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Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Women who experience depression during pregnancy may have another treatment option, new research suggests. The study found that women treated with depression-specific acupuncture had a 63 percent response rate compared to a 44 percent response rate in women treated with control acupuncture or massage. We tested acupuncture as a standalone treatment, and the results are very positive, said study author Rachel Manber, a professor at the Stanford University S ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Chronic Back Pain Soothed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
People suffering from chronic lower back pain may find relief through cognitive behavioral therapy, a short-term treatment aimed at challenging and reframing negative beliefs. Chronic lower back pain is one of the three most disabling conditions in the developed world, the British researchers report. And, it can be expensive to treat. Back pain is a physical health problem, not a psychological problem, said study co-author Zara Hansen, a physiotherapist an ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Prevention of Acupuncture Infection Needs More Focus
More needs to be done to prevent a rising tide of infections related to acupuncture, researchers from the University of Hong Kong say. In a commentary, published online March 19 in BMJ , Patrick Woo and his colleagues stressed that to prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures, and aseptic techniques. Stricter regulation and accreditation r ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Fear of the dentist keeps many people from getting the dental care they need, but new research suggests that an ancient Chinese treatment -- acupuncture -- may provide quick relief. One in 20 people suffer from odontophobia -- severe anxiety about dentistry -- and a third of all people say they have moderate anxiety when seeing the dentist, the researchers said. We can offer patients a safe, fast and cheap treatment for their odontophobia, said lead resear ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Acupuncture may help people who lose their sense of smell after a viral infection, researchers say. In a new study, 15 patients with post-viral olfactory dysfunction PVOD had 10 weekly, 30-minute sessions of traditional Chinese acupuncture. These patients were compared with PVOD patients treated with vitamin B complex. Smell function improved in eight patients in the acupuncture group and in two patients in the vitamin B group. The findings suggest that ac ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Parents of Autistic Children Turning to Alternative Treatments
About one in five children with autism uses alternative treatments to help with the neurodevelopmental disorder, most often a special diet, a new study finds. Of 1,212 children with an autism spectrum disorder included in the study, about 17 percent were on special diets. More than half of those were on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, which eliminates wheat and dairy products. Other common dietary changes included avoiding processed sugars and taking prob ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Delivers Some Pain Relief
Acupuncture does help treat pain, a new study shows. German researchers tested pain responses in 24 healthy volunteers and found that acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, increased pain thresholds by up to 50 percent. The effects occurred in both the treated leg and untreated contralateral leg. The study also found that two types of nerve fibers -- A delta pain fibers and C pain fibers -- were altered by acupuncture. The pain r ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
The needle pricks involved in acupuncture may help relieve pain by triggering a natural painkilling chemical called adenosine, a new study has found. The researchers also believe they can enhance acupuncture s effectiveness by coupling the process with a well-known cancer drug -- deoxycoformycin -- that maintains adenosine levels longer than usual. Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but becau ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Sham Acupuncture for Knee Arthritis as Effective as the Real Therapy
Sham acupuncture is as effective as traditional Chinese acupuncture in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis, a new study states. It also found that the communication style of the acupuncturist could have a significant impact on pain reduction and patient satisfaction, said the researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The study included 455 patients with knee osteoarthritis who received either traditional Chinese acupuncture ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Really Does Help Relieve Pain: Study
Acupuncture alters the way that the brain perceives and processes pain, a finding that suggests the traditional Chinese treatment can effectively relieve pain, according to a new study. German researchers used functional MRI scans to measure brain activity in 18 people who received painful electrical currents from a device fitted to their left ankle. The researchers then placed acupuncture needles on the participants right side -- including between the toe ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture Might Treat Certain Kind of Lazy Eye
Acupuncture may be an effective way to treat older children struggling with a certain form of lazy eye, new research from China suggests, although experts say more studies are needed. Lazy eye amblyopia is essentially a state of miscommunication between the brain and the eyes, resulting in the favoring of one eye over the other, according to the National Eye Institute. The study authors noted that anywhere from less than 1 percent to 5 percent of people wo ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Study Finds Third of Cancer Patients on Opioids Are Confused
About a third of cancer patients taking opioid painkillers experience cognitive problems such as confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness, a new study finds. Research analyzing 1,915 cancer patients from 17 health-care centers around Europe indicated that 32.9 percent on high-strength opioid drugs such as morphine scored lower on observer-rated mental tests measuring orientation to time and place, attention and word recall, among other skills. Patients ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17