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Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist. But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way. And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon. Aromatherapy works for so many different things, it is amazing, said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain
Physicians might be relying too heavily on off-label use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin Neurontin and pregabalin Lyrica to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He s a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carol ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds
Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwa ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery
Alternative drug-free interventions to manage pain, including acupuncture and electrotherapy, may help reduce the need for prescription painkillers after knee replacement surgery, a new review suggests. As prescription opioid use is under national scrutiny and because surgery has been identified as an avenue for addiction, it is important to recognize effective alternatives to standard pharmacological therapy, which remains the first option for treatment, ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Using alternative medicine only for cancer linked to lower survival rate
New Haven, Conn. -- Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research COPPER Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. The findings were reported online by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . There is increasing interest by patients and ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
CU Anschutz and UC San Diego researchers find creosote bush could treat deadly...
AURORA, Colo. August 16, 2017 - Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UC San Diego have found that compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert shrub common to American Southwest, exhibit potent anti-parasitic activity against two deadly parasites responsible for Giardia infections Giardia lamblia and the amoeba that causes an often-lethal form of encephalitis ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
Licorice is a hot trend in hot flashes, but could interact with medications
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2017 -- Licorice roots have a diverse and flavorful history, having been used in ancient Egyptian times as a tea and in traditional Chinese medicines, all the way to today as a flavoring agent and as an ingredient in some licorice candies. Some women now take licorice extracts as supplements to treat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. But scientists caution that the substance could pose a health risk by interacting with medicat ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
New meta-analysis finds a plant-based vegetarian diet is associated with lower...
WASHINGTON--A new dietary review of 49 observational and controlled studies finds plant-based vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets, are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol, including lower levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, compared to omnivorous diets. The meta-analysis appears as an online advance in Nutrition Reviews . The study authors--Yoko Yokoyama, Ph.D., M.P.H., Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., and Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.-- ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Aug 23
Gripe water: Uses and other treatments for baby colic
Colic is frustrating and often scary for parents with a new baby. Otherwise healthy babies with colic can cry for at least three hours a day for three or more days a week with no known cause.
Medical News Today - Wed. Aug 16
Do probiotics for eczema work?
Eczema is a common skin condition where a person s skin develops dry, red scales that can be very itchy. Some people with eczema use probiotics to help manage their condition.
Medical News Today - Wed. Aug 16
Saw palmetto: Uses, dosage, and side effects
Saw palmetto is an extract used in herbal remedies that is thought to affect testosterone levels. But what conditions can it be safely used to treat and does it work
Medical News Today - Sat. Aug 12