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Sensory and diet therapies for autism lack strong evidence

26-05-2017

Sensory and diet therapies for autism lack strong evidence

(Reuters Health) - - There is little or no evidence to support many popular therapies that aim to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to two new reviews of existing research. ASDs are developmental disorders that can lead to social, communication and behavioral challenges. One review found some evidence that therapies targeting sensory issues provided at least short-term benefits, but the second review found little evidence to support the use of special diets or nutritional supplements for children with ASDs. "I think they show how scattered the information we have is," said Catherine Lord, who directs the NewYork-Presbyterian...

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'Heat-not-burn' cigarettes still release cancer-causing chem…

26-05-2017

'Heat-not-burn' cigarettes still release cancer-causing chemicals

(Reuters Health) - - A new type of "heat-not-burn" cigarette releases some of the same cancer-causing chemicals found in traditional cigarette smoke, a recent experiment suggests....

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Tremors tied to recreational drugs can linger in former user…

26-05-2017

Tremors tied to recreational drugs can linger in former users

(Reuters Health) - - Recreational drugs like “MDMA” and amphetamines have long been linked to a variety of movement disorders, and a new study suggests that basic motor skill impairment may linger even among former users. For the study, researchers tested how well current and former amphetamine users could hold their arms in a variety of positions, an indicator of basic motor skills, and compared their abilities to people who had never used these drugs. Both drooping arms and tremors were more common in current stimulant users than in people who never used the drugs. Former users also had more...

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Several non-drug options help with fatigue during, after can…

26-05-2017

Several non-drug options help with fatigue during, after cancer treatment

Non-drug approaches that work best at relieving cancer-related fatigue may differ during and after cancer treatment, according to an analysis of past trials. During treatment, relaxation practices had the strongest fatigue-reducing effect, but after cancer treatments are complete, yoga provided the biggest benefit. “During and after cancer therapy, fatigue is one of the most frequent and distressing symptoms,” said lead author Richard Hilfiker of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais in Leukerbad. Cancer-related fatigue is considered a “distressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, or cognitive tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or cancer treatment that...

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Older adults might be able to stave off arthritis knee pain …

26-05-2017

Older adults might be able to stave off arthritis knee pain with fiber

Older people who eat the most fiber are at lower risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA), new research shows....

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