The Lancet Oncology, a monthly British journal focusing on
cancer research, contains a small article in its June edition that will
probably slip right past most people. But for millions of women worldwide, this
article may hold the key to their health and happiness for years to come.
A new all-natural mood elevator? Safe, side effect-free
birth control? Maybe the second coming of Retin-A? How about a possible cure for hot flashes ? Now we're
cookin' - literally!
Hot Flashes and Breast Cancer Treatment
Hot flashes are one of the truly annoying side effects of
many types of breast cancer treatment. They're not going to kill you (though
they may make you want to kill the doc who sent you down the hot-flash path).
They're not 100% debilitating like, say, the crushing fatigue of radiation or
overwhelming nausea of chemo experienced by some of us. No, hot flashes are
just annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of
Egypt, hot flashes would have...
Are you experiencing hot flashes or night sweats in conjunction during your menopausal transition? If so, you may be interested in two new studies that look at these symptoms in relation to relaxation techniques and anti-depressants.
Hot Flashes and Applied Relaxation Techniques
A study out of Sweden added to the literature that suggests that the use of relaxation method can ease hot flashes in women who have gone through menopause. The study involved 60 healthy women who were randomly assigned to two groups over a three-month period. Most of these women were 50 years old and above and had not had their menstrual period for a year or more. However, they all were still experienced hot flashes and night sweats.
The first group was taught to use techniques from applied relaxation method, which were developed in Sweden in the 1980s and is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. These techniques included focused breathing and easing muscle tensions prior to and during hot flashes. The other...
It’s amazing what the latest technology is enabling researchers to do. Take hot flashes, for instance. Researchers are now able to see the brain’s activity as women undergo hot flashes.
The study out of Wayne State University used functional magnetic resonance imaging to look deep inside the brain. This imaging process uses powerful magnets and radio waves that create snapshots of the brain as it functions, allowing for researchers to analyze by measuring and mapping brain activity.
According to the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Functional MRI , the activity of neurons constantly changes based on what an individual is doing. For instance, simple tasks such as picking up a cup of coffee lights up specific areas of the brain while complex activities, such as understanding language in a conversation, will use other parts of the brain. The brain also lights up in different patterns when you do activities that involve vision, hearing, touch, language and...
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