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JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain
Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK s pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace that some believe may have played a role in his death. He went through the wringer vis ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study
Acupuncture may benefit people who have memory loss, but don t yet have dementia, suggests a review by Chinese researchers of five earlier studies. Nothing has yet been proven to halt the progression to dementia in those who are destined to progress. But, acupuncture used alone or along with another treatment, such as the medication nimodipine, might help retain some memory function, the researchers said. But several doctors not involved with the review sa ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent, compared with an average drop of 27 percent for those given a simulated acupuncture treatment. The benefits were still seen after a year. Individualized acupuncture is a safe and good therapeutic option for the treatment of patients with fibr ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.
More than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, a new federal study shows. Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The proportion of adults who r ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try
For beleaguered parents desperate to soothe a colicky baby, Swedish researchers have a novel suggestion -- acupuncture. After two weeks of treatment, about two-thirds of babies given acupuncture no longer had colic compared to just over a third of infants who didn t have the needle treatment, lead researcher Kajsa Landgren said. She s a lecturer at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. Infantile colic is common, and there is no medical treatment, causing desper ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Very brief mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers cut back
Very brief mindfulness training could help heavy drinkers to start cutting back. So concludes a new study that found that as little as 11 minutes of mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers to reduce their alcohol intake in the following week.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
Coconut oil for sunburn: Does it work?
There are many health and wellness claims associated with the oil produced from coconuts. Some of these claims include increasing weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and boosting energy levels.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
Five ways to cope with migraine
Migraines are not just your average headaches. They can be debilitating, come unexpectedly, and be accompanied by a varied range of upsetting effects, such as extreme nausea, cognitive impairment, and eyesight disturbances. We have investigated the best ways of dealing with them.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
Ginger for arthritis pain: Will it work?
Ginger is most commonly known as a unique, aromatic spice, but it has also long been used in traditional and modern medicines. Ginger may be beneficial in managing the inflammation and pain of arthritis, owing to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
How yoga, meditation benefit the mind and body
Yoga and meditation have both become increasingly popular in the Western world, and practitioners praise their psychological and physical benefits. Current research also suggests that meditating and doing yoga can boost overall well-being and resilience to stress factors.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
Benefits of aloe vera for hair
Aloe vera is a plant that grows in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. People appreciate it for its decorative uses and medicinal properties.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28
Eight health benefits of gelatin
When someone thinks of healthful food, gelatin may not be one of the first things that come to mind. But gelatin is more than just a jiggly childhood snack or a hospital staple.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28