Researches & News
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Massage Therapy for Pain Relief
The result from a study on low-back pain, published in 2003 Annals of
Internal Medicine, showed that massage therapy reduced the patient's
need for pain medication by 36 percent, compared to other therapies, including acupuncture. This is great news for the more than 100 million Americas who experienced low-back pain.Approximately 45 million American experience chronic headaches, and of those, more than 60 percent suffer from migraines.A 2006 study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed
that those who received massage therapy had fewer migraines for more than three weeks following treatment.There is growing body of research that shows massage therapy can alleviate the pain of many conditions, including cancer, osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
* * * * *Recent Research Touting the Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Studies demonstrating the success of massage therapy in treating stress number over one thousand. Currently there are a vast array of theories as to why massage therapy is so successful in managing stress. One can read through extensive scientific studies focusing on measuring neurochemicals and reactions in the SNS (sympathetic nervous system)and the PNS (peripheral nervous system) in order to solve the mystery as to why massage is so effective on various stress disorders. Yet, a simple explanation might be that stress increases muscle tension, massage decreases muscle tension. When a muscle is tensed, circulation is reduced, blocking the absorption of oxygen and nutrients. Massage, on the other hand, loosens up the muscles, increasing circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients back to the area of tension. Massage may also release stored toxins, which might explain the sense of well-being after a massage.
* * * * *When it's a StrokeNearly 800,000 Americans have strokes every year.However, studies show most Americans don't know how to recognize five established warning sings that indicate when someone is having a stroke. Early recognition and immediate treatment are crucial to full stroke recovery. These sings include numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, usually on one side of the body; sudden trouble walking and loss of balance; sudden confusion and difficulty speaking; sever headache with no obvious cause; and vision trouble from one or both eyes. Someone suffering a stroke may not show all five symptoms simultaneously, but if any of these conditions are present, seek emergency medical assistance immediately.
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New research suggests you can catch and pass along happiness from friend and family -in the same manner we do colds. Scientist at the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University found that emotions, particularly happiness, have a viral effect in how they spread from one person to another. In fact, the research found people have a 9 percent chance of increasing their own cheer for every happy person in their physical social network (telephone and online relationships did not seem to spread the emotion). The study, conducted over 20 years and involving 5,000 individuals, was published online in the British Medical Journal ( www.bmj.com ).
* * * * *Milking your Child's IQHere's another reason expectant mothers may want to rethink using baby formula, if they can. Results from an international study reported recently in the Archives of General Psychiatry are giving strongindications that breast-feeding significantly improves a child's IQ. A team of researches in Canada and Belarus studied 14,000 infants of 6 1/2 years. About half of the group had prolonged orexclusively breast-fed while the other group was also fed baby formula.The report showed infants who were mostly breast-fed scored 5 percent higher on IQ tests and showed better academic performance than those who were not. Breast-feeding, and digestive troubles in the children.
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* According to a 2009 survey sponsored by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, 81 percent of Americans are stressed, or more stressed, than they were a year ago.
* Studies from the Touch Research Institute have shown that massage therapy effectively reduces stress and anxiety by lowering the stress hormone cortisol by up to 53 percent and also increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine.
*HR Magazine reports that employees receiving massage therapy at work are more productive and are less likely to take unplanned time off work.
* * * * *Nutrition Online
A beta website has launched dedicated to providing the public with the mos up-to-date nutritional information on popular restaurant options and all your food favorites. Just had Big Mac and wondering what the diet damage was? The free database at Nutripedia.com can tell you. It carries FDA- mandated food label information such as calories, carbohydrates, and fats on thousands of foods. Besides compiling nutrition label information, however, Nutripedia reports on all those fast food temptations that are not readily available.
* * * * *Nature's Antidote
Adding strawberries to a cholesterol lowering diet significantly improves that the diet's results, say a team of Canadian researchers. Their study followed 28 patients with high cholesterol over the course of two years as they dieted on oat bran, nuts, and soy. The group was randomly assigned either supplemental supplies of strawberries or an increase in oat bran bread. After a month, their diets were switched. In all cases, the group consuming strawberries were found to have significantly greater decreases in bad LDL cholesterol. Participants noted the strawberries also made the cholesterol-lowering diet easier to follow. The results were published in the December 2008 issue of metabolism.
* * * * *American Ginseng Cancer Study
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is committing $6 million to a five-years study of the cancer-fighting properties of American ginseng. The grant money was awarded to the University of Chicago Medical Center and will be used to create the Center of Herb...al Research on Colorectal Cancer, a facility dedicated to the scientific analysis of herbal medicine. The center first three studies will examine ginseng's ability to kill cancer cells, and manipulate the internal signals that regulate cell growth and death. For more information, visit www.nccam.nih.gov.
* * * * *Whole Grains, Whole healthHigh blood pressure can be reduced by eating just one serving of whole grains each day, according to a10 years study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. During that period, participants found the odds of developing high blood pressure fell by roughly 4 percent for every daily serving of whole grains they consumed. Refined grains likewhite bread showed no similar benefit, and making basic dietary substitutes, like eating brown rice instead of white, seems to be the simplest way to work in regular whole grain servings. Read your nutrition label, as food labels using terms like "multigrain" and "stone-ground" make products seem like they're whole grain when they aren't.
* * * * *The Divinity of Dark Chocolate
A little chocolate indulgence can help pregnant women avoid preeclampsia, a significant complication where blood pressure spikes to dangerous levels. A total of 2,291 women participated in a study that looked at how much dark chocolate they ate in the first and third trimesters. Women who consumed five or more chocolate serving a week during their third trimester were 40 percent less likely to experience preeclampsia. Dark chocolate is especially rich in theobromine, which relaxes muscles and dilates blood vessels. As an additional benefit, it also seems to improve circulation in the placenta.
* * * * *The Scent of CompatibilityStudies in the Royal Society's Proceedings B and Psychological Science report that everyone emits aromatic molecules that indicate genetic compatibility with another person. As it turns out, this genetic signature, called major histocompatibility complex (MHC), can be interfered with by contra...ception pills. Generally, researches find that the best partners have different MHC odors. Couples of dissimilar MHC genes have been found to remain more faithful to each other and report being more satisfied in their relationship. Women on the pill, however, tend to be attracted to mates with identical MHC odors. In short, women may prefer different men when they're on the pill than when they're off it.
* * * * *Mediterranean Diet for Your HeartA Mediterranean diet appears to be the best for the health. A review of 189 studies was published in the archives of Internal Medicine and found that only a few foods truly provided hearth protection. Among them were vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. These foods are staples of the Mediterranean diet, suggesting it may offer the most hearth-healthy eating pattern among popular nutrition plans.
* * * * *Tea It UpDrinking more green tea will improve the health of your teeth and gums, according to a new study published in the Journal of Periodontlogy. An analysis of the teeth of 940 men found that those who drank green tea on consistent basis had overall better periodontal health that those who did not. In fact, tooth and gum health seemed to increase with every additional cup of green tea consumed. It is believed the antioxidant catechin found in the tea is responsible for the results.
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Massage for Chronic Neck PainMassage treatments significantly reduce chronic neck pain, according to researches at the University of Washington. Sixty-four patients were split between two groups. One received a self-care book; the second received up to 10 massages over 10 weeks. Those receiving massage reported a 39 percent improvement on the neck disability index; 55 percent said their neck pain became less bothersome overall. The results, published in "The Clinical Journal of Pain", were particularly strong at the four-week mark and suggest massage has promise a short-term treatment.
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CAM Use Skyrockets for Rhino-sinusitis SufferersA study presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology_Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual meeting in San Diego, California, found patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) are making significant use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to seek relief. CRS is an inflammation of paranasal sinuses that lasts at least 12 weeks. The condition is thought to account for 22 million doctor visits and more than 500,000 emergency room trips each year. The survey was conducted on 75 patients over a two-month period.CAM therapies such as acupuncture, herbal therapies, and massage were reportedly used by 65 percent of the patients.
* * * * *Hand and Foot Massage for BereavementA study in the April 2010 issue of Journal of Clinical Nursing finds a 25-minutes hand or foot massagegiven once a week for eight weeks provides effective consolation following the loss of loved one. the small study involved 18 participants, 34-78 years old, who had recently lost a close relative to cancer and had almost no experience receiving soft tissue massage. Nine participants chose foot massage, eight chose hand massage, one asked for both types. Theparticipants reported the massages allowed then to better focus their thoughts and come to terms with the loss, while improving their energy levels. The researches recommend massage as a palliative measure for its positive biological response, as well as the psychological support it provides through gentle physical contact.
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High SteaksLots of red and processed meats in the diet will increase chances for heart disease and cancer, according to a U.S. government study of more than half a million people. Hamburgers, hot dogs, cold cuts, and bacon were listed as the worst culprits in the study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Eating the equivalent of a quarter pounder a day for more that 10 years will spike you risk factor for cancer by 22% and disease by 27%. The researchers suggest switching to white meats such as chicken and reducing overall meat intake will improve health as you age.
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Best Walking RateWalking is a terrific way to get in shape and stay active, but you may not be going fast enough. Walkers should go for 100 steps a minute if they want a workout moderate enough to improve their fitness. In other words, a 30-minutes walking exercise session should achieve 3,000 steps. Lowerintensity walking may not elevate heart levels to achieve any significant benefit. The study appeared in the May 2009 American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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Clean Teeth, Healthy HeartSeveral studies have linked oral hygiene with heart health. The lasted looked at 1200 men and women and found a correlation between increased risk for heat disease and higher mouth bacteria counts. There are many types of bacteria in the human mouth, but no particular kind seems to be a heart risk trigger. Rather, the total amount of bacteria seems to be the main influence and may cause inflammation and blood clotting. The lesson? Brush and floss regularly to minimize plaque. The findings were reported at the 2009 International Association of Dental Research conference.
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Beet Exercise FatigueBritish scientists at University of Exeter conducted a study that shows the nitrates in beetroot juice reduce oxygen uptake and make exercises less tiring. Participants drank 16 ounces of beetroot juice a day
and showed enhanced performance over a control
group. The researches believe their finding will be particularly useful to endurance athletes as well as the elderly and those
with cardiovascular disabilities. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology and complements a previous study from 2008 that reported beetroot juice reduces hypertension.
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