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  • Sitting Tai Chi exercises improved recovery outcomes for older stroke survivors
    A study found that after three months of practicing a modified form of Tai Chi in which participants are seated, stroke survivors had improved hand and arm function, sitting balance, mental health and quality of life, compared to stroke survivors who participated in a standard stroke rehabilitation exercise program. The study is the first randomized controlled trial to indicate practicing a seated form of Tai Chi early after a stroke enhanced health outcomes.
    Published: April 7, 2022, 2:10 pm
  • Researchers look to licorice for promising cancer treatments
    A research review into molecular insights of a licorice-derived substance called glycyrrhizin for preventing or treating cancer suggests further research could lead to specific agents for clinical use.
    Published: April 6, 2022, 5:20 pm
  • Spirituality can improve quality of life for heart failure patients, study finds
    Numerous studies have shown that spirituality can help improve quality of life for people with chronic diseases like cancer. According to a literature review, spirituality can also have a positive impact on quality of life for heart failure patients.
    Published: March 28, 2022, 6:10 pm
  • COVID-19: Tannic acid targets key stages in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 infection
    Researchers believe that tannic acid plays a role in inhibiting three important molecular pathways involved in the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
    Published: March 9, 2022, 2:06 pm
  • Study strengthens case that vitamins cannot treat COVID-19
    A meta-analysis of 26 studies that included more than 5,600 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has found that taking immune-boosting micronutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc do not lessen a patient's chance of dying from COVID-19.
    Published: February 17, 2022, 5:23 pm
  • A possible cure for sickle cell?
    Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disorder where red blood cells become sickle/crescent shaped. It causes frequent infections, swelling in the hands and legs, pain, severe tiredness and delayed growth or puberty. Treatment typically focuses on controlling symptoms and may include pain medicines during crises; hydroxyurea to reduce the number of pain episodes; antibiotics and vaccines to prevent bacterial infections and blood transfusions. While a remedy for this severe disease has remained elusive, a recent study, if proven applicable, may be a possible cure.
    Published: February 16, 2022, 10:02 pm
  • Dried goji berries may provide protection against age-related vision loss
    Regularly eating a small serving of dried goji berries may provide protection against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in seniors.
    Published: January 13, 2022, 8:13 pm
  • Coffee and tea drinking may be associated with reduced rates of stroke and dementia
    Drinking coffee or tea may be associated with a lower risk of stroke and dementia, according to a new study. Drinking coffee was also associated with a lower risk of post-stroke dementia.
    Published: November 16, 2021, 7:48 pm
  • Altered fat metabolism, enzyme, likely plays key role in Lou Gehrig’s disease
    A new study using genetically engineered mice and human cell and tissue samples has added to evidence that higher levels of inflammatory chemicals involved in fat metabolism occur in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the neuromuscular disorder, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
    Published: November 15, 2021, 5:35 pm
  • New study suggests that breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline
    A new study has found that women over the age of 50 who had breastfed their babies performed better on cognitive tests compared to women who had never breastfed. The findings suggest that breastfeeding may have a positive impact on postmenopausal women's cognitive performance and could have long-term benefits for the mother's brain.
    Published: October 23, 2021, 4:21 pm
  • Pesticide linked to chronic kidney disease
    A commonly available pesticide has been associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
    Published: October 14, 2021, 2:01 pm
  • What you need to know about urinary tract infections
    More than half of U.S. women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetimes, while a quarter will have a subsequent infection. Recurrent urinary tract infections are defined as two or more infections in six months or three or more in a year.
    Published: October 1, 2021, 5:02 pm
  • Are there DBPs in that cup of tea?
    Surpassed only by water, tea is the second most consumed beverage worldwide. When boiled tap water is used to brew tea, residual chlorine in the water can react with tea compounds to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Now, researchers measured 60 DBPs in three types of tea, unexpectedly finding lower levels in brewed tea than in tap water. However, they also detected many unknown DBPs with uncertain health effects.
    Published: September 15, 2021, 12:58 pm
  • The good herb: Buckwheat liquor helps cells clean house
    Researchers have found that quercetin, a component of the traditional Chinese herbal medicine tartary buckwheat extract, can induce autophagy and aggrephagy in skin and liver cells. These findings may have implications for the treatment of diseases associated with protein aggregation, such as alcoholic liver disease and Alzheimer's.
    Published: August 16, 2021, 2:25 pm
  • Meta-analysis finds that omega-3 fatty acids improved cardiovascular outcomes
    Investigators conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 38 randomized controlled trials of omega-3 fatty acids. Overall, they found that omega-3 fatty acids improved cardiovascular outcomes. Results showed a significantly greater reduction in cardiovascular risk in studies of EPA alone rather than EPA+DHA supplements.
    Published: July 8, 2021, 12:38 pm
  • Lab analysis finds near-meat and meat not nutritionally equivalent
    A research team's deeper examination of the nutritional content of plant-based meat alternatives, using metabolomics, shows they're as different as plants and animals. Beef contained 22 metabolites that the plant substitute did not. The plant-based substitute contained 31 metabolites that meat did not. The greatest distinctions occurred in amino acids, dipeptides, vitamins, phenols, and types of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids found in these products.
    Published: July 6, 2021, 7:30 pm
  • Consuming a diet with more fish fats, less vegetable oils can reduce migraine headaches, study finds
    A diet higher in fatty fish helped frequent migraine sufferers reduce their monthly number of headaches and intensity of pain compared to participants on a diet higher in vegetable-based fats and oils, according to a new study.
    Published: July 1, 2021, 1:30 am
  • People with fibromyalgia are substituting CBD for opioids to manage pain
    As the ravages of the opioid epidemic lead many to avoid these powerful painkillers, a significant number of people with fibromyalgia are finding an effective replacement in CBD-containing products, finds a new study.
    Published: June 24, 2021, 4:17 pm
  • Tai chi can mirror healthy benefits of conventional exercise
    A new study shows that tai chi mirrors the beneficial effects of conventional exercise by reducing waist circumference in middle-aged and older adults with central obesity.
    Published: May 31, 2021, 9:45 pm
  • Meditative practice and spiritual wellbeing may preserve cognitive function in aging
    It is projected that up to 152 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer's disease (AD) by 2050. To date there are no drugs that have a substantial positive impact on either the prevention or reversal of cognitive decline. A growing body of evidence finds that targeting lifestyle and vascular risk factors have a beneficial effect on overall cognitive performance. A new review examines research that finds spiritual fitness, a new concept in medicine that centers on psychological and spiritual wellbeing, and Kirtan Kriya, a simple 12-minute meditative practice, may reduce multiple risk factors for AD.
    Published: May 11, 2021, 4:37 pm