August 30, 2010

Reduces Chronic Pain

1 Tai Chi May Help Ease Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Tai chi, an ancient Chinese practice of slow exercises, breathing and meditation, was found to benefit patients with fibromyalgia, finds a study published in the NE Journal of Medicine. A clinical trial at Tufts Med. Ctr. found that patients with fibromyalgia, who practiced tai chi for 12 weeks, experienced a significantly greater reduction in pain, fatigue and depression than a control group that participated in stretching exercises. Plus, tai chi practitioners sustained benefits three months after their initial evaluation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia, which affects about five million Americans, is difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. These new findings have researchers encouraged although additional studies are recommended.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tai Chi Good for Mental Health

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chronic Pain, Depression, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, New England Journal of Medicine, Tai Chi, Tai Chi Benefits, Tufts Medical Center

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Beware Your Mani-Pedi

2 UV Nail Lamps May Be Linked to Skin Cancer

Some doctors warn of an overlooked source of ultraviolet radiation that may be hazardous to your health. UV nail lamps, used for drying nail polish, emit similar amounts of radiation per meter squared as those found in tanning beds, studies show. While no large studies of their effects exist to date, smaller studies published in the Archives of Dermatology, describe two cases of women who, without family histories of skin cancer, developed non-melanoma cancers on their hands. The studies found a link between cancer and use of nail drying lamps. Dr. Roshini Raj, New York U. Medical School, addresses the issue in her book, “What the Yuck?! The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body,” and warns to use nail dryers sparingly. “Or better yet, let your nails dry on their own."

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Beach Umbrellas Offer Only Some Sun Protection

Tags: Archives of Dermatology, New York University, UV Protection, UV Exposure, Nail Salon, Nail Polish Drying Lamps, Dr. Roshini Raj

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Nutrition Facts When Eating Out?

3 Restaurant Nutritional Labeling Coming Soon

You may not have realized that with the passing of the Health Care bill, Section 2572 requires that any restaurants with 20 locations must soon begin displaying nutritional and calorie information on menus. Many restaurants have already begun the process of adding such information to their menus, while others have requested more information from the Federal government. Under the legislation the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) must suggest specific regulations by March 2011 and there will then be an unspecified time period for those proposals to go into effect. Restaurants argue that the move will greatly insult their bottom line, while health agencies have heralded the move as nearly one-third of Americans are classified as obese and another one-third are classified as overweight.

More at Health News | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Nutrition Facts

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Ellie Ate a Beehive

4 Award for Most Unusual Pet Health Insurance Claim

A Labrador named Ellie won an award for the most unusual pet health insurance claim from Veterinary Pet Insurance Co (VPI), reports Yahoo News. Ellie ate an entire beehive, including thousands of dead bees and the pesticides that killed them. The curious dog, now recovered, lives in southern California. Ellie has also eaten wooden toy train tracks and laptop computer keys! For her beehive "efforts" Ellie was presented with a bronze ham-shaped trophy, basket of toys and doggie treats. Other contenders for the top prize in the contest for the most unusual pet health insurance claim included a terrier that bit a chainsaw and a border collie that wanted the mail carrier so badly it ran through a window!

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Unusual Dog Behavior, Weird Things Dogs Eat, Dog That Ate a Beehive, Most Unusual Pet Health Insurance Claim, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co, Border Collie

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Preventing Workplace Disasters

5 Safety Is Most Important Labor Concern

Results of a new study released ahead of Labor Day reveal that workplace safety is the most important concern of workers. Many workers report job-related stress, a contributing factor to injuries. The study by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago study found that reports of workplace injuries remain high, but public and media emphasis on safety typically occurs only after disastrous workplace accidents. Even then, the fate of workers is often overlooked. Tom W. Smith, director of NORC's General Social Survey (GSS), says that it's "striking" that most media coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf "virtually ignored the 11 workers killed." He notes that if workplace safety had been maintained, the environmental disaster would have likely been avoided.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Health Risks Reduced

Tags: National Opinion Research Center, General Social Survey, Labor Day, Workplace Safety Issues, Preventing Workplace Injuries, Work-Related Stress, Work Conditions, University of Chicago Study, Tom W. Smith

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A Weird Self-Esteem Boost

6 Older People Like Negative Stories About Young

Older people enjoy reading negative news stories about younger people, claim German researchers. According to the study, older people between 55 and 60 get a self-esteem boost from reading negative stories about their younger counterparts aged 18 to 30. MSNBC reports that the research reveals older people were more likely to read negative stories about younger people, while younger people enjoyed reading positive news stories about people their age. Older people were less likely to read either positive or negative news stories about people their age. Researchers believe that older people need self-esteem boosts since younger people tend to have a higher status in society.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Playground for Elderly

Tags: Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Negative News Stories, Journal of Communication, Self-Esteem Boost, News Preferences of Young

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Triathletes with Amazing Hearts

7 Resistance/Endurance Combo Best for Heart

A study of triathletes shows that combining resistance and endurance training is best for heart health. Researchers used MRI to study effects of triathlon training on the heart. They found that triathletes who participated in multi-sport events like swimming, cycling and running had larger right and left ventricles, as well as larger left atria. The triathletes' ventricles also displayed greater muscle mass and wall thickness, say researchers. The findings, published in Radiology, reveal that the resting heart rates of triathletes were 17 percent lower than the control group. A lower resting heart rate means more cardiac blood supply. "The hearts of the triathletes ... are stronger and able to manage the same workload with less effort," says lead researcher Michael M. Lell, M.D.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Heart Health, Michael M. Lell, October Issue of Radiology, Effects of Triathlon Training, Study of Triathletes, Exercises for Heart, Resting Heart Rates, Heart Wall, Left Atria, Cardiac Blood Supply, Combining Resistance and Endurance Training

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Eating Fish Still Best Bet

8 Omega 3 Margarines Do Not Prevent Heart Attack

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that patients with a history of heart attack who eat an omega-3 enriched margarine in addition to their standard prescription drugs have no statistical difference in their chances of having a repeat attack. The study, conducted in the Netherlands, randomly assigned 4,837 heart attack patients to eat one of four kinds of margarine - one regular and three with varying sources of omega 3 fatty acids. There was no difference between the groups of patients, regardless of the type of margarine eaten. Omega 3 fatty acids are thought to reduce the risk of heart attack by preventing abnormal heartbeat, slowing the growth of plaques that clog the arteries, and by lowering triglyceride levels.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Eat Heart Healthy Food for a Healthy Brain

Tags: Fish Oil, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Even Small Amount Helps

9 Weight Loss Can Relieve Urinary Incontinence

Overweight and obese women who lose a modest amount of weight can significantly reduce episodes of urinary incontinence, according to a new study published in the August issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Women who followed an intensive six month behavioral weight loss program followed immediately by a 12-month maintenance program and lost between 5 and 10 percent of their body weight had experienced a 70 percent or more reduction in frequency of urinary incontinence episodes. In addition, 75 percent of women expressed satisfaction with urine leakage changes and urge frequency. “The broad range of health benefits achieved with weight reduction strongly supports consideration of this approach,” writes Rena R. Wing PhD of Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island who conducted the study.

More at Modern Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Diet and Exercise Needed for Significant Weight Loss

Tags: Weight Loss, Women's Health, Urinary Incontinence

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