Study shows why acupuncture might work
Acupuncture has been used to treat all kinds of pain since as far back as ancient times. Yet many dismiss it as a mere placebo, arguing that the method is not scientific. But new research moves closer to a scientific explanation for why acupuncture might, in fact, work.
Medical News Today - Mon. Jul 3
Hibiscus tea: Health benefits and risks
Hibiscus tea, made from dried parts of the hibiscus plant, is deep red in color. It has sweet and tart flavors, similar to cranberry, and may be consumed hot or iced. But does drinking it offer people any health benefits
Medical News Today - Sat. Jul 1
Ten benefits of vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is not a single vitamin, but rather a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jul 1
L-arginine: Potential benefits, side effects, and risks
L-arginine is one of many amino acids the body needs to function properly.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jul 1
Valerian root for insomnia and anxiety: Does it work?
Valerian is a plant with mild sedative properties that is sold as a sleeping aid and to treat anxiety. But does it work
Medical News Today - Wed. Jun 28
Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care
Making meals more enjoyable for people with dementia might reduce their risk of malnutrition and dehydration, researchers report. Family-style meals and music, in particular, showed promise for improving eating and drinking habits, British researchers found. It is probably not just what people with dementia eat and drink that is important for their nutritional well-being and quality of life -- but a holistic mix of where they eat and drink, the atmosphere, ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Turning to an Ancient Art to Help Ease PTSD in Veterans
The age-old practice of Tai Chi shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD in veterans, new research shows. The study was small -- just 17 U.S. veterans -- and involved four introductory sessions of Tai Chi, the Chinese exercise regimen that involves slow, fluid movements. A team led by Barbara Niles, of Boston University School of Medicine, said the program helped ease the veterans PTSD symptoms. Those symptoms included intrusive though ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
How 'Mindful Eating' Can Keep Kids Slim
Most childhood obesity-prevention programs stress calorie counting and exercise. But one pediatrician likes to emphasize an approach called mindful eating instead. Mindful eating is a more compassionate and holistic way to approach healthy eating. It not only focuses on what foods we eat, but on how our bodies feel, said Dr. Lenna Liu, a pediatrician at Seattle Children s Hospital. It allows us to pay attention to hunger and fullness, emotional connections ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Regular Phys Ed Builds More Than Fitness
Rules requiring regular physical education for young teens stem from good science, researchers say. Frequent phys ed classes not only improve fitness, they also encourage healthy living, finds a study from Oregon State University. Researchers looked at more than 400 students, ages 12 to 15. They found that more than one in five received no physical education, and only about 27 percent met federal government physical activity guidelines. Nearly 40 percent w ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Healing Hands: Massage May Ease Chronic Back Pain
Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief. Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain, explained William Elder, the study s principle investigator. Yet even with those guidelines, physicians and nurse practitioners are not recommending massage therapy, said Elder. He s with the University of Kentucky ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, Not Certain Infertility Cases
Acupuncture, a 3,000-year-old healing technique, received mixed reviews in two new studies from China -- one focusing on incontinence and the other on a cause of female infertility. A research team found acupuncture did improve symptoms of stress incontinence -- an involuntarily loss of urine, such as when a woman sneezes or coughs. But in a separate study, another team of researchers determined that acupuncture did not help women who were infertile becaus ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
When Is an Opioid Safe to Take?
Many people in pain are apprehensive about taking an opioid painkiller to ease their suffering, and rightfully so. Widespread use of opioids for pain has led to an epidemic of addiction in the United States. Forty lives are lost to prescription drug overdose every day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But an opioid painkiller, such as oxycodone Oxycontin, Percocet or hydrocodone Vicoprofen can sometimes be the best option f ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28