Archive for August, 2008 – Qigong therapy, a form of traditional Chinese medical practice, appears to be a potential complementary treatment for osteoarthritis dependent upon the capability of the healer, according to a study conducted at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey by Kevin Chen, PhD, MPH, and Dr. Adam Perlman, MPH, FACP. The study, titled […]

JAMA – The gout medication, allopurinol, which lowers uric acid levels, appears to reduce blood pressure in adolescents with newly diagnosed hypertension, according to a preliminary report in the August 27, 2008 issue of JAMA. Hypertension is commonly associated with hyperuricemia (elevated blood level of uric acid, a by-product of normal chemical processes in the […] – A positive life cycle helps body and soul: Healthy people might be happier, and a new study shows that people who are happy and satisfied with their lives might be healthier. Moreover, the benefit comes with a quick turnaround time, with greater happiness possibly boosting health in as little as three years. “Everything […] – A class of oral drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes – thiazolidinediones, which includes rosiglitazone and pioglitazone – may make heart failure worse, according to an editorial published online in Heart by two Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty members. “We strongly recommend restrictions in the use of thiazolidinediones (the class […]

Research shows improvement from exercise even years post-stroke. – People who walk on a treadmill even years after stroke damage can significantly improve their health and mobility, changes that reflect actual “rewiring” of their brains, according to research spearheaded at Johns Hopkins. “This is great news for stroke survivors because results clearly demonstrate that […]

Women are 33 percent more likely than men to experience full remission with citalopram (Celexa). – Women with depression may be much more likely than men to get relief from a commonly used, inexpensive SSRI antidepressant medication – citalopram – a new national study finds. But many members of both sexes may find that […]