Cancer pain and anxiety can be effectively addressed through the use of complementary medicine such as massage, acupuncture, guided imagery, and relaxation response interventions, according to researchers at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.
The study, funded by the National Center of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, aimed to determine whether such therapies could be an effective alternative to narcotic drugs. Lead author Jill Johnson, Ph.D., said the study found that patients reported an average 47 percent reduction in pain and 56 percent lower levels of anxiety when undergoing alternative therapies.
Lung, bronchus, and trachea cancer patients reported the largest decrease in pain, while prostate-cancer patients had the biggest improvement in anxiety levels.
The research was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.
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People who have a higher level of personal wellbeing seem to live longer, according to a study led by British researchers.
Medical News Today reported Nov. 8 that the study of about 9,000 people with an average age of 65, found that just 9 percent of those with the highest wellbeing scored died during an 8.5-year followup period, compared with 29 percent of those with the poorest wellbeing scores.
On average, people with the best wellbeing scores lived two years longer than those who scored the worst on an evaluation of their wellbeing.”We cannot be sure that higher well-being necessarily causes lower risk of death, since the relationship may not be causal,” said lead researcher Andrew Steptoe of University College London. “But the findings raise the intriguing possibility that increasing well-being could help to improve physical health.”
The findings were published in The Lancet.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could conquer your lousy sleep patterns by next week? Fox News has seven steps you can take over the next seven days to improve your slumber:
- Shut off your phone or leave it somewhere other than your bedroom.
- Turn off the TV and fluorescent lights, which emit sleep-disrupting blue light. If you need light in your bedroom, try a red bulb, instead.
- Try working out in the morning rather than afternoon or evening.
- Rise with the sun if you can, but if you must use an alarm clock, resist hitting the snooze button.
- Have more sex: it helps you sleep (afterwards).
- Maintain your sleep patterns on the weekends.
- Seven is also the magic number for hours of sleep, so set your alarm accordingly.
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Migraine headaches can be hell, and often even medication can provide only marginal relief. To prevent a migraine from hitting in the first place, try these steps recommended by NerdWallet:
- keep a headache diary to learn your warning signs and potential migraine triggers, such as alcohol or certain foods
- maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet that includes food rich in magnesium, such as nuts, whole grains, and dark, leafy greens
- use yoga, meditation or other healthy techniques to manage your stress
- avoid skipping meals
- get 6-8 hours of sleep nightly
- talk to your doctor about preventive medications
- read up on Botox and consider whether it might work to reduce your migraine symptoms
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Excessive sugar consumption can rot your kids’ teeth and contribute to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes, but as Fox News reports, those are just the best-known of the problems caused by eating too much sugar.
Kids who eat too much candy, drink too much sweet beverages, and consume too many sugar-rich carbs also may experience:
- more coughs, colds, and allergies
- croup and acid reflux
- weakened immunity
- dietary imbalances
To cut back on sugar consumption:
- make swaps like yogurt for ice cream and applesauce for sugar when baking
- serve water or seltzer rather than juice or soda
- check product labels for hidden sugars
- substitute fresh fruit or spices for sugar substitutes like agave nectar or honey, which still are sugars
- change your child’s diet slowly so they can adjust to healthier choices
- teach your kids why healthy eating is important
- advocate for better food choices at school
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