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Meditation adapts the brain to respond better to feedback
In a new study in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective Behavioral Neuroscience researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered a link between meditation and how individuals respond to feedback. Participants in the study, a mixture of experienced, novice and non-meditators, were trained to select images associated with a reward. Each pair of images had varying probabilities of a reward e.g. images that result in a reward 80 per cent of the time ver ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
Oil pulling with coconut oil: How-to and benefits
Oil pulling is a natural folk remedy from India that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It has become increasingly popular in other regions for its purported health benefits.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
6 Tiger Balm uses: Benefits and risks
Tiger Balm is an over-the-counter product that claims to temporarily relieve minor muscle aches, pains, and strains. It does so by numbing the skin, as an analgesic.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
What are the best sleeping pills? Types and side effects
Many people take sleeping pills to get much-needed rest.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
Bromelain: Benefits, risks, sources, and side effects
Bromelain is an enzyme mixture present in the pineapple. People tend to use bromelain as a supplement for various health benefits, including relieving sinus problems, reducing inflammation, and improving digestion.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
How to massage feet: 12 techniques for relaxation and pain relief
At the end of a long day, many people enjoy giving or receiving a foot massage. Foot massage can aid relaxation and may relieve muscle aches.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
Passionflower for anxiety and sleep: Benefits and side effects
Passionflower is a variety of exotic vine flower with curly purple or blue tentacle-like petals. One variety of passionflower, Passiflora incarnata , may help treat anxiety, insomnia, and pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
Diet, Exercise Can Ease Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment
Exercise and healthy eating can counter the harmful side effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Androgen-deprivation therapy suppresses testosterone and other male hormones that drive prostate cancer growth. But suppressing those hormones leads to loss of muscle mass and strength as well as increased body fat, which puts patients at risk for diabetes, heart disease and other health problems, the Ohio State University research ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist. But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way. And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon. Aromatherapy works for so many different things, it is amazing, said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
Life with Alzheimer s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a holistic program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together, said study lead author Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrou ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain
Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain are more common among women, older adults, the poor, people previously employed, those with public health insurance or living in rural areas. Not only is chronic pain widesp ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26