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Women who follow a low-fat dietary pattern appear to have reduced breast cancer mortality, according to data from the Earlier Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification trial.
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Clinical practice is an art guided by good science, and clinical practice guideline (CPG) is meant to guide in integrating the art and science of clinical practice for the long-term benefits of patients, said Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, a consultant cardiovascular physician at An-Nur Specialist Hospital in Bangi, Malaysia, during the 13th Asian-Pacific Congress of Hypertension (APCH) held in Singapore.

Acupressure therapeutic care improves fatigue in breast cancer patients on chemotherapy

19 Sep 2017

Therapeutic care (TC) appears to improve anxiety and depression and reduce fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a new clinical trial has shown.

Investigators randomly divided 48 breast cancer patients into two groups: those who were given TC (intervention group; n=24) and those who were not (control group; n=24). Patients who were pregnant, had psychiatric illnesses or took supplements for fatigue were excluded.

TC was delivered as acupressure at select pressure points. Sessions lasted 30 minutes per day and delivered three days a week, with each point receiving 10 minutes of pressure time. The entire regimen lasted 12 weeks.

General fatigue was significantly alleviated in the patients who received TC compared to those who received sham at both 6 (mean difference [MD], -2.0; 95 percent CI, -2.8 to -1.7; p<0.01) and 12 (MD, -3.1; -3.9 to -2.3; p<0.01) weeks of intervention.

There were no significant differences in the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HADS) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores between the intervention and control groups at week 6.

In contrast, HADS-anxiety (MD, -1.5; -2.1 to -0.9; p<0.01), HADS-depression (MD, -1.8; -2.6 to -1.2; p<0.01) and PSQI (MD, -1.6; -2.2 to -1.0; p<0.01) scores were significantly better in the intervention group at 12 weeks.

Physical and mental fatigue were also significantly reduced in the intervention group than in the control group at 6 (p<0.01 and p<0.05, respectively) and 12 (p<0.01 for both) weeks.

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Elvira Manzano, Yesterday
Bisphosphonates have proven antifracture efficacy and remain to be the cornerstone of osteoporosis treatment. However, a drug holiday is of particular importance with bisphosphonates due to some signals with long-term use of the drug, including rare incidence of atypical femoral fracture (AFF) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), says a leading endocrinologist at AFOS 2017.
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Women who follow a low-fat dietary pattern appear to have reduced breast cancer mortality, according to data from the Earlier Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification trial.
Pearl Toh, 5 days ago
Women with higher plasma tryptophan concentrations were less likely to have poor sleep quality during pregnancy, especially among those with anxiety symptoms, according to the GUSTO* study.
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Clinical practice is an art guided by good science, and clinical practice guideline (CPG) is meant to guide in integrating the art and science of clinical practice for the long-term benefits of patients, said Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, a consultant cardiovascular physician at An-Nur Specialist Hospital in Bangi, Malaysia, during the 13th Asian-Pacific Congress of Hypertension (APCH) held in Singapore.