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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
Acupuncture May Help Ease Hay Fever
Hay fever sufferers may find some relief with acupuncture, a new study suggests, though the therapy s appeal in the real world is yet to be seen. The study, of 422 people with grass and pollen allergies, found that those randomly assigned to a dozen acupuncture sessions fared better than patients who did not receive the procedure. On average, they reported greater symptom improvements and were able to use less antihistamine medication over eight weeks. The ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Exercise, Alternative Therapies May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Alternative treatments like transcendental meditation, biofeedback and guided breathing appear to reduce high blood pressure in some people, a new report suggests. But only one method that does not involve medication -- aerobic exercise -- is both proven to have a major impact and highly recommended. The report, by the American Heart Association, also says research doesn t support a reduction in high blood pressure from other relaxation and meditation tech ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Ear Acupuncture May Hold Promise for Weight Loss
Placing five acupuncture needles in the outer ear may help people lose that spare tire, researchers report. Ear acupuncture therapy is based on the theory that the outer ear represents all parts of the body. One type uses one needle inserted into the area that is linked to hunger and appetite, while the other involves inserting five needles at different key points in the ear. If the trend we found is supported by other studies, the hunger acupuncture point ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture No Better Than 'Sham' Version in Breast-Cancer Drug Study
When it comes to easing the side effects of certain breast cancer drugs, acupuncture may work no better than a sham version of the technique, a small trial suggests. Breast cancer drugs known as aromatase inhibitors often cause side effects such as muscle and joint pain, as well as hot flashes and other menopause-like symptoms. And in the new study, researchers found that women who received either real acupuncture or a sham variation saw a similar improvem ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
What Yoga Can and Can't Do for You
Chances are that you ve heard good things about yoga. It can relax you. It can get you fit -- just look at the bodies of some celebrities who sing yoga s praises. And, more and more, yoga is purported to be able to cure numerous medical conditions. But is yoga the panacea that so many believe it to be Yes and no, say the experts. Though yoga certainly can t cure all that ails you, it does offer significant benefits. Yoga is great for flexibility, for stren ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
A Guide to Smoking-Cessation Options
People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal. A number of options now exist, and though most have some side effects, experts generally believe that the benefits of quitting smoking far exceed the risks posed by side effects. Current options include Nicotine replacement therapy A variety of nicotine replacement products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They include the nicotin ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17