Sunday, October 2, 2016

Men with anxiety are more likely to die of cancer

Men with anxiety are more likely to die of cancer
While men are less likely than women to have generalised anxiety disorder, those who do are more likely to die of cancer than women with the same disorder. — Fotolia
But for women who suffer from severe anxiety, the research found no increased risk of cancer death.
That finding, presented recently at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress in Vienna, Austria, emerges from the largest study ever to explore a link between anxiety and cancer.
It tracked 15,938 Britons aged over 40 for 15 years.
Even after researchers took account of factors that boost the risk of cancer, including age, alcohol consumption, smoking and chronic diseases, men with a diagnosis of generalised anxiety disorder were 2.15 times as likely to die of cancer than were those with no such diagnosis.
Generalised anxiety disorder – a condition marked by excessive, uncontrollable worry about many areas of life – affected women more commonly than it did men.

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Among women in the large cohort studied, 2.4% suffered from the disorder. Among men in the cohort, 1.8% did.
The authors of the new research acknowledge that the findings do not reveal how cancer and anxiety are related, and do not show that anxiety causes cancer.
Men with anxiety may engage in behaviours that increase cancer risk.
But the two diseases may also spring from common origins, including, possibly, higher rates of systemic inflammation.
Whatever the relationship, said the study’s lead author Olivia Remes of Cambridge University’s Institute of Public Health in Britain, the new findings identify extremely anxious men as a population whose mental and physical health should be closely tracked.
“Society may need to consider anxiety as a warning signal for poor health,” she said. “With this study, we show that anxiety is more than just a personality trait”, but rather, a disorder linked to real and serious health risks.
Imperial College London psychiatrist Dr David Nutt, who was not involved in the new research, said the intense distress suffered by those with anxiety comes with insomnia and widespread physical stress.
“That is bound to have a major impact on many physiological processes, including immune supervision of cancerous cells,” said the former president of the European College of Neuropsychopharmaco-logy.
“As a psychiatrist who used to run one of the very few clinics in the UK specialised in the treatment of people with severe anxiety disorders, these results do not surprise me,” he added. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Why you should sleep on your left hand side?

There's bad news for those of us who do it on our backs , on our tummies, on our right-hand side, spooning - or even hanging upside down.
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We are, of course, talking about sleeping.
The position we sleep in may not be the sort of thing worth paying much attention to, but it can have a huge impact on our health.
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Sleep in general, and 'getting it right' is a source fascination, prompting studies and research into its effects.
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We want to know how best to fall asleep during a heatwave . We want to know why we wake up when we do . And of course we want to know how best to get our children to sleep .
As the Daily Record reports, sleeping on your left side is the least harmful position for your spine.
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If you lie on your back, there is a danger you'll end up putting too much pressure on your hips and upper back.
If you prefer to sleep on your front, then this can lead to neck and lower back strain.
Whereas sleeping on your left-hand side can do you the world of good. The body is able to take the pressure off lymph drainage from the heart and spleen, which is crucial for encouraging the natural flow of lymph fluid and preventing lymphatic congestion.
As positions go, it's also better for your breathing - especially if you find yourself congested of a nighttime.
By encouraging them to lie on their left, the volume and frequency of their snoring will be reduced.
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That's because lying on your side gives optimum air flow to your lungs and prevents the base of your tongue from lolling into the back of your throat, obstructing breathing.
If you suffer from heartburn, sleeping on your left can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms AND reduce acid reflux.
Women expecting a baby are advised to adopt this position when falling asleep to encourage healthy blood flow.
And on a more toilet-related topic , adopting the left-hand side will allow your body to process waste quicker, which in turn helps guard you against constipation.
Because of the route the intestines take, lying on the left means food is able to travel easier towards your colon.
So, remember. When it comes to sleep, go left.