Most Viewed Medical Stories for the Week of April 29th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Here are this week’s most viewed medical stories 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 are effective at reducing high blood pressure. The alternative therapies also have few health risks and side effects.

2. A New Way to Reduce Calorie Intake
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Many restaurants display calorie information on their menus to encourage consumers to make healthier food choices, but most studies show it does not lead to fewer calories ordered or consumed.

3. Need to Remember Something? Clench Your Fist!
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Clenching the right fist during an event or when learning something new creates a stronger memory and clenching the left fist later improves the recollection of that memory, according to a recent study. The relationship between hand clenching and memory may possibly be because clenching the hand stimulates brain regions linked to the formation of memories.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Air Pollution Quickens Hardening of Arteries
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers recently discovered that individuals exposed to higher concentrations of fine particulate air pollution have a faster thickening of the inner two layers of the common carotid artery, possibly increasing their risk of heart attack or stroke.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. The Health Impact of Growing Up in the “Stroke Belt”
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – More people have strokes and die of strokes in the southeastern area known as the stroke belt than in the rest of the United States. Researchers have discovered that adults who spent their teenage years living in the stroke belt have a higher risk of having a stroke in the future.

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