April 23, 2010

Tap Them Away

1 Stop Food Cravings with Psychological Acupuncture

Psychological acupuncture, or the emotional freedom technique (EFT), can reduce or eliminate food cravings for up to six months, says researcher Dr. Peta Stapleton, Griffith University School of Medicine. The technique, which consists of gentle tapping on pressure points while the subject focuses on specific thoughts and emotions, is easy to learn and is painless. Most importantly, it showed an almost immediate impact on the eating habits of subjects who participated in Stapleton’s study. "Food cravings play a big role in people's food consumption and ultimately their body weight. If we can beat the cravings without the need for willpower or conscious control of behavior, then weight loss is also possible." EFT has also been successfully used in the management of phobias and addictions.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Acupuncture, Addiction, Body Weight, Losing Weight, Psychological Acupuncture, EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, Dr. Peta Stapleton, Griffith University School of Medicine, Willpower, Behavior Modification, Phobias

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Patch Could Stick It to Shots

2 A Tiny Patch Makes Painful Shots Unnecessary

Doctors could soon be telling the truth when they say it won’t hurt. Researchers with the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology say a nanopatch can painlessly deliver vaccines just as well as traditional shots, using 100 times less medication. In addition to being a big relief for patients who don’t like needles, vaccines by nanopatch can also improve healthcare in developing nations because the patch doesn’t require any special training or refrigeration. Mark Kendall, the lead researcher, says the nanopatch is so effective because it delivers vaccines into the skin, where a lot of immune cells are. A needle deliver vaccines into muscles, which have few immune cells. The next step, human clinical trials, could lead the way to a needle-free, pain-free doctor visit.

More at AOL News | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Vaccinating Kids Helps All of Us

Tags: Vaccination, Nanopatch, Research

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SpongeBob to the Rescue

3 SpongeBob Saves Choking Girl

Thanks to a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, one girl choking on gum is saved! Long Beach Middle School student Miriam recently saved her friend Allyson who started choking on gum after a teacher made a joke. Of course, Allyson shouldn't have been chewing gum, but when Miriam noticed that her friend suddenly stopped laughing, she recalled a SpongeBob episode. Miriam believed that she had seen SpongeBob use the Heimlich maneuver to get a clarinet out of Squidward's throat. Allison performed the Heimlich on her friend, and the gum flew out of her mouth, the Associated Press reports on msnbc. A Nickelodeon spokeswoman said that SpongeBob never actually performed the Heimlich on the show, but he did reach down Squidward's throat to pull out a clarinet!

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: SpongeBob, Heimlich Maneuver, Girl Saves Choking Friend, SpongeBob SquarePants

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Fish or Flax Provide Benefits

4 Omega 3's May Cut Colon Cancer Risk

People whose diets are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are not only protecting their heart and brain, but may also be cutting their risk for colon cancer. Research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina examined the relationship between polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and bowel cancer risk in over 1800 Americans who were both Caucasian and African American. Two primary omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, were found to decrease the risk of colon cancer, with the most prominent benefit shown in white Americans. In addition to fatty fish, omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flaxseed and other seed oils such as walnut. The research was published in the April issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

More at Reuters | Hat tip to Natural Products Insider | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Omega 3 Enhanced Soybeans Improve American Diet, Flaxseed to Lower Cholesterol

Tags: Colon Cancer, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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