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Yoga May Reduce Fatigue, Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors
Yoga may help breast cancer survivors beat the debilitating fatigue and sleep problems that often follow toxic treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, a new study shows. Fatigue can be a big challenge for cancer survivors. Even some years out from breast cancer treatment, anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of women report substantial levels of fatigue, said study author Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State Univer ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Monkey Research Shows How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help the Brain
New research in monkeys suggests that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may boost the development of complex brain networks. Scientists found that monkeys fed a diet high in omega-3s had better connections in certain brain networks. They noted these connections are similar to those found in people, including networks involved in thinking and attention. The study authors said their findings offer more evidence that omega-3 fatty acids are important ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Stress May Diminish a Woman's Fertility, Study Suggests
Stress may increase a woman s risk of infertility, new research suggests. The authors of the study wanted to investigate the relationship between stress and infertility. So they looked at levels of an enzyme linked with stress in the saliva of women who were trying to get pregnant. They also tracked the women s ability to conceive over a 12-month period. Women with higher levels of the stress biomarker had a two-fold increased risk of infertility, said stu ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease Some MS Symptoms: Review
Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines. To reach that conclusion, an expert panel from the American Academy of Neurology reviewed more than 40 years of research on alternative medicine treatments for multiple sclerosis MS . In addition to the recommendations about me ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Experts Warn About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online
The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative treatments they find online are courting danger, new research contends. The finding is based on an analysis of past cases in which patients sought out unsupervised do-it-yourself cures via the Internet. Patients who turned to certain salves often ended up with scarring or extensive tissue damage, researchers found. And for those with skin cancer, these unproven treat ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Massage May Improve Blood Flow While Easing Muscle Soreness: Study
Massage therapy can help ease sore muscles and improve blood flow for people who are active as well as for those who do not exercise, a small study finds. Those effects can last for more than 72 hours, researchers found. People with poor circulation or limited ability to move are among those who could benefit most from massage therapy, they noted. Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognized but base ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Laughter May Work Like Meditation in the Brain
Laughter triggers brain waves similar to those associated with meditation, according to a small new study. It also found that other forms of stimulation produce different types of brain waves. The study included 31 people whose brain waves were monitored while they watched humorous, spiritual or distressing video clips. While watching the humorous videos, the volunteers brains had high levels of gamma waves, which are the same ones produced during meditati ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Many Don't Want to Be Alone With Their Thoughts
Some people would rather do anything -- even hurt themselves -- than spend quiet time with their own thoughts, a new study finds. Researchers conducted a series of experiments with volunteers aged 18 to 77 and found that they generally did not like spending even short periods of time alone in a room with nothing to do but think or daydream. The majority of them preferred external activities such as listening to music or using a smartphone. Some of the part ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
U.S. Pledges Millions to Study Ways to Ease Soldiers' Pain
The U.S. government announced Thursday that it will launch a massive research effort to explore alternative ways of managing chronic pain among members of the military. Investigators will also examine the use of alternative treatments for pain-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD , drug abuse and sleep problems. The 13 research projects will cost a total of nearly 22 million over five years, and all will be conducted at Veterans A ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles
A man who hoped to detoxify his body with a supplement known as activated charcoal may have instead triggered a case of the intestinal disorder known as colitis. Activated charcoal is a supplement that soaks up gases and odors, making it a common treatment for people with flatulence. It s also purported to be a treatment for colitis, according to a new report detailing the man s condition. While it s not clear if the over-the-counter supplement actually ma ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
FDA: Supplements, Meds Can Be Dangerous Mix
Taking vitamins or other dietary supplements along with medication can be dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Dietary supplements can alter the absorption and metabolism of prescription and over-the-counter medications, the FDA said. Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it, Robert Mozersky, a medical officer at the FDA, explained in an agency news release. For ex ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18
Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says
Think a pill you saw advertised on the Internet can miraculously help you shed unwanted pounds You re not alone A new Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are misinformed about the quality and effectiveness of these supplements. The barrage of advertising leads us to think there s a magic way to melt away 10 pounds -- even when we have no evidence that supplements work, Dr. Pieter Cohen, a physician at Harvard Medical School who studies supplements ...
Healthday - Fri. Sep 18