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Popular ultrasound treatment does not improve fracture healing
Hamilton, ON Oct. 25, 2016 - Low intensity ultrasound after surgical repair of a bone fracture is a popular treatment to improve recovery, but it doesn t work, says a large international study led by researchers at McMaster University. In a clinical trial published by The BMJ today, the researchers show no difference in the recovery time between using low intensity pulsed ultrasound LIPUS or a placebo device for patients with a fractured tibia shinbone . A ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 26
Allina Health researchers present LifeCourse findings national palliative care...
The last years of a serious illness can be expensive and stressful, not only for the person with the illness, but also family and friends. This situation can only escalate. In the next 15 years, U.S. communities will care for the same number of people over 65 as they have over the past 90 years combined. The need for innovative, upstream palliative care models that can be deployed wide scale and sustainably is critical, says Heather Britt, MPH, PhD, direct ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 20
The placebo effect: Knowingly taking sham pills may reduce chronic pain
The placebo effect is considered a psychological phenomenon, whereby benefits may arise from a sham medication due to the belief that it is a pharmacologically active treatment. A new study, however, challenges this theory. It found that patients who knowingly took a placebo for chronic lower back pain, in combination with standard treatment, experienced greater pain reduction than patients who received standard treatment alone.
Medical News Today - Thu. Oct 20
How the gut microbiome may help us prevent IBD
Bethesda, MD Oct. 14, 2016 -- Breakthroughs in basic and translational research have the potential to change the lives of patients suffering from disease. In this Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology CMGH research update, we highlight the most noteworthy research recently published in the journal, including a study offering the first example of a preventative approach to inflammatory bowel disease IBD therapy. We also look at how high alt ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 20
Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
Life with Alzheimer s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a holistic program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together, said study lead author Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrou ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?
Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. Many specific ailments can benefit f ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
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 - Thu. Oct 20
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 - Thu. Oct 20
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 - Thu. Oct 20
Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report
Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than 30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these appro ...
Healthday - Thu. Oct 20
DHA supplementation improves cognition in older adults with mild cognitive imp...
Results from a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer s Disease support the cognitive benefits of DHA, which have been consistently demonstrated with doses of 900 mg day or greater. The study, which took place in Tianjin, China, was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 240 219 completed Chinese individuals aged 65 and older with mild cognitive impairment. The participants received either 2g day of DHA or a corn oil placebo fo ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Oct 12
Transcendental meditation may help ease trauma symptoms, stress
New research reveals how a 4-month transcendental meditation program led to a significant reduction in stress and trauma symptoms among male inmates, suggesting the technique may be an effective treatment for prisoners, veterans, and other individuals at high risk of post-traumatic stress.
Medical News Today - Wed. Oct 12