Tai chi helps arthritis patients

The analysis demonstrated that Tai Chi could decrease pain, and improve overall physical health, level of tension and satisfaction with health status. Already, exercise therapy-such as strengthening, stretching and aerobic programmes have been shown to be effective for arthritic pain.

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that is regularly practiced in China to improve overall health and well-being. It is usually preformed in a group, but is also practiced individually at one’s leisure, which differs from traditional exercise therapy approaches used in the clinic.

In the study, led by Amanda Hall of The George Institute in Sydney, Australia, a research team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis.

The researchers analysed seven eligible randomised controlled trials that used Tai Chi as the main intervention for patients with musculoskeletal pain. The results show that Tai Chi improves pain and disability in patients suffering arthritis.

Heavy smokers may die of cancer

While it is known that smoking increases risk of lung cancer, a new study has found that heaviest smokers face greatest risk of death from the disease.

While studying the relationship between death rates from lung cancer and how much a person smoked, researchers at West Virginia University found that smoking intensity predicts how the disease will progress.

They found that patients who smoked two packs a day had a 58 per cent higher risk of their lung cancers returning or spreading compared with nonsmoking patients.
Smoking intensity is one of only two factors found to predict lung-cancer mortality. The other factor is the stage of the cancer when diagnosed.

Wired Age: Mobile phone elbow

Welcome to the world of mobile phones and health perils. First it was the risk of repetitive strain injury from texting, then came the ‘recall impairment’ from ringtones followed by brain damage. And now, the latest menace of the wired age is being described as ‘mobile phone elbow’.

Mobile users, who hold the phone to their ear for prolonged periods, are at risk of developing the painful condition in their arm. By bending their elbow too tightly, and for too long, they could overextend the ulnar nerve, which runs from the elbow to control our ring and little fingers.

As well as being painful, this can lead to tingling or numbness from the elbow to the fingers. Sufferers of the condition can find it difficult to perform tasks, such as opening jars, and may need anti-inflammatory injections or even surgery.

As for advice to fight the ‘elbow’, experts suggest mobile users to switch the handset from hand to hand every often.

Making us less compassionate

Constant emails, news alerts, and Twitter updates are overloading the human brain and making people’s responses dismissive, says new research.

The deluge of information from 24-hour news, mobile phones and social networking sites moves too fast for the brain’s ‘moral compass’ to process.

According to two newly published scientific studies, people’s reactions to traumatic news stories are becoming increasingly dismissive as their minds are trying to seek comfort in the simpler things.

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