Many Say Ketamine Eased Their Depression, But Is It Safe?
Jen Godfrey couldn t shake the deep cloud that lingered even after she found an antidepressant she could tolerate. Then a string of stressors hit -- five years of fertility treatment and an 80-pound weight gain during pregnancy that left her with persistent pain a close relative s suicide another who went missing and her own divorce. It was all too much for Godfrey, a recovering alcoholic with a family history of depression. The life stuff just had a gravi ...
Healthday - Mon. Dec 31
Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much
Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows. The analysis, of 96 clinical trials, found that on average, opioids made only a small difference for people with conditions like osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and sciatica. And the modest pain relief sometimes came at a cost of side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation and drowsiness. The ...
Healthday - Thu. Dec 20
Physical Therapy Can Help You Avoid Opioids When Joint Pain Strikes
People who get prompt physical therapy for pain in the knee, shoulder or lower back may have less need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 89,000 U.S. patients, found that people given physical therapy for their pain were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid. The researchers said the findings suggest that early physical therapy is one way to reduce Americans use of the risky, potentially a ...
Healthday - Thu. Dec 20
Study shows massage helps ease arthritis pain, improve mobility
DURHAM, N.C. -- Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health. The finding, appearing online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine , suggests that massage could offer a safe and effective complement to the management of knee osteoarthritis, at least in the short term. Osteoarthritis is ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 20
Mindfulness training may help support weight loss
WASHINGTON--Mindfulness training may improve the effectiveness of intensive weight management programs, according to a small study published in the Endocrine Society s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism . Individuals who participated in mindfulness training as part of an intensive weight management program lost more weight in six months than other program participants who did not attend mindfulness courses. The findings are the result of research ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 20
Study of traditional medicine finds high use in Sub-Saharan Africa despite mod...
Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines TCAM in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not just because of a lack of resources or access to conventional medicine . Researchers from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine ARCCIM at the University of Technology Sydney UTS in Australia conducted what they say is the first e ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 20
Paper sensors remove the sting of diabetic testing
A technique that enables biologically active enzymes to survive the rigors of inkjet printing presents a promising alternative to routine blood screening exams faced by diabetic patients. The KAUST-led team used this approach to make disposable devices that can measure glucose concentrations in human saliva. Strips of pH-sensitive paper are commonly used to test whether a liquid is acidic or alkaline. Researchers are now working to apply similar principles ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Dec 20
Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis, Study Finds
Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds. With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone OxyContin or morphine don t have to be the first choice against crippling arthritis pain or chronic backache. We found that opioids had no advantages over non-opioid medications for pain, function or ...
Healthday - Thu. Dec 20
How to get rid of a headache without medication
Headaches are a very common form of pain and can be a nuisance when someone has one. Rather than reaching for over-the-counter painkillers, there are many natural methods that people can try to help them get rid of a headache.
Medical News Today - Thu. Dec 20
How meditation impacts the way we learn
Many anecdotes and some studies suggest that meditation can be a powerful tool for mental and physical health. New research shows that it may have yet another benefit to help us learn faster from past experiences.
Medical News Today - Thu. Dec 20
Kava kava: Uses, benefits, risks, dosage, and interactions
Kava kava is an herbal remedy that some people use to relieve stress and anxiety and boost sleep. This plant extract has a calming, euphoric effect that some people compare with that of alcohol.
Medical News Today - Thu. Dec 20
The health benefits of 5-HTP: For sleep, weight loss, and depression
L-5 hydroxytryptophan is a natural chemical in the body that people can also take as a nutritional supplement. Some people believe that taking the supplement can improve certain aspects of health, including mental health and sleep quality.
Medical News Today - Thu. Dec 20