Monthly Archives: June 2018

How effective is tai chi in treating fibromyalgia? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise versus tai chi for fibromyalgia treatment. Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic condition in which a person experiences a range of physical and mental symptoms including widespread muscle and joint pains, fatigue, an inability to concentrate, depression and anxiety. The…

Cracking knuckles: what makes the popping sound? – Medical News Bulletin

Scientists in the United States and France have developed a mathematical model to explain the popping sound when knuckles crack. If you have ever cracked your knuckles, you may have wondered what makes the popping sound. According to The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, nearly 20% of people have a habit of cracking…

Can the new Dietary Inflammatory Index predict cancer risk? – Medical News Bulletin

A team of Chinese researchers conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate whether the newly developed Dietary Inflammatory Index predicted cancer risk. When you get banged or cut, the sore spot is often red and tender to the touch. The redness, swelling, and tenderness that follow an injury are the result of inflammation. This temporary inflammation occurs…

What influences our decisions to choose branded or generic drugs? – Medical News Bulletin

Patient perceptions of different generic products may influence the rates of switchbacks to branded drugs. A recent study published in the BMJ analyzed which type of generic drugs demonstrated higher switchback rates. Generic drugs contain the same active ingredients as their branded counterparts but may have a different appearance. Authorized generic drugs have identical appearances…

Can leucine increase muscle protein synthesis in older women? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent study compared the effects of different amounts of the amino acid leucine on hourly and daily muscle protein synthesis in healthy older women. Muscle mass, strength, and function may decline with age. This decline is known as sarcopenia, and it contributes to frailty in older adults. Sarcopenia affects balance, gait, and the ability…

Does type 2 diabetes affect heart rate variability? – Medical News Bulletin

Heart rate variability, or the ability of the heart to quickly change how rapidly it beats in order to meet the body’s energy needs, is an important indicator of heart health. Researchers recently evaluated whether type 2 diabetes influences heart rate variability. The heart needs to constantly vary the rate at which it beats in…

Can tree nuts help you stay young and healthy? – Medical News Bulletin

A recent review article analyzed the nutritional value of tree nuts and their role in preventing, slowing down, or reversing the aging process. The article also explored how different processing techniques of tree nuts affect their nutritional value. The last two decades have witnessed extensive research on health outcomes associated with the consumption of tree…

Does socioeconomic status affect mobility in older adults? – Medical News Bulletin

Older adults with reduced mobility and a slower walking speed may have a lower quality of life. A recent study investigated if having a low socioeconomic status was a risk factor for slower walking speed and health in older adults. Aging is associated with many health problems. Modern medicine has been very successful in extending…

Are polyunsaturated fatty acids associated with death due to heart disease? – Medical News Bulletin

There has been recent debate over whether polyunsaturated fatty acids have any influence on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A new study from Finland assessed the association of polyunsaturated fatty acids with the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The human body needs to consume fats in order to stay healthy as fats provide…

Can exercise lead to atrial fibrillation? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers from Italy discuss the connection between exercise and atrial fibrillation, and the implications on physical activity recommendations. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, often rapid, heartbeat that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation may include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness. However, many people…