Heart study seeks healthy volunteers

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: April 24, 2017

Resveratrol is a compound found in the leaves and skin of grapes, in peanuts, and in the roots of the Japanese knotweed plant. It became popularly known in the 1990s, when researchers began to suspect that resveratrol may be the major reason for the positive effect of wine on cardiovascular health.Since then, studies have found that resveratrol has a number of biological effects on blood... READ MORE

Games, crafts may help prevent dementia

By: Lindsey Tanner
Posted on: April 12, 2017

Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities — including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing — can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that genetic trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less ... READ MORE

Let your mind wander to lessen anxiety

By: Dr. Srini Pillay
Posted on: April 04, 2017

When we think of anxiety disorders, we generally think of them as uncomfortable emotional responses to threat. These responses may include symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling or absolute paralysis.While there is nothing inherently wrong in thinking about anxiety this way, a recent study pointed out that there is an entirely different way of thinking about ... READ MORE

Sciatica can resolve with time, treatments

By: Randy Shelerud, M.D.
Posted on: March 29, 2017

Dear Mayo Clinic:Three weeks ago I was diagnosed with sciatica. I didn’t have much pain initially, but it has been extremely painful the past few days — usually when I’m sitting. Would physical therapy be an option for treatment? I don’t like to take medications for pain. Are there other treatments I should try? Could surgery help? Answer: Sciatica can cause... READ MORE

Study examines if cleaner air helps COPD

By: Beacon
Posted on: March 22, 2017

Johns Hopkins Medicine is currently conducting a study to investigate whether indoor air cleaners can improve air quality and the health of those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although the respiratory effects of outdoor air pollution are well-known, indoor environment is also of particular concern to researchers, as most people spend over 85 percent of their time... READ MORE

What foods do and don’t pose cancer risk

By: Karen Collins
Posted on: March 17, 2017

About a third of America’s most common cancers can be prevented through healthy eating, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.But the wide range of cancer myths can make it hard to figure out what those healthy eating choices involve. Here are some common questions and their answers.1. Does sugar... READ MORE