Heavy Alcohol Use May Increase Risk Cancer Death
April 22, 2013 Heavy alcohol use is strongly associated with liver problems but it seems it could also play a role in cancer survival. Researchers from China found that those who average three or more drinks per day were more likely to die from cancer than those who drank occasionally.
Certain Exercises May Help People with Knee Osteoarthritis
February 28, 2013 Exercise is a common and beneficial tool for people with osteoarthritis but the best options is not clear. A large review found that strength, aerobic, and pool exercises may provide the most benefits for reducing pain and improving function in people with osteoarthritis.
Daily Multivitamin May Decrease Risk of Cancer in Men
January 20, 2013 Daily multivitamins may be chosen by an individual or prescribed by a doctor to boost nutrition but studies on its benefits are unclear. The Physician's Health Study II found that men who took daily multivitamins had a lower risk of cancer compared to those who took placebo.
Diet High in Fruits and Vegetables May Reduce Asthma Exacerbations
December 20, 2012 Asthma management includes a balance of medication and avoiding triggers but it appears diet may also play a role. Researchers in Australia found that adults with asthma that had a high intake of fruits and vegetables had fewer asthma exacerbations.
Job Stress Linked to the Development of Heart Disease
November 21, 2012 Brief bursts of stress may help motivate you but constant stress can wear you down and lead to serious health issues. In fact, researchers found that job stress alone was associated with an increased risk of a heart related event.
Yoga May Help Reduce Anxiety and Stress
September 13, 2012 Stress cannot always be avoided but healthy lifestyle choices including relaxation techniques can help reduce its impact on your health. US researchers found that yoga appears to be an effective tool for reducing stress and anxiety.
Behavior Therapy May Decrease Tic Symptoms in Adults
September 13, 2012 Tics from neurological conditions are often mild and will pass by adulthood, but some may interfere with daily activities. Medications are available but can have side effects. US researchers have found that a form of therapy called behavioral therapy may help manage tics without side effects.
Antioxidant Supplements Not Associated with Lower Death Rates
June 10, 2012 Antioxidants from foods have been linked to many health benefits but it is not clear if antioxidant supplements can provide the same benefits. A review, conducted by the Cochrane Database, found that supplements were not associated with lower death rates, in fact a few were actually associated with increased death rates.
Stretching Routine Before Bedtime May Decrease Nighttime Leg Cramps
June 10, 2012 Most leg cramps usually pass on their own but, if they occur at night they can interrupt your sleep and that can affect your overall health. Researchers from the Netherlands found that a simple stretching program before bed was able to reduce leg cramps in older adults.
Cold-Water Immersion Therapy May Relieve Post-Exercise Soreness
May 10, 2012 Postworkout soreness is common after a new or particularly stressful workout but for athlete's it may also decrease training opportunities. A systematic review of previous studies found that ice baths may decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness.
Fried Foods Not Associated with Increased Risk of Heart Disease
April 15, 2012 You may be surprised to learn that although most healthy diets recommend against fried foods there is little evidence that actually links fried foods and heart disease. This trial published in Spain found that fried foods included in a diet were not associated with increased risk of heart disease.
Replacing Sweetened Drinks with Noncaloric Drinks May Aid in Weight Loss
March 10, 2012 Calories from daily sweetened or sugary drinks can quickly add up, leading to a creeping weight gain or frustrated attempts at weight loss. A large randomized trial in the United States found that replacing your sweetened drinks with no-calorie options can in fact assist in weight loss.
Tai Chi May Improve Balance in Patients with Parkinson Disease
March 10, 2012 While Parkinson is a progressively degenerative condition, certain exercises may help slow early debilitation. Researchers from Oregon found that Tai Chi-based exercise was most effective at improving balance and decreasing falls than strength training or stretching programs.
Regular Sunscreen Use May Reduce the Risk of Melanoma
March 28, 2011 Sunscreen is recommended to keep your skin from turning red but can it can also decrease your risk of cancer. Researchers from Australian found that regular use of sunscreen may decrease the risk of melanoma.
Topical NSAIDs Appear to be Effective at Decreasing Pain without Systemic Side Effects
November 22, 2010 Oral NSAIDs are a common choice to decrease pain and inflammation but as with any drug there are potential side effects specifically stomach problems or interference with kidney function. Researchers from Cochrane database found that a topical form of NSAIDs was effective in decreasing pain for people with sport injuries without systemic side effects.
Activity May Be Better then Rest for Low Back Pain Recovery
November 22, 2010 Initial reaction to an injured joint is to rest, and if you injure your back this may mean a severe decrease or halt to your activities. However, researchers from the Cochrane database found that getting out of bed and keeping active may help speed your recovery.
PSA Prostate Cancer Screening Not Associated with Decrease Risk of Dying from Cancer
October 29, 2010 PSA is a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer in men, most often recommended for men over age 50. As with any screening test, it is under scrutiny to ensure that the positive aspects of this test outweigh any negative consequences. University of Florida researchers reviewed several past studies and found that PSA screening does not decrease mortality rates in men with prostate cancer.
Green Leafy Vegetables May Decrease Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
October 29, 2010 A balanced diet with plenty of vegetables are often associated with lower risks of many chronic diseases. United Kingdom researchers found that leafy greens in particular may be the key vegetables in decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes Associated with Increased Risk of Depression
September 15, 2010 Lifestyle changes and challenges, like those due to chroinc illness, may increase the chance of developing depression. Researchers from UK found that people with Type 2 Diabetes have an increased risk of developing depression.
Local Hyperthermia may be Effective Help in Treatment of Plantar Warts
August 16, 2010 Plantar warts will often go away on their own, but some are a bit more stubborn or can develop in painful areas. Current treatments can cause damage to the area around the wart, but researchers from China have found that local hyperthermia may be an effective tool in getting rid of plantar warts with little damage to surrounding area.
Dietary Saturated Fat Not Associated with Risk for Heart Disease or Stroke
April 28, 2010 Many heart disease and stroke guidelines include recommendations to decrease dietary saturated fats, but the proof of the link is unclear. A systematic review by researchers in California did not find a link between high dietary saturated fats and the development of heart disease or stroke.
Ginkgo Biloba Not Associated with Slower Decline in Cognitive Function
January 14, 2010 Ginkgo Biloba is often sold as an aid for a healthy brain but it may not be as effective as some believe. In a large study people that were given ginkgo biloba supplements were not foudn to have lower rates of cognitive decline than those that did not take the supplements.
Supplements Associated with Improved Asthma Control in Children
December 15, 2009 Good asthma management can lead to decrease use of medicine, illness, and improved quality of life. Researchers from Egypt found that certain vitamins and dietary supplements may be an effective tool for asthma management in children.
Acetaminophen May Reduce Vaccination Response
November 02, 2009 Acetaminophen is often given just after vaccines to reduce the chance of developing a fever. However, researchers from the Czech Republic found that in addition to lowering fever, the medication may also lower the immune response to the vaccine.
Breastfeeding and Pacifier Use
October 13, 2009 A pacifier can help soothe a cranky baby but some worry that it may discourage the infant from breastfeeding. Researchers from Buenos Aires found in their study that pacifier use did not affect the rate of breastfeeding.
Mediterranean Diet May Be Associated with Decreased Risk of Depression
October 13, 2009 Daily choices like diet or physical activity are known to play an important role in maintaining good physical health but it appears they may also be important for your mental health. Researchers from Spain found that participants who followed a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop depression.
Lifestyle Habits May Lower Lifetime Risk of Hypertension in Women
September 16, 2009 Hypertension can lead to serious heart and blood vessel disease but there are lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found six particular habits that may decrease your risk.
Lifestyle Habits May Lower Lifetime Risk of Heart Failure in Men
August 19, 2009 Healthy choices have been encouraged to help decrease the risk of many serious illnesses and now it also may help keep the heart strong. Researchers in Boston found that men with certain healthy habits had significantly lower risks of heart failure.
Caffeine and Technology Cutting Down Teen Sleep Time
July 28, 2009 Technology is a common part of teens' everyday activities, but it may play a role in their sleep time. Researchers from Drexel University found that teens with high technology use at night were more likely to doze off during the day.
Meat Choices Linked to Heart Disease and Cancer Deaths
June 05, 2009 Although the specific reason is not clear, many studies have shown a link between certain illnesses and red or processed meats. Researchers from the National Cancer institute found that eating high levels of these meats may shorten your life expectancy.
Home Births for Low Risk Women Does Not Appear to Increase Risk to Baby
June 05, 2009 Women with low risk pregnancies may choose to have their birth at home rather than a hospital but some are concerned over the safety of homebirths. A study done in the Netherlands found that homebirths attended by certified midwives were just as safe as hospital births.
Movie Smoking May Encourage Teens to Become Adult Smokers
June 05, 2009 Teens that smoke regularly have a high risk of becoming smoking adult and developing deadly illnesses. Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School found that the exposure to smoking images in movies may encourage a long term habit.
Diet Soda Intake Linked to Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
May 07, 2009 Diet soda is often used as a substitute for high sugar drinks for people trying to cut down on calories and sugar intake. However, an observational study from the University of Texas suggests there may be a link between diet soda consumption and type 2 Diabetes.
Follow Up 10 Years After Mercury Vaccine
April 10, 2009 Thimerosal is a preservative made with mercury, that was formally used with vaccines. There were some concerns that the mercury caused developmental issues in children that received vaccines with thimerosal. A 10 year follow-up in Italy found no significant developmental differences in children that had received the vaccine.
Specific Nutrient Changes May Not Effect Weight Loss
April 10, 2009 There are hundreds of choices of diet plans to help you lose weight, many which focus on eliminating or enhancing one nutrient. Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found that what matters most in weight loss is the amount of calories not the source of the calories.
Certain Anti-Depressants May Be Effective for Severe PMS Symptoms
April 10, 2009 Severe PMS can cause intense physical and behavioral symptoms that may interfere with your ability to function socially and professionally. A research review finds that some anti-depressant medication may be effective at relieving these symptoms.
B vitamins May Not Protect Against Cognitive Decline in Elderly Women
March 06, 2009 Cognitive decline is a common problem associated with aging. Some research has suggested vitamin B may decrease the decline. However, results from the Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study found that B vitamins did not prevent decline as hoped.
Web-Based Program May Help Improve Diabetes Management
March 06, 2009 Some find that diabetes management and lifestyle changes can be a difficult task. Many studies have shown that a support system is important and the Center for Health Studies in Seattle found that an online version can be effective.
Acupuncture for Low Back Pain
February 06, 2009 Back pain can greatly impact your life and can be difficult to manage. Research from Northern Ireland suggests that acupuncture may be able to play a role in alleviating back pain.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy
February 06, 2009 Smoking and nicotine can have serious effects on the health of the developing baby, including increasing the risk of death. A study in Denmark found that women that tried nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy had lower risks of stillbirths than those that continued smoking.
Peanut Butter Linked to Salmonella Food Poisoning
February 06, 2009 Salmonella tainted peanut butter has been responsible for making hundreds of people sick over the last couple of months. The CDC was able to track the source of infection through a series of case studies.
Preteen Alcohol Use Associated With Suicide in Adolescents
February 06, 2009 The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reviewed the results of a national teen violence survey to find if there is a link between alcohol use and teen violence. The study found that early use of alcohol may be connected to some types of violence.
Research News of 2008
Research News Review of 2008
Cancer Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of cancer research highlighted in 2008 including improved prevention strategies. The year included a review of studies that did not find a clear link between cell phone use and brain tumors.
Children's Health Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of research that focused on children's health and well-being. Research this year focused on medication precautions for children.
Diabetes Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of research that focused on diabetes related research. One major finding this year came with a major study that found low A1C's may not be a safe or effective way to decrease heart disease risks.
Healthy Lifestyle Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of research that explored lifestyle habits that can help or hurt. Research tried to find a winner among the most popular diet plans and exercise was shown to help mind and body.
Heart Health Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of research from the past year on heart health. The research included some promising drug combinations which did not perform as hoped and lifestyle habits that were found to affect your heart disease risk.
Medical Care Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 Medical care options that were explored in the past year. Vaccines may have some new options and alternative treatments may provide some pain relief.
Medication Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of medication research from the past year. New combinations may provide some help for people with Crohn's Disease and ALS, antibiotics do not appear to provide benefits for some illnesses, and current drugs may find new uses.
Pregnancy Research in 2008
January 05, 2009 A review of research from the past year about pregnancy from conception to a healthy infant. Researchers studied ways to help mom have a happy, healthy pregnancy from caffeine to asthma to methods of decreasing maternal discomforts.
Poorly Controlled Maternal Asthma May Increase Risk of Preterm Birth
November 11, 2008 Many mothers-to-be with asthma decrease or even avoid their asthma medications because of fears of the effect of asthma medication on developing babies. The University of New Mexico found that avoiding the medications was actually more harmful to mom and baby.
Varicella Vaccine May Be Helpful After Exposure to Chickenpox
November 11, 2008 The Varicella vaccine provides protection against developing chickenpox but not everyone receives the vaccine. Studies have begin to show that the vaccine delivered shortly after exposure may still be able to provide protective benefits.
Leech Therapy May Improve Arthritic Pain and Functionality
October 06, 2008 Osteoarthritis causes inflammation in the joints which results in pain and limited movement. In a recent German study, the unique benefits of leech therapy were found useful in relief of pain and improvement in function for osteoarthritis patients.
Smoked Cannabis Reduces HIV-Associated Neuropathic Pain
October 06, 2008 Neuropathic pain can be difficult to treat and can significantly affect quality of life. A study at San Francisco General Hospital found that cannabis may be an effective tool to managing neuropathic pain.
Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccines for Healthy Children
September 08, 2008 The influenza vaccine is recommended for young children every year as a flu prevention. A review of several studies assessed the effectiveness of the vaccine for healthy children in preventing flu like illnesses.
Muscular Strength and Rates of Death in Men 20-80 Years of Age
August 08, 2008 Strength training is known for helping build better physiques but it may also prove to be vital to your health. Researchers found that despite age and weight, men with higher strength levels were less likely to die from cancer or heart disease.
Western Diet Increases Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome
August 08, 2008 Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease some of the leading killers in the US. Researchers found a definite link between a western style diet and the development of this syndrome.
Effectiveness of Diets for Weight Loss
August 08, 2008 There are hundreds of diets and diet products all claiming to be the best method to lose weight. This study attempted to find the best diet by comparing weight loss and health changes in three of the most popular diets. Unfortunately, there was no clear winner.
Risks Associated with Low A1C Target
July 11, 2008 Two large studies were conducted in hopes of demonstrating lower heart and kidney disease risks for people with diabetes through intensive blood glucose control. However, both studies found serious complications from the approach including hospitalizations and death.
Testing of Vaccine for Traveler’s Diarrhea
July 11, 2008 Traveler's diarrhea has ruined many vacations. A trial on a new vaccine shows some promise to decreasing the intensity and duration of the common travel illness.
Coffee Consumption and Cardiovascular Mortality
July 11, 2008 Conflicting research has lead to concerns about the role coffee plays in the development of heart disease. Two recent studies have shown that not only was coffee not linked to risk of heart disease but coffee drinkers had lower mortality rates.
Lithium for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
May 05, 2008 A small study suggests the use of Lithium to treat patients with ALS may have some benefits. Researchers found promising results in slowing the progression of the disease and lengthening the patients lives.
Cleaning Wounds with Drinkable Tap Water
May 05, 2008 Unfounded fears about the safety of tap water have led to an enormous industry of bottled water and water filtration systems. However, a review of several studies found that for cleaning wounds, tap water may be a better answer.
Electrocardiogram before ADHD Medication
May 05, 2008 The American Heart Association has released a new guideline that recommend an ECG for children before receiving ADHD medications. The review was based on FDA review that found illness or deaths in children that had been given stimulant medications.