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Colorado medical students defend physicians' right to recommend marijuana
In the first study of its kind, University of Colorado School of Medicine students expressed support for the legal use of marijuana, including for physical and mental health reasons. They also believe more research is needed to ascertain what risk could be involved in using the drug. These were some of the findings of a study led by Michael Chan, a recent graduate of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Colorado students viewed the legalization of marijuana fav ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 17
Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study
Acupuncture may benefit people who have memory loss, but don t yet have dementia, suggests a review by Chinese researchers of five earlier studies. Nothing has yet been proven to halt the progression to dementia in those who are destined to progress. But, acupuncture used alone or along with another treatment, such as the medication nimodipine, might help retain some memory function, the researchers said. But several doctors not involved with the review sa ...
Healthday - Tue. Jan 17
Can chair yoga relieve osteoarthritis pain?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic, long-term disease that affects millions of elderly adults. There is currently no known cure for it and treatment options are limited. New research, however, suggests that chair yoga is effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Jan 16
Can yoga help with chronic back pain?
Lower back pain affects millions of people in the United States, and for some, the pain becomes chronic, preventing them from performing daily tasks. Could yoga help to treat this condition A new review investigates.
Medical News Today - Sat. Jan 14
5 Easy Ways To Wake Up Without Coffee
There s no time of year we love to sleep in more than winter. Colder temps, shorter days, and a later sunrise make it all too tempting to stay in bed and put off the start of your day.
Huffington Post - Fri. Jan 13
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