More Than Relaxation, Massage Boosts Circulation

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If you need another reason to go for that lengthy, deep-muscle massage, look no further. New research suggests massage may do more than just help you relax. Massage also promoted circulation and healing in people with exercise-induced injuries, according to this new study. It even increased blood flow in people who had not exercised, the researchers found. Shane Phillips, PhD, a University of Illinois at Chicago associate professor of physical therapy was principal investigator of this study. The study’s participants included 36 adults, who were 18 to 40 years old. All led sedentary lives. The participants had to exercise fewer … Continue reading

Despite Risks, Codeine Prescribed to Kids in ERs

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Some medications that can help adults can be dangerous to the small, developing bodies of children. A new study found that one such medication may be used more than recommended in kids. This new study focused on the use of codeine, a pain reliever, in children during emergency room visits. The study found that despite warnings about its use in children, over half a million children were prescribed codeine each year during the 10-year course of the study. Codeine is an opiate, or narcotic, medication that is used to relieve pain and sometimes used with other medications to treat coughs. … Continue reading

Crank it to 11: Spinal Zap a Breakthrough for Paralysis

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When Benjamin Franklin experimented with electricity, he probably never imagined he was harnessing the power to help people move their limbs again. Almost 300 years later, another momentous discovery is being tested –  it is now being found that electrical stimulation could be a breakthrough discovery helping paralyzed people regain movement to body parts. In 2011, the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center released a study with information on how repeated epidural stimulation allowed increased ability to control movement in animals. They then tested this theory on a 26 year old American man, who had been paralysed … Continue reading

Research Calls Tamiflu Effectiveness Into Question

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It’s important to have as much information as possible to properly weigh the risks and benefits of medication. Sometimes it’s difficult to get all that data, as has been the case with Tamiflu. A recent review of the evidence for the medication oseltamivir (Tamiflu) included updated information provided by the medication’s manufacturer. Oseltamivir is a medication used to treat symptoms of influenza or to prevent people from developing flu symptoms if they’ve been exposed to the virus. However, until this year, not all the data from the clinical trials had been available to determine how effective the medication was. The research review showed that oseltamivir … Continue reading

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Stress & Suicidal Thoughts

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Every year, more than half a million teenagers experience a serious concussion. These brain injuries often leave lasting damage, but to what extent? A recent study found that teenagers who have had a traumatic brain injury were at a significantly increased risk of being bullied, attempting or considering suicide, having elevated psychological stress and engaging in various poor conduct behaviors such as running away from home or starting a fight at school. The researchers believe that primary care doctors should be aware if their patients have had a traumatic brain injury and screen them for potential mental and behavioral problems. The lead author of … Continue reading

Do you Need to Supplement Vitamin D?

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Supplements are a simple way to get your daily dose of important vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D is usually included in most multivitamins, but its actual efficacy is matter of scientific debate. Different studies are drawing varied conclusions about the sunny Vitamin D. In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, circulating Vitamin D through the subjects lowered the overall mortality rate of the over 30,000 participants, especially in older adults. The benefits seemed to affect the risks of cancer or cardiovascular disease, both of which are top killers in North America. Meanwhile several other studies have … Continue reading

Coronary Patients Also at Risk for Dental Health Issues

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People with heart disease often have to pay very close attention to their health. It’s possible that even dental health is closely associated with heart disease.   A recent study found that signs of dental disease, such as tooth loss and gum bleeding, were extremely common among coronary heart disease patients around the world. The researchers suggested that self-reported dental health could potentially help predict the risk of heart disease. The lead author of this study was Ola Vedin, MD, from the Department of Medical Sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden. The study included 15,828 adults from 39 countries around the world … Continue reading

More Television Time for Children Related to Reduced Amount of Sleep

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Sleep is very important to health, especially for children who are still physically developing. Anything that might interfere with sleep, such as TV, might lead to poor long-term habits. A recent study found that children tended to get slightly less sleep with the more TV they watched. The most dramatic drop in daily sleep time, however, was linked to having a TV in the bedroom for minority children.The authors suggested that reducing TV time and/or removing televisions from children’s bedrooms might help their sleep time. The study, led by Elizabeth Cespedes, of the Obesity Prevention Program at Harvard Medical School, looked at the … Continue reading

Tattoos Cover Up Signs of Cancer

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A new study suggests that getting tattoos can put you at high risk by disguising early signs of melanoma. Even though no link has been established between getting a tattoo and susceptibility to cancer, a large dark ink splotch can make it difficult to detect the initial stages of the disease. Experts say that people should routinely check their skin for new moles or existing moles that may have changed in shape or colour- a discovery that should be followed up with a trip to the dermatologist. People with tattoos would have a much harder time noticing any changes at … Continue reading

Blood Pressure Differences Predict Cardiovascular Trouble

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Next time you’re checking your blood pressure, measure twice. Researchers find that inconsistent blood pressure in different parts of your body is a reliable indicator of stroke and heart disease. New data has found that adults with a higher ISBPD (or interarm systolic blood pressure difference) are 38% more likely to experience a cardiac event. The study followed 3390 participants over an average of 13 years. The participants were over 40 years old and free of any prevalent cardiovascular disease. Each person’s blood pressure was measured in their right arm, left arm, right ankle and left ankle in order to find … Continue reading