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Overcoming anxiety

AnxietyOvercoming Anxiety

The condition tends to strike many older adults, but there are ways to counter its paralyzing effects.

More and more, do you find yourself fighting feelings of worry? Do you feel increasingly anxious and tense? Do you obsess about things that may or may not happen? If so, you may be one of the millions who suffer from anxiety.

Anxiety can develop from many uncontrollable factors, such as genetics, personality, and life events, but the main issue for many older men is that they have too much time on their hands, according to Dr. Cornelia Cremens, a psychiatrist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Men are used to working, being active, and having goals they want to accomplish. It keeps their body and mind engaged,” she says.

“But when they retire and life slows down, they are not prepared for that kind of dramatic shift. This idleness can trigger anxiety because they feel they have lost their purpose and focus.” Read More

 

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Create Meals with Lean Protein

Create Meals with Lean Protein?

It seems everyone is concerned with getting adequate protein in their diets, but it’s not as difficult as most people believe. The key is deciding what types of protein foods to eat on a regular basis. Join Dr. Russell Greenfield as he discusses the importance of protein in our diets, and helps you shop for some of the best sources of high quality protein for you and your family. Visit http://www.harristeeter.com for more great health tips!

 

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Relaxation Techniques for Health

RelaxationRelaxation Techniques for Health

What’s the Bottom Line?

How much do we know about relaxation techniques?

A substantial amount of research has been done on relaxation techniques. However, for many health conditions, the number or size of the studies has been small, and some studies have been of poor quality.

What do we know about the effectiveness of relaxation techniques?

Relaxation techniques may be helpful in managing a variety of health conditions, including anxiety associated with illnesses or medical procedures, insomnia, labor pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Psychological therapies, which may include relaxation techniques, can help manage chronic headaches and other types of chronic pain in children and adolescents. Relaxation techniques have also been studied for other conditions, but either they haven’t been shown to be useful, research results have been inconsistent, or the evidence is limited.

What do we know about the safety of relaxation techniques?

Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people, although there have been a few reports of negative experiences such as increased anxiety. People with serious physical or mental health problems should discuss relaxation techniques with their health care providers. Read More

 

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyHealing with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Diving deep and flying high, Mayo Clinic’s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine program is approaching 10 years of service in Rochester, Minnesota. Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy is rooted in medical science, the process still strikes some people as a bit of a mystery.

“Many individuals have strong opinions as to what it is and what it isn’t,” says Dr. Paul Claus, the unit’s medical director. “I think people just have to have an open mind, read the literature and look at the evidence. It came out of [deep-sea] diving experience, when oxygen was used to decompress divers who had been too deep too long and absorbed too much nitrogen.”

Even though sessions are still referred to as dives, today’s applications for therapy include treating diabetic wounds, gas embolisms in blood vessels, radiation injuries from cancer treatments and carbon monoxide poisoning. So how does it actually work? Dennis Douda talks to Mayo’s experts. Read More

 

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Alcohol & Cancer

Should You Worry About Alcohol Causing Cancer?

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently released an official statement about alcohol and cancer, but the information isn’t as extreme as some headlines would imply. Also, scientists at Duke University have found evidence that head and face pain actually does hurt more than other types of injuries.

 

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