Heart and Lung

COPD Patients doing Tai Chi improved Exercise Capacity

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(Best Syndication News) – Patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) showed improvement after doing Tai Chi, according to a new study. The research results were published in the online edition of European Respiratory Journal and will later be published in the print edition.

The researchers suggest that Tai Chi exercise might be just as beneficial as pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD patients.

Previous studies have demonstrated that moderate forms of exercise were helpful for COPD patients to improve their symptoms of breathlessness and generally improve their quality of life. The researchers wanted to see if Sun-style Tai Chi exercise would also be beneficial for COPD patients.

Chronic Heart Failure patients reduced Depression with Aerobic Exercise

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that chronic heart failure patients who took part in an aerobic exercise routine showed a slight reduction in depression symptoms over a 12-month period compared to those who were given typical care. The study results were published in the August 1, 2012 issue of JAMA.

Heart failure affects around 5 million people in the United States. Every year, around half-a-million new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed. Depression is often found in as many as 40 percent of the heart failure patients. The worst clinical outcomes of heart failure are associated with those who have depression.

Weight Loss Pill Qsymia gains FDA Approval

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(Best Syndication News) - A new weight loss pill, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Taking phentermine and topiramate weight-loss medication along with a diet and exercise program could help a person lose weight.

The drug was approved for adults that have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Additionally, adults with a BMI of 27 or more who have either high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol are also approved to take the medication.

Qsymia is made up of two other FDA approved medications – phentermine and topiramate. Qsymia is an extended release formulation. The short-term weight loss is associated with taking phentermine. Topiramate was initially given to people with epilepsy for seizures, and to prevent migraine headaches.

Scientists suggest RDA of Vitamin C should be doubled to Reduce Disease Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - The US recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be increased to 200 milligrams per day for adults, scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University suggests. The current RDA for vitamin C for women is 75 milligrams and 90 milligrams for men. The scientists from the institute put forward that an increase in the RDA could reduce heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The call for the higher intake of vitamin C was published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

Balz Frei, a professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, said that some clinical trials were essentially imperfect. Of course, the Linus Pauling Institute has long been recommending vitamin C for improving health.

Algae Extract improves HDL “Good” Cholesterol

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(Best Syndication News) - Dietary supplementation of an algae extract called ProAlgaZyme boosted high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels in a hamster study.

The research study was conducted by Smiti Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. Health Enhancement Products of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan funded the study.

Gupta explained that current medications are used to reduce the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Her study was to determine if algae extract could increase the “good” HDL cholesterol.

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