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Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?
Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. Many specific ailments can benefit f ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage, Mask New Growth
Despite the promise of an easy and natural treatment for skin cancer, home remedies such as black salve can actually make things worse, new research shows. People use black salve with the hope that it will remove skin cancers. But, this purported therapy contains corrosive ingredients that can destroy the skin s top layer while cancer continues to grow underneath, the researchers explained. There is a misperception that black salve draws the cancer out, wh ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds
Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwa ...
Healthday - Wed. Oct 12
Skin Cancer Check? Do Some Sole-Searching
Sunlight is considered the leading cause of melanoma, but daily wear-and-tear appears to promote the deadly skin cancer in at least one place where the sun rarely shines, researchers say. Stress and damage caused by walking or running could be a risk factor for melanoma on the soles of the feet, the Japanese researchers contended. Worse, because people don t think to check for melanoma on their soles, when the cancer is found it s often very advanced, the ...
Healthday - Wed. Oct 12
For Migraine Sufferers, Is a Chiropractor's Touch All in the Mind?
People with migraines sometimes seek a chiropractor for help, but a small study suggests that any pain relief they get might be a placebo effect. When researchers pitted real chiropractic manipulation against a sham version, they found both were equally likely to ease patients migraine pain. On the other hand, both tactics worked better than patients usual pain-relieving medications. Experts in pain management stressed that no firm conclusions should be dr ...
Healthday - Wed. Oct 12
Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth
A child s dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. The mother s dental health affects her overall health and her baby s health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births, William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A amp M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. M ...
Healthday - Tue. Apr 5
Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent, compared with an average drop of 27 percent for those given a simulated acupuncture treatment. The benefits were still seen after a year. Individualized acupuncture is a safe and good therapeutic option for the treatment of patients with fibr ...
Healthday - Tue. Feb 16
Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study
Naproxen -- a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription -- appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests. The study compared the use of prescription-strength naproxen Naprosyn alone to the use of naproxen with the narcotic painkiller oxycodone with acetaminophen Percocet , or the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine Amrix . Patients who took a combination of drugs fared no bette ...
Healthday - Wed. Jan 20
Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. One survey found a little less than 6 percent of adult Americans said they had tried yoga, tai chi or qi gong back in 2002, but that figure jumped to slightly more than 10 percent in 2012, fueled mostly by yoga. And a second survey that focused on children found a similar trend Yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase o ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 7
A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer macroscopic infarcts -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia, movement problems, disability and or dea ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 7
Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study
Popping a little blue pill doesn t guarantee that an older man will be happy with his sex life, British researchers report. Men who take drugs like Viagra and Cialis continue to express more concern and dissatisfaction with their overall sex life, compared with men who don t suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to results of a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester. These men also are more likely to worry about their erectio ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 7
25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain
Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults -- 11 percent -- suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults -- roughly 6.4 percent -- experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 7
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