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Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?
People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment with electroacupuncture -- acupuncture involving electrical stimulation -- study participants experienced significant symptom and quality-of-life improvements, the study found. Electroacupuncture uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 21
When lovers touch, their breathing and heartbeat syncs, pain wanes, study shows
Fathers-to-be, take note You may be more useful in the labor and delivery room than you realize. That s one takeaway from a study released last week that found that when an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, their heart and respiratory rates sync and her pain dissipates. The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic effect, the higher the synchronization between the two when they are touching, said lead author Pavel Goldst ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 21
Yoga, meditation counter gene expression changes that cause stress
With stress levels on the rise, more people than ever are turning to yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices with the aim of improving mental health and well-being. In a new study, researchers have uncovered a molecular explanation for the stress-relieving effects of such practices.
Medical News Today - Tue. Jun 20
Yoga just as good as physical therapy for low back pain
Traditional therapies for chronic low back pain are often ineffective. New research shows that yoga may be a good alternative for treating this condition.
Medical News Today - Tue. Jun 20
Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study
The world s largest randomised controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. Led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain. But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Acupuncture May Be Effective Painkiller in the ER
Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to pain medications for some emergency room patients, a new study reports. While acupuncture is widely used by practitioners in community settings for treating pain, it is rarely used in hospital emergency departments, said study lead investigator Marc Cohen. He is a professor in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The study -- billed as the world s largest ...
Healthday - Mon. Jun 19
Epilepsy and natural treatments: Can they help?
Epilepsy is a disease that disrupts the electrical activity of the nervous system, causing seizures.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jun 17
Can diabetic neuropathy be reversed?
Diabetic neuropathy refers to nerve damage caused by diabetes.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jun 17
Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms
The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed previous studies done on 80 integrative therapies. We have good evidence that [some] mind-body therapies -- such as meditation, yoga, relaxation -- can provide benefit to breast cancer ...
Healthday - Thu. Jun 15
Menopause: Do vitamins help?
As women start to produce less estrogen and enter perimenopause, they are likely to experience a mix of challenging symptoms. These include hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.
Medical News Today - Wed. Jun 14
Essential oils and menopause: Can they help?
Women going through menopause commonly experience a range of symptoms as their hormones shift and their fertility declines. Some medications, including hormone replacement therapy HRT , can help.
Medical News Today - Wed. Jun 14
A plant-based diet boosts weight loss twice as effectively as a traditional di...
WASHINGTON--All calories may not be created equal, at least when it comes to utilizing dietary patterns for weight loss. A new controlled study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition finds a plant-based vegetarian diet leads to greater weight loss compared to a calorie-equivalent diabetes diet. A group of 74 adults with type 2 diabetes, split nearly equal among men and women, adopted a 500-calorie reduced diet for six months. Half ad ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 13