Patients use prayer as part of healing process

Alternative Medicine, General Health
The Chicago Tribune reports, "The relationship between prayer and physical healing has long been the subject of conflicting studies. Some indicate prayer can help, but at least one study concluded that in some cases it can be harmful." Researchers "found that coronary bypass patients who were told strangers were praying for them did worse than those who got no prayers." But, "increasingly ... prayers are being offered by chaplains, doctors, nurses, and social workers. They are recited in hospitals before and after surgery, during treatments, upon admission and discharge, and on the anniversary of a diagnosis." Despite this one negative study, there are not "some" studies showing prayer can help, but hundreds of studies showing a positive association between a wide variety of spiritual interventions (spiritual assessment, prayer, spiritual counseling, etc.) and…
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Most Doctors Don’t Follow Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

Cancer, General Health
Most doctors (81 percent) fall short when it comes to comparing what they do for colon cancer screening with what they should be doing. And, we docs fall off both sides of the balance beam, either ordering tests too frequently or too seldom. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Only one in five doctors in the United States follows all the recommended colon cancer screening guidelines, a new report finds. Some 40 percent of doctors follow guidelines for some tests, while the remaining 40 percent don't follow guidelines for any colon cancer screens, the researchers said. "There's more work to be done to understand how to improve colorectal cancer screening," concluded lead researcher Robin Yabroff, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Most doctors also don't adhere to guideline recommendations…
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Abortion Boosts Breast Cancer Risk 193%: Study

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
Researchers in Iran have published the results of a new study showing women who have an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, women who carry a pregnancy to term find a lowered breast cancer risk compared with women who have never been pregnant. Here are the details in a report from LifeNews.com: The study follows on the heels of new reports indicating Komen for the Cure gave $7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2009. The findings were reported in the journal Medical Oncology but are coming to the public's attention only now. Hajian-Tilaki K.O. and Kaveh-Ahangar T. from Babol University of Medical Sciences compared 100 cases of women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer compared with 200 age-matched controls to…
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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 3 – The Physical Wheel of Health

General Health, Mental Health
Here’s the third of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 3 of 8: THE PHYSICAL WHEEL THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God? KEY BIBLE VERSE: You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. (1 Corinthians 6:19, CEV) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 3:7-8 When NASCAR racing teams prepare for a race, they put the cars through a series of tests to check out all the systems in these expensive machines. Such tests are designed to either prevent problems before…
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