Here are the latest health headlines folks in South Los Angeles ought to know about:
Taking a bath is relaxing yes, but also eases anxiety: Taking a bath in warm water every day for eight weeks could be more effective at quelling anxiety than taking a prescription pill, according to research from the journal "Complementary Therapies in Medicine." Soaking in the tub can also help you get a good night sleep, improve your memory and help stave of sickness.
Should addiction be classified as a disease? While some say treating addiction as a disease will only encourage addicts sense of helplessness, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Policy, says that addiction should be treated as a "public health issue" not just a "criminal justice issue." He went on to explain that there are a lot of rules for punishing drug use but there are few distinctions made between drug users who are working towards recovery and those who continue to use.
Graphic labels on cigarettes deemed effective in communicating health risks: The graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, which depict images like a hospitalized patient on a ventilator, are effective in making more people think about the health risks of smoking, a new study says. A test group of 200 smokers were split up into two groups: One group was shown cigarette labels with large text and graphic images, and another was shown the older labels, with text-only and smaller font. Those that saw the large text, remembered more of what they read, indicating that by drawing attention to the warning label there may be a greater chance of smokers evaluating the risks of their actions.
Don't fear the carb: Why grains are good for you: While many dieters recoil at the idea of eating carbs like rice, bread or pasta, there are many starchy foods that are good for you and your waistline. Many of these quality, whole grains are packed with vitamins and fiber and often low in calories and fat. Dr. Lisa Young suggests trying out starches such as brown rice or quinoa. Quinoa is a "nutrition treasure," she said, packed with protein, iron and even gluten-free. Buckwheat is also a quality carbohydrate, full of minerals such as manganese, magnesium, and zinc and high in fiber.
Women are more stressed than ever, survey says: Research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that women and young people are more stressed than others, and that older people feel considerably less stress as they age. By understanding who stress affects most, researchers say it can help them develop treatments and identify who may be at the most risk for physical or psychological disorders.