Who benefits from a defibrillator?

Implantable defibrillators can save lives, but also harbor risks. A major European study headed by three researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), LMU München and University Medical Center Göttingen has found that a special ECG method can help to identify the patients most likely to benefit from these Continue Reading

Mouthwash use could inhibit benefits of exercise, new research shows

Exercise is known to reduce blood pressure—but the activity of bacteria in our mouths may determine whether we experience this benefit, according to new research. An international team of scientists has shown that the blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise is significantly reduced when people rinse their mouths with antibacterial mouthwash, Continue Reading

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

Two new studies from MIT suggest that mindfulness—the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment—can enhance academic performance and mental health in middle schoolers. The researchers found that more mindfulness correlates with better academic performance, fewer suspensions from school, and less stress. “By definition, mindfulness is the ability Continue Reading

Perceptions of unemployment benefits and impacts on the job search

New University of Minnesota research examines how the perception of unemployment benefits—including the amount and duration of support—affects how people who are unemployed approach their job search. “We set out to understand how people’s perception of this benefit affects not only how intense their job search was, but also how Continue Reading

Restricting SNAP benefits could hurt millions of Americans—and local communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to restrict access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. SNAP is the primary way the government helps low-income Americans put food on the table. According to the government’s own calculations, an estimated 3.1 million people could lose SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as Continue Reading

Benefits of a psychotherapeutic approach for chronic depression fade after two years

A study published in the latest issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates that the benefits of a specific psychotherapeutic approach may disappear after two years from the conclusion of the psychotherapy. Evidence on the long-term efficacy of psychotherapeutic approaches for chronic depression is scarce. The goal of the trial was Continue Reading

Vitamin E found to have bone health benefits: Research finds it improves bone density in postmenopausal women

A new study revealed that vitamin E — in particular tocotrienol — could improve the bone density of postmenopausal women. The study was carried out by a group of scientists from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Georgia State University who assessed the benefit of vitamin E Continue Reading

Research finds the performance enhancing benefits of caffeine are more profound in those who don’t drink coffee, tea or energy drinks on a daily basis

A study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism revealed that the performance-enhancing effects of caffeine were more pronounced in people who did not drink caffeine-rich beverages — such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks — on a daily basis compared with habitual drinkers. A team Continue Reading

Nutritional benefits of pasta can be greatly enhanced by adding holy basil powder

Researchers at the Bundelkhand University in India have brought the best of both worlds together by combining holy basil, one of the most popular medicinal herbs in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and pasta, the ready-to-cook and easy-to-prepare ingredient that’s gaining ground in modern Indian cuisine. This gave birth to a distinct pasta that Continue Reading

Scientific analysis of the health benefits of digestive pills made from black nightshade

Research that was recently published in the IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology (IOSR-JESTFT) studied the production of a digestive pill that contains Solanum nigrum — commonly known as the black nightshade — as its primary ingredient. The paper, authored by Bimal Bibhuti from the Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology, and Continue Reading