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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
Tips for Enhancing the Spa Experience
While a weekend or longer retreat can be very rejuvenating, day spas have made it possible for almost everyone to enjoy a short escape from life s stresses. Take these simple steps to make the most of the experience. Identify all the day spas within a comfortable driving distance and then compare their menu of services to see which one offers what you want most. Your day might start with a relaxing yoga class, then progress to a massage or body wrap and fi ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Massage Therapist Sues Marvel Comics' Stan Lee For Alleged Sexual Misconduct
Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee is being sued by Chicago-based massage therapist Maria Carballo for allegedly sexually harassing and grabbing her during two massage appointments last year. Carballo s complaint, filed Monday in Cook County circuit court, names Lee and his assistant Mac Max Anderson, who arranged the massage appointments. The complaint lists charges including assault, battery and emotional stress , and Carballo is seeking over 50,000 in damages, ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Oct 25
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 - Mon. Aug 27
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 - Mon. Aug 27
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