Posts Tagged ‘stress’

How to manage fatigue after a stroke

Friday, March 21st, 2014

crop2_240x240_21mar14New research suggests that dreams of returning to everyday life as it was before the stroke may contribute to the patients’ experiences of fatigue and that it may be a help to establish new routines instead of trying to regain old ones.

“Having a stroke can be a devastating experience, and those affected by one often feel that their lives are turned upside down. For many patients, life after a stroke is therefore about reestablishing life as it was before the stroke. But this is very rarely possible and thus a source of frustration for stroke patients,” ethnologist Michael Andersen from University of Copenhagen, said.

Andersen’s PhD thesis was carried out in collaboration with a Danish hospital, where doctors found it hard to find a correlation between the size or the impact of the stroke and the individual experiences of fatigue. He located other potential reasons for the fatigue than the patients’ brains – their everyday lives.


How yoga benefits breast cancer survivors

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

saf_240x240_mar4A new study has found that yoga can benefit women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as it regulates stress and fights fatigue.

The research has found that patients, who participated in yoga exercises that incorporated controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan, experienced improved ability to engage in their daily activities, better general health and better regulation of stress hormone cortisol.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, revealed that Women in the yoga group were also better equipped to find meaning in the illness experience and it can benefit cancer patients by comparing their experience with patients in an active control group who integrated simple, generic stretching exercises into their lives.


Enjoying life helps to keep you fit

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Family-Cycling_240x240A new study has revealed that people who enjoy life maintain better physical function in daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less.

A study of 3199 men and women aged 60 years or over living in England looked at the link between positive well-being and physical well-being, following participants over 8 years.

Researchers Dr. Andrew Steptoe said the study showed that older people who are happier and enjoy life more show slower declines in physical function as they age.

“They are less likely to develop impairments in activities of daily living such as dressing or getting in or out of bed, and their walking speed declines at a slower rate than those who enjoy life less,” Steptoe added.


Health and wealth found to be strongly connected

Monday, January 13th, 2014

food_05_240x240_jan10A team of researchers have suggested that health and wealth may be more strongly connected than previously believed.

The group examined Americans’ Google search patterns and discovered that during the recent Great Recession, people searched considerably more frequently for information about health ailments.

The kinds of problems indicated by the queries weren’t life threatening, but they could keep someone in the bed a few days, like ulcers, headaches, and back pain.

In the new study, the team began with five root words indicative of the most common health problems: “chest”, “headache”, “heart”, “pain”, and “stomach.”

Controlling for search terms that might return false positives (such as “tool chest”), the researchers measured how frequently people in the US searched for queries involving those root terms during the Great Recession, here defined as December 2008 through 2011, and came up with a list of 343 symptom queries.


Ayurveda Q&A: Detoxification therapies for diabetes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

DrGowthaman240111Dr Gowthaman, Founder and Medical Director, rVita Ayurveda and Yoga Centers and, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda.

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My mother is suffering from sleeplessness stress and anxiety. She is being treated for this with ayurvedic medicines. She has been prescribed following medicines
A.B rasa
Dadimastaka choorna
Panchamrita PRT
Pravala bhasma DDP
Sarpaganda churna
Shankapushpi churna
Gokshura churna
But the problem is she is facing dysentery, shivering and weakness. Please recommend the remedy for this.

Hi, All these above medicines are good for dysentery and diarrhoea related problems. She is suffering for mal absorption syndrome; please stop all the medications except the Dadimashtaka choornam. This powder please give 3 gm mixed with warm water or Diluted buttermilk, thrice daily 30 minutes after food.


Dermatology Q&A: Vitamin supplements help reduce hairfall

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Dr. Shefali Trasi is a M.B.B.S., MD (dermatology, leprology and venerology). She has 3 years of PG training in dermatology, venerology and leprology. She practices at Dr. Trasi’s Clinic. She is also attached to Ramakrishna mission hospital, Khar and B.C.J General hospital, Santacruz West. She is a member of the European Academy Of Dermatology and American Academy Of Dermatology.

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I am Usha, aged 24 suffering from Skin discoloration on upper lip and jaws and I have very dark under eye circles. My Face looks like I have moustache and beard. Its very embarrassing. I am applying Potato every night since 2 1/2 months but still no result. Please suggest why am unable to get rid of this Pigmentation. Is this due to hormonal balance? I take every protection when I go out. I wear sunglasses and protect my face with a scarf but I donno why this Pigmentation still exists (totally Black)


Yoga enhances cancer treatment

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Researchers have found that combining centuries-old practice of yoga with nutrition education can help young cancer patients manage their disease today and lay the foundation for a healthy future.

Departments of Clinical Nutrition and Rehabilitation Services have created a program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that focuses on all of the benefits of yoga, which include balance, coordination, a decrease in pain and improving quality of life.

Jessica Sparrow, an occupational therapist trained in providing yoga for children, at the rehabilitation services said that having this special combination of yoga and nutrition as a service provided for patients is a true complement to treatment.


Walk 30 minutes a day to prevent diabetes: Dr. Ajgaonkar

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Diabetologist, Dr.V. S. Ajgaonkar, has been practicing Diabetology for last 50 yrs. He is a Fellow at All India Institute of Diabetes. He has participated as Faculty Member in National and International Conferences. He has authored Diet for Diabetics and Handbook of Oral Anti Diabetic Drugs.

He encourages medical students to develop communication skills with the patients and relatives.

Dr.Ajgaonkar answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

What are the symptoms of diabetics and what should be the sugar level on fasting an PP?
Normal fasting should be less than 110 mg/dl after 2 hrs of lunch less than 140mg/dl.
The symptoms if occur would be like excess hunger, thirst, urination, blurred vision, repetitive change of eye glasses, frequent boils, infections and ringworms, tingling, numbness, burning of feet, cramps, aches is calves and thighs, delayed healing of wounds, itching in the private parts, etc.


Reasons why children need to meditate

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Think about it. How often would you tell your children not to study and just watch TV instead? Probably not too many times, right? Why, because you obviously want the best for them. And who other than you would know the best for your child?

You always want to give them the best of everything, be it clothes, education or food. You get them the best gifts on their birthdays and do whatever it takes to keep them happy, healthy and be successful in life.

And now it’s time to give them the best gift of their life – something which they will cherish lifelong and be grateful, for it will change their life for the better. A simple yet very effective technique called meditation – one of the most valuable skills we can teach our children.


Walking in the woods can help relieve stress

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Taking a stroll in the woods can help manage stress levels, lessen BP and help fight heart ailments, a new study has revealed.

One of the experiments, conducted by the researchers at the University of Essex, discovered that just looking at images of forests helped to reduce strains, the Daily Express reported.

Dr. Valerie Gladwell led a team of scientists that carried out experiments on volunteers while measuring their stress levels.

The participants in the research were asked to walk in specified “green environments” at lunchtime slept better that night.

After eight weeks, the volunteers had lower blood pressure and perceived stress.

Gladwell said that her team’s research has shown that ‘green environments’ can be an effective stress-buster.


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