Hypertension is a predominant risk factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis found a significant inverse relationship between dietary intake of magnesium and risk of hypertension. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a risk factor for several major causes of death including stroke and cardiovascular disease. About 29.6% of U.S. adults
Studies have found that undernourished children are less physically active than well-nourished children. Researchers investigated the effects of lipid-based nutrients supplements (LNS) on the physical activity levels of children born to Malawian mothers and found that LNS does not increase physical activity in Malawian toddlers. Poor dietary intake and malnutrition are issues prevalent in
A new study examines young people’s understanding of physical activity and how it can reduce bowel cancer risk. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the third most common in men globally. Furthermore, the second most common cancer-related death is due to bowel cancer. Several factors such as chronic
Physical fitness, an important health status marker, has been found to predict cardiovascular disease and mortality. A recent study demonstrated that greater self-reported physical fitness, in particular cardiorespiratory fitness, is associated with higher self-reported life satisfaction, quality of life, and self-rated health among adolescents. Physical fitness, an important health status marker, has been found
Menopause is associated with weight gain and bone loss. Building on previous research indicating that levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) begin to remain high just prior to menopause, researchers investigated whether treating mice with an antibody to block FSH action triggered weight loss and prevented bone loss. FSH is a fertility hormone produced
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) are widely-used effective treatments for depression. A recent study examined patients over the course of 10 months of treatment and found that CBT was more effective at lowering depression severity than IPT. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is defined by the National Institute of
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive autoimmune disease which interrupts the transmission of nerve impulses, impairing both body function and movement. While this often leads to a decrease in overall physical activity, a recent study found evidence that individuals with MS and an increased risk of falling walked even less each day than did individuals
Exercise is linked to a longer, healthier life but the mechanisms are unclear. To determine how exercise and health are linked, Tucker shows in Preventive Medicine that physical activity is associated with longer telomeres, which are linked to reduced cellular aging. Exercise reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, and
A comprehensive review of studies assessing the effectiveness of complementary therapies for headache found that acupuncture, massage, yoga, biofeedback therapy and meditation seem to have a positive effect on migraine & tension headaches. However, the researchers noted that the overall quality of the evidence reviewed was low. Headache is a very common condition. Whilst
Muscle fatigue is a common outcome of intensive exercise regimes, and can ultimately lead to muscle damage. This occurs when the body produces increased levels of reactive oxygen species, leading to oxidative stress. A recent study demonstrated that green tea and sour tea supplements, which have proven antioxidant properties, can reduce oxidative stress in male
Music therapy is a promising tool in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. A new course offered by Ithaca College and a student organization provide music therapy to local nursing home residents. With so much enthusiasm for the course and organization, Ithaca College may start offering a Music as Medicine major or minor.
Adjunctive naturopathy improved glycemic control while reducing the need for diabetic medications. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a diseased of increased glucose levels in the blood. If not controlled, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney dysfunction and many more complications. The majority of drug therapy is aimed at decreasing blood glucose
Neural hemorrhaging is a condition with a high mortality rate and invasive conventional treatments. Acupuncture offers a non-invasive alternative that may reduce the negative side effects of suffering a stroke. Neural hemorrhaging is a common and very dangerous form of stroke. Particularly dangerous are thalamic hemorrhages, which account for 15% of all spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhages
It has been shown that too little or too much iron supplementation in the diet is linked with poor health in Chinese women. Too little leads to anemia but too much is associated with cardiovascular disease. A lack of sufficient iron in the diet leads to anemia, a known health problem in the developing world.
Research suggests hypnotherapy is a highly valuable tool for treating gut conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and abdominal pain conditions in children. Interestingly, home-based self-hypnotherapy is equally effective as individual-hypnotherapy provided by therapists. Thirteen percent of children around the world suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional abdominal pain syndromes (FAPS). IBS