptoms than those who took the placebo, according to ratings provided by the children's parents.
    Published: March 1, 2018, 4:54 pm
  • Researchers track down 'forged' superfoods
    Chia seeds, Moringa powder, Açai or Goji berries, the list of foods with alleged health benefits is increasing constantly. Health-conscious consumers love “superfoods” that are attributed stress-reducing and detoxifying properties as well as properties strengthening the immune system. Now, in the cold season in particular, there is a growing trend of consumers to use not only proven household remedies, such as hot lemon or sage tea, but medicinal plants from abroad, such as Indian basil, also known as tulsi. The problem: The more exotic the foods are, the less the consumer can be sure to have the original product. Mix-ups or product counterfeiting are increasing. For this reason, researchers have developed genetic bar codes for superfoods.
    Published: February 28, 2018, 4:25 pm
  • Drinking hot tea associated with a 5-fold increased risk for esophageal cancer for some
    Consuming hot tea at high temperatures is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer in those who also drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, a new study finds.
    Published: February 6, 2018, 12:56 am
  • Will supplements help your workout or diet routine?
    Many people may turn to dietary supplements for a boost to their weight loss and fitness routines. To help cut the confusion, two new resources have been produced to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss.
    Published: January 24, 2018, 8:12 pm
  • Herbal products may compromise prescription drugs and cause serious side effects
    An analysis of published studies and reports indicates that a number of herbal products may affect the properties of prescription drugs, leading to alterations in the drugs' effectiveness as well as potentially dangerous side effects.
    Published: January 24, 2018, 1:53 pm
  • Frozen embryos result in just as many live births in IVF
    Freezing and subsequent transfer of embryos gives infertile couples just as much of a chance of having a child as using fresh embryos for in vitro fertilization (IVF), researchers have found.
    Published: January 11, 2018, 3:34 am
  • Rapid authentication method of Chinese medicines
    Scientists have developed a new method for rapid authentication of Chinese herbal medicines, including Ganoderma (known as Lingzhi in Chinese), and Gastrodiae Rhizoma (known as Tianma in Chinese).
    Published: January 9, 2018, 3:28 pm
  • When is the right time to start infants on solid foods?
    The first study of a nationally representative group of US infants reports that more than half of babies are currently introduced to complementary foods, that is, foods or drinks other than breast milk or formula, sooner than they should be. Babies who were never breastfed or breastfed for less than four months were most likely to be introduced to foods too early. These findings emphasize the need to introduce foods at the proper time to get the most benefit from breast milk or formula.
    Published: January 4, 2018, 5:02 pm
  • Drinking hot tea every day linked to lower glaucoma risk
    Drinking a cup of hot tea at least once a day may be linked to a significantly lower risk of developing the serious eye condition, glaucoma, finds a small study.
    Published: December 15, 2017, 7:33 pm
  • 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, 2:04 pm
  • 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, 2:17 pm
  • 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, 2:54 pm
  • 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, 6:12 pm
  • 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, 5:13 pm
  • 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, 1:29 pm
  • 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, 12:55 pm
  • 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, 2:33 pm
  • 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, 6:55 pm