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Licorice compound interferes with sex hormones in mouse ovary, study finds
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A study of mouse reproductive tissues finds that exposure to isoliquiritigenin, a compound found in licorice, disrupts steroid sex hormone production in the ovary, researchers report. This is the first study to examine the effects of this chemical on the ovary. Exposure to high levels of the compound, which the researchers call iso, lowered the expression of key genes involved in hormone production, the researchers found. In particular, ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Nov 10
Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Study
Sham acupuncture is as effective as real acupuncture in treating hot flashes in women, and the placebo effect likely plays a role in both, according to a new Australian study. In real acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. Sham acupuncture uses blunt-tipped needles that don t penetrate the skin. The study included 327 Australian women older than 40 who had at least seven moderate hot flashes a day. Half received 10 session ...
Healthday - Thu. Nov 10
Canada needs national plan to combat opioid epidemic
Canada, the second highest consumer of opioids worldwide, must take a comprehensive approach to curb rampant prescribing of opioids and reduce deaths, argue addiction and mental health experts in an analysis in CMAJ Canadian Medical Association Journal . It is late -- but not too late -- to move toward reducing the toll of opioid overuse and abuse in Canada, writes Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Faculty of Medicine, Un ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 7
Scientists decode the genome of Chinese licorice
In research published in The Plant Journal , a group of scientists led by researchers from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan have decoded the genome of Glycyrrhiza uralensis , or Chinese licorice, a plant that is important for its use in Chinese medicine and as a natural sweetener. Chinese licorice, which is closely related to the plant-- Glycyrrhiza glabra --used for licorice candy, is an important component of Chinese traditional ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Nov 4
Allina Health researchers present LifeCourse findings at national palliative c...
The last years of a serious illness can be expensive and stressful, not only for the person with the illness, but also family and friends. This situation can only escalate. In the next 15 years, U.S. communities will care for the same number of people over 65 as they have over the past 90 years combined. The need for innovative, upstream palliative care models that can be deployed wide scale and sustainably is critical, says Heather Britt, MPH, PhD, direct ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Nov 2
Novel, nonsurgical approach helps adolescent athletes with vocal cord dysfunct...
DENVER, CO -- A new study shows that a novel, nonsurgical approach to treating vocal cord dysfunction VCD can help 3 out of 4 adolescent athletes, who did not respond to conventional therapy, breathe better during training and competition. Vocal cord dysfunction also known as exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction is a common condition characterized by the throat inexplicably closing during rigorous exercise. It can dramatically increase breathing difficul ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 31
Popular ultrasound treatment does not improve fracture healing
Hamilton, ON Oct. 25, 2016 - Low intensity ultrasound after surgical repair of a bone fracture is a popular treatment to improve recovery, but it doesn t work, says a large international study led by researchers at McMaster University. In a clinical trial published by The BMJ today, the researchers show no difference in the recovery time between using low intensity pulsed ultrasound LIPUS or a placebo device for patients with a fractured tibia shinbone . A ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 26
Allina Health researchers present LifeCourse findings national palliative care...
The last years of a serious illness can be expensive and stressful, not only for the person with the illness, but also family and friends. This situation can only escalate. In the next 15 years, U.S. communities will care for the same number of people over 65 as they have over the past 90 years combined. The need for innovative, upstream palliative care models that can be deployed wide scale and sustainably is critical, says Heather Britt, MPH, PhD, direct ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 20
The placebo effect: Knowingly taking sham pills may reduce chronic pain
The placebo effect is considered a psychological phenomenon, whereby benefits may arise from a sham medication due to the belief that it is a pharmacologically active treatment. A new study, however, challenges this theory. It found that patients who knowingly took a placebo for chronic lower back pain, in combination with standard treatment, experienced greater pain reduction than patients who received standard treatment alone.
Medical News Today - Thu. Oct 20
How the gut microbiome may help us prevent IBD
Bethesda, MD Oct. 14, 2016 -- Breakthroughs in basic and translational research have the potential to change the lives of patients suffering from disease. In this Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology CMGH research update, we highlight the most noteworthy research recently published in the journal, including a study offering the first example of a preventative approach to inflammatory bowel disease IBD therapy. We also look at how high alt ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 20
Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
Life with Alzheimer s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a holistic program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together, said study lead author Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrou ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?
Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. Many specific ailments can benefit f ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20