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Acupuncture May Take Edge Off Menopause Symptoms
Acupuncture may help reduce the severity of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, according to a small study. The research included 53 postmenopausal women, with about half receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture twice a week and the others given sham acupuncture treatments. After 10 weeks, the women in the traditional acupuncture group had significantly less severe hot flashes and mood swings than those who d gotten the fake treatment. There were ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Help Ease Hot Flashes Tied to Prostate Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture might help reduce the hot flashes that frequently affect prostate cancer patients while they re on hormone therapy, a small study suggests. The findings don t confirm that the ancient Chinese discipline relieves hot flashes, and only 14 men participated in the study, which was conducted by researchers at New York Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Still, our study shows that physicians and patients have ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Smoking-Cessation Drug Chantix Linked to Heart Problems
The quit-smoking drug Chantix may lead to a small but increased risk of heart problems in people with cardiovascular disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. In a study of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were undergoing treatment with Chantix or a placebo, researchers saw a small but statistically significant greater risk of chest pain, non-fatal heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems in patients taking the quit-sm ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Pregnant Women May Go to Great Lengths to Induce Labor
Walking, sex, spicy foods and nipple stimulation are among the techniques most commonly used by pregnant women who want to induce labor, a new survey finds. Other methods women reported trying include exercise, acupuncture, masturbation, laxatives and herbal supplements, according to a poll of 201 women conducted by Ohio State University researchers. Just over half of the women surveyed said they d tried some method to jump-start labor. Women who attempted ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Delving Into the Mystery of Placebos
A new study finds that the power of the placebo effect left asthma patients thinking that real and fake drugs were doing the same level of good, even though the real medication actually had a much greater physical effect on their lungs. The effect was so strong that it convinced patients they were breathing much better even if they hadn t taken a real drug and hadn t actually improved much, as measured by a breathing test. The placebo doesn t change the ac ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Antipsychotic Doesn't Ease PTSD in Vets, Study Finds
An antipsychotic drug widely used to treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD may not be as effective as once thought. A new study in the Aug. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months treatment with risperidone did not reduce veterans PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, paranoia and depression, or improve their quality of life. Obviously, this gives us pause about using risperidone to treat patients who ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
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