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Acupuncture May Aid In Vitro Fertilization
Women undergoing in vitro fertilization can increase their chances of becoming pregnant by up to 65 percent if they also have acupuncture, a preliminary study suggests. About 10 percent to 15 percent of couples have difficulty conceiving, and many opt for in vitro fertilization, in which a woman s egg is fertilized in a laboratory and then transferred into her womb. There had been some evidence that acupuncture can increase the success rate of this procedu ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Two of the more common and unpleasant side effects of treatment for head and neck cancer patients may be relieved by the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. A new study found significant reductions in both dry mouth and pain and shoulder dysfunction after neck dissection in patients receiving acupuncture. Although further studies are needed, this does support the potential role of acupuncture, said study author Dr. David Pfister, chief of the head and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
As many as 61 percent of cancer patients use complementary therapies such as prayer, relaxation, meditation and massage, researchers from the American Cancer Society report. This new study echoes findings of other, smaller studies that also found that many cancer patients use complementary treatments. The kinds of methods used were influenced by sex, race, age, education, type of cancer and how far the disease has spread. Many complementary methods are ext ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Lifesaving treatments for breast cancer come at a cost -- many women experience hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats and more. Now new research suggests that acupuncture may help ease some of these side effects, and it may be more effective than antidepressants for relieving hot flashes and more. This study compared the effectiveness of acupuncture to drug therapy, and we found acupuncture was just as effective and had no side effects, said study author Dr. ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Compared to real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture was associated with significantly higher overall pregnancy rates among women undergoing in-vitro fertilization IVF , says a University of Hong Kong study. In real acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into particular points on the body. In placebo acupuncture, blunt needles that look identical to real acupuncture needles retract into the handle of the needle when pressed on the skin, but still give the sen ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. Really bad. But just last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the United States won t meet the Healthy People 2010 objective of reducing the adult smoking rate to 12 percent or less. That means that continued high levels of smoking-related health problems, deaths and lost productivity will continue to plague the nation for years to come. It s an enormously important time to help people ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
An estimated 38 percent of U.S. adults and 12 percent of children use some type of complementary and alternative medicine, a new U.S. government survey finds. Complementary and alternative medicine -- sometimes called CAM -- is an umbrella term for a collection of wide-ranging medical and health care systems, practices and products that aren t generally considered conventional medicine. It includes herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic treatment and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
A leading organization of gastroenterologists has released new guidelines on the management of irritable bowel syndrome IBS . The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology and published in the January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology , essentially replace a 2002 document. The world of IBS is changing quickly because of more therapies and an increased awareness. It is considered a real disease, said Dr. Lawrence Brandt, ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
When used to treat pain, acupuncture offers only limited relief that may not be clinically relevant. So say Danish researchers who examined data from 13 acupuncture pain studies that included more than 3,000 patients. The studies compared real acupuncture, placebo acupuncture and no acupuncture for a wide range of painful conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, migraine, low back pain and postoperative pain. Compared to placebo acupuncture, real acupunctur ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Travel Safety Can Be a Passport to Good Health
Staying healthy while on a trip is as important as packing the right clothes. Just because it says resort or five-star hotel doesn t mean it s safe, Laura Gonzalez, a nurse with The Loyola University Health System International Medicine and Travelers Immunization Clinic, said in a news release issued by the school. You still need to watch what you eat, protect against insect bites and don t go out at night alone. The clinic offers these tips to help all tr ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
After surgery for a ruptured disk two years ago, Nelly s legs remained extremely weak. She could barely move, became lethargic and lost her appetite. Things were looking grim, but then a concerned friend took the 10-year-old to an acupuncturist, who treated her three times in half-hour sessions. Almost immediately after the first treatment, Nelly s energy went from zero to 100, recalled that friend, Annie Washburn, who works as a community organizer in New ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Certain traditional Chinese medicine, including tea and acupuncture, may safely and effectively help treat chronic eczema, a new report finds. Use of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture over eight months greatly reduced the severity of the itchy, red skin condition and improved the quality of life of 14 atopic dermatitis eczema patients studied by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The patients received the ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17