Bloating, depression, irritability and mood swings… if you, or someone you know, suffers from severe Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), you know how quickly it can turn from Dr. Jekyll to Ms. “Everyone Hide.” PMS is more than a monthly nuisance — for some the symptoms can become so debilitating that they can Continue reading
Like a ticking time bomb, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a deadly new coronavirus known as Middle East Respiratory Symptom Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, that has reared its ugly head killing approximately 50 percent of its known victims thus far. There’s no evidence showing from where the virus derives and no information whether it originates in any particular animal, according to WHO.
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Research from the University of North Carolina has shown that children at risk of developing schizophrenia have brains that function differently than those not at risk.
Brain scans of children who have parents or siblings with the illness reveal a neural circuitry that is hyperactivated or stressed by tasks that peers with no family history of the illness seem to handle with ease. Continue reading
Q: About a week ago, one side of my mother’s face began to droop and she has had no control over it since. We initially thought she had a stroke, but her doctor diagnosed her with Bell’s palsy. He said it would go away on its own, but that it could take six months or longer for her to make a full recovery. Can you give us any suggestions for minimizing the effects of this disease in the meantime?
Dr. Wright: For those readers who aren’t familiar with it, Bell’s palsy is a weakening or paralysis of the muscles of the face and is due to trauma to the facial nerve. Because it usually affects Continue reading
Dizziness is one of those symptoms that are so common that the underlying explanations are vast. The key to figuring it out — other than seeing a doctor — is understanding the symptoms. If you are dizzy and nothing else, it is likely a minor, temporary problem. Continue reading
Homeopathy is a specific form of alternative (holistic) medicine which was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., a German physician, in the late eighteenth century. At that time, people were being treated with poisonous substances to get the “bad humours” out of them by making them vomit, have diarrhea, sweat, salivate, and bleed. Many patients died from these treatments which included Continue reading
Toothaches strike the best of us and boy are they frustrating. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that works well for sudden acute symptoms like a toothache. This is reflected in the seven great remedies we present here. Read each closely to see if the symptoms sound familiar, to find a matching remedy for your particular toothache.
1. Belladonna: A great remedy for toothaches that are sudden, intense, and throbbing. Near the tooth, look for redness and swelling. Continue reading
An experimental device for removing blood clots in stroke patients dramatically outperformed the standard mechanical treatment, according to research presented by UCLA Stroke Center director Dr. Jeffrey L. Saver at the American Stroke Association’s 2012 international conference in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Continue reading
A new study has found a two-pronged approach to battling sleep apnea symptoms. Its health tip: combining a Mediterranean diet and regular physical activity could help you improve your night time rest.
The study looked at how the Mediterranean diet could help obese adults with sleep apnea compared to those with a typical diet. This health condition causes frequent pauses of breathing to occur during sleep. It can be dangerous over the long term, and is one of the most prevalent sleep-related breathing disorders. Two to four out of every 100 adults experience sleep apnea. But that rises 20% to 40% among obese individuals.
Here is how the Mediterranean diet differs from the typical one: three servings of red meat a week (compared to nine); three servings of fish a week (compared to one); Continue reading
There has been a lot of debate about food allergies in recent years. In particular, medical professionals have been trying to classify reactions to certain foods by distinguishing between food allergy and food intolerance. The topic is usually broached with a little skepticism in the health news. After all, a food allergy is a lot more serious than mere food intolerance — or is it?
Of course an anaphylactic response to a certain food is a very serious health problem. But food intolerances can also cause you a lot of suffering. You can experience headaches, fatigue, stomach pains, breathing difficulties, achy joints and muscles — you name it. Whatever your symptoms and health issues, a food intolerance could potentially be the trigger.
While many doctors may consider a food intolerance as a psychosomatic problem — more based in the mind than on any real physiological change in the body — the concept has been around since the ancient Greeks. The Greeks recognized that some unpleasant symptoms could be specifically linked to the ingestion of certain foods. One of two things can happen to trigger these symptoms: either a message gets sent to your immune system to produce antibodies as a potential defense; or a much slower response takes place in the gastrointestinal system. The first is considered an allergy; the second, food intolerance. Continue reading
Since ancient times, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. The result of a new body of research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, demonstrates the specific anti-inflammatory action of the spice on the colon. Health-minded individuals will want to include ginger as part of their regular diet or include an organically harvested supplement to dramatically lower inflammatory risk markers for colon cancer.
Dr. Suzanna Zick, a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, and her team assembled 30 patient participants to conduct the study. Continue reading
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a general term for a variety of inflammatory disorders of the intestinal tract. Normally, the muscular contractions of your digestive tract are coordinated and regular. IBS can disrupt this coordination and cause painful symptoms. The difficulty with IBS, besides pain and discomfort, is that it can cause havoc with your nutritional health.
IBS can be pretty serious. Scientists are unsure what causes the disease and how exactly to treat it. Sometimes medications are prescribed, but these treatments can cause prescription side effects. Now here’s some GOOD health news on the IBS front: a recent study has found that following a simple rotation diet could help to reduce painful symptoms.
Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center set out to investigate the role of food intolerance in IBS patients. They enrolled 20 people who had failed standard IBS medical therapies at a gastrointestinal clinic. The patients underwent food elimination diets based on the results of food- and mold-sensitivity tests. Probiotics were also introduced. Repeat testing was performed at six months. The research team followed up with the patients Continue reading
A look at how omega-3 fatty acids influence depression, with a flurry of evidence concerning how they may treat major depression and depressive symptoms in bipolar disorders.
Nine double-blind controlled studies were found on how effective omega-3s can be for depressed patients, including those with bipolar disorder. Let’s take a look:
1999: A 16-week study of 30 bipolar patients used 6.2 grams (g) of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus 3.4 g of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — both are fish oil — and tested it versus placebo (olive oil). Patients were also taking antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or mood stabilizers. The omega-3 fatty acid group had a longer remission period than placebo group did. The omega-3 group did better than placebo group in all measures of depression.
2002: A one-month study looked at 20 patients with major depression. It compared 2.0 g of EPA to placebo Continue reading
More than 50 million Americans will suffer tinnitus in their lifetime. This hearing condition causes the constant misperception of sound, including hissing, ringing and rushing noises. A new study has found that an extract of pine tree — commercially known as “Pycnogenol” — is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving blood flow in the inner ear.
Tinnitus is a frustrating and even debilitating condition that can take a toll on your quality of life. Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause. The new study has uncovered a potentially great natural way to clear it up.
Researchers took 82 patients between the ages of 35 and 55 with mild-to-moderate tinnitus in only one ear and studied them for one month. Tinnitus in all was caused by restricted blood supply to the inner ear.
Patients were divided into three groups: A; B; and control. Group A consisted of 24 patients who took 150 mg/day of pine bark extract. Group B had 34 patients who took 100 mg/day. Continue reading
The popularity of yoga has increased dramatically over the past few years. As more Americans turn to yoga for exercise and stress relief, researchers have discovered that it can also be used as an alternative therapy to treat a variety of conditions, such as fibromyalgia.
York University researchers have found that practicing yoga can help reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of fibromyalgia in women.
Participating in 75 minutes of yoga twice a week was shown to increase cortisol levels in study subjects. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that does not function properly in women with fibromyalgia. This is a potentially important discovery, since the condition primarily affects women.
According to scientists, people who experience chronic pain need to be able to focus their mind on something else to separate from the discomfort they are feeling.
“Yoga promotes this concept that we are not our bodies, our experiences or our pain. This is extremely useful in the management of pain,” said researcher Kathryn Curtis. “Moreover, Continue reading