13 May 2004

And on a different note

Sorry, I just can't resist:
Does aromatherapy massage benefit patients with cancer
attending a specialist palliative care day centre?
Wilcock,et.al. Palliative Medicine 2004; 18: 287¡/290
A randomised controlled pilot study was carried out to examine the effects of adjunctive aromatherapy massage on mood, quality of life and physical symptoms in patients withcancer attending a specialist unit.Participants were randomised to conventional day care alone or day care plus weekly aromatherapy massage using a standardised blend of oils for four weeks....Forty-six patients were recruited to the study. Due to a large number of withdrawals, only 11 of 23 (48%) patients in the aromatherapy group and 18 of 23 (78%) in the control group completed all four weeks.

I'd bet that the same aromatherapy massage regime would lead to this result

Mood, physical symptoms and quality of life improved in both groups. There was no statistically significant difference between groups in any of the outcome measures. Despite a lack of measurable benefit, all patients were satisfied with the aromatherapy and wished to continue.

for the symptoms of graduate school

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