Should your doctor prescribe exercise to you?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical
Association (AMA) think so. Toward that end, the organizations have launched a
new program designed to encourage patients to incorporate physical activity
into their daily lives. The program, Exercise is Medicine
Everyone has felt the discomfort associated with cold hands. But for
individuals with Raynaud’s Disease, cold weather and/or stress can
cause blood vessels to constrict, leading to coldness, numbness, color
change, throbbing and swelling of extremities including fingers and
Trying to get in shape? Trying to get in shape? Then don't depend on your bathroom scales. To get the most accurate measure of your progress, experts say, you need to track your body fat as well as your weight. Don't let the mirror smash your weight loss goals
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the increase in the number of overweight children, and their related health and financial problems, present daily challenges for pediatricians. Of the 1,600 pediatricians who participated in an AAP survey, all reported weighing and measuring children during visits, but many said they are still not using recently recommended body mass index (BM...
Studies have shown that a discipline of consistent meditation improves immune system response. Now, new research suggests that tai chi and qigong practice may offer similar immunity-enhancing characteristics
At last, the importance of physical activity and regular exercise is on the healthcare radar. With obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and myriad other chronic health conditions epidemic throughout the United States and the rapidly growing number of Medicare-eligible adults expected to reach 71.5 million by 2030 (Administration on Aging 2004), demand for disease prevention and cost-e...
Fitness professionals looking for referrals from healthcare practitioners should include naturopathic physicians in their network of contacts. Many individuals who prefer a more holistic approach to health care are choosing to use naturopathic physicians either in combination with conventional medical professionals or on their own. Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the whole person with...
Medical students can reduce stress by practicing deep-breathing exercises on a regular basis, according to findings from a small study published in Teaching and Learning Methods (2007; 19 , 287–92).
Over a 2-year period, researchers taught 64 students from the Medical/Dental Preparatory Program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine how to
Anxiety disorders appear to be independently associated with several physical conditions, including thyroid disease, respiratory disease, arthritis and migraine headaches, according to a report in the October 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Whether it is an addiction to cigarettes or food, alcohol or television, hard drugs or shopping, compulsive behaviors can take over. The cravings might be seemingly harmless ones that lurk beneath the surface of a functioning life, or they might be immediately and obviously devastating. For some, these patterns sever relationships, put jobs at stake, and cause serious or financial risk. For others, these habits might simply impede a sense of physical, mental or spiritual wholeness.