May 10, 2011

Used by 1/3 of Americans

1 Mind-Body Therapies Become More Mainstream

Complementary and alternative medicine is used by more than 1/3 of Americans and that number is expected to rise as conventional medical providers recommend mind-body therapies (MBT), such as yoga and meditation, to their patients. Once thought of as being “on the fringe” of mainstream medical care, research from Harvard Med School and Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr says that is no longer the case. Researchers collected data from over 23,000 US households and found that 3% - about 6.3 million people - were referred to MBT by mainstream providers. "These data suggest that mind-body therapies have really become a mainstream approach to care," says senior author Russell Phillips, MD. "But more research is needed to guide physician and patient decision-making regarding their use."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Yoga Enhances Brain Chemical for Better Mood

Tags: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Meditation, Yoga, Alternative Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Conventional Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Rise, Russell Phillips

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Less Cancer for Coffee Drinkers

2 Coffee Protects Against ER-Negative Breast Cancer

Women who drink coffee may have a reduced risk of antiestrogen-resistant estrogen-receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer, find researchers from Sweden. Reporting in the journal Breast Cancer Research, the researchers say that coffee drinkers had a lower incidence of breast cancer compared with age-matched women who rarely drank coffee. After controlling for lifestyle factors like weight and exercise habits, researchers found that the protective effect of coffee was specific to ER-negative breast cancer. While coffee has been shown to protect women from ER-negative breast cancer, researchers don't understand the compounds and exact mechanism involved in the protective effect. They also believe that not all types of coffee have the same effect.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Four Cups of Coffee a Day to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Tags: Breast Cancer Research, Coffee Benefits, Coffee Consumption, Reducing Breast Cancer Risk, AntiEstrogen Resistant Estrogen Receptor ER Negative Breast Canc, Preventing ER Negative Breast Cancer, Lifestyle Factors Breast Cancer

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Higher Dose for Pregnant Women?

3 Study Shows Vitamin D Lowers RSV Risk in Newborns

A study measuring vitamin D levels from the umbilical cord blood of 156 newborns in the Netherlands found that among the 54 percent with insufficient levels were six times more likely to develop respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in their first year of life than infants with the highest levels. RSV affects the lower airways of babies and can lead to inflammation and pneumonia with long-lasting effects. Researchers have always focused on ways to prevent it from occurring since there is no known treatment. Researchers also found that 46 percent of pregnant women took supplements with vitamin D and while it is recommended they take between 400 to 1000 International Units (IU) daily, results from this study suggest that 4,000 IU a day may be most beneficial for their unborn children.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antibiotic Use in Babies Linked to Asthma

Tags: Vitamin D, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, RSV, Respiratory Disease in Newborns, Vitamin D Levels in Newborns

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