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March 18 2017

15:26

Surgery may not offer additional benefit to patients with tennis elbow, study shows

Surgical approaches to treating tennis elbow may not offer additional benefit to patients, say researchers. Their study, a randomized, double-blinded clinical trial, explored patient responses to a common surgery aimed at repairing a damaged elbow, compared to a placebo procedure.

March 16 2017

21:42

Electroacupuncture releases stem cells to relieve pain, promote tissue repair, study finds

A new study demonstrates how electroacupuncture triggers a neurological mechanism that can help promote tissue repair and relieve injury-induced pain. The findings provide the most comprehensive picture yet of how electroacupuncture stimulates the brain to facilitate the release of stem cells and adds new insight relating to the cells' healing properties.

March 13 2017

17:49

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

Phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis lung infections, researchers have demonstrated. Phages are viruses that kill bacteria but are otherwise harmless. A major advantage is that phages only target the harmful bacteria, so there are less side of the effects often associated with antibiotics.

March 09 2017

19:22

Greater insight into basic biology of pain will reveal non-addictive remedies

The medical community needs a better understanding of the biology of pain and how it plays out in individuals to be able to combat the national epidemic of addiction to painkillers. This is especially urgent given no analgesic drugs directed at novel targets have been approved in the past five years. The authors call for a public-private partnership to create a $10 billion research fund administered by the NIH.

March 06 2017

20:42

Proper movements in Muslim prayer ritual can reduce lower back pain

Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow, kneel, and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat. According to research, the complex physical movements of the ritual can reduce lower back pain if performed regularly and properly.

March 03 2017

18:10

Twice weekly yoga classes plus home practice effective in reducing symptoms of depression

People who suffer from depression should participate in yoga and deep (coherent) breathing classes at least twice weekly plus practice at home to receive a significant reduction in their symptoms.

March 01 2017

13:37

Exercise helps prevent falls in Parkinson's patients

Statistics show that 25 per cent of recently diagnosed patients suffered a fall in the first year. That came as a surprise to researchers. They had thought that falls tended to occur during later stages of the disease.

February 27 2017

20:20

Doctors should discuss herbal medication use with heart disease patients

Physicians should be well-versed in the herbal medications heart disease patients may take to be able to effectively discuss their clinical implications, potential benefits and side effects—despite a lack of scientific evidence to support their use, according to a review paper.

February 22 2017

13:28

New tool developed to help avoid adverse drug reactions

Medicines are an important part of treating and preventing disease in adults and children. Now researchers have developed a new tool to help avoid adverse reactions to medicines.

February 07 2017

16:09

Pain during alcohol withdrawal: Electroacupuncture may help

Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA; which combines acupuncture with electrical stimulation) are effective in reducing pain and, possibly, alcohol-withdrawal symptoms. This rodent study investigated whether EA can alleviate hyperalgesia during alcohol withdrawal, potentially reducing the risk of a relapse to drinking, and whether it achieves this effect via action at mu opioid receptors (MORs) located in a brain region called the lateral habenula.

February 06 2017

13:42

Experts reveal hidden dangers behind supplements

Many herbal supplements contain hidden pharmaceutical ingredients that could be causing serious health risks, according to a team of experts.

February 02 2017

21:13

Peroxide ingestion, promoted by alternative medicine, can be deadly

High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called 'natural cure,' can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death itself, according to a new report.

January 31 2017

18:37

Lung ultrasound can help doctors see other diseases that mask as lethal clots in lung

Lung ultrasound can show alternative diagnoses and should be considered when evaluating patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, say experts.

January 30 2017

18:33

Study tallies extra calories Americans consume in their coffee, tea

More than 160 million people in the US drink coffee or tea on a regular basis, and many of them use sugar, cream, flavored syrups or other calorie-laden additives in their drinks of choice. A new analysis reveals just how much Americans are adding to their caloric intake by spicing up or sweetening their coffee or tea.
13:32

Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain, depression

Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression, health specialists have found.

January 23 2017

21:24

Yoga, exercise fail to improve sleep in midlife women, study suggests

Yoga and aerobic exercise interventions did not significantly reduce objectively measured sleep disturbances among midlife women who were experiencing hot flashes, suggests new research.

January 17 2017

00:03

Acupuncture may alleviate babies' excessive crying (infantile colic), study suggests

Acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for babies with infantile colic -- those who cry for more than three hours a day on three or more days of the week, new research suggests.

January 12 2017

02:32

Yoga may have health benefits for people with chronic non-specific lower back pain

Yoga may lead to a reduction in pain and functional ability in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain over the short term, compared with no exercise, a new systematic review suggests. However, researchers advise that more studies are needed to provide information on long-term effects.

January 11 2017

14:14

First study to show chair yoga as effective alternative treatment for osteoarthritis

The first randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of chair yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis is proving to be an effective way to reduce pain and improve quality of life while avoiding pharmacologic treatment or adverse events for the millions who suffer from the disease in their lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle or foot).

January 09 2017

14:26

Heartburn pills in pregnancy may be linked to childhood asthma

Children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy may have a greater risk of developing asthma, research suggests. Advice for expectant moms should not change based on these findings, the researchers say, but further studies are needed.
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