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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
Drinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study finds
For people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, tap water may be what the doctor ordered. A new study that examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water -- tap water or from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle -- by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat ...
Science Daily - Sun. Mar 6
Fibromyalgia sufferers might benefit from tailored acupuncture
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 5 million Americans, 80-90 of whom are women. The disorder is characterized by widespread pain and diffuse tenderness. Although there is no cure, tailored acupuncture might provide some welcome respite, according to a new study.
Medical News Today - Mon. Feb 29
New study highlights potential US public health impact of fish oil derived fro...
A new study published in Lipid Technology highlights the potential positive impact of consumption of oil derived from menhaden, a U.S.-caught fish high in the omega-3s EPA and DHA, on public health across the country. Medical expenditures in the U.S. are the highest in the world, and cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of mortality, costing more than 444 billion each year in direct and indirect costs 1 . The consumption of 1000 mg per day of EPA and ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 24
New study finds Transcendental Meditation reduces stress in family caregivers
It has been estimated that over 20 of the U.S. population has served as an unpaid non-professional family caregiver for an elderly or disabled person -- and the resulting stress can be devastating. Caring for chronically ill relatives and friends often leads to stressful psychological, behavioral, and physiological effects that can contribute to impaired immune function, coronary heart disease , and a higher mortality rate. Transcendental Meditation reliev ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19