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  • DHA supplement may offset impact of maternal stress on unborn males
    Researchers have uncovered possible reasons for male vulnerability in the womb, and they've learned a specific maternal dietary supplement called docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may guard against the impact of maternal stress on unborn males during early development.
    Published: March 24, 2021, 3:34 pm
  • New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea
    A new study from the University of California, Irvine shows that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall. The discovery helps explain the antihypertensive properties of tea and could lead to the design of new blood pressure-lowering medications.
    Published: March 8, 2021, 6:17 pm
  • Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome, study finds
    A new study adds evidence about the potential benefits of green tea extracts in Down syndrome. Researchers observed that the intake of those extracts can reduce facial dysmorphology in children with Down syndrome when taken during the first three years of life. Additional experimental research in mice confirmed the positive effects at low doses. However, the researchers also found that high doses can disrupt facial and bone development.
    Published: March 3, 2021, 2:52 pm
  • Robotic dogs and laughter therapy: Combating loneliness and isolation while social distancing
    Robotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness are some of the ways that might help people -- particularly the elderly -- cope with loneliness and social isolation while social distancing, say researchers.
    Published: February 17, 2021, 8:11 pm
  • Green tea compound aids p53, 'guardian of the genome' and tumor suppressor
    An antioxidant found in green tea may increase levels of p53, a natural anti-cancer protein, known as the ''guardian of the genome'' for its ability to repair DNA damage or destroy cancerous cells.
    Published: February 12, 2021, 2:41 pm
  • Probiotic coffee and tea drinks
    Good news for those who need a cuppa to start the day. Food scientists have created new probiotic coffee and tea drinks that are packed with over 1 billion units of gut-friendly live probiotics. These non-dairy and plant-based beverages are can be stored chilled or at room temperature for more than 14 weeks.
    Published: January 11, 2021, 2:43 pm
  • New research finds ginger counters certain autoimmune diseases in mice
    The main bioactive compound of ginger root lowers autoantibody production and helps halt disease progression in mice with antiphospholipid syndrome and lupus.
    Published: January 6, 2021, 6:30 pm
  • Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases
    The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab against schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, three diseases endemic to Ghana.
    Published: December 31, 2020, 7:38 pm
  • Healthy muscles are a carrot on a string for healthy lungs
    Scientists show effectiveness of carrot-based Japanese herbal medicine called 'Ninjin'yoeito' in improving muscle atrophy in the hind legs of mice exposed to cigarette smoke, positioning the medicine as a potential treatment for sarcopenia frailty-related complications with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
    Published: December 2, 2020, 2:51 pm
  • First meta-analysis shows promise for yoga, meditation, mindfulness in concussion
    Chronic concussion symptoms are notoriously difficult to treat. But a researcher who is also a yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga for 17 years - is hoping that a recent study, the first-ever meta-analysis looking at the use of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness-based interventions for the effective treatment of chronic concussion symptoms, will offer hope to those still struggling with their symptoms.
    Published: November 30, 2020, 6:14 pm
  • Understanding traditional Chinese medicine can help protect species
    Demystifying traditional Chinese medicine for conservationists could be the key to better protecting endangered species like pangolins, tigers and rhino, according to researchers. Efforts to shift entrenched values and beliefs about Chinese medicine are not achieving conservation gains in the short term.
    Published: November 26, 2020, 1:59 pm
  • Cannabis strength soars over past half century
    Largest study on how cannabis has changed over time finds increased strength putting consumers at greater risk of harm.
    Published: November 16, 2020, 2:22 pm
  • Social distancing is increasing loneliness in older adults
    Social distancing introduced in response to COVID-19 is increasing feelings of loneliness in Scotland's older population and impacting their wellbeing, according to a new study.
    Published: November 9, 2020, 4:02 pm
  • Drinking green tea and coffee daily linked to lower death risk in people with diabetes
    Drinking plenty of both green tea and coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying from any cause among people with type 2 diabetes, suggests new research.
    Published: October 20, 2020, 11:01 pm
  • Yoga and meditation reduce chronic pain
    A mindfulness-based stress reduction course was found to benefit patients with chronic pain and depression, leading to significant improvement in participant perceptions of pain, mood and functional capacity, according to a new study. Most of the study respondents (89%) reported the program helped them find ways to better cope with their pain while 11% remained neutral.
    Published: October 1, 2020, 5:32 pm
  • Yoga linked with improved symptoms in heart patients
    Yoga postures and breathing could help patients with atrial fibrillation manage their symptoms, according to new research. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder. One in four middle-aged adults in Europe and the US will develop the condition, which causes 20-30% of all strokes and increases the risk of death by 1.5-fold in men and 2-fold in women.
    Published: August 24, 2020, 1:20 pm
  • Defiance and low trust in medical doctors related to vaccine scepticism
    A new study shows that individuals who react negatively to rules and recommendations and have lower trust in doctors more often use complementary and alternative medicine, that is, treatments or substances that are not included in the care offered or recommended by doctors.
    Published: August 20, 2020, 2:19 pm
  • Yoga shown to improve anxiety, study shows
    A new study finds yoga improves symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, suggesting the popular practice may be helpful in treating anxiety in some people.
    Published: August 12, 2020, 6:41 pm
  • Evidence in mice that electroacupuncture reduces inflammation via specific neural pathways
    Stimulating the nervous system using small electric current by acupuncture could tamp down systemic inflammation in the body, suggests new research in mice.
    Published: August 12, 2020, 3:53 pm
  • Lipoic acid supplements help some obese but otherwise healthy people lose weight
    A compound given as a dietary supplement to overweight but otherwise healthy people in a clinical trial caused many of the patients to slim down.
    Published: August 12, 2020, 1:49 pm