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Environment/Diet

Jun5

Probiotics Affect Brain Activity

6/5/2013 12:42 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

A new study revealed that women who frequently consumed probiotic yogurt had changes in the brain regions that are associated with emotional processing seen by functional MRI.  Lead investigator, Kirsten Tillisch, MD of  UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, observed the …

Mar28

Exercise & Counseling Reduced Days Off With Back Pain in Recruits

3/28/2013 9:59 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

A study published March 2013 in Spine revealed fewer lost work days due to low back pain in military recruits in Finland when treated with exercise and counseling.  791 recruits were followed for six months.  They were instructed to avoid full …

Feb13

Does Exercise Protect the Brain?

2/13/2013 2:26 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

A recent study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, revealed on associations between physical fitness and decrease risk for dementia.  Dr. Laura F. DeFina, the lead author, stated that middle age patients in the 20% highest level of fitness, have 36% …

Dec19

Anti-inflammatory Diet & Pain

12/19/2012 12:00 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Many pain conditions are associated with chronic low-grade inflammation.  Some studies support adherence to an anti-inflammatory diet as part of a comprehensive pain management program.  This type of diet may decrease inflammatory mediators or factors that contribute to increased inflammation in …

Oct21

Caffeine and Fibromyalgia Pain

10/21/2012 1:09 pm
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A new study reveals a link between high levels of caffeine consumption and increased fibromyalgia pain. Lead investigator, Steven E. Harte PhD of University of Michigan, studied 252 patients with fibromyalgia.  Those consuming 4 cups of coffee or greater per …

Oct21

Fish Oil for mood issues and pain

10/21/2012 1:06 pm
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Fish Oil may provided the building blocks to help heal damaged cells in the nervous system and prevent cell death.  There is evidence that Fish Oil helps treat mild to moderate depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other mood issues.  Fish …

Oct21

Osteoarthritis and Genetics

10/21/2012 1:01 pm
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Osteoarthritis is a common pain source.  Almost everyone has symptoms by the age to 70.  This problem is mainly due to joints wearing, trauma and aging.  Although, physician have observed that some families seem to develop osteoarthritis (OA) early and …