November 25, 2013

Short and Sweet!

Acupuncture Proven Just as Good as Counseling for Treating Depression: A new study recently published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE found that acupuncture is at least equally as effective as counseling at treating depression symptoms and that acupuncture in particular can lead to a nearly 50 percent reduction on the depression scale in just three months.

Casual Sex Linked to Depression and Suicidal Thoughts in Men and Women: Dr Sara Sandberg-Thoma, of Ohio State University and lead author of the study, said: "This study provides evidence that poor mental health can lead to casual sex, but also that casual sex leads to additional declines in mental health."

High-Fructose Corn Syrup and Addiction: Canadian researchers have found that high-fructose corn syrup can cause behavioral reactions in rats “similar to those produced by drugs of abuse, such as cocaine.” “There is now convincing neurobiological and behavioral evidence indicating that addiction to food is possible.”

Back Pain is Predictor of Future Health Woes: The investigators said that patient beliefs that their severe, short-term low back pain will persist for a long time can predict progression to chronic low back pain. 

Attack of the Superbug: An antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea—now considered a superbug—has some analysts saying that the bacteria's effects could match those of AIDS. Because it resists current antibiotic treatment, the strain has been placed in the superbug category with other resistant bacteria, such as MRSA and CRE. These superbugs kill about half the people they attack, and nearly one in 20 hospital patients become infected with one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Farmer Acquitted of Producing Milk Without License: ‘Liz Reitzig, a founder of Farm Food Freedom Coalition, a group advocating for greater consumer access to natural, unprocessed food, says that the case ‘should give small farmers renewed courage to continue to operate within their communities.”’

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal? Research shows a correlation between eating breakfast and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. As Americans continue to fight the obesity epidemic and try to stem the incidence of type 2 diabetes, dietary guidelines are becoming increasingly important.