Scientists from the University of Georgia have found that patients with chronic illness can reduce anxiety with regular exercise. Exercise was found to reduce anxiety by twenty percent and is much safer than medications that carry risk of side effects of sedation and addiction. According to the researchers, exercise might be the best prescription a physician can offer a patient for anxiety.
Archive for February, 2010
With the stresses of daily life these days, it’s little wonder that more people than ever have a problem sleeping. The causes of insomnia are many, including depression, anxiety or stress, excessive light or noise, physical discomfort, too early bedtime, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and the use of some medications. Sometimes just the stress of being unable to sleep, prevents sleep from coming.
diabetes by an impressive 67 percent, according to a new study with Native Americans. A more manageable three to four cups a day was associated with a 13 percent reduction in diabetes risk, which consuming between eight and 11 cups was associated with a 22 percent risk reduction, according to findings of a study in a population with a high incidence and prevalence of diabetes.
People can reduce their sensitivity to pain by thickening their brain, according to a new study published in a special issue of the American Psychological Association journal, Emotion. Researchers from the UniversitÈ de MontrÈal made their discovery by comparing the grey matter thickness of Zen meditators and non-meditators. They found evidence that practicing the centuries-old discipline of Zen can reinforce a central brain region (anterior cingulate) that regulates pain.
Intakes of calcium above the recommended daily levels may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer by 25 per cent, says a new study from Sweden. Average daily intakes of 1,953 m of the mineral were also associated with a non-significant lower risk of mortality from only heart disease, compared to average daily intakes of 990 mg per day, according to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Big Pharma wants you to think there’s no way off the statin train… but I beg to differ. Most people can control cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes, but if you’ve had no luck, you still don’t need to turn to those drugs. One new study shows how a perfectly natural treatment used for centuries beat a common statin.
The anxiety that often accompanies a chronic illness can chip away at quality of life and make patients less likely to follow their treatment plan. But regular exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, a new University of Georgia study shows.
Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may alter the function of the brain associated with working memory, according to results of a new study with healthy boys. Scientists from the University of Cincinnati showed for the first time using neuro-imaging that supplementation with DHA alters the functional activity in cortical attention networks in humans.
Chronic osteoarthritis is so common that arthritis joint pain is often considered to be a natural part of the aging process. Nevertheless, arthritis pain can make it difficult to get around – particularly in the morning when joint stiffness is a problem. Many people turn to prescription anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis pain relief, while others avoid them due to their side effects.
Many a successful quitter has gotten through the pangs of cigarette withdrawal using techniques such as hypnosis, acupuncture, or meditation. These alternative, or complementary, therapies address lifestyle issues not generally covered by conventional medicineóin this case, coping mentally with the little smoking triggers that lure smokers back, developing a healthy balance between the mind and the body, and relieving stress.