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Yoga Improves Quality of Life in Breast-Cancer Patients
posted: 3/6/2014
Yoga exercises that incorporate controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques were shown to improve quality of life and regulate stress hormones in breast-cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, new research states.


Lack of Vitamin D May Jeopardize Immune System Function
posted: 2/27/2014
New research shows older individuals who lack vitamin D may also have compromised immune function. This research was published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).


Green Space Improves Mental Health, Says Report
posted: 1/20/2014
A new report that appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology shows, for the first time, that green space does appear to improve mental health in a sustained way.


Research Shows Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicines Slow Progression of Diabetes
posted: 1/16/2014
According to the National Diabetes Education Program, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes and an estimated 79 million adults aged 20 and older have prediabetes. New research reveals traditional Chinese herbal medicines were able to slow the progress of prediabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis.


Mindful Meditation Programs May Reduce Anxiety, Depression and Pain
posted: 1/14/2014
According to a review of medical literature by Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues, mindfulness meditation programs may help reduce anxiety, depression and pain in some individuals.


Sleep May Be Critical for Brain Health
posted: 1/2/2014
Lack of sleep might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue, according to new findings published in the journal SLEEP.


Coffee May Help Small Blood Vessels Work Better, Study Says
posted: 11/21/2013
The caffeine in a cup of coffee might help your small blood vessels work better, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.


Yoga Practice Benefits Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients
posted: 11/7/2013
Training in the practice of yoga can help improve the quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study.


Exercise Can Help Treat Depression
posted: 10/31/2013
According to a review by doctoral candidate George Mammen and published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, moderate exercise can actually prevent episodes of depression in the long term.


Mayo Clinic Study Shows Younger Fibromyalgia Patients Report Worse Symptoms
posted: 10/29/2013
According to a new Mayo Clinic study, young and middle-aged fibromyalgia patients reported worse symptoms and poorer quality of life than older patients.


National Institutes of Health Finds More Benefits to Practicing Restorative Yoga
posted: 10/21/2013
Yoga's health benefits may go beyond stress reduction. A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that for overweight women, restorative yoga may offer a way to trim subcutaneous fat.


Training in Mindfulness Can Reduce Stress and Burnout
posted: 9/6/2013
According to a new study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, teachers who practice mindfulness are better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout.


Volunteering May Improve Mental Health and Help You Live Longer
posted: 8/27/2013
A new study published in the open-access journal BMC Public Health finds volunteering may improve mental health and help you live longer.


Research Shows Aromatherapy May Help Relieve Nausea After Surgery
posted: 8/23/2013
Aromatherapy and intravenous administration of a simple sugar solution may relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, according to research published in the September issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.


Coffee, Tea Consumption May Reduce Fatty Liver
posted: 8/20/2013
An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine suggest increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).


Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Power in Aging Adults
posted: 6/17/2013
A Mediterranean diet with added extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts seems to improve the brain power of older people better than advising them to follow a low-fat diet, indicates research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.


New Study Suggests Vegetarian Diets are Associated with Lower Risk of Death
posted: 6/3/2013
Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced death rates in a study of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists with more favorable results for men than women, according to a report published online first by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.


A Daily Dose of Beetroot Juice May Lower Blood Pressure
posted: 5/21/2013
A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.


Strawberries and Blueberries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women
posted: 3/24/2013
Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by one-third, according to research from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health.


Poor Stress Responses May Lead to Obesity in Children: Can Massage Therapy Help?
posted: 3/19/2013
Children who overreact to stressors may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese, according to researchers at Penn State and Johns Hopkins University.


Experts Share Latest Findings at 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition
posted: 1/29/2013
The latest research and breakthroughs in vegetarian nutrition will be showcased as Loma Linda University hosts a gathering of top experts from all over the world for the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, scheduled Feb. 24 to 26.


Practicing Hot Yoga During the Cold Weather Months
posted: 1/10/2013
There are benefits to practicing hot yoga during the winter months. Not only do you get a break from the chilly weather, but performing yoga in such a warm space makes the exercise extra challenging, so you feel like you get an especially good workout.


Five Natural Health Tips to Prevent Diabetes
posted: 11/13/2012
November is American Diabetes Month. Physicians from National University of Health Sciences, a leading university for advanced degrees in complementary and alternative health, are offering natural health tips that may help you reduce your risk for contracting type II diabetes.


Study Pinpoints Just How Much Exercise Is Good for Mental Health
posted: 10/23/2012
Scientists and devotees of regular exercise have long known that fitness keeps minds healthy as well as bodies. In addition to regulating weight and building muscle strength, exercise improves self-esteem, lessens anxiety, calms the nerves and elevates the mood and vitality. But what is the optimum amount of physical activity associated with better mental health?


How to Check Your Skin for Skin Cancer
posted: 10/11/2012
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and finding spots that could be cancerous is as simple as looking at your skin. Now a new video, Skin Self-Exam: How to Do, from the American Academy of Dermatology, demonstrates how to check your skin and what to look for.


The American Heart Association Certifies Pecans as Heart-Healthy Food
posted: 8/21/2012
Pecans are now designated as heart-healthy when enjoyed as part of a healthy eating pattern by the American Heart Association's Heart-Check Certification Program (www.heartcheckmark.org), according to the National Pecan Shellers Association (NPSA).


Meditation Practice May Decrease Risk for Cardiovascular Disease in Teens
posted: 6/20/2012
Regular meditation could decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in teens who are most at risk, according to Georgia Health Sciences University researchers.


Chinese Meditation IBMT Prompts Double Positive Punch in Brain White Matter
posted: 6/19/2012
Scientists studying the Chinese mindfulness meditation known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT) say they've confirmed and expanded their findings on changes in structural efficiency of white matter in the brain that can be related to positive behavioral changes in subjects practicing the technique regularly for a month.


Mindfulness Reduces Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients
posted: 6/17/2012
A joint research project between Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences and Aarhus University Hospital and the Danish Cancer Society shows that mindfulness-based psychological therapy helps reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients.


Who's Stressed in the U.S.? Carnegie Mellon Researchers Study Adult Stress Levels from 1983-2009
posted: 6/16/2012
Until now, comparing stress levels in individuals across the U.S. over time was not possible due to a lack of historical data that tracks stress using accepted comparable measures.


Mindful Multitasking: Meditation First Can Calm Stress, Aid Concentration
posted: 6/15/2012
Need to do some serious multitasking? Some training in meditation beforehand could make the work smoother and less stressful, new research from the University of Washington shows.


Less Sleep, Disrupted Internal 24-Hour Clock Means Higher Risk of Diabetes and Obesity
posted: 5/9/2012
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) reinforces the finding that too little sleep or sleep patterns that are inconsistent with our body's internal biological clock may lead to increased risk of diabetes and obesity.


Stress Contributes to Cognitive Declines in Women with Breast Cancer, Researcher Says
posted: 5/9/2012
Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer can experience cognitive declines, such as decreased verbal fluency or loss of memory and attention. Often experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy, the declines have become known as chemo brain. However, a health psychologist at the University of Missouri says chemo brain isn't always to blame.


A Simple, Low-Cost Yoga Program can Enhance Coping and Quality of Life for Caregivers
posted: 3/21/2012


Social Networking a Shortcut to Finding Health Experts
posted: 3/20/2012
It can be difficult for someone outside of a specialist field to identify subject experts and the ever increasing amount of available data can be bewildering. New research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Journal of Biomedical Semantics, describes a method of social network analysis, similar to finding friends on Facebook, able to sift through scientific literature and news articles to identify opinion leaders and media experts.


Poor Sleep Linked to Increased Health and Behavior Problems in Young Diabetics
posted: 2/28/2012
A recent study suggests young diabetics may be struggling to get a good night's sleep, resulting in worse control of their blood sugar, poorer school performance and misbehavior.


Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Cause Memory Problems
posted: 2/28/2012
A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the Feb. 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


Washing Away Disease
posted: 12/21/2011
With holiday gatherings, New Year celebrations and constant travelling, hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent getting sick and spreading germs. Many illnesses, including the common cold, are spread by not washing hands properly with soap and water. According to statistics from the National Library of Medicine, the common cold accounts for approximately 22 million missed days of school and 20 million absences from work (which includes time away from work to care for sick children).


Tart Cherry Juice Drinkers Gain Sleep Advantage
posted: 12/12/2011
Americans seeking a better night's sleep may need to look no further than tart cherry juice, according to a new study in the European Journal of Nutrition. An international team of researchers found that when adults had two daily glasses of tart cherry juice, they slept 39 minutes longer, on average, and had up to 6 percent increase in overall sleep efficiency (significantly less nonsleep time in bed), compared to when they drank a noncherry, fruit cocktail.


Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents Becoming More Common
posted: 12/12/2011
Children who suffer from persistent or recurring chronic pain may miss school, withdraw from social activities and are at risk of developing internalizing symptoms, such as anxiety, in response to their pain. In the first comprehensive review of chronic pain in children and adolescents in 20 years, a group of researchers found that more children now are suffering from chronic pain and that girls suffer more frequently from chronic pain than boys.


Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
posted: 11/21/2011
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a realistic low-cost at-home food plan is about $110 per week for a family of two and $187 per week for a family of four who have kids older than 6 years old. Even with their low-cost figures, some families may wonder in this economy how to make that work, while still striving to eat healthy meals. The good news is there are many things families can do to help keep costs down, yet eat healthy at the same time


Physical Fitness Could Have a Positive Effect on Eye Health
posted: 11/19/2011
Physical activity may be what the doctor orders to help patients reduce their risk of developing glaucoma. According to a recently published scientific paper, higher levels of physical exercise appear to have a long-term beneficial impact on low ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), an important risk factor for glaucoma.


Improved Memory Efficiency Seen After Aerobic Exercise in Fibromyalgia Patients
posted: 11/18/2011
Areas of the brain responsible for pain processing and cognitive performance changed in fibromyalgia patients who exercised following a medication holiday, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center. They say the changes indicate brain functioning is more streamlined after an exercise intervention because less of the brain's resources is devoted to processing bothersome fibromyalgia perceptions, such as pain.


Garlic Oil Component May Form Treatment to Protect Heart
posted: 11/17/2011
A component of garlic oil may help release protective compounds to the heart after heart attack, during cardiac surgery or as a treatment for heart failure.


Yoga and Stretching Exercises Beneficial for Chronic Low-Back Pain
posted: 11/14/2011
Yoga classes were found to be more effective than a self-care book for patients with chronic low-back pain at reducing symptoms and improving function, but they were not more effective than stretching classes, according to a study published online first by the Archives of Internal Medicine.


Eating Green Veggies Improves Immune Defenses
posted: 11/12/2011
Researchers reporting online in the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, on Oct. 13 have found another good reason to eat your green vegetables, although it may or may not win any arguments with kids at the dinner table.


Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Add a Decade or More Healthy Years to the Average Lifespan
posted: 11/11/2011
Health prevention strategies to help Canadians achieve their optimal health potential could add a decade or more of healthy years to the average lifespan and save the economy billions of dollars as a result of reduced cardiovascular disease, says noted cardiologist Dr. Clyde Yancy.


Stress Triggers Disease Flares in Patients with Vasculitis
posted: 11/7/2011
In patients with a devastating form of vasculitis who are in remission, stress can be associated with a greater likelihood of the disease flaring, according to a new study by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).


Mayo Clinic: Young Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis at More Risk for Broken Bones
posted: 11/7/2011
Women younger than age 50 with rheumatoid arthritis are at greater risk of breaking bones than women without the condition, according to a Mayo Clinic study being presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Men with rheumatoid arthritis also are in more danger of fractures, but that risk seems to surface when they are older, researchers found.


Yoga Aids Chronic Back Pain Sufferers
posted: 11/1/2011
Yoga can provide more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than more conventional methods, according to the United Kingdom's largest ever study into the benefits of yoga.


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