Physical therapy techniques, such as training abdominal muscles, massage and breathing exercises, used with laxatives, help treat chronic constipation but not fecal incontinence among children, according to a study from Brazil. Researchers said the therapy may stimulate colon movement, along with improving abdominal muscle tone and fecal propulsion.
Alcohol consumption is linked to 3.5% of all U.S. cancer deaths, and esophageal cancer is among those responsible for the majority of alcohol-attributable deaths in men, according to research from the National Cancer Institute. "For most alcohol users, therefore, reducing alcohol consumption would likely improve their health in many ways in addition to reducing cancer risk," the study team said.
Blood oranges look like Florida oranges on the outside, but the dark, sometimes crimson, pulp inside sets them apart visually and nutritionally, registered dietitian Keri Glassman writes. The distinctive color comes from the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is known for helping reduce bad cholesterol and keeping blood vessels strong. Blood oranges also are high in fiber to keep the digestive system healthy and prevent constipation.
Medicare Part D beneficiaries will have lower premiums in 2014 and government support for Medicare Advantage plans will shrink due to reduced increases in health spending, the CMS said in a statement. Part D's standard deductible will be $310, or 4.6% lower than in 2013. Copayments are also expected to be down.