Nearly half a million new cancer cases per year can be attributed to high body mass index (higher than 25). According to a new study conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and published in The Lancet Oncology, these cases are highest in richer countries but the effects are now visible in parts of the developing world. Data was utilized from numerous sources including the GLOBOCAN database of cancer incidence and mortality for 184 countries.
High body mass index (BMI) is a known risk factor for many types of cancers, including those affecting the esophagus, colon, rectum, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, breasts, ovaries, and uterus (endometrium).… Read more »
Caring for someone else can be rewarding and exhausting. Often, caregivers say, “My spouse is the one with cancer, but now I’m the one in the hospital!” The combination of loss, prolonged stress, and physical demands of caregiving, along with the biological changes that occur with age, can place caregivers at risk for significant health problems, as well as an earlier death.
If you are a caregiver, especially for someone with an ongoing disease or at the end of life, your role is likely to continually evolve as you meet your loved one’s changing needs.… Read more »
When was the last time you had a massage? If you’ve never tried massage, maybe it’s time to learn about its possible health benefits.
Massage therapy is one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the United States, offered not only in spas but in businesses, clinics, hospitals, and even airports. An overwhelming accumulation of scientific evidence supports the claim that massage therapy can be beneficial in healing injuries, treating certain chronic and acute conditions, dealing with the stress of daily life, and maintaining good health.… Read more »
If sound can be healing, and healing sounds help us improve our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, what is noise? How does noise differ from healing sounds and from music we don’t like? In addition to music, what noises are present in people’s homes and the everyday workspace of most health-care environments? Finally, what impact does noise have on health?
Our advancing civilization has gotten noisier over time. Human hearing evolved in a relatively quiet setting where very loud noises were the exception.… Read more »
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. —Helen Keller
Depression can make you feel sad, lose interest in activities that you’ve always enjoyed, withdraw from others, have difficulty concentrating, experience changes in appetite, feel hopeless about the future, and have little energy. Depression differs from normal feelings of sadness or grief and usually lasts longer.
Our ancestors got plenty of sunshine, were physically active, went to bed when it was dark, got up at dawn, usually ate a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and lived in small communities.… Read more »
The number of today’s health care facilities that are focusing on health and well-being rather than just sickness and disease is rapidly increasing. With an emphasis on healing, stress relief, access to nature, and beauty as part of an overall philosophy of wellness, these organizations are discovering what has been known for many years—nature heals. Overwhelming evidence and emerging research on natural elements and sustainability shows that access to nature influences the health outcomes and sense of well-being for patients as well as health care providers.… Read more »
Living to be 100 years old was once considered a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and lifestyle changes, living to be 100 is not so improbable today.
In 1910, the average life expectancy was only about 48 years for men and 51 years for women. Menopause was hardly even experienced! How times have changed!
As a group, there are more centenarians worldwide than ever before, with the largest population found in America. Five places have been identified worldwide where people live the longest, healthiest lives.… Read more »
While many people use supplements, self-help books, or health care providers to help them stay healthy, they often overlook a powerful tool that is right at their disposal–friends!
Did you know that friendships and positive social networks can have a major impact on your health and well-being? It’s true. Good friends are good for your health. Friends help you celebrate the good times in your life and they support you when times are tough.
Friends may even have a great effect on health than a spouse or family member.… Read more »
According to the recent Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, vitamin E significantly increased the incidence of prostate cancer in healthy men. More than 35,000 relatively healthy men, aged 50 or older, from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico were divided randomly into four treatment groups to receive daily doses of selenium (200 micrograms from L-selenomethionine), vitamin E (400 international units [IU] of all rac-α-tocopheryl acetate), both selenium and vitamin E, or a placebo.… Read more »
During the holidays, we often eat “traditional” meals that include meat and poultry. But have you ever thought about “going meatless” and choosing to become a vegetarian?
There are many reasons that people choose to become a vegetarian. Some are compelled by environmental reasons, others by health reasons, some by economic or aestheic reasons, and others are compelled by religious or ethical concerns. Today, six to eight million adults in the United States are vegetarians and there are millions more in Europe, India, and the Middle East.… Read more »