April 2008

Sleepy, Pudgy Kids

by Diane Lofshult
Researchers at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have found that kids who get little sleep may end up getting a bigger waistline. The study, published in the November issue of Pediatrics, examined the relationship between sleep duration and the risk of becoming overweight or obese for children in grades 3 and 6. ...

Managing Your Money Before It Manages You

by Kay Cross, MEd
It is a beautiful January day in Texas, and I am sitting in my home at my favorite writing spot (the kitchen table) with my laptop. At this moment in time, the United States is experiencing its worst housing crisis in 17 years with a 10-month supply of unsold homes (Deener 2008). In addition, housing starts are down 40% from a year ago, and the subprime mortgage cri...

Obesity May Affect Prostate Cancer Testing

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), prostate cancer took the lives of more than 27,000 men last year, and an estimated 220,000 new cases were identified. There is concern, however, that prostate cancer in obese men may go undetected because of inadequate screening processes. The NIH states that “prostate c...

2008 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
This year, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will be held on April 26. The mission of the event is to educate the world about emerging medical research on the health benefits of tai chi and qigong; to let people know about the increasing use of these ancient traditional Chinese medicine modalities in business, education, and penal and drug rehabilitation; to provide a gl...

Meditation and Yoga Top Spa Body-Mind Programs

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Nineteen percent of American spas provide body-mind-spirit offerings, and meditation and yoga are the core services at those spas, according to the International Spa Association’s 2007 Spa Industry Study. Relaxation classes and tai chi are the next ...

Natural Setting Frames Duke Integrative Medicine

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Duke Integrative Medicine Center in Durham, North Carolina, provides a unique model for how medical services can be delivered in a harmonious and integrated healing environment. Located on the Duke University campus, the center operates on the principle that mind, body, spirit and community are powerfully interrelated in both health and disease. The center blends it...

Biological Impact of Loneliness

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Scientists have long known that people who suffer from loneliness or social isolation have a higher mortality rate than people who don’t. What has not been known is whether loneliness has a direct biological impact on health or whether the effect is indirect, stemming from the fact that lonely people have fewer social resources (e.g., physical or economic help...

NATA Recommends Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) recognizes the benefits of practicing yoga, tai chi and Pilates. The organization has released a 10-step guide to help people of all ages improve their quality of life by reducing physical stress and preventing back pain. One of the 10 recommendations, “Make yourself mobile,” notes that poor posture and muscle stiffne...

Depression Linked to Osteoporosis Risk

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
As a risk factor for low bone mineral density (BMD) in premenopausal women, depression is comparable in magnitude to established risks like smoking and low calcium intake, say the authors of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2007; 167 [21], 2329–36). Early findings from the POWER Study Group, based at Case Weste...

Fitness, Not Fat, Better Predictor of Health in Older Adults

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Your older-adult client’s fitness level may be more important than his or her level of body fat, according to a study in the December 5 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2007; 298 (21), 2507–16). The study found that people over age 60 who had higher level...
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