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Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats
People who have dementia and heart rhythm irregularities are more likely to get a pacemaker than people without dementia, new research has found. In fact, the study of more than 16,000 people found that those with dementia were up to 80 percent more likely to get a pacemaker than those without the memory-robbing condition. What isn t clear from this study is why folks with dementia are so much more likely to be treated with a pacemaker, said the study s le ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
The 'Bear' Facts on Obesity and Diabetes
The ways grizzly bears deal with hibernation and fluctuating weight might offer valuable new clues to human obesity and diabetes, new research suggests. The study authors note that the tissues of obese people with type 2 diabetes become dangerously insensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps control the level of sugar in the blood. However, unlike people, insulin levels in grizzly bears do not change, the researchers found. Instead, the bears cells seem ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study
School readiness isn t the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program. In their first year in Head Start, obese and overweight kids lost weight faster than two comparison groups of children who weren t in the program, researchers found. Similarly, underweight kids bulked up faster. Participating in ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
Taste exerts the biggest influence on people s food choices and many believe that healthy foods don t taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not more likely to select a healthier yogurt. Unh ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga comparable with walking, biking to improve cardiovascular risk
Promising new evidence published by the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology finds that yoga may provide the same benefits in risk factor reduction of cardiovascular disease as traditional physical activities.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Could meditation reduce brain aging?
It is common knowledge that the brain deteriorates as we age, causing functional impairments. You may be surprised to learn that this process usually begins during mid-to-late-20s. But before you panic, a new study suggests a potential way to reduce such deterioration meditation.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Acupuncture back pain success determined by psychological factors
According to new research, people being treated for lower back pain with acupuncture are likely to gain less benefit from the treatment if they have low expectations of how effective it is.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Sleep quality could be improved with mindfulness meditation
New research suggests that practicing mindfulness meditation could be a great way for older adults to improve the quality of their sleep.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Roseroot may have potential as alternative treatment for depression
A herb used in traditional European folk medicine for over 3,000 years could be a potential treatment option for depression, according to the results of a new study.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Homeopathy: harmful and unscientific or misunderstood?
Does homeopathy fly in the face of science or is it the most misunderstood of all the major forms of complementary medicine Two doctors - one for and one against homeopathy - argue in The BMJ whether it should be recommended to patients.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Acupuncture has 'similar mode of action to psychiatric drugs'
In a controlled experiment with rats, acupuncture was effective against treating chronic stress, according to a report in the journal Endocrinology - with the results suggesting a mode of action similar to that of anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9
Mindfulness meditation may help smokers quit - even those with no willpower
Behavioral training such as mindfulness meditation may be effective at enhancing self-control toward quitting smoking - even for people who have no desire to give up, say experts.
Medical News Today - Wed. Sep 9