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Studies In News

Below are recent news-making studies and articles about new clinical research and emerging medical evidence for various wellness approaches. Because it’s mainstream reporting, the articles typically present complex medical studies in an easy-to-digest way. For those who wish to dig deeper, research sources are cited in each featured article.

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ACUPRESSURE
March 2014 – Acupressure Equally Effective as Medication for Post-operative NauseaMassage Magazine, from the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
March 2014 – Cochrane Review Finds Acupuncture, Acupressure Show Little Benefit for Smoking CessationMental Elf

ACUPUNCTURE
July 2014 – Variations of Acupuncture Help With Hot FlashesDailyRX.com
April 2014 - Acupuncture Helps Pediatric Patients Manage Pain and NauseaUCSF Medical Center News
February 2014 – Rutgers Medical School Study: Acupuncture Shows Promise for Treating Inflammatory DiseaseScience Daily

AROMATHERAPY
August 2014 - Can Candy With Essential Oils Keep Nausea Away?Wall Street Journal

CHIROPRACTIC
August 2014 - Seeing Chiropractor First Reduces Likeliness of Back Surgery - Scoop News
July 2014 - JAMA Recommends Chiropractic As First Means of Back Pain Treatment - Fox News

EXERCISE
August 2014 - Lifestyle Change Cost-Effective for Type 2 Diabetes Patients; 10-year savings over $5000 -MedPage
August 2014 - Rich People Exercise, Poor People Take Diet PillsThe Atlantic
May 2014 - Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle Age BrainNew York Times
April 2014 -Study: Exercise Helps Aging Brains Grow Larger and Slow Dementia - The Atlantic
January 2014 - Study: Prolonged Sitting Jeopardizes Older Women’s Health - Cornell University Chronicle

HYDROTHERAPY
July 2014 – Hydrotherapy and Balneotherapy Shown to Reduce Pain - American Academy of Pain Management
March 2014 – Balneotherapy Effective for Chronic Lower Back Pain - PhysioSpot
February 2014 - Value of Ice Water Soak for Sore Muscles Still UnclearReuters

MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE
March 2014 - Manual Lymph Drainage May Promote Flexion Following Knee Surgery - Massage Magazine

MASSAGE
May 2014 – Benefits of Clinical Massage Therapy for Chronic Lower Back PainUniversity of Kentucky News
April 2014 – Univ. of Illinois Study: Massage Therapy Improves Circulation, Alleviates Muscle SorenessScience Daily

MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
August 2014 - Mindfulness for Depression May Also Reduce MD Visits - Psych Central
August 2014 – Is Mindfulness Good Medicine? (Studies Indicate It Can Help Alleviate Depression and Anxiety) - Scientific American
July 2014 – Brief Meditation Sessions Can Benefit Stress ReductionCarnegie Mellon study at Epoch Times
May 2014 - Mindfulness Training to Treat Attention Deficits - The New York Times

MUSIC THERAPY
MUSIC THERAPY July 2014 – Five Reasons Why Music Boosts Brain Activity - Alzheimers.net
January 2014 – Study: Music Therapy May Help Teens Cope with Cancer - US News & World Report

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING
August 2014 – New Study on Diabetes Risk Emphasizes Value of Nutritionists in Treatment and Prevention - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Science Daily
March 2014 – Study: Seven Servings of Fruit and Vegetables per Day Can Cut Risk of Premature Death by 42% - CNN Health
March 2014 - Counseling from Dietitians Doubles Weight Loss Success (Duke University, University of Iowa - Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study – Alere Wellbeing

PILATES
July 2014 - Effectiveness of Pilates on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic ReviewPlos One

RELAXATION THERAPY
July 2014 - Case study - Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy May Ease Men’s Hot Flashes - Baylor Univ. research at ScienceDaily

SAUNA
August 2014 - Study: Metabolic Rate Can Be Boosted by Adjusting Thermostat - CBS News

SLEEP HEALTH
August 2014 - Sleep Woes in Old Age May Be Linked to Brain Cell Loss - Health magazine
August 2014 – University of Chicago Study: Getting More Sleep Could Cut Junk Food Cravings in HalfCBS News
August 2014 – University of Montreal Study Shows Learning Is Best Enhanced During Sleep - Jewish Business News
February 2014 - Link Found between Sleep Duration and Depression - Psych Central
February 2014 - Less Sleep, More Time Online, Raises Risk for Teen DepressionNational Public Radio

SMOKING CESSATION
August 2014 – Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigs as Anti-Smoking Aid - WebMD
July 2014 - Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms; Findings Run Counter to Calls for Strict RegulationHealthDay
July 2014 - Smoking Mothers May Alter DNA of Their ChildrenAAAS, Science Magazine
June 2014 – Study: Text Messages May Double a Smoker's Odds of QuittingHealthDay
February 2014 - Quitting Smoking Linked to Better Mental HealthWebMD

STRESS MANAGEMENT
August 2014 – Carnegie Mellon University Study: Stress Found to Be Key Variable in Physical and Mental HealthCharlotte Post
August 2014 – Work-related Stress Is Risk Factor (45% higher) for Type 2 Diabetes - Medical Xpress
July 2014 – Exercise and Healthy Food and Sleep Can Reverse the Cellular Impacts of StressTimes Media Group
July 2014 –Small Changes - and Hopes – For Preventing DementiaNew York Times
March 2014 - Stress May Affect Fertility - New York Times

TAI CHI
May 2014 - Tai Chi May Slow Aging and Replenish Stem CellsPsych Central

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
July 2014 - Chinese Herbal Extracts Carry Potential to Destroy Pancreatic Cancer CellsCounsel & Heal
May 2014 – Chinese Herbal Compound Inhibits the Hepatitis C VirusHepatitis Central
January 2014 - Traditional Chinese Medicines May Help Stall Progression of DiabetesScience Daily
January 2014 - UC Irvine Study Finds a Potent Painkiller in Traditional Chinese MedicineLos Angeles Times

WEIGHT LOSS
August 2014 - Years of Overeating Alters the Brain to Give Incorrect Diet SignalsInternational Business Times Australia
July 2014 - Review of 38 studies: Even Modest Increases in a Woman’s Pre-pregnancy Weight Can Raise Risks of Fetal and Infant Death - New York Times
May 2014 – Study: Obesity May Affect Cancer Patients' Outcomes - CNN Health
April 2014 – New Study: Cancer Tops List of Surprising Health Problems Tied to ObesityABC News

WORKPLACE WELLNESS
August 2014 – 78% of Global Employers Committed to Healthy Workplace CultureEmployee Benefits Magazine
July 2014 – Gamification Growing in Employee Wellness ProgramsBenefitsPro
June 2014 – US Employers Redirecting Spending Towards Wellness: Health Coaches, Smoking CessationWashington Post
May 2014 – Obese Employees $4,000 per Year More Costly than Employess of Normal WeightScience Daily
January 2014 – Rand Study Raises Questions for Employer Wellness ProgramsNew York Times

YOGA
August 2014 - Study Suggests Hatha Yoga Boosts Brain Function in Older AdultsMedicalXpress
August 2014 – Studies Suggest Yoga Helps Build StrengthNew York Times
July 2014 - Yoga Can Help Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing RadiationCleveland Clinic News
June 2014 – Yoga Not Much Help for Asthma Sufferers, Study Finds - Science Daily
May 2014 – Yoga May Help Reduce High Blood Pressure – More Research NeededReuters