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Natural Sounds Soothe the Brain

British researchers found that listening to natural sounds led to relaxed brain patterns, while artificial sounds activated stress.

Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function

Cognition improves in patients after a stroke with as little as 12 weeks of aerobic exercise and strength training, University of Pittsburg researchers report.

Combo Probiotics Ease Hay Fever

A combination of two probiotics reduced spring allergy symptoms in adults in a University of Florida study.

Itchy Ivy

Lurking almost anywhere, poison ivy can cause nasty reactions if we come into contact with it—but natural treatments can soothe the itching and blistering.

Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers

Type 2 diabetics that ingested a dry extract of the bark of Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, experienced a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels, as well as improved cholesterol and liver markers.

Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain

In a Harvard Medical School study, patients with chronic neck pain that practiced tai chi won the same reduction in pain as those doing conventional neck exercises.

Stress and Fatigue Abate with Combo Supplement

Stressed and fatigued individuals that took a supplement containing magnesium, probiotics, vitamins and minerals for 30 days saw sharp reductions in these symptoms.

Chinese Herbs Lessen Postpartum Blues

A Chinese study pooling 47 clinical trials concluded that Chinese herbs are a safe, effective remedy that work either with antidepressants or alone.

Fenugreek Eases Menopause

An extract of fenugreek husk sharply slashed the incidence of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches and mood swings in menopausal Indian women.

Patient Pets

An Ontario hospital allows patients’ cats and dogs, once thoroughly scrubbed, to visit them for an hour each week.
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