ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
CANCER
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
The Raw Food Diet
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga can improve the emotional health of breast cancer patients, contends a new U.S. study.

"Given the high levels of stress and distress that many women with breast cancer experience, the opportunity to experience feeling more peaceful and calm in the midst of breast cancer is a significant benefit," lead researcher Suzanne Danhauer, of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

The study involved 44 women with breast cancer. About a third of them were undergoing cancer treatment during the study, and the others had completed their treatment. Half were enrolled in a yoga program, and half were put on a waiting list for the program.

Women in the yoga group participated in 75-minute classes in restorative yoga -- a more passive and gentle form of yoga that uses props such as cushions and blankets for support. At the beginning and end of the study, both groups of women completed questionnaires evaluating their quality of life.

After 10 weeks of classes, the yoga participants showed greater improvements in areas of mental health such as depression, positive emotions and spirituality -- feeling calm and peaceful -- than did the women still waiting to begin the yoga program. The yoga group reported, on average, a 50 percent reduction in feelings of depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace and meaning. Yoga participants also reported less fatigue than the others, the study found.

The results, which Danhauer said "are very promising and will allow us to embark on a much larger scale study," were published Feb. 24 in a special physical activity issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology.

"Evidence from systematic reviews of randomized trials is quite strong that mind-body therapies improve mood, quality of life and treatment-related symptoms in people with cancer," Danhauer said. "Yoga is one mind-body therapy that is widely available and involves relatively reasonable costs."

More information

The American Cancer Society offers tips on coping with breast cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Feb. 24, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 26, 2009

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