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Your Robot Masseuse Will See You Now
The backaches of the future may have a new remedy -- developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore. Known as Emma for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation , the robot mimics the human palm and thumb and specializes in back and knee massages, according to its developers. It is used alongside a doctor and massage therapist and, the developers said, provides a massage that is described by patients as almost indistinguishable from a p ...
Healthday - Mon. Apr 23
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 - Fri. Apr 13
Heart Attack Survival Better When Specialists Are Out of Town
Believe it or not, new research suggests that people hospitalized for a heart attack are more likely to survive when certain heart specialists are out of town. The study of more than 34,000 U.S. heart attack patients found survival rates were higher when interventional cardiologists were attending their annual conference. Those cardiologists are specialists in using minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty and stenting to treat a heart attack. Dur ...
Healthday - Fri. Mar 16
For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key
Living near a park can help reduce asthma symptoms among children who live in cities, researchers say. The new study included 196 inner-city children in Baltimore, aged 3 to 12 years, with persistent asthma. Some lived close to a park or other green space, while others were more than 0.6 miles away from one. The farther the children lived from a park, the more asthma symptoms they had over a two-week period, the study found. For every 1,000 feet between th ...
Healthday - Thu. Mar 8
Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis, Study Finds
Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds. With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone OxyContin or morphine don t have to be the first choice against crippling arthritis pain or chronic backache. We found that opioids had no advantages over non-opioid medications for pain, function or ...
Healthday - Thu. Mar 8
Lasers, Freezes: Non-Surgical Fat Reducers Gaining Popularity
Fat can be easy to put on, but much tougher to remove. Now, the latest data shows Americans are increasingly turning to non-surgical means of fat reduction. The annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS finds big jumps in the popularity of noninvasive body shaping techniques -- everything from ultrasound to radio waves, infrared light, injected medications and vacuum-massage treatments. Use of freeze technologies -- techniques that p ...
Healthday - Thu. Mar 1
Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain
Physicians might be relying too heavily on off-label use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin Neurontin and pregabalin Lyrica to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He s a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carol ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 26
My Off Switch Is Broken
For the first time in a long time, I managed to get a one-hour massage for myself and some quiet time with no kids to worry about. It basically came to the point of necessity, because I pulled my back, and I was in quite a bit of pain, and we moms always wait until we can barely function before taking care of ourselves. But that s another post for another day. As I laid there, in a silent room with no interruptions, waiting for the masseuse to come in, I c ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 22
What To Do If You're Still Grieving
You might not understand the degree to which your personality your unique way of being in the world plays into your way of grieving. You may not have allowed for the circumstances of your loss and their impact on you. The importance, power, and uniqueness of your loss is sometimes overshadowed by analyzing your grief and attempting to gauge its correctness. This is why it is so helpful to write or tell your grief story an honest account of what happened to ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 22
Nearly 200 Women Have Accused Massage Envy Of Sexual Assault
Nearly 200 women say they were sexually assaulted while visiting Massage Envy locations across the U.S., BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday. The investigative report said more than 180 women have filed sexual assault lawsuits, police reports and state board complaints against the massage chain, its franchised locations, and employees. Massage Envy provides little guidance to its 1,170 franchised locations in 49 states on how to properly handle sexual assault ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 22
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. Feb 19
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. Feb 19
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