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  • 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
  • Stressing cancer with spice
    A new study reports how an experimental drug agent stops cancer cells from growing. A little over a decade ago, scientists first reported pentagamavumon-1 (PGV-1), an analogue of a molecule found in turmeric and that has been since discovered to have anti-cancer effects. In the new study, tests on cancer cells and animals reveal that these anti-cancer effects come from PGV-1 inhibiting a series of enzymes responsible for the metabolism of reactive oxygen species. This finding is expected to clarify how modifications to PGV-1 will lead to its use for cancer treatment.
    Published: October 23, 2019, 2:46 pm
  • Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: Evidence from brain connectivity evaluation
    The researchers recruited healthy older participants to two groups according to their history of tea drinking frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal the role of tea drinking on brain organization.
    Published: October 11, 2019, 3:22 pm
  • Drinking more sugary beverages of any type may increase type 2 diabetes risk
    People who increase their consumption of sugary beverages -- whether they contain added or naturally occurring sugar -- may face moderately higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
    Published: October 3, 2019, 8:25 pm
  • Chair yoga more effective than music therapy in older adults with advanced dementia
    Researchers assessed the ability of older adults with advanced dementia to participate in non-pharmacological interventions and compared chair yoga with chair-based exercise and music therapy. Results showed that participants with moderate-to-severe dementia could safely adhere to non-pharmacological interventions; more than 97 percent fully engaged in each session. The chair yoga group reported a higher quality of life score, including physical condition, mood, functional abilities, interpersonal relationships, and ability to participate in meaningful activities.
    Published: October 2, 2019, 2:28 pm
  • Molecular mechanism of botanical folk medicines used to treat hypertension
    Common herbs, including lavender, fennel and chamomile, have a long history of use as folk medicines used to lower blood pressure. In a new study, researchers explain the molecular mechanisms that make them work.
    Published: September 30, 2019, 8:18 pm
  • New protocol to improve gene therapy tool production
    A method to create a faster and lower cost alternative for a gene therapy tool.
    Published: September 19, 2019, 4:25 pm
  • Drinking tea improves brain health, study suggests
    A recent study revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers.
    Published: September 12, 2019, 2:09 pm
  • Temps up, blood pressures down in hot yoga study
    Adults taking hot yoga had lower blood pressure measurements after three months of classes, in a small study examining hot yoga's impact on blood pressure. Hot yoga is typically a vigorous workout practiced under hot and humid conditions. Study researchers say this is one of the first studies of hot yoga's benefits in lowering blood pressure and more research is needed to determine if the practice has true blood pressure lowering power.
    Published: September 5, 2019, 8:14 pm
  • Depression, anxiety linked to opioid use and reduced survival in women with breast cancer
    The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with breast cancer and spur care providers to consider alternative pain management such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, the researchers say.
    Published: August 26, 2019, 3:27 pm
  • Lower back pain? Self-administered acupressure could help
    A recent study found that people with chronic lower back pain who performed self-administered acupressure experienced improvement in pain and fatigue symptoms.
    Published: August 21, 2019, 8:38 pm
  • In first-of-its-kind study, researchers highlight hookah health hazards
    Hookah waterpipe use has grown in popularity in recent years -- 1 in 5 college students in the U.S. and Europe have tried it -- but the practice could be more dangerous than other forms of smoking, according to a first-of-its-kind study.
    Published: August 12, 2019, 6:49 pm
  • Encapsulated Indian medicinal herb shows anti-diabetic properties in mice
    Extracts of the herb Withania coagulans, or Paneer dodi, are used in traditional Indian medicine. Although some healers claim that W. coagulans can help treat diabetes, the bitter-tasting plant hasn't been studied extensively by scientists. Now, researchers have found that herbal extracts packaged in polymers derived from natural substances can reduce blood glucose levels in diabetic mice.
    Published: July 31, 2019, 3:30 pm
  • New study explains the molecular mechanism for the therapeutic effects of cilantro
    Herbs, including cilantro, have a long history of use as folk medicine anticonvulsants. Until now, many of the underlying mechanisms of how the herbs worked remained unknown. In a new study, researchers uncovered the molecular action that enables cilantro to effectively delay certain seizures common in epilepsy and other diseases.
    Published: July 22, 2019, 5:25 pm
  • Drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety
    Using the 'elevated plus maze' test with mice, researchers have shown that Matcha green tea can reduce anxiety. Their experiments revealed that Matcha's anxiolytic effects are due to the activation of dopamine D1 receptors and certain serotonin receptors. The researchers suggest that adding a little Matcha tea to your diet may improve your health.
    Published: July 9, 2019, 3:02 pm