August 14, 2010

Hormones May Be Reason

1 Women Experience Chronic Pain More Than Men

Chronic pain, pain that lasts more than six months and doesn’t respond to medication or other treatments, is felt more acutely and more often by women, finds psychologist Jennifer Kelly, Atlanta Ctr. for Behavioral Medicine. Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines, IBS and rheumatoid arthritis are more common in women who are also more likely to suffer from multiple pain syndromes than men. Estrogen may be to blame said Kelly who treats the social and psychological aspects of pain and said that men and women respond differently to their pain and its treatments. Men focus on the physical aspects; women focus on the emotional ones and “may actually experience more pain as a result.” She recommends psychological support, biofeedback and relaxation to help women cope.

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

Previously: Sea Snail Saliva May Treat Severe Pain

Tags: Estrogen, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraine, Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Gender and Pain, Jennifer Kelly, Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine

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Just 30 Minutes, 5 Days Per Week

2 Light Exercise Reduces Risk of Early Death

Light to moderate physical activity, especially for those who are inactive, reduces the risk of early death, say researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Their studies show that performing 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, five days per week, reduces the risk of death by 19 percent and by 24 percent for those who exercise seven hours per week. Lead researcher, James Woodcock said, "This research confirms that is not just exercising hard that is good for you but even moderate everyday activities, like walking and cycling, can have major health benefits. Just walking to the shops or walking the children to school can lengthen your life - as well as bringing other benefits for well-being and the environment."

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

Tags: Exercise, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Premature Death, Early Death, Moderate Exercise, Karolinska Institute, James Woodcock

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Not Quite a Bean Stalk

3 Pea Sprout Found Inside Man's Lung

Dr. Jeff Spillane removed something very unusual from his 75-year-old patient's lung: a pea which had sprouted. Ron Sveden went into surgery expecting the worst (lung cancer), but was instead told that he had a half-inch-long pea sprout growing inside his lung, reports CNN. The man, who suffers from emphysema, had been experiencing greater difficulty breathing than usual. As it turns out, a pea sprout was to blame! Dr. Spillane couldn't see the sprout at first because there was so much swelling and infection in the area. CNN reports that while it's possible for dried or raw peas or peanuts to germinate inside the body, it would be impossible for the same to happen with cooked foods.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mixed Veggies Counter

Tags: Dr. Jeff Spillane, Pea in Lung, Pea Germinating in Body, Plants Growing Inside Humans, Weird Surgery Stories, Ron Sveden, Pea Sprout in Lung

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Minor Complaints Likely

4 Obese Go to GP More Often Than Smokers

Obese men and women are more likely to visit their general practitioners than smokers, say Dutch researchers. BBC reports on the study involving data from almost 4,500 adults. The findings aren't explained by obese people having higher rates of chronic illnesses like diabetes. While researchers thought they'd find that unhealthy people visit the GP more often, instead they found that only body mass index, BMI, was independently associated with the frequent GP visits made by obese people. Researchers speculate that obese men and women visit their doctors more often for minor complaints like sleep problems or musculoskeletal pain, but more research is needed to determine the cause of the frequent visits.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, Sleep Problems, Musculoskeletal Pain, Obese Visits to Doctor, Obese Visit Doctor More Often, Number of Obese GP Visits, BMI of People Going to Doctor, Chronic Illnesses in Obese, Frequent GP Visits

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Neurotic People Need Not Worry

5 Your Personality Won't Give You Cancer

New research refutes the theory that your personality could make you prone to cancer or affect your prognosis. Researchers who've been studying Finnish and Swedish twins believe that there's no association between cancer risk and extraversion (being friendly and sociable) or neuroticism (worrying), reports Reuters. The two separate studies involving almost 60,000 adults also revealed that neither of the two personality traits affect cancer survival. Findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. According to Reuters, lead researcher Dr. Naoki Nakaya of the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen says that study findings suggest that people with cancer shouldn't think that their personality type gave them cancer or affected their prognosis.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Skin Aging Risk Factors

Tags: Extraversion, Dr. Naoki Nakaya, Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen, Cancer Personality, Personality Type Prone to Cancer, Personality Affects Cancer Prognosis, Personality Does Not Affect Cancer Risk, Cancer Risk and Personality, Finnish and Swedish Twins, American Journal of Epidemiology

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