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New research points to talking-therapy treatments to manage osteoarthritis pain

Posted March 5, 2014

Scientists have shown for the first time that the abnormalities in the way the brain experiences pain may be to blame for the chronic pain suffered by osteoarthritis patients. The findings by Arthritis Research UK-funded researchers at The University of Manchester suggest the need for new therapies to target brain mechanisms to enable the brain to cope more effectively with chronic pain, including mindfulness-based talking therapies.

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Music as therapeutic intervention can relieve anxiety and depression in older people

Posted February 27, 2014

Using music and singing in health care can improve quality of life for older people by easing pain, anxiety and depression. According to an article published in Mental Health Practice, the practices can be easily and effectively used as therapeutic nursing interventions.

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Hippotherapy For Multiple Sclerosis Makes Horse Sense

Posted February 26, 2014

Despite its name, hippotherapy has nothing to do with the hippopotamus, which is probably a relief to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who want to try this treatment approach. Rather, they will find themselves spending time with horses.

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Thermograms – a safe, accurate and reliable alternative to mammograms

Posted February 18, 2014

Various researchers and experts have highlighted several issues and limitations with using mammograms as the main method of breast cancer diagnosis. A viable alternative is thermography. Thermograms are safe, nontoxic, highly accurate and inexpensive.

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The remarkable health benefits of oil pulling

Posted February 2, 2014

More and more research is revealing that the health of your mouth is extremely critical to the health of your whole body. A dysbiotic oral cavity increases our risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and dementia. Oil pulling is an easy and inexpensive way to improve the balance of microorganisms in the mouth and improve our health.

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Spirituality, religion may protect against major depression by thickening brain cortex, study finds

Posted January 21, 2014

A thickening of the brain cortex associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice could be the reason those activities guard against depression – particularly in people who are predisposed to the disease, according to new research led by Lisa Miller, professor and director of Clinical Psychology and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Alternative to Yogurt

Posted January 6, 2014

Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València have obtained new products fermented with probiotic bacteria from grains and nuts — what is known as plant-based or vegetable “milks” — which are an alternative to conventional yogurts. The products are specially designed for people with allergies to cow’s milk, lactose or gluten intolerance, as well as children and pregnant women.

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Alternative Medicine Can Help Reduce Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted December 26, 2013

A new pilot study discovered that both real and sham weekly acupuncture treatments eased side effects (hot flashes and musculoskeletal pain) associated with breast cancer treatments. Researchers comment that the results are comparable to previous reports that even the sensation of skin pricks used to simulate genuine acupuncture needle sticks might be enough to generate natural chemicals that improve symptoms.

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Check out these healthy, gluten-free alternatives to white flour

Posted December 24, 2013

It’s not difficult to find research lamenting the poor nutritional value of enriched white flour. Consuming this omnipresent flour – which has been processed, bleached and stripped of all its nutrients – has been repeatedly linked to constipation, diabetes, cancer and more. Often, these conditions are related to white flour’s notoriously high concentrations of gluten, which negatively affects the health of most people – not just those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

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Spirulina May Help Naturally Lower Cholesterol

Posted December 5, 2013

Research shows that Spirulina, a blue-green algae, can help alleviate various medical conditions, one of which is high cholesterol. A recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture finds that taking one gram of spirulina each day is effective in lowering cholesterol.

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