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Restrictive Diet May Reduce ADHD Symptoms
A special restrictive diet may significantly reduce symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in young children, a new study suggests. When children between the ages of 4 and 8 were placed on a diet containing no processed foods for five weeks, ADHD symptoms diminished in 78 percent of them. And, when suspected trouble foods were reintroduced into the diet, two-thirds of the children experienced a relapse in symptoms. A strictly supervised ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
No Good Evidence That Folk Remedies Ease Colic
Fennel extract, herbal tea and sugar water relieved colic in some infants better than a placebo, according to a new study that reviewed clinical trials of alternative remedies for colic. But parents shouldn t get their hopes up too high. All of the trials reviewed had major limitations, such as having too few patients, relying on parental reports of symptoms, or the study design such as not being double-blinded . The notion that any form of complementary a ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Scientists Discover How Peppermint Soothes Gastric Pain
New research offers insight into how peppermint helps relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia report that peppermint activates an anti-pain channel in the colon. This contributes to relief of pain from inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Our research shows that peppermint acts through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce pain-sensing fibers, particularly those activat ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Tai Chi Prevents Falls, Boosts Mental Health in Seniors: Study
Tai chi helps reduce the risk of falls in older people and also improves their mental health, a new study has found. However, the ancient Chinese martial art exercise does not help ease the symptoms of cancer or rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers who analyzed 35 reviews assessing the health effects of tai chi. The reviews in English, Chinese and Korean databases looked at the impact of tai chi on a variety of diseases, including diabetes, high ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Hypnosis Plus Local Anesthesia Might Work Well for Some Surgeries
Certain surgeries that typically require the use of general anesthesia could be safely performed with localized anesthesia in combination with hypnosis, Belgian researchers suggest. The finding stems from a pair of very small case-control studies that explored the combo s potential during surgical procedures performed for breast cancer patients and thyroid patients, respectively. The studies revealed that, relative to general anesthesia, the local anesthes ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Massage Beats Meds for Lower Back Pain, Study Says
Massage therapy may be better than medication or exercise for easing low back pain in the short term, a new government-funded study suggests. Seattle researchers recruited 401 patients, mostly middle-aged, female and white, all of whom had chronic low back pain. Those who received a series of either relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active for up to a year than those getting usual medical care, which included painkill ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Does Meditation Boost Brain Health?
Following up on previous research showing that people who have practiced meditation for a long time have more gray matter in their brains, a small new study finds that their brains also shrink less as they age and they have stronger connections in the brain itself. This means that brain cells may better relay electrical signals, researchers said. Our results suggest that long-term meditators have white-matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dens ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Chinese Herbs Equal to Tamiflu in Reducing H1N1 Fever: Study
A traditional Chinese herbal treatment may reduce fever from H1N1 swine flu influenza just as well as the prescription medication Tamiflu, a new study suggests. For thousands of years, Chinese herbs have been used to treat influenza, study co-authors Dr. Chen Wang and Dr. Bin Cao, of Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, in China, said in an email. The pandemic influenza 2009 gave us the opportunity to evaluate a standard Chinese herb for ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
To the Brain, Seeing a Caress Is as Good as Getting One
Seeing someone else being caressed causes your brain to react as strongly as if you were being caressed, researchers have found. In the study, MRI scans were used to measure the brain activity of volunteers while they were stroked either slowly or quickly with a soft brush. Not surprisingly, the strongest brain reaction occurred when the participants were being stroked slowly, said the research team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. However, the i ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Science Probes How Probiotic Yogurts Affect Your Gut
Researchers have put the health promises of popular probiotic yogurts to the test and found they may alter the way in which food is metabolized. But whether that means probiotic foods and supplements can improve your health remains to be seen, they said. Federal regulatory agencies are increasingly interested in evaluating all the health claims being made by probiotic food manufacturers, said study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, a biologist and director of ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Meditation Can 'Turn Off' Regions of the Brain
A new study finds that people skilled at meditation seem able to turn off areas of the brain associated with daydreaming and psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Learning more about how meditation works could help advance research into a number of diseases, according to lead author Dr. Judson Brewer, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University. He and his colleagues used functional MRI to assess brain activity in experienced ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Spinal Manipulation, Home Exercise May Ease Neck Pain
Spinal manipulation and home exercise are more effective at relieving neck pain in the long term than medications, according to new research. People undergoing spinal manipulation therapy for neck pain also reported greater satisfaction than people receiving medication or doing home exercises. We found that there are some viable treatment options for neck pain, said Gert Bronfort, vice president of research at the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies a ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18