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  • Yoga May Boost Aging Brains

    Posted: 08/17/2017

    Yoga May Boost Aging Brains WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who practice yoga may have greater "thickness" in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests. Researchers found that even compared with other healthy, active women their age, yoga practitioners typically had greater cortical thickness in the brain's left prefrontal cortex. That could be good news because, as the researchers pointed out, cognitive impairment from aging is usually associate...

  • Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

    Posted: 08/17/2017

    Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mom was right -- eating breakfast really is important. Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest. "This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said senior study author Gerda Pot, a lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College London. The researchers used food diaries to track...

  • Yoga May Help Ease Depression

    Posted: 08/15/2017

    Yoga May Help Ease Depression THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression. But the leader of a session on yoga and depression held Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., emphasized the research is preliminary. "At this time, we can only recommend yoga as a complementa...

  • Young Cancer Survivors Struggle to Resume Social Activities

    Posted: 08/13/2017

    Young Cancer Survivors Struggle to Resume Social Activities TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many young cancer survivors have trouble resuming their social lives. Researchers studied 215 cancer survivors between 14 and 39 years of age who completed questionnaires about their social functioning at four, 12 and 24 months after cancer diagnosis. About 1 in 3 reported low social functioning throughout the study period. The researchers said the difficulties might stem from the transition from treatm...

  • Yoga Soothes Back Pain in Study

    Posted: 06/29/2017

    Yoga Soothes Back Pain in Study MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from chronic low back pain, yoga might bring you as much relief as physical therapy, a new trial shows. The less positive finding: Both therapies fell far short of helping everyone. People who did yoga or physical therapy reported less pain on average after 12 weeks -- an improvement that held up over a year. And some were able to cut out pain medication. Still, many failed to get meaningful relief, the researchers n...

  • You're Less Apt to Fact-Check 'Fake News' When It's on Social Media: Study

    Posted: 05/31/2017

    You're Less Apt to Fact-Check 'Fake News' When It's on Social Media: Study TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Talk of "fake news" is everywhere this year. Now a new study suggests that people may be less apt to fact-check reports they see on social media, compared to other settings. Why? The researchers believe that simply knowing that information is being consumed by others online dampens fact-checking behavior, even when there's no direct contact between users. "The mere presence of others lowe...

  • Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed previous studies done on 80 integrative therapies. "We have good evidence that [some] mind-body therapies -- such as meditation, yoga, re...

  • Your Doctor's Age Might Affect Your Care

    Posted: 05/23/2017

    Your Doctor's Age Might Affect Your Care TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular wisdom, an older, more experienced doctor may not always be the best choice. New research suggests that when treated by an older doctor, hospitalized patients 65 and older may face a slightly higher risk of dying within a month of their admittance than if treated by a younger physician. One exception to that finding is that no age-related difference was found when considering in-patients cared for by o...

  • You Can Probably Credit Your Genes for These Facial Features

    Posted: 04/30/2017

    You Can Probably Credit Your Genes for These Facial Features FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How likely is your baby to have Mom's button nose or Dad's chiseled cheeks? New research suggests the odds are good. Based on a study of nearly 1,000 twin girls in the United Kingdom, researchers say they've pinpointed the facial features most influenced by a person's genes. The finding: Genetics play a big part in the shapes of the end of the nose, the area above and below the lips, cheekbones and th...

  • Young Adults With Autism Need Help Managing Money: Study

    Posted: 04/30/2017

    Young Adults With Autism Need Help Managing Money: Study FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of financial skills is a big pothole on the road to independence for many young adults with autism, a new study indicates. University of Missouri researchers interviewed 16- to 25-year-olds with autism. Most participants saw the link between adulthood and such responsibilities as paying bills and filing taxes, but many were anxious about it. "Participants agreed that independence required managing fi...