Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Coping Therapies Unlikely to Ease Kids' Stem Cell Treatment: Study

such as massage and humor therapy don't seem to reduce their distress, researchers found.

Stem cell transplantation is used to treat cancer and other illnesses, and it is a prolonged and physically demanding process that often causes children and their families high levels of distress, the authors of the study noted. Previous studies have shown that complementary therapies, such as hypnosis and massage, can sometimes help adult patients cope with stem cell transplantation.

The results of the new U.S. study, which included 178 children undergoing stem cell transplantation at four medical centers, were released online July 12 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Cancer.

The participants were randomly assigned to different groups, including: a child-targeted intervention involving massage and humor therapy; the same child intervention program plus a parent intervention program involving massage and relaxation/imagery; or standard care.

The intervention programs began upon hospital admission and continued through the third week of the stem cell transplantation treatment. The children and their parents were evaluated for distress and mood problems each week from the time of admission through the sixth week.

The complementary therapies didn't produce significant benefits for the children, the study authors found. And although this finding doesn't prove that the interventions don't work, the results do raise questions about the benefits of such therapies for children undergoing stem cell transplantation, team leader Sean Phipps of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis noted in a news release from the journal's publisher.

Overall, the levels of distress among the children undergoing stem cell transplantation were low, the researchers added, which suggests that they likely do well with standard supportive care.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Eating Disorders, Addictions Tough to Treat in Teens

Disorders that start when you're young, in adolescence, no matter what the disorder, are always harder to treat and harder to recover from," said Dr. David Schlager, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

This applies both to a wide range of problems, he said, from eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, to addictions and mental illness.

No one knows exactly why this is so, in terms of brain chemistry, but adolescence can be hard enough even without these complications.

"There are so many crucial things going on, so much pressure to establish yourself in various ways," explained Schlager, who's also a psychiatrist with Lone Star Circle of Care. Mental health can be easier for adults, he reasoned, because "if you've made it to 30 you've carved out a little groove for yourself, most people will give you a little latitude."

Also, the bodies and minds of people suffering from any of these disorders work differently than those of healthy individuals, making the challenge even tougher.

"In anorexia, [which typically sets in between the ages of 14 and 17], when someone is severely underweight, their brain and their body tend to react differently," said Andrea Vazzana, a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University Child Study Center. "Someone who is severely underweight is likely to have difficulty concentrating, making good judgments. Reasoning becomes more difficult and their mood is affected. They're more irritable and depressed and anxious."

People with bulimia suffer from a similar problem. "They're binging and purging and their body is affected. They have the same preoccupation with weight [as anorexics] and, to a lesser extent than with anorexia, their judgment is impacted," Vazzana said.

But clinicians are at a disadvantage when it comes to treating troubled teens, because there's a dearth of research into what treatments actually work for the younger people.

For example, "there aren't a lot of treatments [for eating disorders], especially in adolescence, that have been proven to work," Vazzana said. Family therapy is one treatment that has shown good results in randomized, controlled trials.

There are good treatments that work for bulimia in adults but no one knows if they trickle down to children, though anecdotally they do seem to have some effect, Vazzana said. These include cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.

None of this means that parents should give up hope. Treating eating disorders, addictions and other mental health issues in younger people can be difficult, but it's not impossible, said Schlager.

"It depends on the condition. If it's one of the conditions that only have behavioral treatments and no medication, then it's hard first of all to get them [children] to participate in behavioral treatment," he said.

And, according to Vazzana, there's no evidence yet that 12-Step programs work for eating disorders, especially in younger people, because they require people to acknowledge their illness.

"To get a teenager to acknowledge that they have an illness and that they need care, that's narcissistically overwhelming," Schlager said. "Like most young people, they pretend it's not happening."

Wynn Oleson is a pseudonym for the author of My Daughter Is Bulimic and the Cat Has Hairballs: The 95-Pound Addict in the Room. She found that neither 12-Step programs for addiction, nor a host of other "adult-oriented" treatments, helped her daughter, who has struggled with both eating disorders and addiction.

"As a young girl, she was treated like anybody who showed similar symptoms -- meaning adults," Oleson recalled. "In the rehab center, her roommates were 35 or 40 years old. She was placed with hardened heroin addicts who had been in prison. They're not bad people. But they are very deep into their addiction and their stories to a young, impressionable girl from a very different background who has not lived that life, it's all pretty exciting stuff."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bone Cancer issues help please

Bone Cancer issues help please :(?Hi, my friends cousin, who lives in russia, has bone cancer that has spread to her skull and stomach. She wants to bring here over here to the United States to get some kind of treatment. Is there such a thing as someone willing to sponsor her so that she can come over and receive treatment. She has all of her paperwork and needs the money :( If anyone could please direct me to some information. THanks
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How do you properly check for Breast Cancer?

How do you properly check for Breast Cancer?I have felt my Breasts all over, thought I might of felt a lump, but I've been rubbing them for about 10 minutes and I can't find it again.
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Best Answer - Chosen by Health waleIf you choose to do BSE, the following information provides a step-by-step approach for the examination. The best time for a woman to examine her breasts is when the breasts are not tender or swollen. Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or have breast implants can also choose to examine their breasts regularly. Women who examine their breasts should have their technique reviewed during their periodic health exams by their health care professional. It is acceptable for women to choose not to do BSE or to do BSE occasionally. Women who choose not to do BSE should still be aware of their breasts and report any changes without delay to their doctor. How to Examine Your Breasts - Lie down and place your right arm behind your head. The exam is done while lying down, and not standing up. This is because when lying down the breast tissue spreads evenly over the chest wall and it is as thin as possible, making it much easier to feel all the breast tissue. In such a state any abnormality will be noticed easily.- Use the finger pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to feel for lumps in the right breast. Use overlapping dime-sized circular motions of the finger pads to feel the breast tissue. - Use 3 different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue closest to the skin; medium pressure to feel a little deeper; and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs. A firm ridge in the lower curve of each breast is normal. If you are not sure how hard to press, talk with your doctor or nurse. Use each pressure level to feel the breast tissue before moving on to the next spot. - Move around the breast in an up and down pattern starting at an imaginary line drawn straight down your side from the underarm and moving across the breast to the middle of the chest bone.(sternum or breastbone). Be sure to check the entire area. Breast area going down until you feel only ribs and up to the neck or collar bone (clavicle). - There is some evidence to suggest that the up and down pattern (sometimes called the vertical pattern) is the most effective pattern for covering the entire breast without missing any breast tissue.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Scared of sleeping....?

Scared of sleeping....?i am 18. im afraid to go to sleep. every night i stay up until 7:30 am, watching TV, listening to music, playing the ps2, i stay awake at night on purpose, and i sleep during the day. im scared to sleep at night. 5 months ago is when i started to be scared of sleeping...5 months ago i had seen shadow figures 3 times. i saw the shadows for only 2-3 seconds then they vanished but the shadow figures scared me to death. i also heard my name being whispered at night for 4 nights straight, i don't anymore, thank god. all that happened 5 months ago, and it hasn't happend since. but now at night i always think that a demon might be hiding in my room somewhere(i do believe in demons)and that if i lay down in my bed and close my eyes, then the demon will think that im sleeping and so it'll start do stuff, like walk around my room, stand over me, pull me out of bed, scream in my face, sit on my bed, etc... every little noise freaks me out, i am extremely terrified of demons. because of this i pray every night, and i have to sleep with a bible, and stuffed animals. i also have 2 necklaces of crosses hanging on my wall in my room, to keep the demons away... i never used to do any of this stuff up until 5 months ago... my mom keeps calling me paranoid but i don't think i am...how can i sleep at night when im terrified of demons? thanks for any help :)
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Best Answer - Chosen by VotersYes, demons are very real and I feel for you, having these problems. You are not paranoid, this kind of oppression does happen. I went through something extremely similiar when I was younger, and yes there is a way to get freedom from this kind of demonic interference. Only Jesus Christ can free you from this kind of demonic oppression. I first must ask you if you are saved. Believing in Christ for your salvation is critical. Crosses cannot help you ward off demons. Also, practices like Yoga (which is a Hindu ritual) will potentially increase demonic and spiritual warfare against you, as it is a pagan practice that honors the Hindu gods and Christ commanded that we worship no false gods. This is a very complicated subject to answer in a forum like this. Feel free to contact me if you need more help. I have been where you are now, and Christ has freed me from this kind of spiritual warfare in the past. Here is a website on spiritual/demonic warfare that may help you. I advise you read it, even though it's a little lengthy, it should help:

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Has anyone taken St John's Wort after tapering off of an SSRI?

Has anyone taken St John's Wort after tapering off of an SSRI?Has anyone taken St John's Wort after tapering off of an SSRI? How long did you wait? What was your experience?
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Best Answer - Chosen by VotersSt. John's Wort was for a long time believed to help depression but the latest scientific tests have proven that it has no effect. Don't let anybody tell you that there are natural cures for depression as they don't exist only what your psychiatrist can prescribe. I hope that your psychiatrist is weaning you off of your antidepressant as it is dangerous to do it alone. I hope that you will be okay> 100% 1 Vote

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Fear of being under heavy things?Does anyone know if there is such a fear?

Fear of being under heavy things?Does anyone know if there is such a fear? I am afraid of walking under anything that is more heavy than a table. Fr example, no matter how huge the airplane is, I would always have to walk around, and never underneath thru. I am OK with being under the roof, and in the car, but never underneath. Is this normal? If it is, then what kind of phobia is it?Thanks guys
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Best Answer - Chosen by health waleIt's a 'normal' fear, but i don't know what it's called. Mental Health >