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Hospice Care Eases the End for Loyal Pets
Hospice care isn t just for humans anymore, as more animal owners are making that choice for their terminally ill pets as an alternative to early euthanasia. For nearly 20 years, a handful of veterinarians has helped animals suffering from incurable diseases, such as heart and kidney failure, to die peacefully at home, not in a hospital cage. But only recently have pet owners and the veterinary profession begun to fully embrace the idea. The spike in inter ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Practicing yoga can help ease chronic lower back pain, a new study shows. Researchers divided 90 people, aged 23 to 66, who had mild to moderate functional disability as a result of back pain into two groups. One group did 90-minute sessions of Iyengar yoga twice a week for six months. The other group continued whatever medical therapy or treatments they d been doing. At the three-month and six-month marks, a greater proportion of those who d done yoga rep ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
'No Flu Shots for My Kids'
Margaret Park, a mother of five, isn t having her kids vaccinated against seasonal influenza or H1N1 swine flu this year. Park, a registered dietitian from Manassas Park, Va., is fighting the flu on her own terms -- by making sure that her children eat well, wash their hands frequently, get plenty of sleep and take their gummies, a multivitamin and a supplement containing vitamin C, zinc and echinacea. Although public health officials recommend seasonal fl ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
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 - Thu. Sep 17
Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability
A gender gap in the ability of boys and girls to do spatial reasoning -- a divide that appears to favor boys -- can be eliminated through a specialized education program, new Israeli research suggests. The scientists focused on 100 first-graders, about half of whom were enrolled in an eight-week training program designed to show the children how to think about spatial information from a holistic point of view rather than one based on particular details, an ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Natural Pet Foods May Not Always Be Best Choice
Pet owners need to be aware that natural foods aren t always the best choice for their pets, says a Kansas State University veterinarian. Natural and veggie-based pet foods are based more on market demand from owners, not because they are necessarily better for the pet, Susan Nelson, an assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release. She noted that dogs and cats have specific nutritional needs that may not be met by some natura ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Laughter, Music May Lower Blood Pressure, Study Says
Laughter and music not only lift the mood, they might also drop blood pressure among middle-aged adults, a new study suggests. Japanese researchers divided 79 adults, aged 40 to 74, into three groups, studying the effects of one-hour music sessions every two weeks on one group, laughter sessions on another group, and no intervention for the remaining participants the control group . Blood pressure readings taken immediately after the sessions were 6 mm Hg ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Less Stress, Better Sleep May Help You Lose Weight
If you re looking to lose those extra pounds, you should probably add reducing stress and getting the right amount of sleep to the list, say researchers from Kaiser Permanente s Center for Health Research in Portland. In fact, although diet and exercise are the usual prescription for dropping pounds, high stress and too little sleep or too much of it can hinder weight loss even when people are on a diet, the researchers report. We found that people who got ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Alternative Medicine May Help Ease Chronic Sinusitis
When used in tandem with standard Western treatments, alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and dietary changes may spell significant relief for patients battling chronic sinusitis, a new pilot study suggests. The authors say that their study is the first to explore the potential of combining Western medicine with Eastern therapies among these patients, who experience swollen and inflamed sinuses, facial pain, headaches and impaired breath ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?
Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. Many specific ailments can benefit f ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Meditation Method a Matter of Taste
People who want to learn to meditate should select a method that makes them feel comfortable, rather than choose a technique just because it s popular, a new study indicates. Researchers from San Francisco State University report that by finding a form of meditation that works for them, people are less likely to quit. As a result, they will enjoy the personal and medical benefits of the practice, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure and help with ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Wider Waistlines Put Damper on Men's Sex Lives: Study
For men, adding more inches to the waistline could mean trouble in the bedroom, a new study finds. Obese men not only raise their risk for heart disease and metabolic disorders, but they may also boost their odds for sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, say researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York City. The findings demonstrate that obesity in men -- part of a growing global epidemic -- affects their w ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17