Monthly Archives: May 2017

Botox Does Not Prevent “Glue Ear” in Animal Study – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers examined the effect of Botulinum toxin Type A (Botox) on the development of otitis media with effusion (OME) – commonly called “glue ear” – in a laboratory experiment in rats. Botox showed no effect on the prevention of OME. Otitis media with effusion (OME) – commonly called “glue ear” – is a condition where…

Acupuncture in Stroke Treatment – Medical News Bulletin

Neural hemorrhaging is a condition with a high mortality rate and invasive conventional treatments. Acupuncture offers a non-invasive alternative that may reduce the negative side effects of suffering a stroke. Neural hemorrhaging is a common and very dangerous form of stroke. Particularly dangerous are thalamic hemorrhages, which account for 15% of all spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhages…

Do Breastfed Infants Become Leaner in Adolescence?

Researchers from the UK investigated the effects of exclusive, long-term breastfeeding on obesity and blood pressure of offspring in adolescence and found that breastfeeding in infancy did not lower the risk of obesity or high blood pressure. Childhood obesity is a rising phenomenon worldwide. Obese children often become obese adults and may be affected by…

Exploring Environmental Links to Autism

An environmental research letter highlights the potential correlation between weather-related nitrous oxide levels and prenatal stress contributing to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Increasing global awareness of climate change piques public curiosity about human-environment interactions. Environmental effects on health are of particular interest lately, as they relate to the etiology of various disorders. Exploring this correlation…

Brain Training Effective in the Treatment of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is typically treated with medication; however, this approach has limitations. Behavioural therapy, through the use of neurofeedback (NF) training has been shown to be of value in the treatment of ADHD for children and, when administered in conjunction with medication, may help to reduce the symptoms of ADHD observed by…

Data Suggests Narrow Range of Iron Supplementation Healthy for Women

It has been shown that too little or too much iron supplementation in the diet is linked with poor health in Chinese women. Too little leads to anemia but too much is associated with cardiovascular disease. A lack of sufficient iron in the diet leads to anemia, a known health problem in the developing world….

Antibiotics Over Surgery for Initial Treatment of Appendicitis in Children

A meta-analysis study published in JAMA Pediatrics investigated the effectiveness and safety of antibiotic treatment over surgical intervention in children with uncomplicated appendicitis. The appendix is a blind-ended tube connected to the cecum, the initial part of the large intestine. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is acute and painful condition felt at…

Hypnotherapy: Accessible Treatment for Children with Gut Conditions

Research suggests hypnotherapy is a highly valuable tool for treating gut conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and abdominal pain conditions in children. Interestingly, home-based self-hypnotherapy is equally effective as individual-hypnotherapy provided by therapists. Thirteen percent of children around the world suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional abdominal pain syndromes (FAPS). IBS and…

Elimination Diets’ Efficacy in Autism and ADHD

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are early onset neurodevelopmental disorders that affect behavior, mood, and cognition. Dietary interventions that affect the microbiome may alleviate behavioral symptoms associated with these disorders, but evidence is inconclusive and further study is needed. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by deficits in social behavior…

This Week in Medical News

In case you missed it, here are the biggest headlines of the week! Effects of Mediterranean Diet on Endothelial Function and Blood Pressure A group of researchers conducted a randomized control trial to determine whether adherence to Mediterranean diet improved endothelial function and lowered blood pressure levels … [read more] Is Ketamine with Electroconvulsive Therapy…