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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
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