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Spending time outdoors is likely to improve your mood and
concentration, encourage activity and fitness, and fuel your
body's production of vitamin D.
In light of its success in reducing the risk of heart attack or
stroke, researchers are investigating whether aspirin may offer
protection against cancer. In March 2010, Harvard researchers
reported results suggesting that if aspirin does possess
cancer-fighting properties, they might be most evident among
cancer survivors. Their study included about 4,000 women in the
Nurses' Health Study who had been diagnosed with breast cancer
over a 26-year period and who had supplied researchers with
information about their use of aspirin. The Harvard researchers
found that the breast cancer survivors who had taken aspirin
regularly after being diagnosed with the disease were 70% less
likely to have died from the breast cancer. Regular use was
defined as taking aspirin two to five days a week.
People with peripheral neuropathy may experience pain, numbness,
tingling, and other unpleasant sensations. Often the cause cannot
be determined, so the condition must be managed by attempting to
treat the symptoms, especially if one of them is pain.
Unfortunately, conventional painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin
may not be very effective. The alternatives are off-label
prescriptions of antiseizure medications and tricyclic
antidepressants. The antiseizure drug gabapentin (Neurontin) does
seem to be effective for some people and physicians
prescribe tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline
(Elavil), desipramine (Norpramin), and nortriptyline (Pamelor).
The side effects can be a serious drawback but they may be a
reasonable trade-off if there's relief for troubling symptoms,
especially pain. Many people with peripheral neuropathy say yoga,
acupuncture, and other somewhat unconventional treatments have
done wonders. Supporting data are scarce, but these alternative
approaches might be worth a try as long as there's little risk of
Taking niacin is an effective way to boost HDL cholesterol, but
there are side effects to consider. Niacin can increase blood
sugar levels and lead to liver damage. But the most common side
effect is flushing, a sensation of prickly heat in the skin that
usually affects the head, face, and neck. People also turn red,
and a few get itchy and suffer nausea.
I take ibuprofen p.m. on occasion - maybe once a month or so - to
help me get to sleep. It seems to work. Is that okay?
I am confused about omega-3 fats. Are the different types equally
good for you?