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Chronic Diseases

Music, Imagery and Healing Touch Help Heart Patients

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | December 31, 2005 |

People who listened to soothing music, participated in guided imagery and received healing-touch therapy before heart surgery were more likely to be alive 6 months later than those who did not experience these interventions, according to a study published in The Lancet (2005; 366, 211–17).
Lead investigator Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD, from Duke Clinical Research Institu…

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Physical Activity Improves Survival After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

By IDEA Authors | October 31, 2005 |

Do you have a client who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer? There is evidence that continuing an exercise program may improve her chances of survival. A study published in the May 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2005; 293 [20], 2479–86) found that women with breast cancer who participated in physical activity equal to walking 1 or more hours pe…

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Baby Boomers Face Heavy Arthritis Risk

By IDEA Authors | October 31, 2005 |

Baby Boomers are still the generation in the spotlight, but here’s some attention they might prefer to do without. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that Baby Boomers suffer from obesity-related arthritis more than the previous generation.
The study, which appeared in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that …

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Exercise Good for Chronic, Not Acute, Low-Back Pain

By IDEA Authors | October 31, 2005 |

Who hasn’t experienced some type of back pain? Whether it’s acute and hits suddenly, or it’s chronic and comes and goes over time, back pain is a fairly common complaint. Research fellows at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto examined 61 studies of more than 6,000 adults with low-back pain. Results were published in the May 3 issue of the Annals of Internal M…

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Stress Increases Risk of Unexplained Cardiac Arrest

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | September 30, 2005 |

News stories are filled with incidents of cardiac arrest after earthquakes, fires and other traumatic events. What has puzzled researchers is that sometimes the victims do not have underlying heart disease. A recent study, published in Psychosomatic Medicine (2005; [67], 359–65), suggests that emotional stress may trigger unexplained, or what is referred to as “idiopath…

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Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By IDEA Authors | April 30, 2005 |

Do you use the computer all day long? Then you may be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful, progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist.
What causes CTS and what can you do to prevent it? To find out, read these insights from Stephanie Hoffman, MS, PT, physical therapist and owner of La Jolla Shores Physical Therapy in La Jolla, Californ…

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Adult Immunization Alert

By Joy Keller | April 30, 2005 |

Each year millions of adults become sick—and more than 50,000 die—from diseases that are completely preventable. Don’t be a statistic: Know your personal risk factors and keep up-to-date with your immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following vaccinations for adults, particularly those at risk because of age or health conditions, travel…

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Obesity May Hinder Prostate Cancer Screening

By Joy Keller | April 30, 2005 |

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels may be lower in obese men, which could lead to inaccurate screening and delays in cancer diagnosis.
A study published in the March issue of Cancer (2005; 103 [5], 1092–95), looked at the association between body mass index (BMI) and PSA in 2,779 men who did not have prostate cancer. Researchers found that the mean PSA value decreased a…

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Bone Up on Merits of Fruit

By Diane Lofshult | March 31, 2005 |

Bone mineral density (BMD) during adolescence has been found to be key to preventing osteoporosis later in life. According to the World Health Association, osteoporosis, a brittle-bone disease, is currently one of the biggest global health concerns facing our aging population.
Now a study suggests that high intakes of fruit may be important for bone health in girls. In an observat…

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Health Really Pays Off

By Joy Keller | February 28, 2005 |

Pounds of Pennies

Next time you are trying to convey to your clients the repercussions of an unhealthy lifestyle, break the topic down into dollars and cents. Here’s how Money magazine quantified poor health habits on the CNN/Money website December 6, 2004:
Per year, a smoker’s medical costs run $1,623 higher than a nonsmoker&rsquo…

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Heavy Kids, Heavy Hearts

By Diane Lofshult | February 28, 2005 |

Gaining weight during childhood apparently takes a heavy toll on future heart health. According to a report in the November 23, 2004, issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, obesity that starts in childhood is a consistent predictor of an overdeveloped left ventricle of the heart in early adulthood.
The researchers followed 467 children for an average o…

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