The key to longevity: slow breathing?

They are a special category of lemurs, who live longer. And they do so because they can reduce their breathing from 200 beats a minute to 8 beats per minute (a state called torpor), when they are hibernating. Now, researchers at Duke University are studying this data to unravel the secret to longevity. Breathing slows, and the animals’ internal thermostat shuts down. Instead of maintaining a … Continue reading The key to longevity: slow breathing?

To avoid cancer and death, stay fit

Yes of course it’s a no-brainer. But some of us need research to prove it. So here it is: Men with a high fitness level in midlife appear to be at lower risk for lung and colorectal cancer, but not prostate cancer, and that higher fitness level also may put them at lower risk of death if they are diagnosed with cancer when they’re older, … Continue reading To avoid cancer and death, stay fit

Have pain? Cross your fingers to relieve it!

What was once used to absolve you of lying, has now been proven by scientists to relieve pain. Crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds a new University College London research. The research, published in Current Biology, used a variation on an established pain experiment, known as the “thermal grill illusion.” In the thermal grill illusion, a pattern of warm-cold-warm temperatures … Continue reading Have pain? Cross your fingers to relieve it!

Yoga for relieving Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

One woman’s journey towards finding answers to her multiple sclerosis (MS) led to her journey towards yoga. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and central nervous system and was causing optic neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve that can cause a partial or complete loss of vision. Paula Meltzer, who was suddenly hit by MS at the age of 38, never gave … Continue reading Yoga for relieving Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

Anti-depressants are backward, say scientists

We always knew there was something wrong when anti-depressants were prescribed. Now, scientists from McMaster University have challenged doctors on this. The authors of the paper, posted by the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, studied existing research for evidence to support the theory that has dominated nearly 50 years of depression research: that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the gaps between cells in the brain. … Continue reading Anti-depressants are backward, say scientists

Exercise is the best medicine, study shows

Date: July 11, 2014 Source: Queensland University of Technology Summary: Women would benefit from being prescribed exercise as medicine, according to a study that revealed moderate to high intensity activity is essential to reducing the risk of death in older women. “What we are saying is that high-intensity exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your brain health. Doctors should be … Continue reading Exercise is the best medicine, study shows

Diet or exercise? ‘Energy balance’ real key to disease prevention

Date: June 25, 2014 Source: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Summary: A majority of urban professionals in large cities are overweight or obese, a factor in the rapid rise in common diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and more. According to research, energy balance is a viable health solution to address the disease epidemic. This alarming trend can only be countered with … Continue reading Diet or exercise? ‘Energy balance’ real key to disease prevention

Yoga effective for chronic neck pain

Yoga has many benefits. It keeps the bones agile, the inflammation levels low, and releases toxins. A German study published in The Journal of Pain showed that yoga appears to be an effective treatment for neck pain and provides added benefits of improved psychological well being and quality of life. According to published estimates, some 20 percent of the population suffers from chronic neck pain caused by a … Continue reading Yoga effective for chronic neck pain

Yoga reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease

It’s always been known to relax the mind and body, and now there is proof that it will reduce your risk to get cardiovascular disease. Following a systematic review of 37 randomized controlled trials(which included 2768 subjects), investigators from the Netherlands and USA have found that yoga may provide the same benefits in risk factor reduction as such traditional physical activities as biking or brisk walking. … Continue reading Yoga reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease

Yoga beneficial for chronic low back pain

Lower back pain became less for patients who practised this relaxing ancient Indian exercise. Yoga classes were found to be more effective than a self-care book for patients with chronic low back pain at reducing symptoms and improving function, but they were not more effective than stretching classes, according to a new study, according to a study published Online First by the Archives of Internal Medicine. “Despite the … Continue reading Yoga beneficial for chronic low back pain