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Archive for September, 2011

Reviewing the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on depression

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in New York City, reviewed the evidence for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to treat major depressive episodes. (more…)

Reducing marijuana use among young women

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Researchers in Rhode Island studied the value of motivational interviewing + mindfulness meditation. (more…)

Storytelling to improve blood pressure

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Benefits of culturally appropriate storytelling were similar to those of antihypertensive drugs, according to researchers at Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Massachusetts. (more…)

Religion and major depression in adults

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Researchers at Columbia University, in New York, previously reported that the personal importance of religion or spirituality was associated with a lower risk for major depression.

Now, they report the importance of religion among the offspring of the participants in that earlier study. (more…)

Coffee, caffeine, and the risk of depression

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The relationship between coffee or caffeine consumption and depression is not well defined.

Researchers in Boston and New York report a connection. (more…)

Herbal and dietary supplements on cognition in menopause

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleagues evaluated the evidence regarding the effects of herbal and dietary supplements on cognition (ability to reason) in menopause. (more…)

Value of zinc to treat Wilson disease

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Wilson disease is a genetic disorder that affects copper storage, leading to liver failure and neurologic deterioration.

Researchers at the University Hospital of Heidelberg, in Germany, studied the long-term outcomes copper chelators vs zinc salts. (more…)

Review: Broad benefits with the Mediterranean diet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A couple of years ago, researchers at the University of Florence, in Italy, reviewed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on the risk of death and the occurrence of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases.

Now, they’ve updated their findings. (more…)

Lower risk of diabetes with the Mediterranean diet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Researchers in Spain report the results of the PREDIMED-Reus Nutrition intervention study. (more…)

Effect of yoga on menopausal symptoms

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Researchers at NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, observed the effect of yoga on menopausal symptoms. (more…)

Maggots help heal wounds in diabetic patients

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Diabetic patients face lower limb amputation when lesion on the foot or leg don”t heal.

During the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, reported the response to biosurgery using the sterile larvae of the green blow-fly (Lucilia sericata). (more…)

The science of vitamin D

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 has a review. (more…)

Status of hypnosis/guided imagery for fibromyalgia

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Researchers in Germany performed a systematic review of the evidence. (more…)

Probiotics improve a person’s health

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

This Cochrane Review assessed the effectiveness and safety of probiotics for preventing acute upper respiratory infections (URTIs). (more…)

Plan to treat fibromyalgia pain in advance

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 tells us, “When fibromyalgia pain or fatigue is severe, you might not be thinking clearly… Having a plan to follow gives you a sense of control over your signs and symptoms.” (more…)

Foot massage for patients with dementia

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Researchers at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, studied the effects of foot massage on agitated behaviors. (more…)

Eat breakfast!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Royal Children’s Hospital, in Victoria, Australia looked for an association between skipping breakfast and cardiometabolic risk factors in adulthood.

They’ve come across a finding that’s particularly interesting. (more…)

How does exercise benefit heart failure patients?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Researchers in California and Utah studied patients as they performed 8 weeks of knee-extensor exercise. (more…)

Mindfulness training for smoking cessation: short-term results

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut, conducted a study of mindfulness training for smoking cessation. (more…)

Looking for the metabolic effects of cinnamon

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Dietary fat is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers in Ireland measured the effect of 3 grams cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) on gastric emptying, postprandial lipid and blood sugar responses, and other metabolic effects. (more…)