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July 10 2015


Using garlic to combat antimicrobial resistant urinary tract infections

Garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multi-drug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI), according to a recent study.

July 01 2015


Warts and all: How St. John's Wort can make you sick

St John's Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together, according to new research.

June 17 2015


Knowledge about alternative medicine connected to education, income

Individuals with lower education and income levels are less likely to know about yoga, acupuncture and other complementary treatments, new research shows. Lack of knowledge as a reason for non-use was strongly associated with lower education levels and income. Those who attended college were 58 percent less likely to indicate lack of knowledge as a reason for non-use, and individuals with higher incomes were 37 percent less likely.

June 16 2015


New review highlights principles of nutrition management of inherited metabolic disorders

The basic principles of chronic nutrition management of inherited metabolic disorders have been highlighted in a new article.

June 10 2015


More women turning to complementary and alternative medicine for menopause without medical guidance

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing for the treatment of menopausal symptoms but often without the guidance of a clinician.

June 09 2015


Non-invasive accupoint stimulation may be a new bioelectronics approach to Crohn’s Disease

Researchers have begun a controlled clinical trial in Crohn's disease using surface electrodes daily to stimulate an acupuncture point on the stomach meridian that was shown to reduce vagal imbalance in preclinical studies. Restoring vagal balance is known to reduce intestinal inflammation.

June 08 2015


Importance of a balanced diet for mental health

The importance of nutrition for maintaining mental health has been highlighted by recent research. The human brain needs an adequate intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron. A balanced and high-quality diet, such as the Mediterranean, provides all of these, the researchers note.

June 04 2015


Study maps types of physical activity associated with better sleep

Physical activities, such as walking, as well as aerobics/calisthenics, running, weight-lifting, and yoga/Pilates are associated with better sleep habits, compared to no activity, according to a new study. In contrast, the study shows that other types of physical activity -- such as household and childcare -- work are associated with increased cases of poor sleep habits.

June 01 2015


Zinc in the body may contribute to kidney stones

New research on kidney stone formation reveals that zinc levels may contribute to kidney stone formation, a common urinary condition that can cause excruciating pain. The research found that zinc may be the core by which stone formation starts.

May 29 2015


Dry mouth: Acupuncture-like electrical nerve stimulation may help

Phase III results indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may be equally effective as pilocarpine, the current prescription medication in a pill, to treat radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth), according to a new study published.

May 28 2015


Component in green tea may help reduce prostate cancer in men at high risk

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men and is predicted to result in an estimated 220,000 cases in the United States in 2015. A team of researchers recently published results of a randomized trial that assessed the safety and effectiveness of the active components in green tea to prevent prostate cancer development in men who have premalignant lesions.

May 27 2015


Cultural health beliefs and social networks crucial in South Asian people's management of diabetes

New findings shed light on the poor outcomes of South Asian people with diabetes in the UK. Analysis of interviews with South Asian people shows that especially among first generation immigrants, fatalistic and treatment beliefs are often a hindrance to managing the condition.

May 26 2015


Attitudes about complementary and alternative medicine predict use among cancer patients

Attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) were found to be a better predictor of CAM usage than socio-demographic factors alone – such as race, sex, or education – which are often used to describe CAM users but stop short of fully explaining what drives people to use them.

May 20 2015


Drinking chamomile decreases risk of death in older Mexican American women

Drinking chamomile tea was associated with a decreased risk of death from all causes in Mexican-American American women over 65, a new study has shown. Chamomile is one of the oldest, most-widely used and well-documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of healing applications. It is currently widely used as an herbal remedy in Mexico and among Mexican-Americans.

May 15 2015


Yoga and chronic pain have opposite effects on brain gray matter

Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a new study.

May 14 2015


Stress relief techniques help cancer patients overcome fear of treatment

The benefit of rapid stress management techniques (RSMTs) to help cancer patients who experience 'procedure-related' stress has been revealed by a new study. Patients experiencing distress related to medical procedures were able to achieve a 'calm state' both before and during procedures as a result of the interventions. Those who took part were positive about the experience, the researchers say.

May 11 2015


Nurses cut stress 40 percent with relaxation steps at work

It's estimated that one million people a day miss work in the United States because they're too stressed out. To help lower stress in the workplace, researchers conducted a study with staff members in a surgical intensive care unit. They found that a few simple on-the-job relaxation techniques cut stress levels by 40 percent and lowered the risk of burnout.

May 07 2015


Non-hormonal management of menopausal vasomotor symptoms

Hot flashes are a common menopausal symptom. They tend to intensify during the perimenopause and usually subside within 5 years after the final menstrual period. However in some women frequent hot flashes are a long term problem and may last for more than 7 years. While estrogen-based menopausal hormone therapy is the most effective treatment it is not indicated for all women, such as those with a personal history of breast cancer. A new position statement provides a practical guide to non-hormonal management.

April 24 2015


Alternative providers of GP services perform worse than traditional practices

Alternative providers of primary care in the National Health Services in England, including private sector companies, do not perform as well as traditional GP practices. Alternative providers have been contracted to offer primary care in the NHS since 2004 under reforms designed to increase competition.

April 23 2015


Exploring treatment options for women with fibroids

A 47-year-old African-American woman has heavy menstrual bleeding and iron-deficiency anemia. She reports the frequent need to urinate during the night and throughout the day. A colonoscopy is negative and an ultrasonography shows a modestly enlarged uterus with three uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus. She is not planning to become pregnant. What are her options? An expert writes about uterine fibroids and options for women.
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