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November 30, 2017

Nature’s Healing Bathtub: Songbirds, Cedar Oil, Tree Bark, Tea Root

(The second in a two-post blog series)

Forest bathing, which has nothing to do with water, is a research-based framework that helps promote healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. You can work with a trained forest therapy guide, or explore the lush, fragrant, peaceful forest on your own. Here are a few tips to help make your forest bath therapeutic, calming and uplifting:

  1. Go for the green. Science shows that just five minutes communing with green nature boosts mood and self-esteem. There’s increased benefit if your session lasts between 20 and 45 minutes.

  2. To get the most of...

November 22, 2017

Many patients undergoing chemotherapy don’t routinely tell their health care team when they are experiencing side effects (which are sometimes severe). Now, a simple web-based intervention enables patients to report their symptoms in real time, triggering alerts to clinicians. It can have major benefits, including longer survival.

As published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, performed a study comparing outcomes in patients receiving chemotherapy for metastatic solid tumors. Participants had several types of cancer, including genitourinary (32%), gynecologic (23%), breast (19%), and lung (26%). The authors randomly assigned participants to web-based symptom monitoring with patient-repor...

November 17, 2017

Down Dog! Yoga Tames Cancer-Related Distress

How can you prepare patients to face the emotional challenges of breast cancer treatment? Research shows yoga can be more effective than individual supportive therapy counseling when it comes reducing anxiety and distress, as well as improving the quality of life.

Yoga as a psychotherapeutic intervention

                                                                                                                                                                 Researchers studied the effects of a yoga program versus supportive therapy counseling in stage II and III breast cancer patients receiving conventional treatment. Sixty-nine participants w...

November 2, 2017

Cancer-related symptoms such as pain and depression can be reduced with a practice as simple as listening to music or poetry. Tune into Bach or the Beach Boys. Zone out to Longfellow or Angelou. Research shows you’ll feel better. 

The science behind the music note-worthy and Wordsworth(y) news

Various studies have explored art therapy as adjuvant treatment for physical and emotional disorders. In this study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, researchers evaluated the effect of passive listening to music and poetry on pain, depression, and hope in participants with cancer. Sixty-five adult patients hospitalized in a cancer facility and experiencing pain took part in the study. P...

November 1, 2017

CanSurround CEO Meg Maley, RN, BSN, accepts the University of Delaware’s (UD) Blue Hen 17&43 Award on behalf of CanSurround, at the UD Horn Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner held in October. The awards celebrate the 17 most promising ventures and 43 fastest growing companies founded, owned or led by UD students and alumni. Also pictured (left) are Dan Freeman, PhD, founding director, UD Horn Entrepreneurship; and Jeff Rollins, senior investment officer, Ashford Capital Management.

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