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 ...
Healthday - Wed. Jan 20
ACP, CDC offer advice on prescribing antibiotics for common illnesses
1. ACP and CDC advise physicians to think twice before prescribing antibiotics for common respiratory infections Antibiotics are overused for the common cold, bronchitis, sore throat, and sinus infections - illnesses that often resolve on their own HD video soundbites of ACP s Board of Regents chairperson discussing appropriate antibiotic use are available to download at http www. dssimon. com MM ACP-antibiotics . The URL for the paper will be live when th ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jan 20
Real acupuncture no better than sham acupuncture for treating hot flushes: Study
But, in a surprise finding, both the real and sham treatments showed a 40 per cent improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flushes at the end of eight weeks of treatment. The benefits were sustained at six months after treatment. The University of Melbourne study, funded by the NHMRC and supported by Jean Hailes for Women, is the largest of its kind to date. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment where thin needles are inserted in ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jan 20
Pycnogenol bolsters cognitive function in baby boomers
The French maritime pine bark extract known as Pycnogenol improves cognitive function in individuals who have high levels of oxidative stress but are otherwise in good health, a group from Pescara, Italy, reported in the December issue of the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences .
Medical News Today - Wed. Jan 20
FDA Weighs Tighter Regulation of Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathic treatments could receive greater scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the near future, as their growing popularity has led some critics to call for tighter regulation. The FDA on Tuesday wrapped up two days of public hearings on homeopathic treatments, in which the agency took testimony on whether it should regulate the natural remedies the way it does over-the-counter drugs. If it does, the makers of homeopathic medicines wou ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
Chamomile Tea Tied to Longer Lives for Mexican-American Women
Consumption of chamomile may be linked to a longer lifespan for older Mexican-American women, new research suggests. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that among Mexican-American women who consumed chamomile, the risk of death during the study period was reduced by about 28 percent. Drinking chamomile tea is beneficial to the health of Mexican-American women, said the study s lead author, Bret Howrey, assistant professor of ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
Many Don't Tell Docs About Using Alternative Therapies for Pain
Many Americans with chronic pain who use alternative therapies -- such as acupuncture -- don t discuss these treatments with their doctors, a new study finds. Our study confirms that most of our patients with chronic pain are seeking complementary treatments to supplement the care we provide in the primary care setting, lead author Dr. Charles Elder, an affiliate investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, said in a Kaiser news releas ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. One survey found a little less than 6 percent of adult Americans said they had tried yoga, tai chi or qi gong back in 2002, but that figure jumped to slightly more than 10 percent in 2012, fueled mostly by yoga. And a second survey that focused on children found a similar trend Yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase o ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer macroscopic infarcts -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia, movement problems, disability and or dea ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study
Popping a little blue pill doesn t guarantee that an older man will be happy with his sex life, British researchers report. Men who take drugs like Viagra and Cialis continue to express more concern and dissatisfaction with their overall sex life, compared with men who don t suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to results of a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester. These men also are more likely to worry about their erectio ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain
Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults -- 11 percent -- suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults -- roughly 6.4 percent -- experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
CU Anschutz School of Pharmacy study shows medical marijuana decreases migraines
AURORA, Colo. Jan. 15, 2016 - Patients diagnosed with migraine headaches saw a significant drop in their frequency when treated with medical marijuana, according to a new study from researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study, published this week in the journal Pharmacotherapy , examined patients diagnosed with migraines and treated with medical marijuana between ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jan 18