Week Ending April 5, 2021

Easing Breathlessness in Patients With Advanced Cancer
“Along with fatigue and depression, dyspnea is a common symptom that affects many patients with cancer.1 But while common, breathlessness can be both debilitating and very distressing for these patients.”

Why anti-inflammatory diets are great for overall health and a 7-day meal plan to get started
“Some of the most common and debilitating diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Crohn’s disease, have been linked to chronic inflammation. Fortunately, research indicates that it’s possible to keep inflammation at bay by maintaining a healthy diet.”

6 Reasons Why Outdoor Exercise Is Essential
“OUTDOOR EXERCISE – sometimes called green exercise – provides an array of benefits beyond those seen with traditional indoor workouts. It sounds a bit fantastical, but it’s true: Performing a workout outside yields benefits beyond what you would experience by completing that same workout indoors.”

Biodiversity is positively related to mental health
“The higher the number of plant and bird species in a region, the healthier the people who live there. This was found by a new study published in Landscape and Urban Planning and led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) and the Christian Albrechts University (CAU) in Kiel. The researchers found that, in particular, mental health and higher species diversity are positively related, whereas a similar relationship between plant or bird species and physical health could not be proven.”

Exercise, healthy diet in midlife may prevent serious health conditions in senior years
“Following a routine of regular physical activity combined with a diet including fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods may be key to middle-aged adults achieving optimal cardiometabolic health later in life, according to new research using data from the Framingham Heart Study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.”

Young woman sitting inside her home, close to the window looking out. She is practicing social distancing due to pandemic of COVID-19 and stay at home order.How Isolation Can Affect Cognitive Function
“Since the start of the pandemic, many people are now working from home, caring for children, learning online and having reduced contact with extended family and friends.”

Can a common food preservative harm the immune system?
“The FDA currently require immunotoxicity testing for food additives. However, most food additives received approval decades ago, and the FDA do not mandate updated testing on previously approved additives.”

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat a Sandwich Every Day
“You have probably heard many different opinions about sandwiches over the years. While some may avoid them altogether because of the carb-dense bread, others relish being able to have a complete meal compacted into a handheld option.”

Beyond beautiful: How plants improve mental and physical wellness
“Flowers and plants are staples in many American homes, adding to the style and aesthetic of virtually any space. While the visual benefits of plants are widely embraced, many people are unaware of the ways plants can support mental and physical well-being, too.”

Two Kinds of Acupuncture Relieve Chronic Cancer Pain Better Than Drugs
“Acupuncture has a well-established reputation for alleviating discomfort. In a new study published in the journal JAMA Oncology, researchers reveal that two specific types of the needle-based therapy are particularly effective at mitigating chronic musculoskeletal pain in people who have survived cancer.”

Q&A: Components of a healthy diet and clean eating
“DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I gained a bit of weight during quarantine. And as spring approaches, I want to focus on losing the excess pounds. I enjoy exercise, but I struggle with snacking and eating more processed foods than I should. A friend suggested clean eating. Do you have any advice so I can focus on clean eating and making more healthful choices to get my nutrition back on track?”