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Let's Take the Stomachache Out of Health Care Reform: One Patient's Story
In discussing health care reform, it s easy to become mired in statistics and abstractions, so let s examine it in personal terms. Here s the story of a patient I saw recently that provides a specific example of what medicine does now -- and what, in my view, it must learn to do.
Huffington Post - Fri. Jan 13
More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups. In 2000, about one percent of Americans over 50 had used it within the past year by 2012, that number had risen to 3.9 percent. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Iowa has analyzed the divergent pathways of cannabis use among the older adult population to demon ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jan 11
Agarikon: Ancient Mushroom for Modern Medicine
Black Rock City, Burning Man, August 31, 2012
Huffington Post - Mon. Jan 2
The Hidden Dangers of Drinking Water
I was born in the early 1960s in Seoul, Korea, and clean water was hard to come by. We bathed at the local bathhouses and had toilets outside of the home.
Huffington Post - Sat. Dec 31
Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage, Mask New Growth
Despite the promise of an easy and natural treatment for skin cancer, home remedies such as black salve can actually make things worse, new research shows. People use black salve with the hope that it will remove skin cancers. But, this purported therapy contains corrosive ingredients that can destroy the skin s top layer while cancer continues to grow underneath, the researchers explained. There is a misperception that black salve draws the cancer out, wh ...
Healthday - Fri. Dec 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 - Fri. Dec 23
Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?
People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment with electroacupuncture -- acupuncture involving electrical stimulation -- study participants experienced significant symptom and quality-of-life improvements, the study found. Electroacupuncture uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. ...
Healthday - Fri. Dec 23
Invisible symptoms impact rheumatoid arthritis patients' lives, hinder diagnosis
Philadelphia, Dec. 14, 2016 - Rheumatoid Arthritis In America 2016 , a national survey by Health Union of more than 3,100 individuals who identified as having rheumatoid arthritis RA , reveals that initial symptoms are often invisible to others, with respondents experiencing more than six on average. A summary infographic is also available. Among people with RA who took the survey, receiving a diagnosis often proved difficult with the average time between ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 14
Memory recall, fear response influenced by breathing
It goes without saying that breathing is essential for survival, providing cells with the oxygen they need to function. But new research finds breathing might serve another purpose it might influence memory recall and regulate our response to fear.
Medical News Today - Mon. Dec 12
Daily hour of yoga lowers blood pressure
Prehypertension affects 1 in 3 Americans. A new study suggests 1 hour of yoga a day reduces blood pressure and may help patients with prehypertension avoid developing high blood pressure.
Medical News Today - Fri. Dec 9
Tai Chi may benefit veterans with PTSD
Around 7 to 8 percent of Americans will experience post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetime, and the condition is even more common among veterans, affecting around 23 percent of those involved in recent conflicts. According to a new study, the ancient Chinese exercise Tai Chi could help veterans manage symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
Medical News Today - Wed. Dec 7
Acupuncture improved mastectomy recovery in Abbott Northwestern Hospital study
MINNEAPOLIS - Nov.30, 2016 - Women who had acupuncture treatments after breast cancer surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital had a greater reduction in pain, nausea, and anxiety and were better able to cope on the first post-operative day compared with patients who had traditional care, according to a study published in the Oncology Nursing Forum in November. We are always looking for non-pharmacologic pain management options. This study showed that acupu ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Nov 30