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Acupuncture used in clinical settings reduced symptoms of menopause
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - May 24, 2016 - Acupuncture treatments can reduce the number of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause by as much as 36 percent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The findings are published in the June issue of the journal Menopause . Although acupuncture does not work for every woman, our study showed that, on average, acupuncture effectively reduced the frequency of hot flashes and result ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 24
Is initiation of chemo affected by complementary, alternative medicine use?
Women with early-stage breast cancer for whom chemotherapy was indicated and who used dietary supplements and multiple types of complementary and alternative medicine CAM were less likely to start chemotherapy than nonusers of CAM, according to a new study published online by JAMA Oncology . Not all women initiate adjuvant treatment for breast cancer despite the survival benefits associated with it. The decision to initiate chemotherapy involves psychosoci ...
EurekAlert - Thu. May 12
Use of complementary, alternative medicine affects initiation of chemotherapy
Women with early-stage breast cancer for whom chemotherapy was indicated and who used dietary supplements and multiple types of complementary and alternative medicine CAM were less likely to start chemotherapy than nonusers of alternative therapies, according to latest research led by Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health. This is one of the first studies to evaluate how comp ...
EurekAlert - Thu. May 12
Yoga may improve symptoms, quality of life for people with asthma
For people with asthma, yoga may help improve symptoms and overall quality of life, though further evidence of its possible benefits is warranted before yoga can be recommended for the respiratory condition. This is the conclusion of a new Cochrane Review, recently published in the Cochrane Library .
Medical News Today - Wed. May 11
Holistic approach to mealtimes could help dementia sufferers
Eating together, providing social support and interaction during meals could help people with dementia avoid dehydration and malnutrition - according to new NIHR-funded research from the University of East Anglia. Findings published today reveal that while no interventions were unequivocally successful, promising approaches focused on a holistic approach to mealtimes. The team found that eating family-style meals with care givers, playing music, and engagi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. May 4
Herbal remedies are an overlooked global health hazard
Millions of people around the world use herbal health remedies, following a tradition that began millennia ago. Many believe that herbs are safe because they have been used for many years, but researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University are raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety. The invited commentary appears in EMBO reports . Dr. Donald M. Marcus, professor emeritus of medicine a ...
EurekAlert - Tue. May 3
Yoga may have health benefits for people with asthma
A new Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, suggests that yoga may have a beneficial effect on symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, but effects on lung function and medication use are uncertain. Asthma is a common chronic disease affecting about 300 million people worldwide. The many typical symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Yoga has gained global popularity as a form ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Apr 27
Study: Point-of-care ultrasound saves nearly $20,000 per patient in early shock
Shanghai April 11, 2016 -- According to research being presented at CHEST World Congress this month, patients in early shock evaluated with point-of-care ultrasound POCUS spent less time on medications that support blood pressure and showed trends toward fewer days being supported by mechanical ventilation and time in the ICU. This was associated with calculated cost savings of about 20,000 per patient. In this controlled retrospective cohort study from re ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 11
Bronchial thermoplasty improves asthma regardless of socioeconomic status
Shanghai April 11, 2016 --Among people with asthma, lower socioeconomic status, education level, and ethnic minority status clearly have undesirable effects on their care and outcomes. Patients with severe disease who attend county public hospitals in the United States tend to have less access to resources, which, in addition to environmental and compliance issues, may contribute to poorer disease control. Bronchial thermoplasty BT is a new and effective t ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Apr 11
Scientists discover how Chinese medicinal plant makes anti-cancer compound
New research led by Professor Cathie Martin of the John Innes Centre has revealed how a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine produces compounds which may help to treat cancer and liver diseases. The Chinese skullcap, Scutellaria baicalensis - otherwise known in Chinese medicine as Huang-Qin - is traditionally used as a treatment for fever, liver and lung complaints. Previous research on cells cultured in the lab has shown that certain compounds calle ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Apr 9
Meditation: could it replace opioids for pain relief?
The US is currently in what has been described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an opioid epidemic. Now, a new study investigates alternative forms of pain relief and concludes that mindfulness meditation is an effective way to reduce pain.
Medical News Today - Fri. Apr 8
Choir singing boosts immune system activity in cancer patients and carers, stu...
Singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health, a new study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music published today in ecancermedicalscience has found. The research raises the possibility that singing in choir rehearsals could help to put people in the best possible position to receive treatment, ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Apr 5