Acupuncture Might Help Ease High Blood Pressure
Can acupuncture benefit people with mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure Perhaps, a small study suggests, but the researchers behind the trial acknowledge that it s too soon to say for sure. The researchers found that blood pressure levels declined slightly in a small group of patients treated 30 minutes a week with electroacupuncture -- where the needles carry low-level electrical stimulation -- at specific points of the body. Potentially, blood p ...
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Making Acupuncture Even Safer
Uniformly improving the quality of acupuncture needles would help prevent potential problems such as skin reactions and pain, according to a new study. Acupuncture needle manufacturers, including the well-established ones, should review and improve their quality-control procedures for fabrication of needles, said researcher Yi Min Xie, of the Center for Innovative Structures and Materials at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Acupuncture, a centuries ...
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Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Study
Sham acupuncture is as effective as real acupuncture in treating hot flashes in women, and the placebo effect likely plays a role in both, according to a new Australian study. In real acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. Sham acupuncture uses blunt-tipped needles that don t penetrate the skin. The study included 327 Australian women older than 40 who had at least seven moderate hot flashes a day. Half received 10 session ...
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Sham Acupuncture for Knee Arthritis as Effective as the Real Therapy
Sham acupuncture is as effective as traditional Chinese acupuncture in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis, a new study states. It also found that the communication style of the acupuncturist could have a significant impact on pain reduction and patient satisfaction, said the researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The study included 455 patients with knee osteoarthritis who received either traditional Chinese acupuncture ...
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Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Women who experience depression during pregnancy may have another treatment option, new research suggests. The study found that women treated with depression-specific acupuncture had a 63 percent response rate compared to a 44 percent response rate in women treated with control acupuncture or massage. We tested acupuncture as a standalone treatment, and the results are very positive, said study author Rachel Manber, a professor at the Stanford University S ...
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More Evidence Acupuncture Can Ease Chronic Pain
When it comes to the relief of chronic pain, acupuncture is indeed effective, a sweeping review of previous research finds. The conclusion stems from a fresh analysis of initial raw data that had been collected by 29 studies previously conducted in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom. Collectively, these past investigations had involved nearly 18,000 patients. We looked at only the best-quality studies, said study author Andrew ...
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JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain
Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK s pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace that some believe may have played a role in his death. He went through the wringer vis ...
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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 ...
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Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests. Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients given acupuncture dropped an average of 41 percent, compared with an average drop of 27 percent for those given a simulated acupuncture treatment. The benefits were still seen after a year. Individualized acupuncture is a safe and good therapeutic option for the treatment of patients with fibr ...
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Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.
More than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, a new federal study shows. Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The proportion of adults who r ...
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For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try
For beleaguered parents desperate to soothe a colicky baby, Swedish researchers have a novel suggestion -- acupuncture. After two weeks of treatment, about two-thirds of babies given acupuncture no longer had colic compared to just over a third of infants who didn t have the needle treatment, lead researcher Kajsa Landgren said. She s a lecturer at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. Infantile colic is common, and there is no medical treatment, causing desper ...
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Very brief mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers cut back
Very brief mindfulness training could help heavy drinkers to start cutting back. So concludes a new study that found that as little as 11 minutes of mindfulness training helped heavy drinkers to reduce their alcohol intake in the following week.
Medical News Today - Mon. Aug 28