Health and Fitness

Lung Cancer and Radiation Therapy

The word cancer strikes fear into the hearts of anyone who hears it. Though it can strike anywhere, nowhere does it strike more often than in the lungs. More than 200,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Unfortunately, around 160,000 of these patients will eventually die from this disease. The cure rates are improving, though, and even the patients who don't make it...

Hyperthermia: Fighting Cancer With Heat

The term hyperthermia means "high temperature." In cancer therapy it means to raise the temperature of the cancer in order to help destroy it. Hyperthermia is a form of treatment used in conjunction with radiation, chemotherapy or surgery to fight certain forms of cancer. The idea that heat can destroy tumors is not new. In the late 1800s physicians reported that cancer patients who got high...

The Benefits of Youth Fitness

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to heart disease, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and other chronic diseases in children, as well as in adults. Involving children early on in regular exercise is likely to have an immediate, as well as a long-lasting effect. Some of the positive effects are the prevention of injuries and improved ability to meet daily physical demands. Other benefits include...

Taking a Bite Out of Childhood Obesity

In a 1999 survey by the National Children and Youth Fitness Study, research indicated that between 12-25% of North American children are obese. This has risen almost 50% in the past 15 years. What can do about it? Childhood obesity is recognized when total body weight is more than 25% fat in boys and more than 32% fat in girls. With the associated health risks and issues of self-esteem that...

Treating Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis, 'tennis elbow', is a common injury that causes pain at the side of the elbow. The pain is usually easy to locate and is aggravated by movements such as bending your wrist backwards, grasping an object hard or using a screwdriver. Tennis elbow is actually an inflammation of the muscles responsible for wrist extension located in the forearm. It occurs in tennis players,...

Tennis For Beginners

Just starting out? That's ok - tennis is the perfect sport for beginners…assuming you are prepared for the challenge. Tennis is not just a game of physical ability; it is also a game of mental awareness. You need to be able to think quickly while remaining focused. Running around the court trying to hit a small yellow ball probably doesn't seem that exciting compared to other sports. But trust me...

Avoid Tennis Elbow

While roughly half of all tennis players will suffer tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) at some point in their career, they make up less than 10% of cases seen by physicians. However, it's been given this moniker because the backhand swing in tennis is a common activity that can cause the problem. There are many other activities that can result in this painful inflammation of the tendon on the...

Improving Sports Performance

When it comes to sports, athletes will do just about anything to get that 'edge' over the competition. Special diets, supplements, special vitamins and conditioning, just to name a few, are some of the ways that athletes prepare for competition. There is one very specific type of training that is often overlooked, but is used by top athletes in almost every sport. Visualization, or mental...

Power Walking Can Provide Mental as well as Physical Benefits

Do you feel that your memory isn't as sharp as it used to be? One of the most frustrating parts of aging is the slow decline of memory, but there is something that you can do. Get off your couch, get together with some friends and take a walk. Yes, it really is that simple. Studies have found that taking an energetic walk for 45 minutes, three or more times a week, can boost memory and sharpen...

Help for Cataracts

What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding or opacity of the crystalline lens, or focusing element of the eye. This natural lens is situated just behind the pupil. With the help of the cornea, it focuses the light rays on the retina. When everything is working properly, light passes through the clear outer surface of your eye (the cornea), then through your pupil to the lens. The lens helps...

An Antidote To Aging: Strength Training

Everyone describes Joe as 'the nicest man.' He exercises at my club nearly every day, happily chit-chatting with fellow members as he pumps iron almost effortlessly. A talented and busy photographer, Joe is the picture of health. Joe is also 79 years old. The results have been astounding. Recent research has uncovered a simple truth that shatters our beliefs about growing old: Much of aging can...

Mind Over Net: The Mental Game of Tennis

On winning the psychological battle of tennis, the great Arthur Ashe wrote, 'Regardless of how distressed or frustrated you feel, don't let your opponent know that he's got you rattled. Always try to look like a winner, even if you are behind.' Here's how to keep yourself mentally ahead of the game and avoid mental pitfalls. The sprawling new stadium at Flushing Meadows, which bears Ashe's name,...

For Successful Aging, Exercise Your Brain Cells as Well as Your Body

In the past, it was thought that mental decline was inevitable with age. That decline is no longer accepted as inevitable. While there are a few specific losses associated with age, there are great differences among people, and there are now many centenarians who play bridge, read and are mentally sharp beyond the 100-year mark. The best way to maintain mental sharpness is to not lose it. In fact...

Aging Myths

When are young, count birthdays by half-year markers, eagerly awaiting growing older. Somewhere in time that eagerness begins to slip for many people, and find joking about being 'over-the-hill' and having 'senior-moments.' Growing older means changes in body and lifestyle, but mistaken ideas may get set in place, just as some older people get set in their ways. There are some very natural things...

Communication and Alzheimer’s Disease

It can be difficult to communicate with a person with Alzheimer's since both speech and comprehension are affected. Alzheimer's is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the nerve cells of the brain, eventually causing an inability to communicate thought and feelings, or understand others. This process may occur over a period of months or years. In the early stages, there is little...