Taming chronic inflammation may reduce illness, save lives

Scientists from 22 institutions, including UCLA, are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide. The group of international experts, which also includes scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University Medical…

Probiotic may help treat colic in infants

Probiotics—or “good bacteria”—have been used to treat infant colic with varying success. In a new trial published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, investigators have shown that drops containing a particular probiotic strain (Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12) reduced the duration of daily crying by more than 50% in…

Mindfulness may be a balm for breast cancer patients

(HealthDay)—Women with advanced breast cancer might find mindfulness can ease their pain, anxiety and depression, a new study suggests. Mindfulness is the ability to keep your mind focused on the present moment. “Mindfulness helps us relate to our thoughts, emotions and physical symptoms in a different way,” said study author…

Early retirement may accelerate dementia, study finds

How an early retirement may accelerate dementia: Scientists find quitting work before turning 60 ‘speeds up cognitive decline and memory loss’ New York scientists say it is caused by a lack of mental stimulation when retired  Retirement is also usually accompanied by less interaction with other people  This has also…

Exercise may slow brain deterioration in Alzheimer disease

(HealthDay)—Exercising may delay brain deterioration in people at high risk for Alzheimer disease, according to a proof-of-concept study published Sept. 17 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Takashi Tarumi, Ph.D., from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, and colleagues randomly assigned 70 patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) to…