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Patient Demand for Proton Therapy On the Rise

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Patient Demand for Proton Therapy On the Rise(NU) – More than 50 years ago, Dr. Robert R. Wilson proposed using proton radiation to fight cancerous tumors. Wilson was a scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project developing the atomic bomb and later championed the peaceful use of atomic energy. Today, the “father of proton therapy,” as he is often called, would be stunned by the growth and development of proton therapy in this country. Before Wilson died, he saw his dream come true during a visit to the world’s first hospital-based proton center at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California. His legacy lives on in the thousands of lives spared by proton therapy.
“The primary reasons for the growth of proton therapy, from a patient’s perspective, are that it is noninvasive and nonthreatening to healthy cells and organs, produces better outcomes and has fewer adverse side effects,” said Leonard Arzt, executive director of the National Association for Proton Therapy.

At-Home Beauty Treatments Offer Lower Costs, Lower Risks

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At-Home Beauty Treatments Offer Lower Costs, Lower Risks(NU) – There has been an increase recently in Americans’ obsessions to look and feel better. Reality makeover programs such as “Extreme Makeover” use cosmetic surgery to erase signs of aging or to change the size and shape of specific body parts. However, for some people, invasive procedures are not an option. Many are afraid to undergo surgery because of the risks or the expense that is often associated with these cosmetic procedures. Fortunately, there are now products that can be used in the privacy of your own home for a fraction of the cost, are more convenient and offer great results.
For years, those searching to get rid of fine lines and get that healthy glow went to a physician for microdermabrasion, a treatment where dead skin cells are removed with tiny silicon or aluminum-oxide crystals blown against the skin using a hand-held device and then sucked up with a small vacuum. Costing about $1,200 a visit, the procedur…

Four Tips to Avoid the Burn After Workouts

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Many Americans equate exercise with pain — they want to “feel the burn” because “there’s no gain without pain.” But when it comes to gaining muscle, rest is just as important as repetition.

Four Tips to Avoid the Burn After Workouts Exercise causes small tears in muscle fibers. During rest, the body works to repair those muscles, building them back stronger than they were.
Experienced athletes know the value of structured rest — many strive to help their muscles build back as fast as possible, so they can move on to harder, longer and more challenging workouts. But even casual athletes and weekend warriors can takes steps towards smarter rest. The experts at W.F. Young, Inc., the company that makes Absorbine Jr. pain relieving liquid, offers the following tips:
Start slow. Many people make the mistake of trying to do too much too fast. If you haven’t participated in an activity for a while, ease yourself in — start with a moderate 15 to 30 minutes of activity, and increase duration and…

Stress-Busting Tips for Caregivers

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Stress-Busting Tips for CaregiversFew things prove more stressful than caring for a loved one with cancer. While doctors handle the cancer treatment, caregivers often manage their patients’ everyday needs — transportation, food, recreation, medications and visits with friends. At the same time, caregivers must deal with feelings of helplessness and frustration as they watch their loved ones fight battles in which they cannot help. Many feel guilty if they focus any attention on themselves.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, studies have consistently reported higher levels of depressive symptoms and mental health problems among caregivers than among their non-caregiving peers.
But caregivers can learn to manage their stress. For example, talking with a trusted friend or counselor can help caregivers reduce stress, feel less helpless and understand how to respond to their loved ones.
Many of the same methods that help caregivers can apply to anyone facing a stressful situati…

Three Tips to Avoid Heartburn

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Most people who have eaten a spicy meal have experienced heartburn – but for many, the problem may be much more frequent than the occasional bout of indigestion. Frequent heartburn can also be a symptom of a more serious problem called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Acid reflux is caused by the regurgitation or reflux of acidic stomach contents into the esophagus, which connects the mouth and stomach. The symptoms of GERD include burning chest pain, regurgitation of bitter or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing and excessive clearing of the throat.
When GERD is not treated, serious complications can occur. If you are constantly reaching for the antacids at the end of the day, the following tips may help:
1.    Don’t lie down after eating. When you lie down, it’s easier for stomach acid to back up into the esophagus, particularly when you go to bed with a full stomach. Make sure to wait at least three to four hours after eating before going to bed, and try raising the head of …

Have You Seen America’s Hidden Third World?

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When Americans imagine communities with dilapidated homes, barefoot children and starving adults, they might picture Third World countries. But over 23 million U.S. residents live in deep rural poverty.
In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty from Appalachia, a 1,000-mile stretch that goes from southern New York to northeast Mississippi. Although some communities have seen improvement since the 1960s, the economic boom of the 1990s did little to improve living conditions.
Appalachian unemployment and earnings rates still fall below the national average. Some areas still lack water and plumbing systems. While Appalachians can often afford their own homes – coal companies built houses, then sold them cheaply when they moved into new areas – few people can afford their upkeep.
Americans Helping Americans (AHA), a nonprofit organization that runs several relief projects in Appalachia, reports seeing homes without adequate roofs, walls and floors.
People moved into …

Psychic Advisors Use Modern Technologies to Offer Help

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Psychic Advisors Use Modern Technologies to Offer HelpWhen we think about psychics, we probably picture a traveling carnival. However, today’s psychics are more likely to use technology than a tent.
Crystal Clear International, a company representing the world’s leading psychics for 13 years, is using live video-conferencing similar to Skype on its new site PsychicCast to create a richer experience for those seeking psychic advice on everything from relationships to finances to major life decisions.
According to Jeff Wolf, PsychicCast founder, the new generation that’s interested in psychic advice can now get it on an interactive platform. PsychicCast is a quantum leap in bringing psychic services to this audience, and we are proud to be serving it.
PsychicCast is an international organization – with psychics located throughout the world, many are multi-lingual. Now someone can reach an international psychic from anywhere at any time. According to Wolf, they represent psychics with…