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Chronic Diseases

Don’t Be Hypersensitive About Hypertension

By Joy Keller | October 31, 2006 |

If you have older-adult clients or class participants who are afraid to exercise because of mild high blood pressure, a Johns Hopkins study may ease their concerns. Research results on 104 men and women ages 55–75 showed that a moderate program of physical exertion had no ill effects on the heart’s ability to pump blood, nor did the activity produce a harmful increase in heart size….

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Suicide

By Ryan Halvorson | October 31, 2006 |

According to a report in the July issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163, 1280–82), persons suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are 45 times more likely to commit suicide than nonsufferers. BDD causes individuals to become obsessed with their appearance and to develop a distorted self-image.
Researchers studied 185 subjects over 4 years and found …

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Is it All in Your Head?

By IDEA Authors | October 11, 2006 |

If you have asthma, why would doctors be interested in looking at your brain? There are plenty of good reasons, according to recent research in mind-body science, also referred to as psychosomatic medicine.

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Yoga Provides Mind-Body Benefits to Breast Cancer Survivors

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | September 30, 2006 |

Practicing yoga postures, meditation and breathing exercises can help women with breast cancer to enjoy greater functional fitness and to feel better about their health, according to findings from a small study presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “The women who practiced yoga reported better physical functioning, such as the ability to …

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Motor Imagery: Using the Mind to Heal the Body

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | September 30, 2006 |

Athletes have long known the benefits of visualizing specific physical actions to improve sports performance. Now, scientists have been asking whether motor imagery training can be used to improve movement abilities and to stimulate brain development when active movement training is not an option—as is often the case after a stroke.
According to the authors of a research re…

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Mind-Body Therapies and Gastrointestinal Disorders

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | August 31, 2006 |

Studies suggest that a variety of mind-body therapies are helpful in reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic pancreatitis. The therapies include cognitive therapy, hypnotherapy, and a sequence of Iyengar yoga poses to manage pain and anxiety. Mechanisms for why these therapies are successful are unclear. Until more studies determine the causal factors, however, suf…

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High Cholesterol and Prostate Cancer Linked

By Joy Keller | June 30, 2006 |

There may be an association between high cholesterol and prostate cancer, according to Italian researchers. About 3,000 men participated in a 9-year study, published in the April 12 online edition of Annals of Oncology. Participants who had prostate cancer, particularly older men, were twice as likely to have high cholesterol as those without prostate cancer.
Study authors noted…

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Arthritis Sufferers Don’t Exercise Enough

By Joy Keller | June 30, 2006 |

If you have clients with arthritis, you may already know that pain is one of their barriers to exercise. Making clients understand that exercise can help them not only with their pain but also with their function is sometimes a challenge. But at least your clients are trying. A study in the May issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people with arthritis don’…

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Barefoot Cobblestone Walking Lowers Blood Pressure

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | June 30, 2006 |

The ancient Chinese practice of walking barefoot on paths made of river stones is good for health in more ways than one. Researchers from Oregon Research Institute, motivated to identify low-cost forms of exercise to improve functioning in older adults, found that cobblestone mat walking not only improved balance and mobility but also reduced blood pressure more than regular walking,
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Breast Cancer Survivors Benefit From Weight Training

By Joy Keller | June 30, 2006 |

Strength training significantly enhances the quality of life of women recently treated for breast cancer, according to a new study. Published March 27 online at www.cancer.org, the study found that 6 months of twice-weekly exercise that improved strength and body composition was enough to benefit patients’ overall physical and emotional condition. (The study …

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Got Gout?

By IDEA Authors | March 31, 2006 |

Gout is a painful rheumatic arthritic disease that affects at least 1% of the population in Western countries, especially men over age 40, according to the website for the American Journal of Managed Care. Unfortunately, gout is on the rise. Long associated with red meat and a…

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