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GARGLIC FOR THE PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENT

Garlic is widely used by patients for its blood pressure lowering effects. In this analysis, we reviewed the currently available evidence to determine the impact of garlic on cardiovascular events and mortality in patients with hypertension. Based on data from two randomized controlled trials that compared garlic to placebo in patients with hypertension it appears … Continue reading

ANTIOXIDANT VITAMINS AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition affecting the central area of the retina (back of the eye). The retina can deteriorate with age and some people get lesions that can lead to loss of central vision. Some studies have suggested that people who eat a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins (carotenoids, vitamins C and … Continue reading

EXERCISE FOR IMPROVING BALANCE IN OLDER PEOPLE

Balance is staying upright and steady when stationary, such as when standing or sitting, or during movement. The loss of ability to balance may be linked with a higher risk of falling, increased dependency, illness and sometimes early death. However, it is unclear which types of exercise are best at improving balance in older people (aged … Continue reading

EARLY SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT FOR MOTHERS AND THEIR HEALTHY NEWBORN INFANTS

Skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her baby at birth reduces crying, and helps the mother to breastfeed successfully. In many cultures, babies are generally cradled naked on their mother’s bare chest at birth. Historically, this was necessary for the baby’s survival. In recent times, in some societies such as in industrialized countries more babies … Continue reading

CUTTING DOWN OR CHANGING THE FAT WE EAT MAY REDUCE OUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE

Modifying fat in our food (replacing some saturated (animal) fats with plant oils and unsaturated spreads) may reduce risk of heart and vascular disease, but it is not clear whether monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats are more beneficial. There are no clear health benefits of replacing saturated fats with starchy foods (reducing the total amount of fat … Continue reading

A systematic review on use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for treatment of obesity.

Abstract Obesity is a major health hazard and despite lifestyle modification, many patients frequently regain any lost body weight. The use of western anti-obesity drugs has been limited by side effects including mood changes, suicidal thoughts, and gastrointestinal or cardiovascular complications. The effectiveness and safety of traditional Chinese medicine including Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) and … Continue reading

ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENTS FOR PREVENTION OF MORTALITY IN HEALTHY PARTICIPANTS AND PATIENTS WITH VARIOUS DISEASES

Previous research on animal and physiological models suggests that antioxidant supplements have beneficial effects that may prolong life. Some observational studies also suggest that antioxidant supplements may prolong life, whereas other observational studies demonstrate neutral or harmful effects. Our Cochrane review from 2008 demonstrated that antioxidant supplements seem to increase mortality. This review is now … Continue reading

Sorting out ‘sleep hygiene’

Lifestyle, particularly your sleeping habits, have a big impact on your quality of sleep. Addressing so-called ‘sleep hygiene’ should be the first step in any treatment of insomnia. Sleep hygiene is a list of lifestyle dos and don’ts. It has proved to be effective in stopping insomnia from getting worse, and making it easier to benefit … Continue reading

Lifestyle changes that promote sleep

The following approaches may be used on their own or combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Sleep restriction. People with insomnia tend to spend more time in bed, hoping this will lead to sleep. In reality, spending less time in bed — a technique known as sleep restriction — promotes more restful sleep and helps make the … Continue reading

WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION PLATFORM TRAINING IN PATIENTS WITH NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES

  Rehabilitation is considered to be a key symptomatic and supportive treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. Exercise training using vibratory platform (whole body vibration) has been recently introduced as a complementary treatment to rehabilitation.This review identified ten trials performing whole body vibration (WBV) in neurodegenerative diseases: six in Parkinson’s disease and four in multiple sclerosis. Diversity … Continue reading