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Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 04/16/2014


Scripps Howard News Service: Relaxation techniques help fearful patients

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh gets its share of people with an acute fear of needles. There have been patients who scream or even pass out during the nerve-racking 15 minutes or more it takes to draw about 20 tubes of blood that will tell HIV-positive patients the state of their illness.

But registered nurse Terry Lang has found a way to help some of them get past their needle phobia: the deep-breathing relaxation technique she and 13 other doctors and staff members learned in recent training with the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Read the rest of the story, featuring Dr. Betsy O'Neill, director of the Integrated Medicine Program at Allegheny General Hospital, by visiting this link to Scripps Howard.

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