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Meditation really reduces stress

Meditation really reduces stress

Everyone knows that mindfulness meditation makes people calmer and reduces feelings of anxiety and stress, but the effect is also physical, and biomarkers are changing as well. Meditators produce fewer stress hormones and inflammatory responses when they’re in a stressful situation, researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Centre have discovered. By comparison, people who go on stress management courses are actually seeing ...

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Fever? Eat more nutritious food

Fever? Eat more nutritious food

We’re always told to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that may not always be the best advice. An infection can spread if we don’t eat, for example, researchers have discovered this week. Although eating less when we’re ill can sometimes help achieve a faster recovery, a loss of appetite when we have an infection is a biological ‘trick’ ...

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Guided imagery can help with pain, anxiety and insomnia

Guided imagery can help with pain, anxiety and insomnia

Guided imagery can help people overcome pain, anxiety and insomnia, especially when they’re in hospital. That, coupled with massage, is an inexpensive and effective therapy, say researchers. Significant improvements A simple 30-minute recording had a dramatic effect on the 288 patients who listened to it when they were in hospital. They reported ‘significant improvements’ in levels of pain, anxiety and ...

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Vitamin C cuts sepsis death rate by 500 per cent

Vitamin C cuts sepsis death rate by 500 per cent

Intravenous (IV) vitamin C can counter the deadly effects of sepsis (blood poisoning), which kills up to 60 per cent of sufferers, a new study has discovered. The vitamin reduces the rate of death five-fold, or 500 per cent, if it’s given as an IV infusion for just two days, say researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Medicine doesn’t have a ...

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Pollutants in fish could be causing irregular heart beat

Schadelijke stoffen in vis oorzaak hartritmestoornissen

Eating healthily but suffering from irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)? The answer could be the fish in your diet. They are getting contaminated from oil spills, and the oil has a pollutant that can affect heart health. The oil contains phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). Most scientists had linked PAHs to cancer, but a team from Stanford University has discovered that ...

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Peppermint oil and cinnamon are effective wound healers

Peppermint oil and cinnamon are effective wound healers

Peppermint oil and cinnamon can help heal bad wounds. They are a natural antibiotic that can keep wounds clean and kill any surrounding bacteria, even a ‘super-bug’ that’s resistant to all current antibiotics, a new study has found. It’s a genuine alternative to current wound treatment, which can involve antibiotics and the cutting away of any infected flesh. But antibiotics ...

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Daily cup of tea cuts dementia risk by 50 per cent

Daily cup of tea cuts dementia risk by 50 per cent

Drinking at least one cup of tea a day can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as we get older, a new study has found. Tea reduces the chances of mental decline by 50 per cent, and by as much as 86 per cent in those who are genetically predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s, researchers from the National University of Singapore ...

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Curcumine better for dementia than an antipsychotic drug

Curcumine better for dementia than an antipsychotic drug

What’s better for dementia: an antipsychotic drug or an Indian curry? The curry wins hands down, the curcumin in the dish is a natural preventative of dementia and Alzheimer’s, while the drugs are killing a high percentage of dementia patients, two new studies have discovered this week. Rates of dementia are lower among the elderly in India, and scientists now think ...

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Pregnant women who take multivitamins give their child a head start at school

Pregnant women who take multivitamins give their child a head start at school

Women who take multivitamins when they’re pregnant could give their child a head start at school. It can accelerate the child’s cognitive abilities by a year when they reach the age of nine, say researchers. A nurturing environment in the home is also important, and helps a child develop good intellectual ability, achieve better at school and have good motor dexterity. ...

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Study to show chair yoga as effective treatment for osteoarthritis

Study to show chair yoga as effective treatment for osteoarthritis

Doing yoga while sitting, known as chair yoga, can ease the pain of osteoarthritis in the lower part of the body, such as the hip, knee, ankle or foot. It’s an effective alternative for people who cannot perform the usual yoga positions, say researchers at Florida Atlantic University who tested the effects of chair yoga on a group of 131 ...

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