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Saline Nasal Wash Helps Kids Fight Colds, Flu
Rinsing with a special saline nasal wash made from Atlantic seawater improves symptoms in children with colds and flu, and may prevent recurrence of these infections, a new study claims. We brush our teeth every day, however, we do not pay attention to our noses -- a potential gate for infection, said study co-author Dr. Jana Skoupa, of Pharma Projects in Prague, Czech Republic. Nasal wash should be used, based on our findings, immediately. The study seems ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Practice 'Safe Stress' Over the Holidays
The demands of the season are upon you. And all that socializing, present shopping, decorating and feast preparations can turn this time of year into a stress fest that can affect your health. If you are not careful, the holidays take an emotional toll on the body, ranging from increased blood pressure to weakening your immune system, said Gina Kearney, a holistic nurse practitioner and site manager at the Integrative Care Center, affiliated with the Hospi ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
'No Flu Shots for My Kids'
Margaret Park, a mother of five, isn t having her kids vaccinated against seasonal influenza or H1N1 swine flu this year. Park, a registered dietitian from Manassas Park, Va., is fighting the flu on her own terms -- by making sure that her children eat well, wash their hands frequently, get plenty of sleep and take their gummies, a multivitamin and a supplement containing vitamin C, zinc and echinacea. Although public health officials recommend seasonal fl ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
The 'Bear' Facts on Obesity and Diabetes
The ways grizzly bears deal with hibernation and fluctuating weight might offer valuable new clues to human obesity and diabetes, new research suggests. The study authors note that the tissues of obese people with type 2 diabetes become dangerously insensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps control the level of sugar in the blood. However, unlike people, insulin levels in grizzly bears do not change, the researchers found. Instead, the bears cells seem ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Meditation Method a Matter of Taste
People who want to learn to meditate should select a method that makes them feel comfortable, rather than choose a technique just because it s popular, a new study indicates. Researchers from San Francisco State University report that by finding a form of meditation that works for them, people are less likely to quit. As a result, they will enjoy the personal and medical benefits of the practice, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure and help with ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability
A gender gap in the ability of boys and girls to do spatial reasoning -- a divide that appears to favor boys -- can be eliminated through a specialized education program, new Israeli research suggests. The scientists focused on 100 first-graders, about half of whom were enrolled in an eight-week training program designed to show the children how to think about spatial information from a holistic point of view rather than one based on particular details, an ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Culture May Help Raise Breast Cancer Death Rate for American Indians
A new study finds that the high death rates from breast cancer in American Indian and Alaskan native women are linked to cultural beliefs, not barriers such as poor access to health care. The findings are significant, because breast cancer ranks second on the list of cancer-related deaths in American Indian and Alaskan native women, and these women also have the lowest five-year survival rate when compared with other ethnic groups. University of California ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
Taste exerts the biggest influence on people s food choices and many believe that healthy foods don t taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not more likely to select a healthier yogurt. Unh ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
New research suggests that mind-body treatment can boost the odds that infertile women will become pregnant by in vitro fertilization -- at least after more than one cycle. Dr. Alice Domar, who specializes in mind-body therapy in Boston, assigned one group of women undergoing in vitro fertilization IVF to take part in 10 sessions of a mind-body program another group undergoing IVF did not take part. There was no difference in pregnancy rates between the tw ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Divorce Isn't Eco-Friendly
Love not only makes the world go round, it may make it greener, too. Rising divorce rates mean that fewer people are living in each household, causing them to take up more space and consume more energy and water, a new study suggests. People talk about divorce hurting the children. Divorce also has an impact on the environment, said Jianguo Jack Liu, senior author of the study and the Rachel Carson chair in sustainability at Michigan State University. Nobo ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains. And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John s Wort. Those are just some of the findings of a new federal government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States. The report, derived from national heal ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Herbal Supplements Largely Untested in Kids
As the primary users of herbal remedies, more women are giving botanical medicines to their children for various ailments. But science has come up short on evidence that these popular herbal remedies actually work for kids. Recognizing the need for more solid information, researchers at the University of Illinois decided to sift through 40 years of medical literature to determine what clinical proof exists for using alternative remedies such as chamomile, ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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