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Acupuncture impacts same biologic pathways in rats that pain drugs target in h...
WASHINGTON -- In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. Georgetown University Medical Center GUMC researchers say their animal study, published online in Endocrinology , provides the strongest evidence to date on the mechanism of this ancient Chinese therapy in chronic stress. The benefits of acupuncture are well known by those who use it, but such proof is ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Aug 21
Elderberry benefits air travelers
The negative health effects of international air travel are well documented but now it seems that the common elderberry can provide some relief. Associate Professor Evelin Tiralongo and Dr Shirley Wee from Griffith s Menzies Health Institute Queensland MHIQ have completed a clinical trial showing that an elderberry supplement can provide some protection from cold and flu-like symptoms following long-haul flights. Intercontinental air travel can be stressfu ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 20
Most chronic pain patients use alternative therapies, but many don't tell thei...
PORTLAND, Ore., July 20, 2015 -- More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn t discuss this care with their primary care providers. These study results, published today in the American Journal of Managed Care , suggest that better care coordination is needed among patients and physicians. Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 patients in Oregon and ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 19
Gut worms protect babies' brains from inflammation
DURHAM, N.C. -- A Duke University study in rats finds that gut worms can protect babies brains from long-term learning and memory problems caused by newborn infections. Baby rats with tapeworms avoided the brain inflammation that plagued worm-free rats after exposure to immune triggers in adulthood. What s more, the benefits began early, while still in the womb. Expectant mother rats with tapeworms passed similar protection on to their worm-free pups, the ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 19
Another Reason Not to Smoke While Pregnant: Birth Defects
One of the first things every new parent does is count the baby s fingers and toes. But, women who smoke during pregnancy may be in for an unhappy surprise, because smoking increases the odds that a baby will be born with finger or toe deformities. Just a half a pack a day increased the risk of having a baby with extra, missing or webbed fingers or toes by nearly 30 percent, according to a study in a recent issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive S ...
Healthday - Sat. Aug 15
Experts Offer Tips on Lung Cancer Prevention
People, especially smokers, should not rely on vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent lung cancer, say members of the American College of Chest Physicians in their second annual guide to lung cancer prevention, care and treatment. The new evidence-based guidelines also include a strong statement opposing the use of low-dose CT scans for the general screening of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. More peo ...
Healthday - Sat. Aug 15
Many chronic kidney disease patients 'should take statins'
As chronic kidney disease increases the risk of heart disease, patients with the former are advised to carefully manage their cholesterol levels. Now, researchers reviewing two sets of guidelines for cholesterol management have stated that nearly all people with pre-dialysis kidney disease should receive statins.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 10
Places with more marijuana dispensaries have more marijuana-related hospitaliz...
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 10, 2015 - People who live in areas of California with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries experience a greater number of hospitalizations involving marijuana abuse and dependence, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered. The National Institutes of Health-funded research, published online and scheduled for the Sept. 1 issue of the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence , could be infor ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Aug 10
Roseroot herb shows promise as potential depression treatment option
Rhodiola rosea R. rosea , or roseroot, may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder MDD , according to results of a study in the journal Phytomedicine led by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, associate professor of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology and colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania. The proof of concept trial study is the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, comparison ...
Science Daily - Sun. Jul 26
Can light therapy help the brain?
Following up on promising results from pilot work, researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System are testing the effects of light therapy on brain function in veterans with Gulf War Illness. Veterans in the study wear a helmet lined with light-emitting diodes that apply red and near-infrared light to the scalp. They also have diodes placed in their nostrils, to deliver photons to the deeper parts of the brain. The light is painless and generates no heat. ...
Science Daily - Sun. Jul 26
Reconceptualizing stress in cancer treatment
Psychological stress alone does not cause cancer but it can interfere with the immune system s response to cancer cells, which may increase the potential of metastasis, and cause neurochemical imbalance that may impact the survival of a patient with cancer. In a Theory and Hypothesis paper titled The preparatory set A novel approach to understanding stress, trauma, and the bodymind therapies, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , Dartmouth investi ...
Science Daily - Sun. Jul 26
Mushrooms boost immunity, suggests research
Could a mushroom a day help keep the doctor away A new University of Florida study shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks. Of the thousands of mushroom species globally, about 20 are used for culinary purposes. Shiitake mushrooms are native to Asia and are cultivated for their culinary and medicinal value. In a 2011 study led by UF Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor Sue Percival, 52 healthy ad ...
Science Daily - Sun. Jul 26