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Archive for August, 2011

Tools that help seniors stay independent

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The television and telephone are as advanced as some seniors will ever get with communications.

GigaNano has a dizzying list of options to keep gramps compliant with drug treatment and in touch with family and healthcare providers. (more…)

Garlic and blood pressure control: Does study design matter?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Researchers at Radboud University Medical Centre, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, believe that flawed study design may contribute to confusion on the value of garlic to control hypertension. (more…)

Looking for mechanisms to explain stress reduction with yoga

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Studies commonly report less stress among people who practice yoga. Examples are here in pregnancy, here among musicians, and here in healthy women and cancer survivors.

This study, by Ohio State University researchers searched for the mechanism underlying the benefit. (more…)

Red tea doesn’t lower blood pressure

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Cochrane reviewed the effect of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on blood pressure in hypertensive adults. (more…)

Comparing exercise programs in people with osteoarthritis

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Reduced aerobic capacity in people osteoarthritis of the lower limbs affects independence and the ability to perform everyday activities.

Researchers at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain, reviewed exercise programs and the ability to perform activities require sustained aerobic metabolism. (more…)

Adding omega-3 to diet and exercise to increase weight loss

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

In addition to the metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s suggested there’s a weight loss-enhancing benefit to this supplement.

Researchers at The Cooper Institute, in Dallas, Texas, studied the response by a group of overweight people. (more…)

Exercise lessens symptoms of the common cold

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Researchers at Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina, studied the effects of physical activity and fitness levels on the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. (more…)

Do CAM users feel healthier?

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

CAM is used by about 4 of 10 adults in the US; but little is known about the association between CAM use and health status.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, surveyed people about the relationship between their CAM use and perceived health status. (more…)

Why do some people insist on tanning?

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

People who say they’re addicted to tanning act like alcoholics and drug addicts.

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, think they know why. (more…)

Herbal supplements: Caveat Emptor

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Leeds, in Woodhouse, evaluated written information provided with commonly used herbal products in the UK in advance of a European Union Directive that tightens regulations for some herbal products, including requirements to provide safety information. (more…)

Benefits of music therapy for cancer patients

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Having cancer may result in emotional, physical, and social suffering. Music interventions have been used to alleviate symptoms and treatment side effects in cancer patients.

The authors of this Cochrane review report the response to music among cancer patients. (more…)

Sumarizing the mental health implications of music therapy

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Researchers at Kaohsiung Medical University, in Taiwan reviewed the evidence related to music’s effect on people with different mental illnesses. (more…)

Moxibustion to treat diabetes mellitus

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

It’s commonly done in East Asian countries.

Researchers at Kyung Hee University, in Seoul, South Korea, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Another dopey cannabis study

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

The left coast is a source of many useless studies of “medical” marijuana.

Here’s another from researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, in Kelowna, British Columbia. (more…)

Do herbals and dietary supplements affect cognitive decline?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence during menopause (more…)

Managing heat exhaustion

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Mayo Clinic staff has written a review of heat exhaustion.

As we stagger through this summer, here’s what we should know. (more…)

Vitamin D and prevention of osteoporotic fractures

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Writing for the California Technology Assessment Forum, Dr. Jeffrey Tice at the University of California has reviewed vitamin D and calcium as an option to lower the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Drinking water to enhance weight loss

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

During the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers from Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, reported that increasing water intake is an effective way to lose weight. (more…)

Music therapy for preterm infants and mothers

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Researchers at Meir Medical Center, in Kfar Saba, Israel, studied the response to live harp music therapy and kangaroo care in the neonatal intensive care unit. (more…)

Another review of acupuncture to treat uremic pruritus

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Uremic pruritus (itchiness) is a common, bothersome symptom in people with end-stage kidney disease that doesn’t always respond to conventional care.

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, in Daejeon, reviewed the evidence for acupuncture. (more…)