2010, Issue 3
Mindfulness Can Reduce
School Anxiety in Kids
In this issue of the Health Update, we bring you tips from the
WorldCare Consortium hospitals on reducing school-related stress for kids, and on the health benefits of olive oil. You’ll also learn
Starting a new school year can be a real stressor
about a new study on cancer treatment from a top cancer institute.
for kids, and they don’t always know how todeal with it. Learning to be mindful can help.
“Making a transition, whether it’s to a new
school, a new teacher or a new grade, signals
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change,” says Michelle Bailey, MD, a pediatrician at Duke Integrative Medicine.
“And any time we go through change it can
generate feelings of resistance, fear, and anxiety.”
Standard Chemo Seems Better Than Capecitabine
improves a person’s ability to pay attention
in Older Breast Cancer Patients
to what’s happening in the present moment.
It’s already proven useful for reducing stress
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in adults, boosting the immune system and
Standard chemotherapy is more effective than an oral drug,
lowering blood pressure. Kids can benefit from
capecitabine, following surgery in older women with early breast
mindfulness, too. Dr. Bailey says research shows
cancer, according to a study co-led by Dana-Farber researchers.
it can help kids reduce anxiety and improvetheir ability to pay attention and stay focused.
In a clinical trial involving 633 patients, the investigators found that
It may lessen aggression in kids, as well.
two and a half years after beginning the trial, women who hadreceived capecitabine were twice as likely to have a relapse or die
“Mindfulness helps kids recognize their
as those who received standard chemotherapy.
thoughts, reconnect with their emotions, andunderstand how that impacts their behavior,”
“Because standard chemotherapy agents are administered intravenous-
she explains. “Ultimately, if we can heighten
ly and patients often prefer oral agents, we wanted to compare the
effectiveness of a proven oral drug with standard chemotherapyregimens in this group,” says Eric Winer, MD, director of the Breast
our emotions and that changes behavior.”
Oncology Center and the senior author of the study.
Truly learning mindfulness techniques takes
Patients enrolled in the study had small breast tumors that could be
training that is offered through mindfulness-
removed by surgery. Participants were randomly assigned to groups
based stress reduction programs available
that received either standard chemotherapy – with a combination
at clinics and hospitals like Duke across the
of two or three intravenously administered drugs – or capecitabine
country. To get started, however, try these
After two and a half years, 20 percent of the patients who received
capecitabine had relapsed, compared to 11 percent of those onstandard chemotherapy. Twelve percent of the capecitabine patientshad died, compared to 7 percent in the other group. At three years,
68 percent of those in the capecitabine group were alive without a
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cancer relapse, compared to 85 percent in the other group. The
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results were reported in the May 14 issue of the New England
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Once in the
morning and once in the evening,
WorldCare launches new telemedicine system.
Genie, the new
custom-designed telemedicine system, allows greater streamlining of
WorldCare’s online case processing. Accessible from anywhere in the
world, the web-based system also allows WorldCare’s worldwide
telemedicine staff to collaborate online to provide a quick, seamless
chest expands and contracts.” Don’ttry to change your breathing; simplyobserve. Breathing usually slows
“I was a little afraid to use this service in the beginning. Because my
husband’s situation was so serious, I went ahead. I found all staff to
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be magnificently helpful and they guided me through the process. The
reports were so informative and our family physician was impressed
play a note on a musical instrument.
with the service which he had not been involved with before.”
center the family’s attention will do.
Have one child listen to the entiresound until it ends. Then, ask her to
The global health care community has trusted WorldCare since 1994,
when it became the first company to offer physician-referred, patient-
turns experiencing this form of activelistening. Eventually, children can use
specific, second opinion e-consultations (telemedicine) for serious
this technique in their classroom too.
illnesses. WorldCare benefits patients around the world by providing
access to top physicians, cutting edge medical practices and best
medical advice through highly specialized electronic medical opinions
their teacher is saying,” Bailey says.
from the best medical centers in the United States.
Mastering the skill will help themnotice when their mind is wanderingand redirect their attention.
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Mayo Clinic Dietitian Offers
Highlights on Olive Oil
By Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.,
What are the health benefits of
olive oil? Is extra-virgin oil better
than regular olive oil?
Contact your local WorldCare office if you are interested in obtaining a second opinion
from a WorldCare Consortium hospital. Visit www.WorldCare.com for more information.
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