Monthly Archives: March 2014

Article.3: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and cancer care

systematic review meditation : Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as supportive therapy in cancer care: systematic review

Click on the ‘systematic review meditation’ text in blue to link to an interesting systematic review on cancer support therapies and its usefulness by nurses (working with patients) and patients (self-support).  The main focused therapy is called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy or MBSR, which is interesting to read about on its own, as it has many elements that can relate practically in everyday life.

Thanks, be aware and eat with care 🙂

Reference: SMITH J . , RICHARDSON J . , HOFFMAN C. & PILKINGTON K. (2005) Journal of Advanced Nursing 52(3), 315–327

Week.3: Break Routine

So, this week is starting to bring out the boring in me.  I find myself going into routine mode. Now, this may seem like a good thing as I feel like most people want stability in their lives, but I am not one of those people.  I backpacked, on and off, for 5 years and I loved how everyday was different.  I liked the even-changing challenges.  I think I need come up with some ways to change up the routine that is starting to develop.

Although I loathe routine, it is good for my stress levels and understanding of complex topics like I am studying.  I feel like a I have a good grip on human biology, and the flow from one week to the next is really making every body level come together.  Chemistry, I think is going to start to flow nicely, as we start biochemistry next week, which may or may not be challenging. This week we learned organic chemistry was very interesting because we related chemical formulas and structures to everyday things.  For example: the sweet smells from fruits, like oranges, strawberries, and bananas, are ethers, which is a carbon-chain attached to an oxygen atom, along with hydrogen’s.  It’s just so interesting to me, it might be extremely boring to others, to think about the small things that are taken for granted, or not even noticed in daily life.  If you think about it, someone, back in the day, actually spent a huge amount of time analysing smell or aroma to break it into its chemical structure and formula.  Now we just read in a text and do some problems and it becomes common knowledge.  Crazy.  Any ways, went on a bit of a tangent with that one.  The point is that there is a huge amount of knowledge out there that people have collected over years and years of time.  It’s good to challenge yourself and get out of routine!!  Read a concept you have no idea about, try something new, go somewhere out of your element.  I think I will take my own advice and dabble in some bicycle painting this weekend.  I may or may not mess up my bike, but at least I’ll try!  As always, thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Article.2: For Assessment A

randomized control study dementia:  Ginkgo biloba for mild to moderate dementia in a community setting: a pragmatic, randomised, parallel-group,double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Reference:

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY
Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2008; 23: 1222–1230.
Published online 9 June 2008 in Wiley InterScience
(www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI: 10.1002/gps.2055