Stress-Related Disorders

Conflicts and Cancer Surgery

Family Conflicts and Other Nonphysical Worries Before Cancer Surgery Raise Patients’ Complications

How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other nonmedical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Addressing such quality-of-life issues before an operation may reduce patients stress, speed their recoveries, and save health care dollars, the research suggests. The study specifically looked at colon cancer patients, and found that patients with a poor quality of life were nearly 3 times likelier to face serious postoperative complications. The findings have been published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Affects of Daylight on Nurses

Daylight Is the Best Medicine, for Nurses

In a forthcoming Cornell study published in the journal Health Environments Research and Design, Rana Zadeh, assistant professor of design and environmental analysis, discovered nurses who had access to natural light enjoyed significantly lower blood pressure, communicated more often with their colleagues, laughed more and served their patients in better moods than nurses who settled for large doses of artificial light.

Laughter Therapy in Cancer Patients

Laughter Therapy Shown to Boost Immune Function in Cancer Patients

Laughter really is the best medicine

There’s no doubt that laughter is contagious. Who hasn’t experienced breaking out into uncontrollable laughter just by watching someone else laugh, even without having any idea what was so funny? A unique case out of Tanzania details a reported “laughter epidemic” that started with 3 girls, spread throughout their boarding school in Kashasha, and affected 95 of its 159 students. The epidemic lasted 16 days until the school was forced to close, but it didn’t stop there. It further spread to neighboring villages, ultimately lasting 6 to 18 months, closing down 14 schools, and affecting 1000 people in total.

Little-Known Medicinal Plants and Herbs

Little-Known Medicinal Plants and Herbs

Plants and herbs are used in numerous pharmacological compounds. Many lesser-known ones have entered the mainstream and are used to treat health issues. These are most often found in vitamin shops, health food stores, drug stores, and even supermarkets. Here we are highlighting 3 herbs that are not commonly known, but may be headed to the forefront in the near future.

Childhood Abuse May Impair Weight-Regulating Hormones

Childhood Abuse May Impair Weight-Regulating Hormones

Early stress on endocrine system raises risk of excess belly fat later in life

Childhood abuse or neglect can lead to long-term hormone impairment that raises the risk of developing obesity, diabetes or other metabolic disorders in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism (JCEM).

Transitioning Patients From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Transitioning Patients From Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Pediatric patients will ultimately require adult health care. Successful transition programs are responsive to the various needs of patients, their families, and potential health care providers. Transitioning a child with no medical issues versus a child with significant medical problems or chronic illness presents a wide range of challenges.

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