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Study Shows Acupuncture Helps After Mastectomies

Dec 05, 16 Study Shows Acupuncture Helps After Mastectomies

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Acupuncture has been gaining serious popularity over the years. Now, more than 3,000 physicians use acupuncture as part of their clinical practice in the United States. Women who suffer from breast cancer often have to undergo serious invasive surgery and acupuncture is being used more and more to help alleviate some of the subsequent pain. According to News Medical Life Sciences, the women who received acupuncture treatments after their mastectomies at Abbott Northwestern Hospital had much greater reductions in pain, nausea, and anxiety, and were able to better cope on the first day after the surgery compared to patients who received traditional care. “We are always looking for non-pharmacologic pain management options,” said Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, director of Nursing Research at Abbott Northwestern. “This study showed that acupuncture in the hospital after mastectomy is not only feasible, it also appears to decrease patients’ symptoms of pain, nausea, and anxiety.” EurekAlert reports that researchers took data from an experiment involving 58 breast cancer survivors experiencing various kinds of pains and symptoms. The benefits of administering electro-acupuncure were examined for each of the breast cancer survivors. The study showed the testing to be equal to, if not better than, gabapentin in helping to alleviate pain, reduce hot flashes, and improve the quality of sleep. “We chose electro-acupuncture in particular because it has been shown to affect endorphins and other central neuropeptides offering biological plausibility for addressing hot flashes,” Dr. Shelia N. Garland, PhD, of Memorial University and one of the researchers involved in the study. According to Endocrinology Advisor, the patients were randomly assigned to receive eight weeks of treatment with either the acupuncture method or gabapentin. “This study shows that, for women who need or choose to avoid medications, electro-acupuncture may be an option because it has minimal risks,” said JoAnn Pinkerton, MD, and executive director of the North American Menopause...

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Susan Sarandon Creates an Online Petition Calling for Banks to Divest in DAPL

Nov 15, 16 Susan Sarandon Creates an Online Petition Calling for Banks to Divest in DAPL

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It may seem as though Americans’ trust of banking institutions has plummeted since the 2008 collapse of the housing bubble and consequent recession, but in fact, the level of confidence in U.S. banks has never been overwhelming. In 1980, just 60% were confident in their own banks, while in 2014, following the Great Recession, nearly one third of that number expressed confidence, at just 21%. But distrust of big commercial banks runs deeper than poor financial handling, data breaches, and scamming. Some are concerned with banks’ personal interests. Susan Sarandon, an award-winning American actress and staunch humanitarian, launched an online petition recently, calling for members of Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Citibank to withdraw the entirety of their bank accounts and take their business elsewhere until these banks no longer support the Dakota Pipeline. While supporters of the pipeline have argued that it would decrease foreign oil dependency, opponents are far more focused on the environmental impact that oil drilling would have, in addition to the destruction of sacred Sioux land at the Standing Rock reservation. The banks singled out in Sarandon’s petition are named in a number of SEC filings as lenders or partners in supporters of the pipeline. Alan Elias, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, says that the bank does business “only with companies that have demonstrated a strong, ongoing commitment to complying with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations,” yet respects differing opinions regarding the pipeline. Bank of America spokesperson Kelly Sapp says that the bank is not a lender in the project’s financing, and that it has contributed to Native American communities through a number of initiatives. However, SEC documents show that Bank of America is partnered with Energy Transfer Partners, which is the parent company of Dakota Access LLC. In the body of the petition, Sarandon wrote: “The Standing Rock Sioux’s only water source will be endangered by this pipeline. They have put their bodies on the line to stop the construction and defend their...

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Speeding Reported to Be A Top Mistake in Many Fatal Teen Driving Accidents

There are many factors that affect the rate of fatal car crashes for teens. For instance, the rate of these crashes for 16-year-olds is nearly twice as high at night. But in a new report from AAA, speeding was reported as one of the top factors in fatal crashes involving teen drivers in the past five years. The report stated that more than 4,200 of the 14,000 fatal crashes involved speeding. These accidents don’t just affect teens, of course. “Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen,” said Bill Van Tassel, AAA’s manager of Driver Training Operations. In the report, 65% of driving instructors responded to a survey stating that parents aren’t preparing their kids to be good drivers, as compared to 10 years ago. Instructors noted that many dangerous behaviors, such as speeding 15 mph over the limit and using cell phones while driving, were learned from parents. “Most teens are learning important driving skills from watching their parents, and they are picking up bad behaviors along with the good ones. So it’s up to today’s parents to set a good example. It may end up saving their children’s lives,” said AAA Director of State Relations Jennifer Ryan. Distracted driving was also a big factor in fatal car accidents, and is becoming a bigger problem with drivers in general. About 77% of drivers between the ages of 35 and 55 stated that they talked on the phone while driving, and 68% of teens admitted their phones were a big distraction while...

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Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Offers Feedback on Student Protests

Nov 08, 16 Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Offers Feedback on Student Protests

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Sports have emerged as one of the many unlikely battlegrounds for cultural conflicts in recent years. Most recently, Colin Kaepernick started a wave of protests that has swept over the NFL and touched numerous college football teams. However, Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban has offered his own feedback as a coach on the recent protests. Players at Michigan stood with raised fists and bowed heads during their last game, and more recently, a group of Alabama students sat during the national anthem before their game with Kentucky. While there have been no protests within the Alabama football players, their coach has offered his own take on the protests that have been occurring. “I would first of all listen to what the players had to say and really try to understand their point of what they want to do and respect their opinions and what they need to do,” Saban said. He said that in his position, he’s never been in many of the situations that players across the country are protesting for. Saban explained that the only similar situation he was involved in was while he was a student at Kent State University. The situation that Saban referred to happened in 1970 when he was a freshman at Kent State. Students were protesting the war in Vietnam when the National Guard was at the school. Four of the students protesting were gunned down by members of the National Guard. It’s still not clear why the National Guard opened fire on the students. Over 36 million kids play organized sports every year, and some of their role models have recently spoken out about the injustices occurring in America today. Even high school and college students have taken to joining in on the protests. Just last weekend at Alabama’s game against Kentucky, a group of 30 university students sat through the national anthem in an act of protest. The most recent protest was the second at an Alabama game, which students announced and promoted with...

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