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New study finds link between omega-3 supplementation and reduced hospital stays
A new meta-analysis published in Clinical Nutrition found that cardiac surgery patients who received omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to placebo in advance of surgery experienced reduced postoperative cardiac arrhythmias and significantly reduced the length of hospital stay by up to 2.4 days. The results are based on 11 RCT s with 1038 patients. Omega-3s are well known for their benefits on cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of arr ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 21
Allina Health presents LifeCourse developments at national conference
MINNEAPOLIS - June 15, 2016 - For many health care professionals, emphasizing quality of life over clinical outcomes is new ground. Allina Health will present three ground-breaking findings at the AcademyHealth 2016 Annual Research Meeting this month in Boston. All are based on LifeCourse, a multi-year study of a whole-person approach to late-life care. Evaluating Quality of Life Whole Person Intervention for Late Life Patients with Chronic Illness compare ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 15
The Hidden Dangers of Drinking Water
I was born in the early 1960s in Seoul, Korea, and clean water was hard to come by. We bathed at the local bathhouses and had toilets outside of the home.
Huffington Post - Sun. Jun 12
Majority of medical marijuana users benefit from treatment, according to Ben-G...
BEER-SHEVA, June 6, 2016... Ben-Gurion University of the Negev BGU researchers have found that medical marijuana users experience significant pain relief and function with only minor side effects, according to a new study. It is the first study on the characteristics of patients who have permission from the Israel Health Ministry to seek treatment with medical marijuana. The study, led by Prof. Pesach Shvartzman of BGU s Faculty of Health Sciences, was rec ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 8
Yoga, meditation may reduce dementia risk
Completing a 3-month yoga and meditation course may reduce older adults risk of mild cognitive impairment - considered a precursor for development of Alzheimer s disease and other forms of dementia. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer s Disease .
Medical News Today - Tue. May 24
Study into whether Chinese herbal medicine could be alternative treatment to a...
The double blind, randomised, placebo controlled feasibility RUTI trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research NIHR , is now underway in the primary care setting, where patients recruited to the trial via their GPs will be offered one of two treatment paths. A total of 80 women who have had three or more recurrent UTIs in the previous 12 months will receive individualised herbs prescribed by a Chinese herbal practitioner, or standardised her ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Acupuncture used in clinical settings reduced symptoms of menopause
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - May 24, 2016 - Acupuncture treatments can reduce the number of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause by as much as 36 percent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The findings are published in the June issue of the journal Menopause . Although acupuncture does not work for every woman, our study showed that, on average, acupuncture effectively reduced the frequency of hot flashes and result ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Is initiation of chemo affected by complementary, alternative medicine use?
Women with early-stage breast cancer for whom chemotherapy was indicated and who used dietary supplements and multiple types of complementary and alternative medicine CAM were less likely to start chemotherapy than nonusers of CAM, according to a new study published online by JAMA Oncology . Not all women initiate adjuvant treatment for breast cancer despite the survival benefits associated with it. The decision to initiate chemotherapy involves psychosoci ...
EurekAlert - Thu. May 12
Use of complementary, alternative medicine affects initiation of chemotherapy
Women with early-stage breast cancer for whom chemotherapy was indicated and who used dietary supplements and multiple types of complementary and alternative medicine CAM were less likely to start chemotherapy than nonusers of alternative therapies, according to latest research led by Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health. This is one of the first studies to evaluate how comp ...
EurekAlert - Thu. May 12
Yoga may improve symptoms, quality of life for people with asthma
For people with asthma, yoga may help improve symptoms and overall quality of life, though further evidence of its possible benefits is warranted before yoga can be recommended for the respiratory condition. This is the conclusion of a new Cochrane Review, recently published in the Cochrane Library .
Medical News Today - Wed. May 11
Holistic approach to mealtimes could help dementia sufferers
Eating together, providing social support and interaction during meals could help people with dementia avoid dehydration and malnutrition - according to new NIHR-funded research from the University of East Anglia. Findings published today reveal that while no interventions were unequivocally successful, promising approaches focused on a holistic approach to mealtimes. The team found that eating family-style meals with care givers, playing music, and engagi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. May 4
Herbal remedies are an overlooked global health hazard
Millions of people around the world use herbal health remedies, following a tradition that began millennia ago. Many believe that herbs are safe because they have been used for many years, but researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University are raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety. The invited commentary appears in EMBO reports . Dr. Donald M. Marcus, professor emeritus of medicine a ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 3