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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.

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.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Fecal microbiota transplant recommended for the majority of recurrent C. diff patients      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In the first comprehensive evidence-based guideline on the use of fecal microbiota-based therapies for gastrointestinal disease, the American Gastroenterological Association recommends fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for most patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection. FMT therapies are not recommended as a treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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.

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.

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.

Alternative Medicine Chronic Illness Today's Healthcare
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Cheap medicines prevented migraine as well as expensive ones      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study sheds light on what works best to prevent migraine attacks, and surprisingly, cheaper medicines worked as well as the expensive ones.

Alternative Medicine
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For epilepsy, yoga may be good for your mind      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

For people with epilepsy, doing yoga may help reduce feelings of stigma about the disease along with reducing seizure frequency and anxiety, according to new research.

Chronic Illness Crohn's Disease Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Risk of serious infection even in low-active IBD      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an independent risk factor for serious infection, even at very low levels of gastrointestinal inflammation.

Chronic Illness Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Genetics links endometriosis and IBS      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found a significant relationship between the risks for endometriosis and common gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Sufferers can find it difficult to distinguish the source of their pain leading to confusion or misdiagnosis and years of delay in treatment during which time the endometriosis can progress to more severe disease -- endometriosis should be considered as a possible cause if a woman presents to her GP with abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Alternative Medicine Depression Mental Health Research
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Heated yoga may reduce depression symptoms, according to recent clinical trial      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In a randomized controlled clinical trial of adults with moderate-to-severe depression, those who participated in heated yoga sessions experienced significantly greater reductions in depressive symptoms compared with a control group.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Today's Healthcare
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Amitriptyline helps relieve IBS symptoms      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Amitriptyline can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in patients seen in GP surgeries, new research has found.  The cheap and widely available prescription drug, which is commonly used at low doses for a range of health concerns, has been found to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms too, according to the results of the ATLANTIS trial. The results showed that patients taking amitriptyline were almost twice as likely to report an overall improvement in symptoms as those taking a placebo.   

Alternative Medicine Diet and Weight Loss Dietary Supplements and Minerals Nutrition
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Omega watch: Researchers develop new blood test for measuring levels of critical omega-3 fatty acids      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have discovered a convenient new way to track levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream, making it much easier to access information that is critical to cardiovascular and cognitive health, but which has previously been challenging to gather. While the human body can generate most of the fats it needs, it cannot produce adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids and must obtain them from dietary sources.

Alternative Medicine Today's Healthcare
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Socioeconomic status may be an uneven predictor of heart health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The benefits of four measures of socioeconomic status (education, income, employment status and health insurance) on ideal heart health were greater for non-Hispanic white adults compared to Black, Hispanic and Asian adults in the U.S.

Alternative Medicine
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Ceramic tea set glazing affects health benefits of tea, finds new study      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Tea contains flavonoids such as catechins, which have numerous health benefits. Now, researchers reveal that the glazing on ceramic tea sets plays a crucial role in retaining the beneficial components of tea. By examining the effects of different glazes on the catechin content in green tea, they find that the choice of glaze materials affects the concentration of these compounds, as well as the color and flavor of tea.

Alternative Medicine Dietary Supplements and Minerals
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New study reveals anti-cancer properties in Kencur ginger      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have verified the anticancer effects of Kencur, a tropical plant of the ginger family, mainly grown in Southeast Asia, in cell and animal experiments. They found that Kencur extract and its main active components significantly inhibit cancer cell growth at the cellular and animal levels. Furthermore, the involvement of TFAM in the mechanism of action was confirmed.

Alternative Medicine Fitness
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Exercise training and yoga can help improve lung function in adults with asthma      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Yoga and breathing control practices, in combination with aerobic training, are particularly key exercises for asthmatic people seeking to improve their lung function, a new peer-reviewed study suggests.

Alternative Medicine Gynecology Women's Health - General
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New study using human fibroid cells supports use of green tea compound as treatment for uterine fibroids      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In a pre-clinical, proof-of-concept study, researchers found that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a green tea compound with powerful antioxidant properties, could be promising for both treating and preventing uterine fibroids. Results of the study add to growing evidence that EGCG may reduce fibroid cell growth. The study was specifically designed to identify the biochemical mechanisms responsible for EGCG action in fibroid cells.