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8/26/05

HealthWise at 5 From 8.26

  • Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

People who suffer from Fibromyalgia might be able to get some relief from acupuncture. Fibromyalgia is marked by extreme fatigue, pain and anxiety. There is no cure, but a recent study by the Mayo Clinic shows acupuncture can significantly reduce symptoms in people with moderate to severe Fibromyalgia. Researchers say patients who are unable to take medications because of the side effects might benefit most from acupuncture. This study included 50 patients who did not get relief from other treatments. Acupuncture is available in Lubbock at Dr. Tommy Farell office in the family medicine department. His number is (806) 743-2747.

  • Shopper Self Esteem

Researchers at the University of Liverpool are confirming something American women have known for years, that dressing rooms can make a woman feel very good or really lower her self-esteem. Women reported having a good shopping experience when dressing rooms were spacious with good lighting, but in the dressing rooms that were tiny, near the main shopping floor or had curtains instead of doors. The women left with a negative feeling about their bodies. Researchers say shopping for clothing forces women to look at themselves in the mirror, and for some, that means remembering how they used to look, or how they want to look.

  • Infant Massage

If you're concerned about a low birth weight baby, massage may be the perfect snack between meals. That's according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics, which found that moderate pressure massage therapy can increase weight gain in pre-term babies by at least 27%, even when the babies were not eating any more than usual. Scientists say receptors under the skin can stimulate the vagus nerve in the brain,which in turn increases gastric activity and releases hormones that help with food absorption. So, a baby massage is not just loving;it's therapeutic and as good as a meal.

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