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  • For better migraine treatment, try adding some downward dogs
    Adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone, according to a new study. The new research suggests yoga may help people with migraines have headaches that happen less often, don't last as long and are less painful.
    Published: May 6, 2020, 8:21 pm
  • More berries, apples and tea may have protective benefits against Alzheimer's
    Older adults with low intake of foods and drinks containing flavonoids, such as berries, apples, and tea, were more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and related dementias over 20 years, compared with people who consumed more of those items, according to a new study.
    Published: May 5, 2020, 4:17 pm
  • Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians' stress
    New research indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress.
    Published: April 8, 2020, 12:55 pm
  • Diet, nutrition have profound effects on gut microbiome
    A new literature review suggests that nutrition and diet have a profound impact on the microbial composition of the gut.
    Published: March 25, 2020, 5:15 pm
  • Magnolia bark compound could someday help treat drug-resistant epilepsy
    In patients with epilepsy, normal neurological activity becomes disrupted, causing debilitating seizures. Now, researchers report that they have found a potential new treatment for this disorder by turning to traditional Chinese medicine. Tests of extracts from plants used in these ancient remedies led the team to one compound, derived from a magnolia tree, that could quell drug-resistant seizures in both fish and mice.  
    Published: March 11, 2020, 3:20 pm
  • Insufficient evidence backing herbal medicines for weight loss
    Researchers have conducted the first global review of herbal medicines for weight loss in 19 years, finding insufficient evidence to recommend any current treatments.
    Published: February 18, 2020, 3:47 pm
  • Green tea extract combined with exercise reduces fatty liver disease in mice
    The combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75% in mice fed a high-fat diet, according to researchers, whose recent study may point to a potential health strategy for people.
    Published: February 14, 2020, 6:46 pm
  • Oh my aching back: Do yoga, tai chi or qigong help?
    About 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point. Patients are often advised to manage their back pain with exercise and mind-body interventions. But, do they really help? Researchers compared and contrasted yoga, tai chi and qigong, and found them to be effective for treatment of low back pain, reporting positive outcomes such as reduction in pain or psychological distress such as depression and anxiety, reduction in pain-related disability, and improved functional ability.
    Published: February 6, 2020, 3:27 pm
  • Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change
    The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a recent article.
    Published: January 27, 2020, 6:47 pm
  • Acid reflux drugs may have negative side effects for breast cancer survivors
    Acid reflux drugs that are sometimes recommended to ease stomach problems during cancer treatment may have an unintended side effect: impairment of breast cancer survivors' memory and concentration.
    Published: January 17, 2020, 4:08 pm
  • Tea drinkers live longer
    Drinking tea at least three times a week is linked with a longer and healthier life, according to a new study.
    Published: January 9, 2020, 3:55 pm
  • Caffeine may offset some health risks of diets high in fat, sugar
    In a study of rats, scientists found that caffeine limited weight gain and cholesterol production, despite a diet that was high in fat and sugar.
    Published: December 20, 2019, 12:42 pm
  • Experts review evidence yoga is good for the brain
    Scientists have known for decades that aerobic exercise strengthens the brain and contributes to the growth of new neurons, but few studies have examined how yoga affects the brain. A review of the science finds evidence that yoga enhances many of the same brain structures and functions that benefit from aerobic exercise.
    Published: December 12, 2019, 3:58 pm
  • Anti-hepatitis medicine surprises
    A new effective treatment of hepatitis C not only combats the virus, but is also effective against potentially fatal complications such as reduced liver functioning and cirrhosis.
    Published: December 5, 2019, 3:33 pm
  • Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep
    Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study. The research showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, which suggests a long-term benefit of these non-pharmacologic approaches.
    Published: November 19, 2019, 3:55 pm
  • Scientists and schoolkids find family soups have antimalarial properties
    London schoolchildren have found -- with the help of scientists -- that some of their families' soup recipes have antimalarial properties.
    Published: November 19, 2019, 12:08 am
  • Just what the doctor ordered: Take a yoga class and depression, anxiety improve
    Scientific studies already support yoga practice as a means to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Now a new study provides evidence that yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both the short term -- with each session as well as cumulatively in the longer term, over three months.
    Published: November 13, 2019, 3:57 pm
  • Complementary and alternative therapies to treat colic in babies
    A review of the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic has shown some that some treatments -- including probiotics, fennel extract and spinal manipulation -- do appear to help, but that overall the evidence on the use of these therapies is limited so should be treated with caution.
    Published: November 12, 2019, 4:39 pm
  • Virus characteristics predict HIV treatment efficacy with antibody treatment
    Current HIV-1 therapies have been proven to be highly effective in slowing the progression of the virus in the body with only minimal side effects. The daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) uses a combination of HIV-1 medicines. A proportion of patients diagnosed with HIV-1, however, cannot take the ART for many reasons.
    Published: November 6, 2019, 11:31 pm
  • Prenatal air pollution exposure linked to infants' decreased heart rate response to stress
    A mother's exposure to particulate air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in six-month-old infants, according to new research. This study is among the first to find that particulate air pollution exposure in utero can affect heart rate variability, which is a known risk factor for health issues.
    Published: October 30, 2019, 11:33 am