Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (Mar 20 – 26)

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1. Mind-Based Therapies May Ease Lower Back Pain

Millions of individuals suffer from chronic lower back pain, and many feel they have tried it all: physical therapy, painkillers, shots. Now a new study reports many people may find relief with a form of meditation that harnesses the power of the mind to manage pain. [NYTimes]

2. Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Women Worse Than Men

Alzheimer’s disease affects women worse than men, a new researcher has suggested. [The Independent]

3. Exercise Slows Brain Aging By 10 Years

Physical activity can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years, reports a new study published in the journal Neurology. [TIME]

4. FDA Adds Black Box Warning To The Most Common Prescription Painkillers

In the face of on growing opioid addiction epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just taken a step to make us more aware of the potential hazards of taking these drugs. [Refinery29]

5. Pre-Pregnancy Stress May Affect Baby’s Size

Stress hormone levels before pregnancy may affect a woman’s risk of having a low-birth-weight baby, a new study suggests. [HealthDay]

6. Eat Less Meat to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming, Scientists Say

Growing food for the world’s burgeoning population is likely to send greenhouse gas emissions over the threshold of safety unless more is done to cut meat consumption, a new report has found. [The Guardian]

7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Control Major Depressive Disorder

A new meta-analysis published in Translational Psychiatry suggests high-dose omega-3 supplements can have a positive impact on mental health. [MedicalDaily]

8. Inducing Deep Sleep after Head Injury May Protect the Brain

A new study could one day benefit people suffering from neurological conditions associated with the buildup of unwanted proteins in the brain, including traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s. [Scientific American]

9. Purple bread: A new superfood?

Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, digested 20% slower than regular white bread, and made entirely of natural compounds, it could be the first superfood of the baked goods world. [CNN]

10. Pregnancy Hormone Could Keep Multiple Sclerosis at Bay

Taking a pregnancy hormone staves off multiple sclerosis relapses, a small clinical trial suggests. [Science News]

Surprising discovery:

No-Brainer: Paid Leave Equals Breast-feeding Success

A new study published in an upcoming issue of the medical journal Birth has found a strong correlation between paid maternity leave and women successfully breast-feeding. [NYMag]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”  ~John F. Kennedy

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