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Insufficient evidence for the use of omega 3 supplements in treating depression
New research out today concludes that there is insufficient evidence for the use of taking an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement in treating major depressive disorder. Omega 3 fatty acids are widely thought to be essential for good health and are naturally found in fatty fish, such as tuna, seafood and some nuts and seeds. Omega 3 fatty acids have been widely promoted globally and are readily available, over-the-counter supplement. These supplements have hugely ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Nov 7
Trial reveals evidence of long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain
A large scale investigation by researchers at the University of York found that the use of Alexander Technique or acupuncture can significantly relieve chronic neck pain. Chronic neck pain is a difficult condition to treat, and previous research shows that single interventions generally do not provide long term benefits. After evaluating the benefits of Alexander Technique or acupuncture, the researchers from the Department of Health Sciences at York concl ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Nov 3
Video conferencing could increase shared decision-making in hospice care
COLUMBIA, Mo. While there is vast research on shared decision-making between patients and providers, little research exists on how providers and family caregivers reach mutual decisions -- a dynamic that is prominent in hospice care, a type of medical care given to patients near the end of their lives. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that shared decision-making, although beneficial, could be enhanced in hospice care. The researche ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 13
How can one assess the effectiveness of hypnosis?
This news release is available in French . Although hypnosis has existed for hundreds of years, today it is still difficult to clearly judge its usefulness in the medical domain. In a report submitted to the French Directorate General for Health, researchers from Inserm led by Bruno Falissard assessed the effectiveness of this complementary medical practice for some of its indications women s health, digestive ailments, surgery, psychiatry, etc. . The latt ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 12
Canadian multicenter study examines safety of medical cannabis in the treatmen...
This news release is available in French . Montreal, September 29, 2015-- A Canadian research team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre RI-MUHC in Montr 233 al has completed a national multicentre study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic pain who used cannabis daily for one year, when carefully monitored, did not h ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
Aspects of patient/physician interaction may help alleviate heartburn symptoms
The results of a small study of patients being treated for chronic heartburn suggest that the longer, more comprehensive interaction that is typical of visits with complementary and integrative medicine providers may result in greater symptom relief than conventional visits. The results of the study by investigators from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital MGH and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center appear i ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 6
High use of alternative medicine in senior oncology patients
PHILADELPHIA -- Alternative medicines are widely thought to be at least harmless and very often helpful for a wide range of discomforts and illnesses. However, although they re marketed as natural, they often contain active ingredients that can react chemically and biologically with other therapies. Researchers performed a comprehensive review of all of the medications taken by senior oncology patients and found that as 26 percent were using complementary ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 26
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Yoga is safe for pregnant women, as long as they approach the activity with reasonable caution and moderation, experts say. Women who are expecting can benefit greatly from exercise, especially yoga -- they just need to be aware of their limitations, orthopaedic surgeon and mom-to-be Dr. Rachel Rohde said in a news release issued by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . A pregnant woman s body goes through a lot of changes that will alter the ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Shark Cartilage Not Beneficial in Advanced Lung Cancer
A drug derived from shark cartilage failed to improve survival in patients with advanced lung cancer, researchers report. The disappointing results, which came in the final stage of testing, showed that the drug didn t help extend the life spans of patients with inoperable stage III non-small cell lung cancer. Scientists have been testing drugs derived from shark cartilage because it appears to prevent blood vessels from growing around tumors. The hope is ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Brain Scans Show How Meditation Calms Pain
People who routinely practice meditation may be better able to deal with pain because their brains are less focused on anticipating pain, a new British study suggests. The finding is a potential boon to the estimated 40 percent of people who are unable to adequately manage their chronic pain. It is based on an analysis involving people who practice a variety of meditation formats, and experience with meditation as a whole ranged from just a few months to s ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Tai Chi and Qigong exercise routines offer a number of significant physical and mental health benefits, finds an across-the-board review of previous research. Researchers reviewed 77 randomized controlled trials about Tai Chi or Qigong that were published between 1993 and 2007 and included a total of 6,410 participants. The authors said their review provides a stronger evidence base that Tai Chi and Qigong offer benefits in terms of bone health, cardio-res ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Meditation Appears to Boost Attention Span
In research inspired by Buddhist monks, a new study has found that meditation can seemingly help increase a person s attention span. The study included 60 people who had previously attended meditation retreats and were familiar with the practice. The researchers assigned half of the participants to study Buddhist meditation for three months at a retreat in Colorado, while the other half waited their turn and acted as a control group. At three points during ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18