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HEALTH COMMENTS: How acupuncture can relieve the pain of chemo patients

HEALTH COMMENTS: How acupuncture can relieve the pain of chemo patients

Millions of cancer patients left behind in unbearable pain from chemotherapy can find relief in acupuncture, researchers say.

Nerve damage is a common side effect of the treatment, causing debilitating numbness and severe pins and needles. Now a study at The Christie NHS Trust in Manchester – reportedly the largest of its kind – suggests that acupuncture can help.

A three-year study with 120 cancer patients with severe neuropathy. Half of them received ten weekly acupuncture sessions in addition to standard medication.

They reported an improvement of 68 percent in agility and mobility compared to 33 percent among those who did not have acupuncture. Principal investigator Andrew Wardley said he hoped the results would help improve the lives of millions.

Millions of cancer patients left behind in unbearable pain due to chemotherapy can find relief from acupuncture, researchers say (stock image)

Millions of cancer patients left behind in unbearable pain due to chemotherapy can find relief from acupuncture, researchers say (stock image)

With the ski season in full swing, researchers are warning that safety kits may not be as effective as people think – with skiers wearing helmets that are twice as likely to have life-threatening injuries.

The American study looked at more than 700 skiers and found much higher bleeding in the brains of helmet wearers.

They were also 80 percent more at risk for spinal damage and 60 percent more at risk for breast injury, according to the findings in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. One theory is that helmet wearers are more likely to take risks.

Researchers warn that safety kit may not be as effective as people think that skiers with helmets have up to twice as much chance of life-threatening injuries

Researchers warn that safety kit may not be as effective as people think that skiers with helmets have up to twice as much chance of life-threatening injuries

Researchers warn that safety kit may not be as effective as people think – with skiers wearing helmets that are up to twice as likely to get life-threatening injuries

Fake news about staying hydrated risks the lives of older adults, researchers warn.

It is thought that no less than half of the frail elderly are affected by dehydration, which increases the risk of falls, strokes and hospital admissions.

University College London researchers found many misconceptions among over-75s about staying hydrated. One was that thirst is a reliable sign of dehydration, which is not always the case, while others believed that just plain water relieves dehydration.

NHS guidelines advise adults to drink between six and eight glasses a day.

Party goers feel the burning

One in ten Britons spent so much time last Christmas that they were forced to go to bed with heartburn. The condition is caused by stomach acid that travels to the throat and is often caused by rich food and alcohol.

A survey of 2,000 people, conducted by Nexium Control, showed that nearly two-thirds of adults experienced it during the last festive period. Meanwhile, 12 percent said they had deliberately left parts of their Christmas lunch in an effort to prevent the development of symptoms.

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