Jane Langille

Jane Langille is a health and medical writer based near Toronto, Ontario. Jane writes about health news and medical innovations for media publications and health care providers

As yoga continues to rise in popularity, it may help reduce the use of medications for some common medical conditions. A few years ago, a man in his early 50s with benign prostate enlargement was suffering greatly and losing sleep. Keen to find relief from symptoms that persisted in spite of taking prescription medication, he decided to try yoga. He worked one-on-one with a certified yoga therapist three times a week and after a few months his symptoms subsided. “We worked together for a few years. Ultimately, he was able to get relief and get completely off his medication,” says…

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Is it possible that vitamin D can ward off cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic disorders, depression, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, mortality and even autism? Readers of health articles have been deluged by such stories.

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Pressure is mounting as 25 international societies have now joined the Androgen Study Group’s petition to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to retract a misleading paper about cardiovascular risks for men taking testosterone therapy. These professional societies, including the American Society for Men’s Health, the International Society for Men’s Health and the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male, are dedicated to education and research in men’s health, endocrinology, andrology and sexual medicine. By signing this petition, they join more than 160 leading experts from 32 countries. The press release says that a failure to…

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In a startling new development about the low-t therapy controversy, more than 130 physicians and scientists and 7 professional societies from around the world have determined that the original Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) paper about increased cardiovascular risks for men taking testosterone replacement therapy contains major errors and should be retracted from the journal. In addition to the issues detailed in my first post, the March 14, 2014 petition cites newly disclosed, glaring errors, and states that “the quality and magnitude of these errors in values indicate gross data mismanagement and contamination to a degree that the…

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Truth and things that sound like the truth are not the same, especially for health news moving at the speed of the Internet. It can be pretty easy to believe stories in major media publications where studies from reputable journals are cited. While I was researching Low T: Separating Facts From Frenzy, I read many stories about the testosterone therapy news, like these at The New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Health and The Wall Street Journal. The news about low T caught fire recently when two new studies suggested that millions of men may be risking a…

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Nearly 16 million Americans are currently practicing some form of yoga. Yoga continues to rise in popularity because it’s a low-impact activity that improves overall physical fitness, strength and flexibility. Yoga can be adapted to a wide variety of fitness levels and offers a low risk of serious injury or side effects when practiced carefully under the guidance of an experienced, certified instructor. Yoga can help reduce chronic pain, low back pain, stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health. Yoga can also help lower heart…

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Find out which popular yoga style fits you best In North America, Hatha yoga is the most popular style, consisting of a series of poses, or “asanas,” mindful breathing techniques called “pranayama,” and relaxation and meditation. Within Hatha yoga, there are many different sub-styles offering various levels of exertion and focus. Here are some of the most popular: Ashtanga is a rigorous physical workout designed to build strength and endurance with a specific sequence of postures Bikram, or hot yoga, is practiced in a room heated to 105° F. and helps promote deeper stretching and the flushing out of toxins.…

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