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Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms

The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed previous studies done on 80 integrative therapies and found that some mind-body therapies such as meditation, yoga, relaxation can provide benefit to breast cancer patients during and after treatment. They also have evidence that acupuncture is very useful in managing pain.

consumer.healthday.com, May 19, 2017

Eat grapes and protect your teeth from decay

Eating grapes can protect your teeth from decaying as a recent study suggests a natural compound found in grapes can strengthen teeth and boost the strength of fillings. Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry say this discovery could stop people from losing teeth as the grape seed extract - a byproduct of the wine making industry which can be purchased from health food shops - has long been linked to health benefits such as improved heart function and better circulation. Now the substance could reduce tooth extractions by increasing the longevity of composite-resin fillings - or tooth-coloured fillings - which typically last only five to seven years.

newkerala.com, June 12, 2017

Energy Drinks May Give the Heart an Unhealthy Jolt

A small new trial suggests that the surge from energy drinks can cause unhealthy changes in your heart rhythm and blood pressure that don't occur with other caffeinated beverages. The blend of caffeine, sugar and herbal stimulants contained in energy drinks may causes changes in the heart's electrical system that can promote an abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythm, the researchers found. Energy drinks may also create a longer-lasting increase in a person's blood pressure, compared to caffeine, the trial results suggest.

consumer.healthday.com, April 26, 2017

Probiotics Are Linked to Reduced Symptoms of Depression

Our guts are intricately connected to our brains. This explains why we get butterflies in our stomachs when we’re worried about an upcoming public speaking event, or why we feel digestive discomfort when work is stressing us out. According to Harvard Health Publications, the gut-brain connection works both ways. The brain can have a direct effect on the gut and the gut can have a direct effect on the brain, meaning that a person’s digestive issues can be either the cause or the product of their anxiety, stress, or depression. Probiotics are just one way to help support a healthy gut, and now there’s new research saying that these beneficial, live bacteria are linked to reduced symptoms of depression. In a McMaster University study, participants with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who took a specific probiotic were twice as likely to experience improvements in their depression symptoms as those who weren’t taking probiotics.

care2.com, June 17, 2017

Genes and the environment? Factors, patterns that lead to childhood obesity risk

A factor that has been linked to childhood obesity is restrictive feeding practices by primary caregivers, the implication being that it may interfere with a child's ability to learn to self-regulate food intake. When a child is overweight, parents tend to use more controlling, restrictive feeding practices. A new study is showing that a child's genetics, related to emotion and cognition, may also play a role in this pattern.

sciencedaily.com, June 16, 2017

Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions

According to a new study, it may be possible to use artificial intelligence to diagnose tuberculosis in people who live in developing nations. TB, among the top 10 causes of death worldwide, can be identified on X-rays. But, the expertise required to screen for and diagnose TB is often lacking in areas that have high rates of the lung disease, according to the study's authors. The researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia used 1,007 X-rays of people with and without active TB to train artificial intelligence models to identify TB on X-rays. It proved highly accurate - up to 96 percent - in diagnosing cases.

consumer.healthday.com, April 25, 2017

Is homeopathic treatment for Chikungunya effective?

Drinking a lot of coconut water will help fight Chikungunya. The minerals and electrolytes help in making you stronger and strengthen the immune system to fight against all diseases. Intake of boiled tulsi in water for three to four times a day can prevent virus from attacking you. It will help in boosting your immune system. Consuming some Kasuri Methi leaves boiled in water will help to keep you away from Chikungunya and other germ. Leaves of papaya help your body to form more platelets. Squeeze out the fresh juice from papaya leaves and consume it daily. Black pepper helps to fight against the pain causing disease. Boiled it with tulsi and consuming it twice a day may help a lot. It's a natural anti biotic and pepper is very effective to boost your immunity power.

indiatvnews.com, June 16, 2017

Study identifies potential biomarker for Alzheimer's disease

In one of the largest studies to date to use metabolomics, the study of compounds that are created through various chemical reactions in the body, researchers have been able to identify new circulating compounds associated with the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings point to new biological pathways that may be implicated in AD and could serve as biomarkers for risk of the disease.

sciencedaily.com, June 12, 2017

High Blood Pressure? 8 To-Do’s When Your Medication Isn’t Enough

Managing hypertension isn’t always easy, but making these changes is worth the effort. They will go a long way toward reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke. (1) Make sure you’re taking your hypertension medication correctly and at the scheduled time; (2) If your medication is causing unpleasant side effects, talk to your doctor about alternatives — don’t just stop taking it; (3) Follow a low-sodium diet (less than 2.3 grams per day); (4) Follow the DASH diet, which includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein; (5) Exercise regularly. (Talk to your doctor first if it’s been awhile since you were physically active.); (6) Limit the amount of processed foods you eat — they’re usually high in sodium; (7) Limit your alcohol intake; (8) Learn to check your blood pressure at home. Ask your doctor to help you create a monitoring schedule. Log the results and bring them to your doctor’s appointments. Have your blood pressure machine checked for accuracy at least once a year.

health.clevelandclinic.org, June 6, 2017

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