Posted on 02 February 2012.
Science Discovers Link Between Massage and Pain
Massages have been popular for hundreds of years in one form or another and while they have been known to relieve pain quite well they have never actually been scientifically linked to pair relief. Today that has all changed as scientists have officially published a report on massage therapy that does in fact have a medical benefit for sore and painful muscles.
The test was conducted by comparing muscle biopsy data from massaged and unmassaged leg muscles from each participant. Researchers say that the leg muscle that received at least 10 minutes of massaging showed significantly less inflammation and more energy production; both of these signs indicate less pain and faster recovery for the muscles.
This is an incredible breakthrough which will surely help bring pain relief to millions of people. No longer will massages simply be treated as a surface level treatment, especially since they are now proven to actually have a significant impact on muscles on a cellular level. A more significant follow up study is being planned to researchers can begin to compare various types and lengths of massages to determine what other factors play a role in massage therapy and pain relief. Either way it is surely great news for anyone looking for true pain relief for sore or aching muscles. Massage therapy will likely soon be treated as a legitimate medical procedure in many cases and as a result it will probably become more and more popular in the coming years as doctors begin to recommend it.
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Posted on 19 December 2011.
Clinical Trials for Cancer Vaccination
A cancer patient lies in a hospital bed undergoing therapy for cancer. The latest promise for cancer treatments is in the hands of a doctor that injects the patient with the latest in a new family of treatments that could revolutionize medicine. The new medication is a glycopeptides that could potentially teach the patients antibodies to attack the cancerous tumors in the body and destroy them.
The glycopeptides is the latest advancement that promises to deliver just that level of therapy for the patient and was developed by a researcher at the University of Georgia.
The glycopeptides therapy is currently in animal trials and is expected to change the way that we apply medicine in the future. Revolutionary medicine such as this is the foundation of potential vaccinations for other diseases and could potentially become the next foundation of industry, producing these new and revolutionary vaccines.
The director of the UGA Cancer Center stated that there is an emphasis on taking such discoveries and translating them into marketable products for companies. The UGA has indicated that the next steps for the treatment are to stage clinical trials of the product, but it will take several million dollars and around seven years to get from animal trials to a medicinal compound on the market.
The professor of chemistry at the UGA Complex Carbohydrate Research Center collaborated at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and helped to develop the immunotherapy treatment. The treatment, a tripartite immunotherapy, eliminated the size of the tumors in mice by over 80 percent or more. The compound has attempted for breast cancer but should be an effective treatment method for prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer.
The research at the University of Georgia have been made possible because of the state’s cancer research infrastructure, a medical research methodology that evolved with the creation of the Georgia Cancer Coalition in the late 1990s. Previous Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes was emphatic that the people in the State of Georgia should have the ability to receive advanced treatments at home. Several research Universities have been given the ability to do much research in the treatment of cancer. Emory University has driven much of the research and is expected to unveil a promising proton beam treatment for radiation therapy in 2015.
Emory is also managing trials on several cancer drugs. A new vaccine could not only promise help and hope for people that are suffering with cancer, but also promises the potential for jobs for individuals and the potential for increased revenue in the State of Georgia- and it today’s world, helping to conquer cancer and the economic woes of the people is good news indeed.
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Posted on 11 April 2011.
Dogs Help Children Learn to Read
Therapy dogs have been used for a wide variety of things but this week a special group of therapy dogs have been getting quite a bit of attention. The dogs are part of a national group called R.E.A.D. which stands for reading education assistance dogs and from the name it is pretty obvious what their purpose is. Surprisingly these reading assistance dogs have been quite effective according to many teachers.
Across the country these specially trained dogs have been visiting schools to help children learn to read and further develop their reading skills. The idea of using dogs to help children develop better reading skills began in 1999 and ever since then the project has been gaining steam all across the United States.
The dogs are basically used as a reading partner, meaning that children will sit with these therapy dogs and just read to them rather than a teacher or peer. The concept is that dogs are not judgmental or critical of the students and as a result children are much more open to reading to them.
Reading dogs are being used in hundreds of elementary schools around the country and overall nearly all teachers agree that they are remarkably effective. Everyone from students with learning disabilities to children who are simply shy or intimidated enjoy reading to the dogs and overall teachers say basically all of the students show significant improvement after reading with the dogs. Amazingly the program has also begun expanding by using other animals as well; though at this time it is in the early stages.
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