Kimchi is a famous fermented vegetable dish from Korea. Usually served as a side dish, there are more than 300 different varieties of kimchi, depending on the main vegetable ingredient used and the region or season in which th...
Are Fibromyalgia Patients More Sensitive to Sound?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread tenderness, including sensitivity to touch. But do fibromyalgia patients also more sensitive to other stimuli, such as sound? In their article A Psychophysical Study of Auditory and Pressure Sensitivity in Patients With Fibromyalgia and Healthy Controls, researchers at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, discuss their recent research into this question [Journal of Pain, 2008 Feb 14]. Because past studies reported that people with fibromyalgia are sensitive to other stimuli, such as auditory tones, they hypothesized "that subjects with [fibromyalgia] would display greater sensitivity to both pressure and auditory tones and report greater sensitivity to sounds encountered in daily activities" and that fibromyalgia involves a global central nervous system amplification of sensory information.
The study administered auditory tones and physical pressure to 30 fibromyalgia patients and 28 healthy controls. They used the same psychophysical methods to deliver the stimuli and a similar way of scaling responses. Subjects also completed a self-report questionnaire regarding sensitivity to everyday sounds.
Participants with [fibromyalgia] displayed significantly greater sensitivity to all levels of auditory stimulation (Ps < .05). The magnitude of difference between [fibromyalgia] patients' lowered auditory sensitivity (relative to control subjects) was similar to that seen with pressure, and pressure and auditory ratings were significantly correlated in both control subjects and subjects with [fibromyalgia]... patients also were more sensitive to everyday sounds (t = 8.65, P < .001).
The research team suggests that these findings support the concept that fibromyalgia is "associated with a global central nervous system augmentation in sensory processing." They suggest further research to examine which neural substrates are associated with this abnormality of sensory processing and its role in the etiology of fibromyalgia. The research findings may also help explain why fibromyalgia patients frequently display a number of other physical symptoms besides pain.
Involved Parents Encourage Better Treatments In Kids With ADHD
A first-of-its kind tool has been developed geared towards helping families and children with ADHD to make better choices for their treatment by using a "shared decision-making" approach. The new three-part survey guides doctors and families in their quest for the most comprehensive treatment available for their unique ADHD cases...
(HealthCastle.com) Conventional dietary wisdom suggests that by following a ‘healthy diet’ you’ll get all the nutrients you need to lead a healthy life while greatly reducing the risk for chronic disease. That is, in essence, true. In a perfect world you’d not only get the 45 or so nutrients you need every day, but in amounts known to reduce the risk for poor health and degenerative diseases.
Conference Questions and Answers from the Colon Cancer Alliance National Meeting
I promised those who attended the Colon Cancer Alliance National Meeting that I would type up the answers to any of the nutrition questions that were submitted for our panel. Here they are! I think they are probably questions that...
Onion and garlic are browned until fragrant and crispy, then cooked with greens in vegetable broth. Tofu adds a protein punch to the curry, along with the spinach and soft paneer cheese, in this update on an Indian classic.
Squash is cubed and cooked on the stove with fenugreek seeds, garlic, turmeric and dried chilies. The sautéed squash’s natural sweetness is balanced by a splash of lime juice and a sprinkling of ground coriander in this flavorful side.
People with low levels of vitamin D circulating in their blood stream have been shown in epidemiological studies to be more susceptible to osteoarthritis. Such observational studies have also suggested that higher levels of vitamin D might have a positive...
Yoga: A relaxing form of exercise that was developed in India and involves assuming and holding postures that stretch the limbs and muscles, doing breathing exercises, and using meditation techniques to calm the mind. Yoga appears to have benefits for increasing physical flexibility and reducing internal feelings of stress. Yoga may be recommended as an alternative or complementary health-promoting practice.
Rather than putting your body through harsh fasts or detox programs, take a gentle approach to cleansing and detoxifying your body with an herbal fiber supplement. Fiber works to slowly yet thoroughly cleanse the digestive system without disrupting daily life.
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Drugs such as chemotherapy and pain medicine can cause constipation. It can also happen when people are not active and spend a lot of time sitting or lying down. Constipation can also be due to eating foods that are low in fiber or not drinking enough fluids.
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