As American households celebrate Thanksgiving it remains a good time to express our gratitude to live in a terrific country. America is a beautiful place. We have amazing heroes, charitable hearts to serve others, families and folks full of kindness with a great spirit to persevere through adversity. Americans are willing to work hard yet their independence breeds ingenuity and invention. We remain in awe of our forefathers’ courage and the brilliance of the plan they created to fashion a land of liberty and justice for all.
News Behind The News by Deborah Ray
Our healthcare system is enviable in many ways, the technology to diagnose and treat tragic injuries, surgical device innovations to make once deadly heart conditions treatable, and the ability to turn terminal cancer diagnoses into a chronic disease. Advances in medication therapy, immune therapy, and stem cells among other advancements have produced amazing positive outcomes for many patients. The price is not enviable-we spend more than any other industrial nation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
An important new acupuncture study from the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Peking University Shenzhen Hospital successfully measured improvements in blood flow to the heart for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers discovered that needling two specific acupuncture points caused significant improvements in patients with CHD. Acupuncture successfully increased “blood perfusion of ischemic myocardium.”Read More
People with dementia who exercise improve their thinking abilities and everyday life, a body of medical research concludes. The Cochrane Collaboration carried out a systematic review of eight exercise trials involving more than 300 patients living at home or in care.Read More
Cold weather, low humidity levels and wind are factors that can really dry out and damage your skin, especially when central heaters are used at home. How can one alleviate dryness and help skin stay moist and healthy through the coldest months of the year?Read More
Eating breakfast—or choosing to skip it—may significantly influence a child’s ability to solve math problems, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded nutrition study suggests. Scientist R. Terry Pivik’s work with 81 healthy children has indicated that those who ate breakfast were better able to tackle dozens of math problems in rapid-fire succession than peers who didn’t have a morning meal.Read More