Happy Attitude Helps Patients

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Happy Attitude Helps Patients


BEING happy can help some patients with chronic diseases make better decisions about their health.

In a series of three studies, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 756 patients were asked to think of small things that make them feel good when they get up in the morning and throughout their day.

They were also encouraged to use self-affirmation by recalling moments in their lives they are proud of.

The findings show that such optimism helped many patients with coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and asthma, among other chronic diseases, to make and sustain positive behaviour change.

aFor example, if it's raining and they don't feel like exercising, these strategies can help them get past this mental block and into their sneakers,a researcher Dr Mary Charlson said.

Fried food

FRYING food in olive or sunflower oil doesn't increase the risk of heart disease or early death, new research shows.

But experts say this adoes not mean that frequent meals of fish and chips will have no health consequencesa.

The Spanish study analysed data from almost 41,000 adults aged 29 to 69 who did not have heart disease at the start of the experiment.

They were asked about food they consumed in a typical week, with foods eaten at least twice a month recorded.

During an 11-year follow-up, there were just over 600 acoronary heart disease eventsa, such as heart attacks, and just over 1100 people died from any cause.

Subsequent analysis showed no differences between afried food consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease or deatha, the study stated.

aThe study suggests that specific aspects of frying food are relevant, such as the oil used, together with other aspects of the diet,a said Professor Michael Leitzmann, from the University of Regensburg.

TWO legally blind women have gained some vision after receiving an experimental treatment using embryonic stem cells.

Last year, each patient was injected in one eye with cells derived from embryonic stem cells at the University of California, Los Angeles. …

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