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Ibuprofen doesn't increase bleeding risk after plastic surgery
March 31, 2016 - Patients are often instructed not to take ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs before or after surgery because of increased bleeding risk. But available evidence suggests that ibuprofen does not increase the risk of bleeding after plastic surgery procedures, according to a research review in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reg , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 31
Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture can help alleviate the often-debilitating hot flashes that afflict many breast cancer patients, new Italian research says. Noting that hot flashes are a fact of life for many women with breast cancer, the investigators found that pairing lifestyle advice with weekly acupuncture sessions dramatically improved the women s quality of life. Acupuncture together with enhanced self-care for three months is effective in reducing hot flashes in women w ...
Healthday - Tue. Mar 29
Curcumin may help overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis
New research indicates that curcumin--a substance in turmeric that is best known as one of the main components of curry powder--may help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. In Asia, turmeric is used to treat many health conditions and it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and perhaps even anticancer properties. Investigators found that by stimulating human immune cells called macrophages, curcumin was able to successfully remove Mycobacterium tuberculosis ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Mar 26
Don't Let Backpacks Lead to Back Injury
Backpacks are convenient for students, but they can pose a threat to kids backs, necks and shoulders if used improperly, an expert says. In 2013, there were more than 5,400 backpack-related injuries treated in emergency departments across the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In my own practice, I have noticed a marked increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain, Sco ...
Healthday - Thu. Mar 24
Good Posture: A Stance for Better Health
Healthy posture is important for your well-being, but achieving it can be an uphill battle in a high-tech, high-heeled world, experts say. People who have better posture tend to appear more confident and knowledgeable to others. It makes them feel confident internally as well, said Alynn Kakuk, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, Minn. Simple exercises and stretching can help your posture, she said. One way to pract ...
Healthday - Thu. Mar 24
Use of mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic low back pain
Among adults with chronic low back pain, both mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in greater improvement in back pain and functional limitations when compared with usual care, according to a study appearing in the March 22 29 issue of JAMA . Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States. There is need for treatments with demonstrated effectiveness that are low risk and have potential for widesp ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 22
1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study
More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so. Alongside the growing use ...
Healthday - Mon. Mar 21
Herbal remedies may be risky for cancer patients
Nettles, turmeric and camel milk are just a few of the herbs and foodstuffs used to boost health in the Middle East, as they have done throughout history. Cancer patients, however, may be endangering their health by supplementing chemotherapy with some of the herbs and spices, says a new report published in the journal Cancer .
Medical News Today - Wed. Mar 16
Mindfulness meditation provides opioid-free pain relief, study finds
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - March 16, 2016 - Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body s main pain-blocking process - the natural production of opioids. Cognitive-based approaches found to reduce pain, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, distraction and even the placebo response, have been shown to work through this system. But does meditation also use opioids to reduce pain In a study published in the current issue of the Jo ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 16
Molecules that may keep you young and alive
Montreal, March 15, 2016 -- Even though the search for the Fountain of Youth dates back to the ancient Greeks, the quest to live forever continues today. Indeed, it has been said that the ability to slow the aging process would be the most important medical discovery in the modern era. A new study published in the journal Oncotarget by researchers from Concordia and the Quebec-based biotech company Idunn Technologies may have uncovered an important factor ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 15
2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Novel therapies against malaria an...
The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi 332 mura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites and the other half to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria. Diseases caused by parasites have plagued humankind for millennia and constitute a major ...
Science Daily - Sun. Mar 6
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 ...
Science Daily - Sun. Mar 6