There is a new device that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of insomnia. At present there are 55 million Americans who experience insomnia. The was the inspiration of Eric Nofzinger, MD a sleep physician. The frontal cortex of a person with insomnia stays active not allowing the person to have a night of sound sleep. By cooling the forehead, the symptoms of a racing mind are greatly diminished allowing for a more restorative sleep. The device is controlled by software which pumps cooling fluid to a pad which lies on the person’s forehead. More then 230 patients were studied over 3800 research nights in randomized locations throughout the US. All saw improvement in their sleep patterns within 30 days. There are 9 million adults that take sleeping pills to help with insomnia. Using this method would greatly reduce the dependance on medication....Read More
The Greeks believed in the “Theory of the Four Temperments”. That is, we all possess levels of different fluids in our body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile) and an imbalance of one could lead to an imbalance in a person’s temperament. However, now we know this has no influence on a person’s temperament. Put simply, a person’s temperament is how they respond to something emotionally. Studies have shown that the temperament of an infant never changes over time but only matures as we age. Most psychologists recognize four different temperament types. Sanguine or explorer types are usually lively, optimistic, carefree and love adventure. These types usually do well as entertainers. Phlegmatic or negotiator types are people who are loyal and loving. They tend to be peacemakers and avoid conflicts. Their main goal is to seek harmony. People of this temperament usually make great counselors. Choleric or director types have a temperament that dislike small talk and would rather be with people who share a common interest. Small talk is very boring to them. These people make goals and stick to them. They do well in engineering and programming. They are analytic and logical and are distant companions. Melancholic or builder are more traditional. Love family, friends and seek to contribute to the community. They are orderly and accurate and do well in management positions. They are not depressed as the word may suggest but cautious and quality orientated. Of course, this is a very simple way of defining a person’s temperament and we do tend to be a bit more complicated. As a result, these 4 divisions have recently been subdivided into 16 which suggests that although we are strongest in a certain temperament, we can actually possess attributes of another group.
The use of antibiotics in some cases of appendicitis may be effective enough to prevent surgery. A study followed 256 patients for five years after they had been administered antibiotics for uncomplicated appendicitis. That is, patients whose appendix had not ruptured, there was no low white blood count and there was no fecal blockage. The results which were published in JAMA showed 60% of the patients never needed surgery. 70 needed surgery in one year but did not have any life threatening outcomes because of the delay. Of those the decision to operate was made by the physician. It should be discussed with your doctor whether a case of inflammation of the Appendix should first be treated with antibiotics....Read More
Studies are now finding that the use of foam rollers may play an important part in the recovery of muscle soreness after daily exercise as well as the healing process necessary from severe injuries. By massaging the muscles, foam rollers increase both blood flow and oxygen to tissue, speeding up the healing process. They can help lengthen and strengthen stiff tight muscles resulting in an increased range of motion preventing injuries. Careful, controlled use of foam rollers can be a great aid in breaking up underlying scar tissue and adhesions in skin and muscles. It can also be a great tool for someone who spends most of their day sitting in an office. It can relieve the soreness from inactivity. Foam rollers improve athletic performance by increasing flexibility as well as reducing muscle soreness by slashing recovery time. Two studies, one reported in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation determined that foam rolling in combination with static stretching after exercise increased range of motion in hips. The other at Central Michigan University showed that rollers made muscles less resistant to motion by increasing flexibility with as little as 90 second intervals on sore areas. All the studies seem to agree on the fact that the use of foam rollers appears to stimulate pressure receptors beneath the skin and relax the central nervous system. Whether you are extremely active or have an occupation that involves a great deal of sitting, it may be useful to incorporate foam roller exercises into your daily regimen....Read More