October 2, 2012

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1 Phone Therapy As Effective As Face to Face

Cognitive therapy over the phone is as effective as therapy conducted in an office setting, finds a new U of Cambridge study. Plus, it reduces costs by 36.2%. For the study, researchers compiled data from 39,000 patients and found that, other than for those with more severe mental illness, over the phone therapy was as effective as therapy conducted face to face. The British study concludes that accessibility of phone therapy is another benefit for patients who lack transportation, are ill or may have work commitments. Mental illness affects one in four adults in Britain. The National Health Service spends more on mental health than on cancer, heart disease and stroke combined making the effectiveness of phone therapy a welcome savings.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Research Helps Docs Understand, Treat Insomnia

Tags: Cognitive Therapy, Mental Illness, Psychology, University of Cambridge, National Health Service, Talk Therapy

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Possible Allergen

2 Whole Foods Recalls Mislabeled Soups

Whole Foods Market has recalled mislabeled soups sold in all stores in six states due to possible allergens. The soup, created in the Whole Foods Market Kitchens, is labeled as Roasted Garlic and Eggplant when, in fact, it is Lobster Bisque which contains shellfish and milk products, ingredients that can cause serious reactions in allergic people. The soup, in 24 oz. containers, was sold in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island between September 29 and October 4, 2012. Affected product has been removed from all stores’ shelves and signage notifying customers of the recall has been posted. Customers who purchased the product may return it to the store for a full refund. For questions, call 617-492-5500 between 9 am and 5 pm, EST.

More at Www.fda.gov | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: More Kids Have Food Allergies Than Estimated

Tags: Food Allergies, Milk Allergy, Whole Foods Market, Seafood Allergy

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Food, Not Supplements

3 Apple a Day Prevents Hardening of Arteries

Eating an apple a day may keep the cardiologist away. A study from Ohio State University has found that consumption of apples – specifically Red or Golden Delicious - in healthy, non-smoking, middle-aged adults for four weeks was associated with a 40 percent lowered level of oxidized LDL, commonly known as “bad cholesterol.” When LDL is oxidized, it is more likely to promote inflammation and cause tissue damage. The beneficial nutrients in apples are polyphenols, an antioxidant that can help prevent oxidation. But don’t fall into the trap of taking an antioxidant supplement, lead researcher Robert DiSilvestro warns. Capsules with the same polyphenols showed a similar benefit, but not as large as when consuming the whole fruit.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Secret to a Long Life? Eating Apples

Tags: Apples, Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Polyphenols

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