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Culture May Help Raise Breast Cancer Death Rate for American Indians
A new study finds that the high death rates from breast cancer in American Indian and Alaskan native women are linked to cultural beliefs, not barriers such as poor access to health care. The findings are significant, because breast cancer ranks second on the list of cancer-related deaths in American Indian and Alaskan native women, and these women also have the lowest five-year survival rate when compared with other ethnic groups. University of California ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
Taste exerts the biggest influence on people s food choices and many believe that healthy foods don t taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not more likely to select a healthier yogurt. Unh ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
New research suggests that mind-body treatment can boost the odds that infertile women will become pregnant by in vitro fertilization -- at least after more than one cycle. Dr. Alice Domar, who specializes in mind-body therapy in Boston, assigned one group of women undergoing in vitro fertilization IVF to take part in 10 sessions of a mind-body program another group undergoing IVF did not take part. There was no difference in pregnancy rates between the tw ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Divorce Isn't Eco-Friendly
Love not only makes the world go round, it may make it greener, too. Rising divorce rates mean that fewer people are living in each household, causing them to take up more space and consume more energy and water, a new study suggests. People talk about divorce hurting the children. Divorce also has an impact on the environment, said Jianguo Jack Liu, senior author of the study and the Rachel Carson chair in sustainability at Michigan State University. Nobo ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains. And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John s Wort. Those are just some of the findings of a new federal government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States. The report, derived from national heal ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Herbal Supplements Largely Untested in Kids
As the primary users of herbal remedies, more women are giving botanical medicines to their children for various ailments. But science has come up short on evidence that these popular herbal remedies actually work for kids. Recognizing the need for more solid information, researchers at the University of Illinois decided to sift through 40 years of medical literature to determine what clinical proof exists for using alternative remedies such as chamomile, ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer macroscopic infarcts -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia, movement problems, disability and or dea ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. One survey found a little less than 6 percent of adult Americans said they had tried yoga, tai chi or qi gong back in 2002, but that figure jumped to slightly more than 10 percent in 2012, fueled mostly by yoga. And a second survey that focused on children found a similar trend Yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase o ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Service: The Quest for Building Community
I met Henry Cross at the 3rd Annual Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute. Henry is the Assistant Executive Director of Hosh Yoga , a donation-based, not-for-profit yoga studio that promotes health and wellness as a right of life rather than a luxury. Henry is also the executive director of Hosh Kids , a nonprofit that offers yoga-based enrichment education for kids. This interview is his offering to help others successfully navigate the rewards a ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
4 Ways to Get Firm and Cute by Lowering Firmicutes
In The Big Lie of Obesity I showed weight gain was not from laziness or indulgence, but from your body reacting to stressors. In response to stress, your body will store food to prepare for famine, thus causing weight gain. Some stressors are obvious, but many are as silent and invisible as the bacteria in our intestines. In a startling study , Dr. Gewirtz at Cornell University showed that the weight of mice could be changed by over 15 percent just by shif ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Culturally-Inclusive and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Addiction and Recovery
This is an interview with Dena Samuels, who I met through the social justice work she has been doing as an educator and activist for about 15 years. Her new book on the topic is called The Culturally Inclusive Educator Preparing for a Multicultural World Columbia University s Teachers College Press . It was written for any educator teaching any subject including yoga who wishes to serve diverse clients. It asks readers educators to delve deeply to understa ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
The Only Detox You Will Need in the New Year
Patients come to me seeking detox at this time of year when they feel groggy, tired, congested, fed up, sun deprived, and have reached for one too many glasses of wine or cookies over the holidays. They ask what products they should take, what foods to eat and if a liquid diet is the answer to get rid of the yucky feeling and the holiday bloat. Though nutrition is key to a proper detox, what is equally important is whether you are digesting your life or no ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28