Lyme Disease: How Do 30,000 Cases Jump to 300,000?

Oops. Guess there’s been a little miscounting when it comes to Lyme disease. It’s really 10 times more common than we thought. Not 30,000 cases a year, but 300,000, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kudos to the CDC for making this concerted effort to find out the complete scope of this insidious, tick-borne disease. It comes, however, after  years of controversy over Lyme, including patients complaining that doctors didn’t fully understand it, …

Ginseng Helps Patients Fight Cancer Fatigue

High doses of pure American ginseng, taken by cancer patients and survivors for just two months, brought marked improvement in the severe fatigue often experienced both during and after chemotherapy, a new study has found. Cancer-related fatigue, experienced by up to 90 percent of cancer patients,  is a profound tiredness that is not relieved by sleep or rest. “It can significantly impact the ability of people to accomplish the things they are used to doing every day,” lead researcher Debra …

How to Avoid Jet Lag? Go West (and Other Tips)

Having just returned from a two-week vacation to France, I wish I could tell you that I found a great solution to the problem of jet lag, especially because scientists say that older people fare worse with a big change in time zones. Unfortunately, I have no magic answers (other than lots of coffee), although researchers are studying ways to help vacationers traveling overseas this summer. The one thing that does make a difference they say: Traveling west, to an …

Acupuncture Helps Ease Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Persistent fatigue after breast cancer treatment is a common problem among patients, with one in three women suffering the debilitating tiredness for a year or more after their treatment ends. Older women, in particular, say their post-cancer fatigue severely affects their mood and quality of life. But a new multicenter study by British researchers finds that acupuncture may help reduce fatigue and improve quality of life in women who have had breast cancer. In the study published this week in …