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Relaxation therapies for pain

Therapies such as yoga, massage, osteopathic manipulative medicine (hands-on care from an osteopathic physician) and meditation promote health and well-being through direct touch, stretching and strengthening, or by stilling the mind. Combining integrative and...

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Colorectal cancer explained in 2 minutes

Colorectal is a cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Types of colorectal cancer Adenocarcinomas constitute 95% of colorectal cancer and originate in mucus-producing glands lining the colon and rectum Carcinoid tumours develop from hormone-producing cells of the...

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Confused about your thyroid function?

Latest research has shown that the thyroid hormone transport across cellular membranes plays an important role in intracellular triiodothyronine (T3) levels of peripheral and pituitary tissues. Reduced T4 and T3 transport into the cells in peripheral tissues is seen...

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What is cancer survivorship?

The five-year survival refers to the end of the period after primary treatment is completed. Is that, however, just enough to call yourself 'cured'?  Each person’s cancer experience is different, but in general individuals are often unaware and unprepared for this and...

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Interleukin 1Beta salivary assay for cancer

Recent research studies conducted with saliva samples have demonstrated that this type of assay is promising in the detection or prediction of susceptibility to systemic diseases, including cancer. The findings confirm that saliva is able to provide reliable clinical...

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Why I use Circulating Tumour Cells test

CTCs were first discovered in 1869 - yes, that long ago! Their critical role in the progression of cancer to metastasis is undisputable. However, CTCs are rare - there may only be a single CTC amongst millions of blood cells. The establishment of a reliable means of...

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Candida albicans: how bad can it get?”

This infection can become really bad. Normally, this opportunistic fungus Candida albicans is a harmless member of the microbial community that occupies the human gut. However, when the immune system is not able to keep it at bay, it  can cause oral thrush and, more...

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What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is common worldwide.  An estimated 170 million individuals worldwide including an estimated 250,000 in Canada are infected. Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact, which means that to contract hepatitis C, blood infected with the hepatitis C...

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Cancer diagnosis and stress. What to do about it

Have you just been diagnosed with cancer? Do you know somebody who has been diagnosed with cancer? Is anxiety, fear, disbelief and distress affecting you right now? In a 2015 human clinical study conducted Aboalela et al and published in PLos One, a large group of...

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Men, Myths and Misinformation

There are six common misconceptions about men's hormones. Let's take a look at them: Myth #1: The primary symptom of low testosterone is erectile dysfunction or low libido. FALSE: Though low or sub optimal testosterone levels can contribute to changes in libido and...

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What controls blood vessels integrity in the brain?

Herbal supplements and remedies have been used around the world because of their beneficial effects on human health(1). Maratime pine and its standardized extract of the bark of the French P. pinaster (Pinus pinasterAit. Subsp. atlantica), has been used worldwide as a...

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Do you suffer with UTI?

It starts as a twinge right after you urinate. You are not alone: more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. Although men also suffer from these infections, the occurrence is much less frequent...

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Couples Coping with Cancer Together

As we might be all aware, a diagnosis of cancer is one of the more distressing experiences in life. This distress has been shown to have the greatest effect on marriages and other long-term partnerships. Researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer...

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It is all about Relaxation

An April 2015 pilot study published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is the latest in a line of research studies with profound implications for cancer prevention. A team of researchers examined what changes in gene expression occurred when a group of 48 people...

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Cancer Survivors

Cancer will affect more and more people as life spans increase. Approximately one in three people is struck by neoplastic disease in his or her lifetime and at the same time, two out of three people remain unaffected. Even the majority of heavy smokers, who bombard...

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Cancer Pain Therapies

Cancer will affect more and more people as life spans increase. Approximately one in three people is struck by neoplastic disease in his or her lifetime and at the same time, two out of three people remain unaffected. Even the majority of heavy smokers, who bombard...

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Stress Response

The hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal (HPA) axis is our central stress response system and combines the stimuli form the central nervous system as well as the endocrine system.. The HPA is responsible for how we respond to stress. This response is characterized by the...

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