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Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending June 27, 2022

Lung cancer patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors can be safely vaccinated against COVID-19, study says
“Cancer patients have received priority status to receive COVID-19 vaccinations but there is limited data regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines for patients treated for lung cancer with immune checkpoint inhibitors. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology found that vaccines are safe and effective for these patients. JTO is the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.”

New Study Highlights Progress in Drug Development Landscape for Lung Cancer
“LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit organization, conducted a study analyzing the current global lung cancer drug development landscape. The manuscript, which was recently published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, reveals the impressive progress that has been made in the lung cancer therapy space and points to an increased need for comprehensive biomarker testing at earlier stages of the disease.”

ASCO: Merck touts Keytruda’s ‘convergent’ benefits across postsurgery lung cancer patient groups
“As biopharma industry watchers wait to see whether Keytruda will hit its goal as a postsurgery treatment in early lung cancer patients with high tumor expressions of the PD-L1 biomarker, Merck & Co. is rolling out new data to show the drug’s benefits across other patient groups.”

How Does Targeted Therapy Treat Lung Cancer?
“Targeted therapy is one of several new scientific approaches to treating cancers, including lung cancer. Doctors may recommend this approach if your lung cancer cells have certain targets that medications can work on. You can think of targeted therapies like specialized magnets drawn to cancer cells that will ignore healthy cells.”

Chemoimmunotherapy Shows 3-Year Survival Benefit for Advanced NSCLC
“During a live virtual event, Adam J. Schoenfeld, MD, discussed the updated 3-year results of the CheckMate 9LA trial of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and 2 cycles of chemotherapy for patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer.”

Rates of advanced lung cancer decline after low-dose CT guidelines, cost coverage
CHICAGO — “Analysis of the SEER database showed a significant decline of rates of advanced lung cancer following screening guidelines for low-dose chest computed tomography.”

Are New Therapeutic Options for Limited-Stage SCLC Coming Down the Turnpike?
“Despite some recent wins in treatments for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), the standard of care for limited-stage SCLC (LS-SCLC) “has not appreciably shifted in more than 20 years,” according to one expert group.”

VIDEO: Integrating sequential immunotherapy to lung cancer treatment plans
“In this video, Melina Marmarelis, MD, highlights findings from a Lung-MAP nonmatched substudy presented at ASCO Annual Meeting.”

Hepatitis News Update

Week Ending June 27, 2022

Towards the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health concern
“​NSW Health has today released a comprehensive plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health concern by 2028 with the NSW Hepatitis C Strategy 2022 – 2025. Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the new strategy is centred on prevention, testing, treatment and addressing stigma and discrimination associated with the disease.”

Two Highly Effective Direct-Acting Antiviral Regimens Identified for Hepatitis C Genotype 6
“Two direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens — sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (SOF/VEL) and gelcaprevir/pibrentasvir (GLE/PIB) — had favorable outcomes and were safe for the treatment of hepatitis C virus genotype 6 (HCV-6) infection. These findings were published in the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association.”

What is the epidemiology for hepatitis C?
“The World Health Organization notes that 1.5 million new HCV infections occur each year. Less than half of those with an HCV infection clear the virus from their system within 6 months and without any treatment. Approximately 70% of people cannot rid their bodies of the virus and develop a chronic infection.”

Progress seen in proportion of pregnant persons with hep C screening
“There has been substantial progress in the proportion of pregnant persons screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but the testing rates are still low, according to an article published online June 9 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.”

WHO publishes updated guidance on hepatitis C infection – with new recommendations on treatment of adolescents and children, simplified service delivery and diagnostics
“Updated WHO Guidance on hepatitis C (HCV) infection was released today during a joint WHO-EASL-CDC symposium at the EASL International Liver Congress 2022 in London. These guidelines recommend a radical simplification of the care pathway to overcome barriers in access to HCV testing and treatment.”

Chronic Hepatitis B Infections Decreasing in Recent Years
“New data shows a drop in the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections and deaths among the youngest populations.”

Mood and Cognition Improve After Hepatitis C Cure
“People who were successfully treated for hepatitis C with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy experienced improvements in their mood and cognition, according to study results published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Over time, chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can lead to severe liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. It has also been linked to neuropsychiatric problems. For example, people with cirrhosis may develop hepatic encephalopathy, wherein toxins in the blood result in impaired brain function.”

Mystery Hepatitis Disease Has Now Killed 11 Children in U.S.
“Child hepatitis cases in the United States have caused 11 deaths and dozens of hospitalizations as part of an outbreak with no known cause, new data shows. Analysis published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that there were a total of 296 cases of hepatitis with an unknown cause among U.S. children aged under 10 between October 1, 2021 and June 15 this year.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending June 27, 2022

A Heart Healthy Diet: Food Lists, Diet Tips, and More
“Your heart is a complex organ that works continuously to provide your body with a constant supply of oxygenated blood. It’s part of the cardiovascular system, which also includes arteries, veins, and capillaries.”

Plant power: Using diet to lower cancer risk
“The choices you make at the grocery store have a bigger impact than just your dinner plans. Filling your plate with foods that are grown in the ground may be the best diet for cancer prevention.”

Too Many of Our Plates Are Missing Immune-Boosting Microbes
“What we eat affects the trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other germs that live in our digestive tract, referred to as our gut microbiome by scientists. Some of the many roles of theses microbes inside our bodies include changing how the immune system functions and influencing physical and mental health.”

What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise? It Depends on Your Goals
“For most of us, the “best” time of day to work out is simple: When we can. Maybe that’s before or after work. Or when the gym offers free daycare. Or when our favorite instructor teaches our favorite class. That’s why we call it a “routine.” And if the results are the same, it’s hard to imagine changing it up.”

Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine: Supportive Treatments for Cancer Patients & Families
“Integrative medicine, a blend of complementary and lifestyle medicine, is often added to a comprehensive treatment plan alongside modern medical methods of diagnosis and treatment, said Eric Secor Jr., ND, PhD, LAc, associate medical director of integrative medicine at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.”

Doctors increasingly prescribe time in nature to promote mental and physical health
“Combining greek prefix -bíos (“life”) with suffix -philía (“friendship and affinity”), German physiologist Erich Fromm first coined the term biophilia in 1973: “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”

Why Creating Micro-Routines Is Key To Reaching Your Maximum Wellness Potential
“When Haute Beauty expert Dr. Deepa Verma counsels her patients on overall wellness, she always emphasizes the four pillars of a healthy lifestyle: clean diet, restorative sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. To benefit our overall health and wellness, we must take these four pillars and make them habits. To do so, discipline, which is something that we do not have to think about doing because it has become engrained in the fiber of our being, is needed. Here Dr. Verma shares how she makes wellness optimization attainable both for herself and for her patients.”

How to Use New FDA Guide for Dietary Supplements
“More than half of Americans use dietary supplements, according to national surveys, fueling a billion-dollar industry. Yet studies show that many people don’t know enough about supplements’ active ingredients, recommended dosages, possible side effects and drug interactions.”

Practical Types Of Self-Care You Can Do Today
“Self-care is a buzzword that may conjure images of cucumber slice-covered eyes or a long soak in a candle-lit bath, but the meaning is much deeper than that. Nurturing yourself involves paying attention to your body as well as your emotional and mental well-being. And while it goes beyond pampering yourself, it doesn’t always mean a trip to your therapist is in order, either.”

The New Age of Naturopathy – How Integrative Medicine Works There
“A branch of complementary medicine known as naturopathy draws its therapeutic cues from nature and the cosmos. Within our bodies, there is an inherent harmony but also intrinsic chaos. Naturism stresses the need to return the body to a state of homeostasis to recover from any ailment. Unprecedented treatment that doesn’t need any medication! To fully appreciate the benefits of naturopathy, it’s essential that we first define what it is.”

3 Surprising Things That Affect Your Gut Health, From The Father Of Functional Medicine
“Your gut influences everything from your digestion to your mood to your immunity—it’s the foundation of your health, many would say. But because your gut touches so many functions in your body, it can be difficult to know what exactly triggers any gut issues you may have. Is it inflammation? FODMAPs? A lack of sleep? Yes, your diet can play a huge role, but other less obvious factors can wreak havoc on your gut without you even knowing it.”

What is reiki and does it work?
“The term reiki has been bandied around in wellness circles for years, but you’d be forgiven for tentatively uttering the question – what is reiki? A practice that’s been steadily growing in popularity, reiki is a safe and non-invasive form of energy-based healing that can promote relaxation and reduce stress through gentle touch.”

3 Ways To Address Mental Fatigue & How To Identify It, From A Health Coach
“Mental fatigue. Burnout. Exhaustion. Different phrases all describing the end result of pushing your body and mind too far. It’s a pervasive idea in today’s society that if you’re not hustling then you’re lazy, but it’s this exact mindset that can put your health at risk—particularly if you’re ignoring the signs your body is trying to send you.”

Energy therapy: What to know
“Energy therapies are healing techniques that treat the mind, body, and spirit. Doctors sometimes refer to them as alternative or complementary therapies. There is a growing interest in using energy therapies for a variety of health conditions.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending June 21, 2022

How a Nasal Swab Test Can Detect the Risk of Lung Cancer
“There are roughly 225,000 new cases of lung cancer every year in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment play a large role in improving outcomes. A recently developed nasal swab test could help identify the risk of lung cancer so people can proceed with diagnosis and treatment more quickly.”

Prolonged, low-level radon exposure still a leading cause of lung cancer
“A study shows a strong relationship between prolonged exposure to low levels of radon and lung cancer, indicating a need for enhanced protection measures. Radon gas in the air decays into tiny radioactive particles which can damage lung cells and lead to cancer.”

The reversible fourth-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor OBX02-011 overcomes C797S-mediated resistance in lung cancer 
“Osimertinib is an irreversible third-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that was initially developed to overcome the EGFR T790M mutation and is used as a standard therapy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR-activating mutations.”

The Link Between Smoking and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all cases. Smoking is by far its leading cause. Roughly 90 percent of all lung cancer cases are due to tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.”

Lung cancer: Drug combo improves survival rate without chemotherapy
“Advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 84% of all lung cancer cases. The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2022, there will be around 236,740 new cases of lung cancer and around 130,180 deaths from the condition in the United States alone.”

Increased Stage I Lung Cancer Diagnoses Driven by NSCLC
“There was a significant increase in the percentage of stage I lung cancer diagnoses between 2010 and 2017, the majority of which were non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to an analysis of data from the National Cancer Database presented at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting.”

Can CT Scans Accurately Detect Lung Cancer?
“Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Screening with low dose computed tomography (called low dose CT or LDCT) can save lives for people at high risk for this disease.”

Navigating to Earlier Detection of Lung Cancer
“Building on the success of our Lung Cancer Screening program, the McLeod Health team has been detecting lung cancer earlier and saving lives through low-dose CT scans for more than seven years. Since that time the cancer team has expanded the program to include four dedicated nurse navigators, a lung nodule clinic and patient conferences with multiple specialists.”

Roundtable Discussion: Dowlati Breaks Down Updated Treatment Data in SCLC
“During a Targeted Oncology case-based roundtable event, Afshin Dowlati, MD, discussed with participants the results of the CASPIAN and IMpower 133 trials of new regimens for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer.”

Hepatitis News Update

Week Ending June 21, 2022

Alarming increases in deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis in the U.S.
“Alcoholic cirrhosis is an advanced form of alcohol-related liver disease. In the United States between 2010 and 2016, alcohol-related liver disease was the primary cause of nearly 1 in 3 liver transplants, surpassing hepatitis C.”

Coexistence of HBsAg and anti-HBs Results in More Severe Liver Disease in HBV Patients
“Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) who have both hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibodies against HBsAg (anti-HBs) face more severe outcomes, including more severe liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.”

CD4 T-Cells Do Not Predict Outcomes of Hepatitis C Treatment in Patients With Cancer
“CD4+ T-cell count was not predictive of treatment outcomes among patients with cancer who received direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to a prospective observational study published in Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease.”

CDC Does Not Find Increase in Pediatric Hepatitis Cases
“A new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report does not show an increase in pediatric acute hepatitis cases during the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison with pre-pandemic levels.”

Direct-Acting Antivirals as Primary Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus–Associated Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas: The BArT Study of the Fondazione Italiana Linfomi
“We prospectively treated patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)–associated indolent lymphomas with genotype-appropriate direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) with the aim to evaluate virologic and hematologic outcomes. No prospective studies in this setting have been published so far.”

Prevalence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in HIV Patients Co-infected or Triple Infected With Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in a Community Hospital in South Bronx
“Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) share common modes of transmission; hence HBV and HCV infection are more prevalent among HIV patients. The co-infection with HIV/HBV, HIV/HCV, or HIV/HBV/HCV carries significant morbidity, with higher progression rates to end-stage liver disease or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).”

The A-Z of Disease Podcast: Hepatitis B and C

My Choices News Update

Week Ending June 21, 2022

Chiropractic Isn’t Pseudoscience — What to Know About Its Benefits and Limits
“Manual healing methods date back to ancient times, but the chiropractic profession didn’t come about until the late 19th century. Today, chiropractors follow physicians and dentists to make up the third largest group of primary healthcare professionals in the United States. Chiropractic care is regulated in all 50 states, and chiropractors practice in 90 countries worldwide.”

Early Detection and Treatment Help More People Than Ever Before Survive Cancer
“People are living longer in general and that includes cancer survivors,” said Vipra Sharma, MD, MPH, an oncologist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. “We have 17 million cancer survivors in the United States and that is expected to increase to 22 million by 2030.”

A Longevity Specialist Shares The Sleep Products You’ll Find In Her Bedroom
“From supporting cardiovascular health to keeping the mind sharp, sleep can promote a long lifespan in many ways. So it’s no surprise that it’s something longevity specialist Seema Bonney, M.D., takes super seriously. In her role as the founder and medical director of the Anti-Aging & Longevity Center of Philadelphia, Bonney shares effective ways to age healthfully and gracefully—including prioritizing a solid night’s rest.”

3 Expert-Backed Poop-Promoting Tips We Can’t Stop Thinking About
“It’s 2022 and we can yell it from the rooftops without shame: Pooping is great! That is, when you’re on a regular schedule. As for the best ways to bolster your digestion on a regular basis? These are some expert-backed tips we can’t stop thinking about—follow this advice for supporting gut health and keeping everything running smoothly:*”

Many Americans Have Knowledge Gaps About Their Own Health: Survey
“Only about a third of the adults who responded to a recent WebMD survey said that they know a lot about their family’s health history, while more than a quarter admitted to knowing little or none of it.”

Qigong vs. Tai Chi vs. Yoga: How to Choose the Best Meditative Mobility Practice for You
“Tai chi, qigong and yoga are all ancient meditative practices that involve doing low-impact exercises that help strengthen your mind-body connection. Although they share similarities, they are different forms of mindful movement.”

How To Eat Healthy Food Every Day
“You’ve probably been told since you were a kid that eating healthy is important. That means keeping a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and low-fat dairy.”

Nonpharmacologic Therapies Frequently Go Unused by Patients
“A cross-sectional study concluded that among adults with chronic pain in the United States, more than half relied on nonpharmacologic pain management techniques during the previous three months, compared with only about 10% who used both opioids and nonpharmacologic techniques and less than 5% who used opioids exclusively (JAMA Netw Open 2022;5[2]:e2146697).”

The best exercise time is different for men and women, study finds
“Not everyone exercises for the same reason. For some, exercise is a means of addressing a health issue such as hypertension. Some work out to build strength in one part of the body or another, and some to improve their mood.”

What Is Qigong? A Beginner’s Guide to This Energetic Movement Practice
“The term “qigong” is a combination of two words: “qi,” which means “subtle breath” or “vital energy,” and “gong,” which translates to “skill cultivated through steady practice.” Together, the words describe an age-old practice that harnesses the power of breath, movement, and intention setting to create health and balance within the body.”

Is your air filter making you sick?
“Have you been experiencing repeated bouts of allergic symptoms but cannot figure out a cause? There’s a good chance your air filter is the culprit. A home air filter installed in AC systems and furnaces traps dust particles and other contaminants from the surrounding air and vents.”

Complementary & Alternative Therapies: Hypnotherapy
“Today I am excited to introduce you to the complementary and alternative practice of Hypnotherapy. Kerry Kozuki is an Executive/Life Coach and Hypnotherapist.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending June 13, 2022

Navigating to earlier detection of lung cancer
“Building on the success of our Lung Cancer Screening program, the McLeod Health team has been detecting lung cancer earlier and saving lives through low-dose CT scans for more than seven years. Since that time the cancer team has expanded the program to include four dedicated nurse navigators, a lung nodule clinic and patient conferences with multiple specialists.”

First-Line Toripalimab Plus Chemotherapy Elicits Survival Benefit in NSCLC Irrespective of PD-L1 Status
“Adding toripalimab (Tuoyi) to chemotherapy in the frontline setting demonstrated improved progression-free survival (PFS) vs placebo plus chemotherapy in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR or ALK mutations, regardless of PD-L1 status, according to a biomarker analysis of the phase 3 CHOICE-01 trial (NCT03856411).1

The Link Between Lung Cancer and Depression
“Cancer is a disease that occurs when some cells in the body grow out of control and spread to other parts of the body, causing damage. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs, but it can spread and affect other areas of the body, as well.”

Pioneering new targeted treatments
UC team studies role of lipids in lung cancer growth
“Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are studying how a specific gene and fatty acids, called lipids, help fortify lung cancer cells and if targeting the gene and lipids can lead to better outcomes for patients.”

Durable Responses Continue with Keytruda Plus Chemoradiation in Previously Untreated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Treatment with Keytruda (pembrolizumab) plus concurrent chemoradiation followed by Keytruda monotherapy continues to be effective after two years in patients with previously untreated, locally advanced stage 3 non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to updated study findings.”

Lung-MAP: Post-immunotherapy ramucirumab plus pembrolizumab improves NSCLC survival
“Ramucirumab plus pembrolizumab significantly improves overall survival (OS) versus standard of care in people with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) previously treated with immunotherapy and chemotherapy, phase 2 Lung-MAP Protocol substudy data show.”

Lorlatinib in Frontline Therapy for ALK+ Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Still a Matter of Debate?
“Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangement is probably the oncogenic addiction in thoracic oncology for which we have made the most progress in just over 10 years, demonstrating the ability of precision medicine to transform the natural history of diseases that initially depend on a single genomic alteration.”

Plant compound effective against lung cancer in laboratory setting
“Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the world. There were more than 2.2 million new diagnoses of lung cancer around the world in 2020. And that same year, globally about 1.8 million people died from lung cancer.”

Study links SARS-CoV-2 specific T cells with inflammation and reduced lung function in long COVID
“A new study published in today’s issue of PLoS Pathogens is the first to link SARS-CoV-2 specific T cells to lung function and those who suffer from long-term COVID symptoms (PASC). Long-covid currently affects hundreds of millions of Americans.”

Hepatitis News Update

Week Ending June 13, 2022

Causes of Liver Cancer are Changing Around the World: Some Up, Some Down
“The primary causes of liver cancer are well known: viral (hepatitis B and C), alcohol and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, resulting in chronic inflammation and damage.”

Racial Inequalities in Liver Cancer Deaths Linked to Hepatitis C Treatment
“Hepatitis C does not affect all groups equally. Black and Latinx people in the United States are not only more likely to get this viral liver disease but more likely to die from hepatitis C complications than White people.”

How peer workers can break down roadblocks to hepatitis C care
“People who inject drugs face significant barriers to accessing healthcare, despite having higher levels of need than the general population. Peer workers can help break down some of the stigma and discrimination barriers in the health system and assist this marginalised population group receive the care they need.”

What Is Liver Cancer? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
“Liver cancer starts in the cells of the liver — a vital internal organ that performs many important functions, including storing nutrients that the body uses for energy, removing harmful chemicals and other substances from the blood, and making bile to help the body digest fat from food.”

What Does a Hepatitis C Reactive Test Result Mean?
“Hepatitis C is a viral infection causing liver inflammation that affects millions of people every year. The infection can be acute or chronic. Fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty concentrating are among its most common symptoms.”

Hepatitis C and IV Drug Use: Risks, Treatment, and Prevention
“Hepatitis C is a contagious, bloodborne virus that causes liver inflammation. If not treated quickly, a hepatitis C infection can cause permanent liver damage and lead to life threatening complications. In the United States, injecting drugs is the most common way people contract the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Rates of hepatitis C are rising in the United States alongside the use of injectable drugs, such as heroin.”

WHO moves to end hepatitis by 2030
“The World Health Organisation says it is committed to eradicating hepatitis by the year 2030 while emphasising the need for an accelerated approach geared towards primary healthcare and universal health coverage.”

Patients without HCV can take transplants from donors with HCV without risking graft survival
“Transplanting kidneys from donors who have the hepatitis C virus into patients who are HCV-negative is not associated with increased risk for early graft failure, according to a presentation at the American Transplant Congress.”

How Hepatitis C Can Cause Anemia
“This article will review the reasons for anemia in those with hepatitis C, its symptoms, how it is monitored, and ways to reduce the risk.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending June 13, 2022

Priorities for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
“More than 50 years have passed since the United States convened the White House conference that helped elevate hunger as a national priority and sparked major improvements and expansions to the federal nutrition programs—food stamps (now SNAP), school meals, and WIC—paving the way to significant reductions in food insecurity for millions of individuals and families. But we still have a long way to go.”

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Osteoporosis and exercise
“My 70-year-old mother is an active person. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking and boating, and regularly playing tennis with a group of other women. Recently, she was diagnosed with osteoporosis and is worried about maintaining her active lifestyle for fear of injury.”

What Are the Practical Uses of Cannabinoids in Cancer Treatment
“In addition to its traditional medicinal use as an anti-inflammatory, cannabinoids have been shown to have numerous applications in the treatment of cancer. This explains why many medical cannabis patients purchase cannabis sativa seeds and grow them at home.”

4 Expert-Backed Breathing Exercises For Anxiety
“One of the most powerful tools to help with acute and chronic anxiety is our breath. Breathing is a unique method of anxiety relief because it’s both automatic and self-controlled, meaning even though we breathe unconsciously, the way we breathe can be manipulated or adjusted.”

How Your Gut Microbiome Impacts Your Health
“We’ve all had a “gut feeling.” And while that popular saying is based on our intuition and instinct, our gut truly does play a role in our health and how we feel and function.”

What Is Intuitive Eating? 10 Principles To Follow
“If you’ve ever heard of intuitive eating, you might assume that it’s just another diet trend — but you’d be wrong. In a world full of fad diets, this eating philosophy offers something completely different. Something kinder, gentler and more sustainable.”

4 physical symptoms of stress – and what to do about it
“There is no denying that Americans are more stressed than ever before. Luckily, there are so many ways to help manage stress – and they’re all very accessible. Here are a few different ways stress could show up in the body, and how to combat its effects.”

Plant compound effective against lung cancer in laboratory setting
“While there is currently no cure for lung cancer, scientists are working on treatment options. Some of these scientists are at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where a new study found a natural herbal compound called berberine stops the growth of lung cancer cells in a laboratory setting.”

AHA News: Tiny Sprouts Provide Big Nutrition
“Microscale vegetables, a growing food category that includes sprouted seeds, are miniature in size yet big in nutrition. Eating sprouts well before they become full-blown plants can crank up certain nutrient levels considerably, said Emily Ho, nutrition professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis.”

I’m A Gastroenterologist: Why I Love Polyphenols & How To Get More In Your Diet
“You’ve probably heard about the potential benefits of drinking green tea, adding some olive oil to your diet, and eating your vegetables. Did you know that part of the reason for these recommendations has to do with compounds called polyphenols? Polyphenols are found in lots of plant-based foods and have been found to have numerous benefits for health.”

7 Potential Health Benefits of Acupuncture
“More and more people are turning to acupuncture as a likely safe and possibly effective therapy for various health concerns, from insomnia to stress, menstrual cramps to low back pain.”

Just 3 Minutes of Exercise Can Boost Your Health—Here Are 7 Mini Moves to Try Throughout the Day
“Can just three minutes of exercise have a real impact on overall health and physical fitness? This might sound like a get-fit-quick gimmick, but a recent study in The American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that committing to moving your body for three minutes twice an hour may have positive health benefits.”

How To Work With Your Chronotype To Sleep Deeper & Wake Up More Energized
“What if there was a system that could control your sleep, digestion, metabolism, mood, and more—and a simple way to keep it running smoothly? As it turns out, there is, and it’s called the circadian rhythm.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending June 6, 2022

5 Elements for Creating & Maintaining Effective Treatment Plans
“Effective treatment plans for clients can be a valuable tool to help a massage therapist assist clients through their healing journey. Often in our field, we need to express to clients the need for multiple sessions to alleviate a condition or chronic pain. Treatment plans provide the “game plan” to accomplish this goal.”

In the Future, Will You Get Food by Prescription?
“Deaths related to poor diets have grown by 15% since 2010. Malnutrition now accounts for one-quarter of adult deaths worldwide each year. That includes people who don’t have enough to eat and people living with obesity.”

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
“Even if you don’t yet know about the fundamentals of traditional Chinese medicine, you’re probably familiar with some of its practices. Maybe you’ve had an acupuncture session, or taken turmeric for arthritis pain, or signed your kid up for a class at the local tai chi studio.”

A Beginner’s Guide To Ayurveda
“Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditional medical systems in the world, originating in India more than 3,000 years ago. With the resurging interest in integrative medicine in the U.S., Ayurveda is an increasingly popular holistic health option. While research into the scientific efficacy of various Ayurvedic treatments is ongoing, this ancient practice continues to be a well-regarded and even dominant medical system in other parts of the world, including India.”

7 Potential Health Benefits of Essential Oils
“Essential oils are bottled plant extracts. They’re made by steaming or pressing plants to trap the compounds responsible for their fragrance, according to John Hopkins Medicine. More importantly, their unique aromas have been employed in healing practices for thousands of years and may have healing properties.”

The Heart of it: Brain Health
“While we love our laptops, iPhones, and smart bands—our human brain is still the most fascinating computer out there. But our brain needs support to keep doing its thing (like sending information around the body at 268mph or managing up to 1,000 trillion neuronal connections—NBD). And that’s where brain health comes in.”

Hey, Health Coach: What Is Ecotherapy, And Does It Work?
“I’ve been reading a lot about “ecotherapy” lately. From what I gather, it just means going outside more, but I have a friend who swears it has changed her life. Is ecotherapy a real thing? Does it actually make a difference to go outside, and if so, how?”

Why do People Seek Complementary Massage Therapies for Overall Wellness?
“Modern-day healthcare also includes complementary therapies or integrative medicine. Complementary therapies are less traditional than medical treatments. Integrative medicine is a buzzword in alternative medicine that seeks to enhance health and wellness.”

New UCI-led study finds that your genetic sex determines the way your muscle “talks” to other tissues in your body
“A new University of California, Irvine-led study identifies sex-specific circuits of muscle signaling to other tissues and that the organs and processes muscle impacts are markedly different between males and females. This new discovery provides insight into how muscle functions, such as exercise, promote healthy longevity, metabolism and improve cognition.”

Coffee Drinkers, Even Those With a Sweet Tooth, Live Longer
“Coffee lovers, rejoice. Your morning ritual may lead to a longer life, and a spoonful of sugar could sweeten the deal, based on a recent study.”

Can acupuncture help neck pain?
“Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine where a practitioner inserts needles into specific acupuncture points to promote the flow of energy. Some people use acupuncture for neck pain, and a small number of studies suggest it may help.”

5 Health Benefits of Anthocyanins
“One popular recommendation for a healthy diet is to “eat the rainbow.” This strategy highlights the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables to get the nutrients you need.”

3 Blood Tests To Ask For If You Want To Track Your Longevity, From An MD
“We talk about longevity quite a lot here at mbg. (So much, in fact, that our 400th episode of the mbg podcast was dedicated to all the longevity-supporting tips we’ve learned!) Although, the concept can be a little elusive; after all, it can be pretty difficult to track your longevity progress unless, well, you stop living.”

11 Signs You Need To Nurture Your Brain + 8 Ways To Care For It
“Brain health can seem complicated. How are you supposed to tell when your brain is healthy? It’s easy to know when your digestion is off or when your skin needs attention, but what exactly are the signs that a brain needs a bit more loving?”

The best vegan sources of protein to include in your diet
“If you’ve just decided to go vegan, you’re probably wondering where to find the best vegan sources of protein. No wonder – for most people, switching to a plant-based lifestyle means completely overhauling their dietary habits. Without meat, dairy and eggs, many people may struggle to structure their diet in a way that helps them to meet their protein requirements.”

When should I schedule my exercise? The question is more important than you think
“When should I fit exercise within my daily schedule? For most, the answer depends on our family’s schedule and working hours, and perhaps on whether we’re ‘larks’ or ‘night owls’. But over the past decade, researchers have found that much more hangs on this question than these constraints. That’s because recent findings suggest that the effectiveness of exercise depends on the time of day (Exercise Time Of Day, ETOD).”

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