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"Shining a Light" on the Nervous System Could Thwart a Variety of Disease

Nov 24, 2017
News Staff

Infrared light technology could potentially treat a variety of diseases, including cardiac arrhythmias, high and low blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and diarrhea, one of the leading killers of children worldwide.

(Cleveland, OH) — Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, and University of Pittsburgh have received a four-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop enhanced infrared light technology (infrared neuromodulation) for potentially treating a variety of diseases, including cardiac arrhythmias, high and low blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and diarrhea, one of the leading killers of children worldwide. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Depending on the need, infrared neuromodulation can stimulate or inhibit electrical signals that alter important bodily functions (e.g., blood pressure) by targeting specific areas of the nervous system or even single nerve cells with laser precision...


10 Medical Procedures You May Not Need

Nov 24, 2017
Charlotte Libov

Complications from such procedures may result in at least 30,000 deaths annually, studies say.

(Baltimore, MD) — [Newsmax Health] When a doctor suggests that you undergo a test, treatment, or procedure, do you just go along with it without question? That may not be wise, if it's one of 10 common procedures that many experts say are often unnecessary, a top doctor says. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)



Surprising New Tips on How to Grow Younger

Nov 24, 2017
Lorie Johnson

For one, taking a sauna for 20 minutes a day turns on a longevity gene and reduces early death by 40 percent!  

[CBN News] We're all growing older. However, many of us don't realize we're aging too fast. Well, cheer up! There are dozens of things we can do to turn back the clock years, even decades. 

We all want strong, disease-free bodies and minds so we can continue working, doing things we love and spending quality time with people we care about...


10 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

Nov 23, 2017
Lynn Allison

"Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic and yet in our studies of over 1,000 people who kept journals for only three weeks, the results were overwhelming." — Dr. Robert A. Emmons

[Newsmax Health] This week, millions of Americans will gather together with family and friends to give thanks for our bounty, our friendships, and love. But while it's nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving Day, practicing gratitude throughout the year can have tremendous health benefits...


Annoyed by Those Floating Specks in Your Vision? Soon, You May Be Able to "Zap" Them Away

Nov 23, 2017
News Staff

About one-quarter of people have some vitreous changes with floaters by age 60. By age 80, the number rises to about two-thirds. People are more likely to have them if they are nearsighted or have had cataract surgery. For some, floaters are a mere annoyance, but those with large floaters experience significant interference with their vision and daily functioning.

(San Francisco, CA) — Millions of people who put up with seeing annoying specks drift through their field of vision may now have a safe, high-tech solution to their problem. A study of patients who had laser treatment to vaporize these flecks and spots known as floaters, showed a very low complication rate, according to research presented today at AAO 2017, the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Additionally, most patients reported a significant improvement in their vision. (Photo Credit:

Collecting long-term safety data is vital to determine the effectiveness of lasers for floaters. To that end, Inder Paul Singh, M.D., an ophthalmologist with the Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha in Wisconsin, shared his results with 680 patients, who collectively underwent 1,272 laser procedures for large floaters. Dr. Singh saw these patients anywhere from one to four years to check for complications. Only 10, or 0.8 percent, experienced a complication. The most common complication was an increase in intraocular pressure, which was successfully treated with an antihypertensive eye drop...


The Healthiest Crackers for Holiday Snacks and Parties

Nov 23, 2017
Julia Calderone

Of course, nutritional advantages don't matter much if the cracker tastes like cardboard.

(Washington, DC) — [ConsumerReports] Whether they're dressed up on a party platter, served with soup, or eaten straight out of the box, crackers are a perennial favorite. Ninety-two percent of consumers said they bought them in the previous six months, according to a survey from the market research firm Mintel. Versatility is part of their appeal, but 65 percent of those polled also think crackers make for an easy, healthy snack, and 56 percent think they're healthier than chips or pretzels. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Little wonder that manufacturers are working to muscle more cracker choices onto retail shelves. Uncommon ingredients such as chickpeas, hemp seeds, millet, teff, and triticale are touted on packaging. Flowery phrases—such as "Barley and flax explode with good-for-you-nutrients"—abound...


"Home-Based Therapies" to Better Your Brain: Prayer, Laughter, and How a Song by My Aunt — Olivia Newton-John — Inspires Me

Nov 22, 2017
Dr. Corinne Weaver

In one of my last columns I wrote about taking care of your posture and offered some stretches to help. Well, hundreds of you responded and asked to receive them; I believe I emailed everyone back. Not only do I feel honored to write and share my learning experiences I was overwhelmed with the people who read my column and who implement what I suggest. Thanks for letting me be a part of your healing journey. Today I will be discussing diverse ways to help better your brain.

[] Last week I discussed neurofeedback therapy. Today, I will discuss other home-based therapies you can do today. (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)

Music Therapy

Music therapy can also be very healing to your brain. We play healing music in our office. I also recommend certain tones to listen to for healing when you're at home with your family. There is quite a lot of research on the topic of music and healing! On a blog post titled "Healing Through Music" (on, I read that music improves outcomes when invasive medical procedures are necessary, and that music has also reduced the use of opioid painkillers. The blog also stated that music therapy can restore lost speech from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, reduce the side effects of cancer therapy, aid in pain relief, and improve quality of life for dementia patients. Music touches people's hearts and can renew us by making us feel relaxed. My aunt, Olivia Newton-John, uses her music to help others heal...


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