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Olive Oil Benefits, Terminology, and Uses

Olive Oil Benefits, Terminology, and Uses
More than half of olive oil users agree that choosing an olive oil is confusing because they aren't sure of olive oil benefits, terminology, and uses. In fact, only 25% say they are "very knowledgeable" about olive oil, according to a new study conducted by the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) of more than 2,000 olive oil users. Currently, only 4 in 10 US consumers use olive oil, accounting for about 15% of the retail volume sales compared with other cooking oils. The NAOOA is sharing its findings, tips on how to help consumers increase their olive oil knowledge, and reminding health experts gathered at the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta of the mounting evidence of olive oil's health benefits. Setting the Record Straight "There remains a lot of work to be done to help make olive oil a mainstay in...
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Massage Therapy Heart Health Benefits

Massage Therapy Heart Health Benefits
Many people already view massage as an important approach to relieving muscle pain or as a means to relax. However, working with a qualified massage therapist can also play a significant role in improving cardiovascular health as evidenced by a growing body of research, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Massage therapists share the goal of all healthcare team members – providing customizable, personalized care to help clients or patients reach and maintain their best health. Incorporating regular visits to a massage therapist into an individualized care plan can relieve stress (a major contributor to heart problems), lower blood pressure, and lead to a decrease in recovery time following a cardiovascular procedure. A multitude of recent research shows a direct correlation between massage therapy and improved cardiovascular health. In a 2013 study in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine , researchers concluded massage therapy could serve as an effective intervention in...
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iPad Screenings Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

iPad Screenings Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma
Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to healthcare, according to a study released yesterday at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In this study, researchers from the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, and the Tilganga Eye Institute in Nepal used a free peripheral vision assessment app to screen approximately 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma using an iPad. The results show promise for screening populations that have limited or no access to traditional eye care and certain ethnic groups that have a high risk of developing the disease. Early Signs of Glaucoma Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting more than 60.5 million people. The disease can...
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Differences In Attitudes About Diabetes Based On Age

Differences In Attitudes About Diabetes Based On Age
US announced today the findings of a new survey that reveals striking differences in opinion among various age groups about diabetes and available treatment options. In particular, the generation known as "millennials" (those aged 18 to 34) shows an uneasy mix of fear and ability to handle managing their diabetes, which is being diagnosed at a rate of 1.7 million new cases every year. Millennials rate themselves having better knowledge of diabetes than do Americans ages 35 and older, with 72 percent of millennials indicating they are well versed about the condition versus the 64 percent of non-millennials who expressed some knowledge about diabetes. Despite this self-reported understanding, millennials are less likely than older populations to think that diabetes is a serious health condition; overall, 74 percent of millennials think it is serious compared with 84 percent of the older survey respondents. An estimated 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of...
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The Big Idea of Epidural Stimulation Research

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On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the passing of actor and activist Christopher Reeve, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation launched the most ambitious effort in its history, "The Big Idea." The foundation hopes to raise $15 million to fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research and bring life-changing therapy to more individuals living with spinal cord injuries. The once inconceivable notion that a damaged spinal cord could be repaired is closer to reality, as reported in an April 2014 study published by researchers from UCLA and the University of Louisville in the medical journal Brain , in which four young men who were paralyzed for years were able to voluntarily move their legs and bear weight as a result of epidural stimulation of the lower spinal cord. Even more revolutionary, the participants experienced significant improvements with autonomic functions – including bladder, bowel and sexual control – an unprecedented...
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Swedish Massage Therapy Improves Endothelial Function

Swedish Massage Therapy Improves Endothelial Function
To complement the Research Reports in the October 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine . Summary: After exertion-induced muscle injury exercises, it showed sedentary adults who received 30 minutes of Swedish massage therapy improves  endothelial function. Sedentary participants exhibit improved endothelial function after receiving interventions incorporating massage therapy for exertion-induced muscle injury exercises. The study, “Massage Therapy Restores Peripheral Vascular Function Following Exertion,” involved 36 sedentary adults, ages 18 to 40. The study’s authors explained, “exertion-induced muscle injury (EMI) is associated with muscle pain, soreness, swelling, decreased range of motion (ROM) and reduced muscle strength” and “can lead to systemic inflammation and altered endothelial function.” There is no predominant treatment for EMI, but massage therapy has been recommended for reducing symptoms and post-injury inflammation. Researchers aimed to determine if EMI reduces vascular endothelial function, and if massage therapy helps improve peripheral vascular function after EMI. Prior to the study, participants spent less...
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