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They Massage Horses, Don’t They?
ARNOLD, Neb. On the November day in 2011 when horse massager Karen Hough got the cease and desist letter from the state of Nebraska, she was at first bewildered, then scared, then angry, and finally, determined. Why, she asked herself, should she be prohibited from massaging horses when horse owners were willing to pay for her services and the horses visibly felt better It took six years, but Hough and other horse massagers finally succeeded in changing Ne ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Nov 26
Diet, Exercise Can Ease Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment
Exercise and healthy eating can counter the harmful side effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Androgen-deprivation therapy suppresses testosterone and other male hormones that drive prostate cancer growth. But suppressing those hormones leads to loss of muscle mass and strength as well as increased body fat, which puts patients at risk for diabetes, heart disease and other health problems, the Ohio State University research ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist. But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way. And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon. Aromatherapy works for so many different things, it is amazing, said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
Life with Alzheimer s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a holistic program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together, said study lead author Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrou ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain
Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain are more common among women, older adults, the poor, people previously employed, those with public health insurance or living in rural areas. Not only is chronic pain widesp ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Kratom Use in Pregnancy Spurs Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns
Although the herbal supplement kratom is still legal and widely available, its opioid-like effects have caused significant withdrawal symptoms in at least two newborns in the United States and that should raise concerns, researchers say. A case study of a baby boy exposed to kratom during his mother s pregnancy -- only the second American case reported -- likely signifies a broader trend among pregnant women toward seeking alternatives to opioid painkiller ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Massage Beats Meds for Lower Back Pain, Study Says
Massage therapy may be better than medication or exercise for easing low back pain in the short term, a new government-funded study suggests. Seattle researchers recruited 401 patients, mostly middle-aged, female and white, all of whom had chronic low back pain. Those who received a series of either relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active for up to a year than those getting usual medical care, which included painkill ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema
Lisa Hanson was first diagnosed with the leg swelling and fluid retention of lymphedema when she was just 17. Now in her 40s, she reconciled herself to a lifetime of long pants, compression hose and a nightly, hours-long bout with an electric pump to keep the swelling down. She said her lymphedema made her feel like a freak. But now, millions of people like Hanson may have a new treatment option. Researchers from Stanford University and other institutions ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Your 6-Month-Old Isn't Sleeping Through the Night? Relax
If your 6-month-old still wakes up at 2 a.m., a new study suggests you don t lose any additional sleep worrying about it. Even if she s still not getting six to eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye at night by her first birthday, it doesn t mean your baby isn t developing normally. And, rest assured, it probably won t hurt your child s thinking, language or motor skills later on, Canadian researchers report. If you ve been told by your nurse or a friend t ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives?
Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don t want relief from a medicine bottle -- or when that relief isn t enough -- consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement can feel painful, especially if you re in the midst of an osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis flare, some exercise disciplines are actually soothing. Popular movemen ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Common Diabetes Meds May Raise Odds for Amputation
People with type 2 diabetes who are taking common drugs called diuretics may be at a significantly increased risk of losing a foot or leg, according to a new French study. Researchers found that taking a diuretic raised the odds of having an amputation, or requiring an angioplasty or bypass, by 75 percent or more, compared with those not using the medicines. Based on the findings, diuretics should be used cautiously in patients with type 2 diabetes at risk ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
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