Tai Chi May Improve Physical Function, Reduce Falls After Stroke
May 27, 2014 A stroke can create muscle imbalances and weakness that increase risk of falls and lead to further injury and extended recovery time. Physical conditioning will help improve muscle strength and function which in turn reduces the risk for falls. This trial has found that Tai Chi may be an effective option.
Diverse Foods Early in Life Associated with Lower Rates of Asthma and Food Allergies
April 29, 2014 Allergies and asthma are caused by an overreaction of the immune system believed to be caused by both genetic and environmental factors, perhaps factors that we come in contact early in life. This trial found that a greater variety of foods in the first year of life may be associated with lower risk of developing asthma or allergies.
Positive Mental Health Changes Found After Smoking Cessation
February 20, 2014 Most know the numerous physical benefits of quitting smoking but are reluctant to quit because they rely on their cigarettes for stress relief and decrease anxiety. However, a study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that those who quit had lower stress and anxiety levels than continued smokers.
Parent-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Help Children With Anxiety
January 20, 2014 Anxiety in children can not only impact their current wellness but also increase their risk of future health problems. Fortunately, therapy can be very effective, in fact, researchers from England found that a parent-led behavioral therapy program was successful at helping children manage anxiety.
Regular Consumption of Nuts Associated with Lower Mortality
December 20, 2013 If you happen to be a nut lover, you may find yourself with a few extra years to enjoy them! Researchers found that those who had at least 2 servings of nuts per week had lower mortality during a lengthy cohort study than those who did not eat nuts.
Regular Physical Activity May Improve Sleep in Women with Menopausal Symptoms
September 22, 2013 Menopause symptoms like hot flashes are mostly nuisance but when they interfere with sleep these symptoms can start to affect your health. Fortunately, a study from the University of Pittsburgh found that regular physical activity may help manage these symptoms and improve sleep quality.
Home-Based Palliative Care May Help Patients With Advanced Illness Stay Home
August 28, 2013 Most who need long term medical care prefer to be in the comforts of their home instead of a medical facility but worry that the care would not be appropriate or be too much of a burden on family. This systematic review found that home-based palliative care may help patients stay at home.
Adding Nuts to Diet Not Associated with Increased Weight
June 10, 2013 Nuts are nutrient dense, heart healthy power foods but many stay away from them because of their fat and calorie content. However, Spanish researchers found that nuts, eaten in moderation, are not associated with weight gain.
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.