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JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain
Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK s pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace that some believe may have played a role in his death. He went through the wringer vis ...
Healthday - Wed. Jul 12
Natural Pet Foods May Not Always Be Best Choice
Pet owners need to be aware that natural foods aren t always the best choice for their pets, says a Kansas State University veterinarian. Natural and veggie-based pet foods are based more on market demand from owners, not because they are necessarily better for the pet, Susan Nelson, an assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release. She noted that dogs and cats have specific nutritional needs that may not be met by some natura ...
Healthday - Mon. Jul 10
Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear
Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it s important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones to each other and stabilize them. Sprains occur when the joint is forced into an unnatural position. They happen most often in the ankle but can occur at any joint, such as the wrist or knee, said Martin Mufich. He is also a c ...
Healthday - Mon. Jul 10
Taking the Bite Out of Frostbite
Did you know frostbite can occur within minutes Keeping fingers and toes warm and dry when you work or play outside is a must in icy weather, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS says. Frostbite occurs when your tissue freezes and ice crystals form inside cells. As these ice crystals thaw, more damage can occur. Older people and young children are especially vulnerable. Also at high risk people with diabetes or other medical conditions that af ...
Healthday - Tue. Jul 4
Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care
Making meals more enjoyable for people with dementia might reduce their risk of malnutrition and dehydration, researchers report. Family-style meals and music, in particular, showed promise for improving eating and drinking habits, British researchers found. It is probably not just what people with dementia eat and drink that is important for their nutritional well-being and quality of life -- but a holistic mix of where they eat and drink, the atmosphere, ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Turning to an Ancient Art to Help Ease PTSD in Veterans
The age-old practice of Tai Chi shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD in veterans, new research shows. The study was small -- just 17 U.S. veterans -- and involved four introductory sessions of Tai Chi, the Chinese exercise regimen that involves slow, fluid movements. A team led by Barbara Niles, of Boston University School of Medicine, said the program helped ease the veterans PTSD symptoms. Those symptoms included intrusive though ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
How 'Mindful Eating' Can Keep Kids Slim
Most childhood obesity-prevention programs stress calorie counting and exercise. But one pediatrician likes to emphasize an approach called mindful eating instead. Mindful eating is a more compassionate and holistic way to approach healthy eating. It not only focuses on what foods we eat, but on how our bodies feel, said Dr. Lenna Liu, a pediatrician at Seattle Children s Hospital. It allows us to pay attention to hunger and fullness, emotional connections ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study
Acupuncture may benefit people who have memory loss, but don t yet have dementia, suggests a review by Chinese researchers of five earlier studies. Nothing has yet been proven to halt the progression to dementia in those who are destined to progress. But, acupuncture used alone or along with another treatment, such as the medication nimodipine, might help retain some memory function, the researchers said. But several doctors not involved with the review sa ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Regular Phys Ed Builds More Than Fitness
Rules requiring regular physical education for young teens stem from good science, researchers say. Frequent phys ed classes not only improve fitness, they also encourage healthy living, finds a study from Oregon State University. Researchers looked at more than 400 students, ages 12 to 15. They found that more than one in five received no physical education, and only about 27 percent met federal government physical activity guidelines. Nearly 40 percent w ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy
It s safe to assume many new parents aren t sleeping as much as they d like, but many pregnant women also suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to insomnia. Pregnant women may also have trouble sleeping due to heartburn, having to use the bathroom more frequently or worries about giving birth, the group explained. There are ways mothers-to-be can help ensure they get a good night s slee ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
Hope for 1st Drug Against Lymphedema, a Cancer Complication
Many cancer patients, especially those who ve undergone breast cancer treatment, experience painful, swollen limbs, a condition called lymphedema. Now researchers say they ve found an underlying mechanism that could eventually lead to the first drug therapy for the debilitating condition. The findings come from research in mice and human cells. However, there s already a clinical trial underway to see whether these lab discoveries will translate into a new ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
'Mindfulness' Probably Won't Cure Your Back Pain: Study
Proponents of mindfulness-based stress reduction claim it can improve relationships, mental health, weight and more. But, one complaint it s unlikely to fix is lower back pain, researchers now say. Lower back pain doesn t respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened self-awareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies. Although short-term improvements were reported, no clinical significance was found in terms of overal ...
Healthday - Wed. Jun 28
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