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Chronic Illness Fitness Neuropathy Today's Healthcare
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Did you know that physical activity can protect you from chronic pain?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Reserachers found that people who were more active in their free time had a lower chance of having various types of chronic pain 7-8 years later. For example, being just a little more active, such as going from light to moderate activity, was associated with a 5% lower risk of reporting some form of chronic pain later. For severe chronic pain in several places in the body, higher activity was associated with a 16% reduced risk. The researchers found that the ability to tolerate pain played a role in this apparent protective effect. That explains why being active could lower the risk of having severe chronic pain, whether or not it was widespread throughout the body.

Diabetes Neuropathy Skin Care Today's Healthcare
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Discovery has potential to solve the billion-dollar global cost of poorly managed wound healing      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have uncovered a key step in the wound healing process that becomes disabled in diseases like diabetes and aging, contributing to a global healthcare cost of managing poorly healing wounds exceeding $250 billion a year. Importantly, the research reveals a molecule involved in the healing of tissues that -- when injected into animal models -- leads to a drastic acceleration of wound closure, up to 2.5 times faster, and 1.6 times more muscle regeneration.

Alternative Medicine Nutrition
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Small amounts of licorice raise blood pressure, study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

It is known that large amounts of licorice cause high blood pressure. A new study now shows that even small amounts of licorice raise blood pressure. The individuals who react most strongly also show signs of strain on the heart.

Healthy Aging Neuropathy
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An overgrowth of nerve cells appears to cause lingering symptoms after recurrent UTIs      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A perplexing problem for people with recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) is persistent pain, even after antibiotics have successfully cleared the bacteria. Now researchers have identified the likely cause -- an overgrowth of nerve cells in the bladder.

Alternative Medicine Dietary Supplements and Minerals Nutrition Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Study results show 25% of pregnant people are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids from their diet or dietary supplements      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Results from a new US nationwide cohort study show that, despite strong recommendations in favor of consuming omega-3 fatty acids for optimal pregnancy outcomes and offspring health, 25% of participants reported rarely, or never eating fish during pregnancy, with fewer taking omega-3 supplements.

Alternative Medicine Chronic Illness Depression Healthy Aging Menopause Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Yoga provides unique cognitive benefits to older women at risk of Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study found Kundalini yoga provided several benefits to cognition and memory for older women at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease including restoring neural pathways, preventing brain matter decline and reversing aging and inflammation-associated biomarkers -- improvements not seen in a group who received standard memory training exercises.

Alternative Medicine Chronic Illness Women's Health - General
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Compounds in female ginseng could lead to new osteoporosis treatments      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

With ever-increasing life expectancy comes the challenge of treating age-related disorders such as osteoporosis. Although there are effective drugs for treating this metabolic bone disease, they can be expensive and have side effects, limiting their availability to some people. In the search for alternative drug candidates, researchers have discovered and fully replicated a compound from a botanical source, female ginseng, that had potent anti-osteoporotic activity in cellular tests.

Alternative Medicine
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Active components of ginkgo biloba may improve early cognitive recovery after stroke      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Adults treated with 14 days of intravenous injections of ginkgo diterpene lactone meglumine (GDLM) -- a combination of biologically active components of ginkgo biloba -- after an ischemic (clot-caused) stroke had better cognitive recovery at 14 days and 90 days.

Chronic Illness Diabetes Neuropathy
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Researchers uncover potential non-opioid treatment for chronic pain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new approach to treating neuropathic pain is making a key step forward. Neuropathic pain is among the most difficult types of pain to alleviate and current treatments are often ineffective. Researchers have identified a potential non-opioid treatment.

Healthy Aging Neuropathy Psychology Research Schizophrenia
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Firing nerve fibers in the brain are supplied with energy on demand      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

To rapidly transmit electrical signals in the brain, the long nerve fibers are insulated by specialized cells called oligodendrocytes. These cells also respond to the electrical signals of active nerve fibers and provide them with energy on demand, as researchers have discovered. If this process, regulated by potassium, is disabled in mice, the nerve fibers are severely damaged as the animals age -- resembling the defects of neurodegenerative diseases.

Chronic Illness Neuropathy Today's Healthcare
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Good and bad news for people with low back pain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Low back pain is a major cause of disability around the globe, with more than 570 million people affected. New research shows that many people with persistent low back pain (more than 12 weeks) continue to have moderate-to-high levels of pain and disability.

Neuropathy Today's Healthcare
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Clarifying the cause of Guillain-Barré Syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Guillain-?Barr Syndrome is a rare condition in which a person's immune system attacks the peripheral nerves. People affected suffer from muscle weakness and paralysis. A research team led by ETH Zurich has now clarified the mechanism of this autoimmune disease.

Alternative Medicine Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Skin Care
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A more eco-friendly facial sheet mask that moisturizes, even though it's packaged dry      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Starting a new year, many people pledge to enact self-care routines that improve their appearance. And facial sheet masks soaked in skin care ingredients provide an easy way to do this. However, these wet masks and their waterproof packaging often contain plastics and preservatives. Now, a study reports a dry-packaged hydrating facial mask that is made of biobased and sustainable materials.

Children's Health Healthy Aging Neuropathy Psychology Research
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RSV shown to infect nerve cells, cause inflammation and damage      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

RSV, a common infection in children and the elderly thought to only infect the respiratory tract, can also infect nerve cells and cause nerve damage, according to a new study. The findings could have major implications about whether RSV could be connected to neurological or developmental disorders.

Chronic Illness Fitness Neuropathy Today's Healthcare
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Different pain types in multiple sclerosis can cause difficulty staying active      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Chronic pain can present in multiple forms for multiple sclerosis patients. Some forms make it harder to stay active than others.

Alternative Medicine Child Development
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Yoga nidra might be a path to better sleep and improved memory      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Practicing yoga nidra -- a kind of mindfulness training -- might improve sleep, cognition, learning, and memory, even in novices, according to a pilot study. After a two-week intervention with a cohort of novice practitioners, the researchers found that the percentage of delta-waves in deep sleep increased and that all tested cognitive abilities improved.

Neuropathy Psychology Research
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Lost brain function restored in mice after stroke      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have succeeded in restoring lost brain function in mouse models of stroke using small molecules that in the future could potentially be developed into a stroke recovery therapy.

Neuropathy Today's Healthcare
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Common headaches tied to neck inflammation      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have identified objective evidence of how the neck muscles are involved in primary headaches, according to a new study.

Neuropathy Nutrition Obesity Psychology Research
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Fat cells help repair damaged nerves      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Damage to the body's peripheral nerves can cause pain and movement disorders. Researchers have recently investigated how damaged nerves can regenerate better. They found that fat tissue strongly supports the Schwann cells needed for repair during the healing process.

Chronic Illness Neuropathy Psychology Research
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Repairing nerve cells after injury and in chronic disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers discovered a mechanism for repairing damaged nerves during peripheral neuropathy in mice, wherein the protein Mitf orchestrates nerve repair after both trauma-induced and chronic nerve damage conditions, like Charcot Marie Tooth disease. Their findings may inspire novel therapeutics that bolster repair function and heal peripheral neuropathy -- even in hereditary and developmental cases.