Meditation and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

October 10, 2017 Journal of the American Heart Association TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this American Heart Association scientific statement reviewed the effects of meditation on cardiovascular risk. The quality and quantity of evidence reviewed were modest but indicate a possible beneficial effect of meditation on cardiovascular risk based on the effects on physiological response…

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Diabetes Increases Pain and Inflammation in Osteoarthritic Knees

Older people with knee arthritis who have diabetes seem to have higher levels of pain because the diabetic condition causes more that usual inflammation in the knee joint. Pain sensation in human osteoarthritic knee joints is strongly enhanced by diabetes mellitus – Full Text Article Eitner, Annetta; Pester, Juliab; Vogel, Franziskab; Marintschev, Ivanb; Lehmann, Thomasc;…

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Dietary and Lifestyle Risk Factors Associated With Kidney Stones

October 04, 2017 The Journal of Urology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Using data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study, this study characterized the association of modifiable risk factors with the incidence of stone disease. Investigators found that maintaining a normal BMI, consuming an adequate amount of fluid, eating a balanced diet rich…

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Too much sugar? Even ‘healthy people’ are at risk of developing heart disease

Date: October 4, 2017 Source: University of Surrey Summary: Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject…

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Tennis Elbow Responds When Acupuncture is Added To Treatment

In this article, they measured the thickness of the tendons before-and-after treatments using diagnostic ultrasound.  They found that after 10 acupuncture sessions, there was not only pain relief, but also reduced tendon thickness, which represents a reduction in the swelling. Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Acupuncture Effect on Common Extensor Tendon Thickness in Patients with Lateral Epicondylitis:…

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8 Ways Your Daily Routine Can Cause Lower Back Pain

Here’s how to fix your habits so you can beat nagging aches for good. By MAGGIE NIEMIEC SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Ah, low back pain. It’s the condition that unites us all. About 31 million Americans suffer from pain in their lower backs at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association—and 50 to 80% of us will…

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The Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

September 27, 2017 Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol or triglycerides.  An article in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that the risk of a sudden deadly heart attack is proportional to the number of metabolic syndrome…

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Yoga Improves Blood Sugar in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

In an article published in Preventive Medicine, people with Type 2 diabetes who did Yoga for about 8 weeks had better blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, stress levels, and even lost some weight. September 26, 2017 Yoga Improves Glycemic Control in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Preventive Medicine TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this…

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Do Bone Spurs Cause Back Pain?

Probably Not! This study shows the presence of an association between disc space narrowing, whereas no association was found between bone spurs and low back pain.  This is the first report regarding an association between disc space narrowing and neuropathic pain. The Association Between Self-reported Low Back Pain and Radiographic Lumbar Disc Degeneration of the…

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Diet Sodas Raise Risk of Stroke & Dementia

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:15 By Jill Carnahan, MD, Contributing Writer Diet sodas are garnering negative attention yet again, and for good reason. A recent report from the ongoing Framingham Heart Study indicates that drinking as little as one can of sugar-free soda per day is associated with higher risks of stroke or developing dementia. Heavily…

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