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Kratom Use in Pregnancy Spurs Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns
Although the herbal supplement kratom is still legal and widely available, its opioid-like effects have caused significant withdrawal symptoms in at least two newborns in the United States and that should raise concerns, researchers say. A case study of a baby boy exposed to kratom during his mother s pregnancy -- only the second American case reported -- likely signifies a broader trend among pregnant women toward seeking alternatives to opioid painkiller ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
More Evidence Acupuncture Can Ease Chronic Pain
When it comes to the relief of chronic pain, acupuncture is indeed effective, a sweeping review of previous research finds. The conclusion stems from a fresh analysis of initial raw data that had been collected by 29 studies previously conducted in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom. Collectively, these past investigations had involved nearly 18,000 patients. We looked at only the best-quality studies, said study author Andrew ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Acupuncture May Ease Pain Tied to Breast Cancer Care
Some common breast cancer medications can trigger joint pain, but new research suggests acupuncture may ease that side effect. The finding could be a win-win for breast cancer patients, said one oncologist who reviewed the study. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has no real downside, said Dr. Lauren Cassell, chief of breast surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. If something so simple as acupuncture can improve upon these sy ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
No Evidence Acupuncture Boosts Fertility Treatment
Although some women may try acupuncture hoping it will help them conceive, new research suggests it won t. The study compared outcomes for more than 800 Australian and New Zealand women who underwent either real or sham acupuncture along with their in vitro fertilization IVF treatments. The women ranged in age from 18 to 42 and underwent IVF cycles using fresh embryos, according to an Australian team led by Caroline Smith, of the NICM Health Research Insti ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Tennis Elbow 'Treatments' Bring Little Relief: Study
Treatments for tennis elbow are generally ineffective, researchers say, but don t despair The painful condition will usually clear up on its own. Each year, approximately 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with tennis elbow -- inflammation caused by overuse of the tendons in the forearm. The condition can affect anyone who uses their hands and wrists for hours each day, such as carpenters, food workers, manufacturers and office workers. Patients can choose fr ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives?
Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don t want relief from a medicine bottle -- or when that relief isn t enough -- consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement can feel painful, especially if you re in the midst of an osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis flare, some exercise disciplines are actually soothing. Popular movemen ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Acupuncture: A New Look at an Ancient Remedy
Widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet it s still viewed with some skepticism in the Western world. And for the squeamish, just the idea of needles can be a turnoff. But, depending on what ails you, it might bear trying. Acupuncture uses very thin needles inserted lightly into the skin to stimulate specific points to correct imbalances in qi pronounced chee , the flow o ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Wishes help keep pediatric patients out of the hospital
COLUMBUS, Ohio -Cimone Stills, 15, has a medical condition that has caused her to have multiple seizures a day for most of her life. Specifically, she has treatment-resistant generalized epilepsy because of a genetic variation. Like many patients with such a serious illness, it affects her daily life and as a result, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. But Cimone s outlook on life completely changed for the better after her wish of going to Paris. ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
More adults using complementary and alternative medicine in England but access...
Use of practitioner-led complementary and alternative medicine CAM , such as acupuncture, massage, osteopathy and chiropractic treatment, rose from 12 per cent of the population in 2005 to 16 per cent of the population in 2015, according to a survey led by researchers at the University of Bristol s Centre for Academic Primary Care. However, access to these treatments was unequal, with women, those who are better off and those in the south of England more l ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
ID specialist input improves outcomes for outpatient parenteral antimicrobial...
ARLINGTON, Va. - Before patients receive intravenous IV antimicrobial infusion therapy outside of the hospital - whether at home, a doctor s office or a skilled nursing facility - an infectious diseases ID specialist should review the order to ensure the most appropriate treatment, suggest updated guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America IDSA . Once they begin receiving outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy OPAT , patients sh ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
How exercise could help fight drug addiction
The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear to be less vulnerable to the impact of these environmental cues. Now, research with mice suggests that exercise might strengthen a drug user s resolve by altering the production of peptides in the brain, according to a study in the journal ACS Omega . Re-exposu ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26
Mount Sinai researchers study second-hand marijuana smoke in children
NEW YORK -November 19, 2018 - In a study designed to evaluate second-hand marijuana smoke exposure among children--a topic that scientists have not yet widely addressed--researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that nearly half of children whose parents smoked marijuana showed evidence of second-hand marijuana smoke exposure. The study appears in the December issue of Pediatrics . While the effects of tobacco smoke have been studied ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26