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Many Health-Care Workers Have Turned to Alternative Medicine
Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows. What s more, doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators were actually more likely than the general public to use any number of wide-ranging alternative medicine options, including massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates or herbal medicines. No one has really do ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Hormonal Treatment of Hot Flashes Still OK for Some: Experts
Women do have options when it comes to treating hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, and these still include the short-term use of hormone replacement therapy using estrogen alone, experts conclude in a new consensus report. Hormone replacement therapy should be considered a very reasonable option for recently menopausal women who have moderate-to-severe hot flashes or night sweats, said Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, chief of the division of preventive medi ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Safe for Children, Review Finds
When done by well-trained professionals, acupuncture can be a safe treatment for children, new research suggests. In an analysis of 37 studies or case reports, Canadian researchers found that in over 1,400 children treated with acupuncture, just 168 experienced a mild adverse reaction, such as crying or pain. The investigators found 25 reports of serious adverse events. In trained hands, acupuncture seems safe in children, said the study s senior author, D ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Might Ease Chemotherapy Pain
Acupuncture may help relieve nerve pain caused by some cancer drugs, according to a new study. Cancer drugs called taxanes, vinca alkaloids and platinum compounds can damage peripheral nerves, especially in the calves and feet, resulting in severe nerve pain or difficulty walking. Currently, there is no effective treatment for the condition, called chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. This small, preliminary study included six patients with peripher ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Power of Acupuncture to Ease Migraines Questioned in Study
Sham acupuncture worked almost as well on migraine patients as three types of traditional acupuncture, a new study says. Randomly assigning 480 patients to one of four groups at nine Chinese hospitals -- one sham acupuncture group and three receiving accepted types -- an international team of researchers, including Dr. Fan-rong Liang at Chengdu University in China, found that between 50 percent and 75 percent of those with migraines felt better after sham ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Boost Pregnancy Success Rates
When a couple is trying to have a baby and can t, it can be emotionally and financially draining. But help may be available in an unexpected form acupuncture. Medical experts believe that this ancient therapy from China, which involves placing numerous thin needles at certain points in the body, can help improve fertility in both men and women. Acupuncture has been around for almost 3,000 years. It s safe and there are no bad side effects from it, explaine ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Alternative Therapies Aren't Used as Substitutes for Asthma Meds: Study
Almost one in five parents has turned to an alternative or complementary medicine or treatment for their child s asthma, but new research has found that parents are not abandoning traditional treatments in the process. We found that there were really no differences between the groups that used complementary and alternative medicine and those that didn t [in terms of adherence]. It seems that parents are using these therapies as complementary medicine along ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Help Ease Symptoms of COPD
For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD , acupuncture may help relieve shortness of breath during activity, Japanese researchers suggest. COPD is a progressive lung condition that makes it hard to breathe it is commonly caused by smoking or exposure to other toxins. The effects of acupuncture are large, said Dr. George Lewith, from the University of Southampton in Hampshire, England, co-author of an editorial accompanying the study. Th ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
More Proof That Healthy Habits Fight Disease
Five new studies offer more evidence that healthy habits and preventive care can protect against disease. The studies looked at how eating fish reduces the risk of colon and rectal cancer how regular teeth cleaning improves cardiovascular health how primary-care doctors can help patients lose weight how low-dose aspirin can reduce cancer risk and how hypnosis and acupuncture can help people quit smoking. In one study, Chinese researchers reviewed 41 studie ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
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 ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Might Ease Fatigue Linked to Breast Cancer
Offering breast cancer patients a relatively short regimen of acupuncture alongside standard treatment can help alleviate some of the crippling fatigue that often accompanies the disease, according to a new study. The magnitude of help that patients undergoing acupuncture experienced was deemed by the study team to be both statistically and clinically important. I am quite excited with these results, said study lead author Alex Molassiotis, a professor of ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
U.S. Vets With Gulf War Syndrome Need Individualized Treatment: Report
A one-size-fits-all approach to treating U.S. veterans with Gulf War Syndrome does not work, and therapy needs to be tailored to meet each patient s needs, according to a new Institute of Medicine report released Wednesday. The document -- written as part of the institute s congressionally mandated Gulf War and Health series -- evaluates the various treatments for Gulf War Syndrome in veterans of the 1991 conflict and recommends best approaches to managing ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17