Most viewed medical stories for the week of April 22nd

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Here are the most viewed medical stories this week from our partners at Ivanhoe Communications.

1. Alternative Therapies for High Blood Pressure
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A scientific statement from the American Heart Association says alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure, such as isometric hand grip exercises and resistance or strength training, are effective at reducing high blood pressure.

2. Stopping Copper to Stop Cancer
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Aggressive breast cancer can be hard to beat. Even if women do overcome it, there’s a good chance it could come back. Now, doctors believe depleting the body of a well-known metal could be the key to keeping it away.

3. Help for Severe Spine Pain: The BoneScalpel
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Nine million Americans suffer neck pain brought on by the narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. The risk of the problem increases as we age, but now one doctor is fighting back with a unique tool.

4. Scalpel-Free Facelift! – In-Depth Doctor’s Interview
Roger Bassin, M.D. with The Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery, talks about a new facelift procedure that doesn’t require a scalpel.

5. Freezing Nerves to Freeze Out Pain
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – New research shows that by using a tiny ball of ice, a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment called cryoneurolysis, can safely short circuit chronic pain that is caused by nerve damage.

6. Egg Whites: Good for High Blood Pressure?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Health-conscious consumers who are concerned about cholesterol in the yolk of an egg already know that egg whites are a popular substitute for whole eggs, but new research suggests that a component of egg whites may have another beneficial effect in reducing blood pressure.

7. Using Your Own Stem Cells for Circulation
MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Poor circulation in the legs and feet can lead to the loss of limbs or the loss of life. Now, a new treatment could help millions of people get their blood flowing.

8. Mushrooms Contain as Much Vitamin D as Supplements
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have found that eating mushrooms containing vitamin D2 can be as effective at increasing and maintaining vitamin D levels as taking supplemental vitamin D2 or vitamin D3. The findings are published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal.

9. Cell Metabolism’s Affect on Alzheimer’s
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A recent study showed for the first time that the death of neurons during Alzheimer’s disease is partly caused by a disruption in the nerve cells’ metabolism of sugar, fat and calcium. Using mice bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers studied the interaction between mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a process that is necessary for the metabolism of substances like calcium and glucose.

10. Dumbing Us Down
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Smartphones: they allow us to listen to music, check our e-mail, browse the internet, and even track our daily calorie intake, but are we really smarter? New research out of the University of Texas at Dallas says multi-tasking rewires the brain, robs us of frontal lobe brainpower, and reduces our ability to make good decisions. We have more on how other parts of our daily life could be making us dumber.

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