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Acupuncture Might Treat Certain Kind of Lazy Eye
Acupuncture may be an effective way to treat older children struggling with a certain form of lazy eye, new research from China suggests, although experts say more studies are needed. Lazy eye amblyopia is essentially a state of miscommunication between the brain and the eyes, resulting in the favoring of one eye over the other, according to the National Eye Institute. The study authors noted that anywhere from less than 1 percent to 5 percent of people wo ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture No Better Than 'Sham' Version in Breast-Cancer Drug Study
When it comes to easing the side effects of certain breast cancer drugs, acupuncture may work no better than a sham version of the technique, a small trial suggests. Breast cancer drugs known as aromatase inhibitors often cause side effects such as muscle and joint pain, as well as hot flashes and other menopause-like symptoms. And in the new study, researchers found that women who received either real acupuncture or a sham variation saw a similar improvem ...
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Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain
The widely prescribed pain drug pregabalin brand name Lyrica may be no better than a placebo when it comes to treating the back and leg pain known as sciatica, a new clinical trial suggests. The study, published March 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine , found that sciatica patients improved to the same degree whether they were given pregabalin or placebo capsules. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which branches from th ...
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Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids
The number of U.S. kids who overdose on prescription painkillers each year may be declining -- but the incidents remain a major public health problem, new research says. Since 2009, U.S. poison control centers have seen fewer calls about children and teenagers who ve ingested prescription opioids, researchers found. Often, those incidents involved young children who d gotten hold of an adult s medication. In other cases, it was a teenager who intentionally ...
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Acupuncture Might Ease Fatigue Linked to Breast Cancer
Offering breast cancer patients a relatively short regimen of acupuncture alongside standard treatment can help alleviate some of the crippling fatigue that often accompanies the disease, according to a new study. The magnitude of help that patients undergoing acupuncture experienced was deemed by the study team to be both statistically and clinically important. I am quite excited with these results, said study lead author Alex Molassiotis, a professor of ...
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A Guide to Smoking-Cessation Options
People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal. A number of options now exist, and though most have some side effects, experts generally believe that the benefits of quitting smoking far exceed the risks posed by side effects. Current options include Nicotine replacement therapy A variety of nicotine replacement products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They include the nicotin ...
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Acupuncture May Help Ease Hay Fever
Hay fever sufferers may find some relief with acupuncture, a new study suggests, though the therapy s appeal in the real world is yet to be seen. The study, of 422 people with grass and pollen allergies, found that those randomly assigned to a dozen acupuncture sessions fared better than patients who did not receive the procedure. On average, they reported greater symptom improvements and were able to use less antihistamine medication over eight weeks. The ...
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Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Lifesaving treatments for breast cancer come at a cost -- many women experience hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats and more. Now new research suggests that acupuncture may help ease some of these side effects, and it may be more effective than antidepressants for relieving hot flashes and more. This study compared the effectiveness of acupuncture to drug therapy, and we found acupuncture was just as effective and had no side effects, said study author Dr. ...
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Prevention of Acupuncture Infection Needs More Focus
More needs to be done to prevent a rising tide of infections related to acupuncture, researchers from the University of Hong Kong say. In a commentary, published online March 19 in BMJ , Patrick Woo and his colleagues stressed that to prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures, and aseptic techniques. Stricter regulation and accreditation r ...
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Power of Acupuncture to Ease Migraines Questioned in Study
Sham acupuncture worked almost as well on migraine patients as three types of traditional acupuncture, a new study says. Randomly assigning 480 patients to one of four groups at nine Chinese hospitals -- one sham acupuncture group and three receiving accepted types -- an international team of researchers, including Dr. Fan-rong Liang at Chengdu University in China, found that between 50 percent and 75 percent of those with migraines felt better after sham ...
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Acupuncture Really Does Help Relieve Pain: Study
Acupuncture alters the way that the brain perceives and processes pain, a finding that suggests the traditional Chinese treatment can effectively relieve pain, according to a new study. German researchers used functional MRI scans to measure brain activity in 18 people who received painful electrical currents from a device fitted to their left ankle. The researchers then placed acupuncture needles on the participants right side -- including between the toe ...
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Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
The needle pricks involved in acupuncture may help relieve pain by triggering a natural painkilling chemical called adenosine, a new study has found. The researchers also believe they can enhance acupuncture s effectiveness by coupling the process with a well-known cancer drug -- deoxycoformycin -- that maintains adenosine levels longer than usual. Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but becau ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28