"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
Brain Training Boosts Mental Skills of Seniors. Researchers have found that completing a cognitive training course improved seniors' reasoning ability and processing speed, and these gains held for up to ten years. The training consisted of ten sessions that each lasted 60-75 minutes for 5-6 weeks. Study leader Dr. George Rebok writes, “Showing that training gains are maintained for up to 10 years is a stunning result because it suggests that a fairly modest intervention in practicing mental skills can have relatively long-term effects beyond what we might reasonably expect." 
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, January 2014

Health Alert
Poor Sleep Quality Speeds Up Cancer. Recent studies performed on mice indicate that tumors develop more aggressively when sleep is disrupted. The researchers note that the immune systems of sleep-disrupted mice were not as effective at fighting early stages of cancer compared with the immune systems of well-rested mice. The take-home message is that sleep quality is important in the fight against cancer. 
Cancer Research, January 2014

Possible Treatment for Peanut Allergies. A technique called oral immunotherapy, which should only be performed under the 
supervision of a physician, is showing promise for the treatment of peanut allergies. Researchers found that children with peanut 
allergies could build up a tolerance by consuming increasingly larger amounts of certain peanut proteins on a regular basis. Study 
leader Dr. Andrew Clark adds, "This treatment allowed children with all severities of peanut allergy to eat large quantities of peanuts, well above the levels found in contaminated snacks and meals, freeing them and their parents from the fear of a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction." 
The Lancet, January 2014 

Running Better than Walking for Breast Cancer Survival? A new study suggests that running may be a very good idea for breast cancer survivors. Using data on nearly 1,000 breast cancer survivors, researchers found that those who ran 2.25 miles per 
day had a 95% lower risk of dying during a nine-year follow-up period. While walkers experienced a slightly better survival rate than those who performed no physical activity, a vigorous activity like running appears to be the ideal fitness choice for breast cancer 
International Journal of Cancer, January 2014

Effective for Low back and Leg Pain. In this case-study, a 31-year-old male suffered with left-sided low back and leg pain for 3-4 months before starting chiropractic care. Treatment included electrical muscle stimulation, soft tissue therapy, and chiropractic spinal manipulation. Additional home care included heat, ice, extension exercises, stretching, core strengthening, and avoidance of prolonged sitting. The patient’s symptoms were almost completely resolved by his third visit. 
Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association, September 2012

Lung Cancer on the Breath? According to a new report, detecting lung cancer earlier may be possible by identifying specific compounds in exhaled breath called carbonyls. Researchers found that 95% of patients with a respiratory mass had elevated levels of some cancer-specific carbonyl compounds in their breath. Lead researcher Dr. Bousamra suggests, "Instead of sending patients for invasive biopsy procedures when a suspicious lung mass is identified, our study suggests that exhaled breath could identify which patients may be directed for an immediate intra-operative biopsy and resection." 
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, January 2014 

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” 
~ Plutarch 

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