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Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Acupuncture and exercise may help women better handle the symptoms and risks that come with hormone imbalances caused by certain ovarian cysts, Swedish researchers report. About one in 10 women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that can start in the teen years and cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Small immature cysts on the ovaries disrupt hormone production, causing excessive secretion of testosterone, the ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Cut Hot Flashes, Boost Sex Drive in Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture is just as good as standard medication to ease hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. And as an added bonus, the needle treatment may boost the patient s sex drive and contribute to clearer thinking. I think the data shows you that acupuncture is a good option for these patients [and] it has no side effects, added Dr. Eleanor Walker, division director of breast services in the department of rad ...
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Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Acupuncture may help people who lose their sense of smell after a viral infection, researchers say. In a new study, 15 patients with post-viral olfactory dysfunction PVOD had 10 weekly, 30-minute sessions of traditional Chinese acupuncture. These patients were compared with PVOD patients treated with vitamin B complex. Smell function improved in eight patients in the acupuncture group and in two patients in the vitamin B group. The findings suggest that ac ...
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Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. In one study, acupuncture helped reduce joint pain by up to 40 percent, said study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of the integrative oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. And it didn t matter if people thought it would work or not, he found. While ot ...
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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 ...
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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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