Is Integrative Medicine Right for You?

Is Integrative Medicine Right for You?


Any approach that differs from conventional — or Western — medicine is typically considered complementary and alternative, or CAM.

But these practices have become much more mainstream, leading to growth in the health care approach called integrative medicine, which draws on traditional and non-traditional systems tailored to each individual’s needs.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health agency that reports on CAM therapies has even changed its name to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, to better reflect this shift in philosophy. Getting familiar with integrative health will help you decide if it’s the approach you want. > >> read more ...

Oldest Person in US Dies; Pennsylvania Woman Was 114

Oldest Person in US Dies; Pennsylvania Woman Was 114


A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home.

The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday.

Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now believed to be the oldest American, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Gibson, who had been living at a Huntingdon nursing home since 2004, when she was 100, attributed her long life to good food, her faith in God and her church. > >> read more ...

Keto Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Keto Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

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This 5-ingredient Instant Pot Keto Broccoli and Cheese Soup couldn’t be easier to whip up! It’s savory, cheesy, and all around delicious. All you need to make this creamy low-carb soup is broccoli, onion, cheddar, stock and cream – plus seasoning to taste. Easy peasy keto friendly dish in under 30 minutes!

Instant Pot in not just an electric pressure cooker. I use it to brown and sauté vegetables and meat before pressure cooking. It can even be used as a slow cooker and steamer. It’s a staple kitchen appliance for quick & easy cooking on a lchf diet. > >> read more ...

Docs Grow Ear on Woman’s Forearm

Docs Grow Ear on Woman’s Forearm


U.S. Army surgeons have grown a new ear on a female soldier’s forearm in an extraordinary, first-of-its kind procedure.

It is being grown to eventually replace Pvt. Shamika Burrage’s missing left ear, which she lost in a single-vehicle car crash in 2016.

The plastic surgery team at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, first removed cartilage from the soldier’s ribs and used it to shape a new ear.

Once formed, the membrane was the surgically inserted under the skin of the forearm so that it could grow into a fully-formed organ. > >> read more ...

Report: Depression is Skyrocketing in America

Report: Depression is Skyrocketing in America


If you’ve been feeling down and out more than usual, cheer up, you are not alone.

A new report compiled by insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) says major depression diagnoses surged in the United States from 2013 through 2016, especially among adolescents and millennials.

And the study, which was based on medical claims filed to Blue Cross Blue Shield by 41 million customers, also links major depression to health issues such as other chronic conditions and substance abuse. > >> read more ...

Study Finds Depression May Dull Memory

Study Finds Depression May Dull Memory


Depression may do more than darken your mood, with new research suggesting it might also sap your memory.

“Since symptoms of depression can be treated, it may be possible that treatment may also reduce thinking and memory problems,” said study author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

The scientists also found that the brain structure of seniors with more severe symptoms of depression differed from those without depression. > >> read more ...

President Jimmy Carter Says Cancer Still in Remission

President Jimmy Carter Says Cancer Still in Remission


Former president Jimmy Carter provided an update on his health, saying he remains in remission from skin cancer that had spread to his brain.

“I still get a check-up every three months or so, brain scans and things like that, but so far the results have been good,” Carter said in a CNN interview.

The former president has worked with ministries of health in nations around the world to take on tropical disease cases, the report said.

The Carter Center has made progress in eradicated Guinea worm disease infections, a parasitic infection spread through drinking water from ponds or other stagnant water, the report said. > >> read more ...

Zika Blood Testing Not Cost Effective

Zika Blood Testing Not Cost Effective


Screening blood donations for the Zika virus netted only a few infections at a cost of more than $5 million for each positive test result, according to new research.

The study was the first large look at the impact of guidelines set two years ago, when the Zika epidemic was an unfolding menace in the U.S. and health officials were scrambling to prevent new infections.

The study, published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the blood donation testing requirements offered little bang for the buck. It also raised questions about whether a cheaper testing method should be used. > >> read more ...

Hearing Aids Linked to Less Hospitalization: Study

Hearing Aids Linked to Less Hospitalization: Study


Older adults with hearing loss are less likely to be hospitalized or to visit the emergency room when they wear hearing aids, compared to those who don’t, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers examined Medicare payment data collected in 2013 and 2014 for 1,336 adults 65 and older with hearing loss. Overall, 734 people, or 55 percent, didn’t wear hearing aids.

During the study period, 24 percent of people with hearing aids and 26 percent of those without the devices visited an emergency room at least once, the study found. With hearing aids, 20 percent of people were hospitalized, compared to 22 percent without the devices. > >> read more ...

Human Trial Proves Weight-Loss Injection Effective

Human Trial Proves Weight-Loss Injection Effective


A weight loss injection that mimics gastric bypass surgery was proven effective in a human trial conducted by scientists at London’s Imperial College. It’s being called “the most exciting” advance ever in treating obesity.

The researchers said patients participating in the trial ate about 30 percent less food after being treated with the hormone injection, The Telegraph reported, and in some cases patients were able to ditch their diabetes medication because of the resulting weight loss. > >> read more ...