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Tai Chi Might Help Stroke Survivors Avoid Falls
The ancient Chinese discipline of Tai Chi may help modern-day stroke patients avoid debilitating falls, a small new study suggests. Stroke survivors suffer seven times as many falls as healthy adults. These falls can cause fractures, decrease mobility and increase the fear of falling, which can lead to social isolation or dependence on others, the researchers noted. Learning how to find and maintain your balance after a stroke is a challenge, lead author R ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Study: Mega Vitamins Won't Help After Heart Attack, Chelation Treatment Might
There s mixed news from a much-anticipated clinical trial for people who ve suffered a heart attack While a study found that daily high doses of vitamins and minerals did nothing to improve patient outcomes, there was a hint that controversial chelation therapy might. Still, the lead researcher said he s not ready to recommend chelation therapy, in which doctors give patients high-dose vitamins along with special infusions that seek to leach heavy metals f ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Modest Cardiac Benefit From Chelation Therapy Not Enough to OK Use: Experts
Results from a major trial on controversial chelation therapy for patients with a history of heart attack find a modest benefit from the expensive treatment, but experts conclude there s no clear evidence supporting its use. Still, groups that advocate for chelation and groups that oppose chelation will both find comfort in the results, said one expert not connected to the study, Dr. Stephen Green, associate chairman in the department of cardiology at Nort ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Nutrient Therapy Won't Help ICU Patients: Study
Replenishing certain nutrients in critically ill patients may not be the best therapy for them, new research suggests. Giving supplements of the amino acid glutamine in intravenous fluids was linked to a nearly 30 percent increase in the risk of death, according to the study. The researchers also found that replacing antioxidants didn t appear to lower the risk of death or organ failure. When you get sick, your body has [internal] mechanisms to help you ge ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Fish Oil Pills Might Cut Diabetes Risk, Researchers Say
Fish oil supplements could help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The supplements, also known as omega-3 fatty acids, increase levels of a hormone called adiponectin that s linked to insulin sensitivity, Harvard researchers found. Higher levels of this hormone in the bloodstream have also been linked to a lower risk for heart disease. While prior animal studies found fish oil increased circulating adiponectin, whether similar effe ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Probiotics Not Warranted for Seniors Taking Antibiotics: Study
Giving probiotics to older adults who are prescribed antibiotics does not reduce their risk of diarrhea, a new study finds. Diarrhea is a common and sometimes life-threatening side effect of antibiotics in elderly patients. Some previous research has suggested that giving these patients probiotic supplements might lower the risk of diarrhea, and the practice has become routine in some hospitals. This study included nearly 3,000 hospital patients, aged 65 a ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Study Questions Fish Oil Brain Claims
If you eat a lot of fish or take fish oil supplements hoping to boost your brain health, a new study has disappointing findings for you. The study, published online Sept. 25 in the journal Neurology , found no difference in memory and thinking test scores based on levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood. We looked at the association of blood biomarkers of [omega-3 fatty acids] and measure of cognitive [thinking] function and found no statistically signi ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Yoga Fails to Cool Hot Flashes, But May Aid Sleep
Practicing yoga may not ease menopausal hot flashes, but it might help women sleep a bit easier, a new clinical trial suggests. Right now, hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for the hot flashes and night sweats many women develop as they go through menopause. But hormones have been linked to risks like blood clots and heart attack, so many women want alternatives. Some small studies have suggested that yoga can reduce the frequency and severit ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
'Love Hormone' Might Heighten the Placebo Effect
Oxytocin, a hormone that fosters bonding and feelings of trust, may enhance the placebo effect, a new study suggests. For almost as long as researchers have known about the placebo effect -- a phenomenon in which patients say they get benefits from sham therapies they believe to be real -- doctors have wondered what causes it and whether it could be exploited to help people. The new study is one of the first experiments to show that the placebo effect can ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Can Meditation Help Paralyzed People Sync Their Brains to Computers?
Yoga and meditation may help paralyzed people learn how to link their brain with a computer, according to a new study. Systems that connect brains with computers are increasingly used to help patients with physical disabilities like paralysis. But the length of training has been a major obstacle to success, study lead author Bin He, director of the Center for Neuroengineering at the University of Minnesota, said in a Society for Neuroscience news release. ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Probiotics Don't Prevent Childhood Asthma, Study Finds
Probiotics -- friendly bacteria found in supplements and some yogurts -- don t prevent childhood asthma, but they may provide other health benefits, according to a new study. Researchers in Canada found that taking probiotics during pregnancy or giving probiotics to infants during the first year of life does not reduce the prevalence of asthma. Taking probiotics had no effect on the asthma rate, said the study s principal investigator, Meghan Azad, a post- ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Meditation May Reduce Mild Depression, Anxiety
Daily meditation might help some people relieve anxiety, depression and pain, Johns Hopkins University researchers report. Many people meditate in an attempt to reduce stress and stress-related health problems. But whether this centuries-old approach to greater self-awareness has actual medical benefits isn t really known. For this study, published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine , researchers reviewed 47 prior studies that looked at meditation s e ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18